Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I love Andy Carpenter, he is so funny. The story was good, although it is basically the same story as the previous ones and if you have gotten this far in the series, you know what I mean. I will read Andy stories anyway, he is always fun. One thing I don't like is that he does the point of view from way to many characters and then kills them off. Love the narrator, he is Andy.
This review holds for all the Andy Carpenter stories. I love them to bits. I literally laugh out loud at some of Andy's comments. He is a very likable character who despite the pretense of only caring about himself, will always put himself out when he finds a friend or deserving person in need. He is both detective and lawyer and so his stories include twists and turns arising from investigations. Andy is brilliant in the courtroom, so despite going into every court case as the underdog, he always comes out on top in the end.
I am not a pet owner or lover, but I love the affection that Andy has for his dog Tara and his Foundation for lost or rescued dogs. There are a number of terrific characters that turn up in each book in the series. The best for me are Marcus, a huge and nearly mute man who acts as security for Andy, and Edna the crossword guru who rarely lifts a finger to do any work around the office.
These books are original, but they have a tiny sprinkle of John Grisham (court room tensions and story twists), a sprinkle of Michael Connelly (well crafted mystery and crime) and liberal sprinkle of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series (laugh out loud humour and lovable quirky characters).
Occasionally audio book performers just read them book out loud. Not Grover Gardner, to me he is Andy Carpenter. He performs the story, put just the right inflections in and reading at just the right pace. He has what I think is a very believable US east coast accent, I love the way he says corwfee (coffee). But I am not American and so I am only guessing that is how they speak in that part of the world.
I enjoy the Andy Carpenter series because I like the humor and the reliable story lines.
Grover Gardner has a voice that makes me want to be his best friend.
Rarely do I listen to a book or a series of books multiple times. However, Grover Gardner and David Rosenfelt have something special going that should continue for a long time. I have listened to all of the Andy Carpenter books, which is a first for me. I did not read an entire series of books or listen to an entire series of books before in my life, but this series and Grover Gardner's narration bring the characters and the stories to life in such a way that I believe I would know them on the street if I met them - especially Tara.
There is a common problem among many narrators in how to voice the opposite sex. Men have trouble with women characters and women have trouble voicing men without sounding false, or falsetto as the case may be. Grover Gardner just does not seem to have that problem. I can accept his characterizations of both sexes without "a willing suspension of disbelief" so necessary with other narrators.
David Rosenfelt's character of Andy Carpenter is one I particularly enjoy because he does not take himself too seriously, and that's okay with him. He is not a dilettante, or an attorney who is out to save the world. He is just a good lawyer doing a good job for his clients with the help of some very special assistants. Andy is the kind of lawyer I would like to be if I were a criminal defense attorney instead of a civil attorney. I can identify with his view of judges, however, because I have done a few of Andy's antics in my own court appearances with the same disdain that Andy experiences.
And one of these days I have GOT to meet Marcus Clark. The description of him is not how I would have envisioned Marcus, but that's okay because he is one of my very favorite characters. I look forward to more Andy Carpenter books with great anticipation, especially if Grover Gardner continues to bring them to life.
I would recommend this book to a friend especially if they love dogs. The dogs are not the central part of the book but add to the story.
I did not expect the story to take the turn it did. Very interesting.
To hard to choose just one.
Another Golden saves a life.
Mom of three
All of David Rosenfelt's books rank high on my list of audiobooks. I particularly like Grover Garder as narrator. His voice perfectly matched Andy Carpenter's dry wit! Unleashed was right up there with his other books!
I also love Rosenfelt's includsion of dogs. I am a dog lover and, while Tara the dog is a not a major player in the book, she adds a nice touch and bring out the hero's best side: He's a dog lover!
While the plot is tight and suspenseful, one of my favorite things about David Rosenfelts books in his humor. I always laugh out loud!
no basis for comparision. I prefer the audio because of Grover Gardner's performance. If I read the book, I would hear Grover's voice, but would miss the comical aspects.
Willie-because he is a true dog lover; Laurie because she loves Andy and Tara and represents a strong woman, not dependent on the male lead; Tara, because she keeps Andy grounded; Andy because he is funny and a brilliant lawyer and loves dogs
everything--character voices, timing, etc.
yes, and I did.
Too much time in between the Andy Carpenter books. I love this series
I love these books. The Andy Carpenter character is so real and I love Grover Gardner's narration. Well worth buying all these books. I have now got my sister and mother hooked.