©2004 Lisa Gardner, Inc.; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.
"A twisted, effective psychological thriller." (Booklist)
"Gardner keeps readers spellbound, not just by her plot but by the beautifully realized character of Massachusetts police sniper Bobby Dodge." (Publishers Weekly)
No, the voice actor did such a horrible job personifying characters that I couldn't wait for the recording to be over. I contemplated just reading it, but since I had already purchased the audio book, I just kept going with it.
The story was great and is very necessary to read the follow up "HIDE." Great plot twists.
The performer made Bobby Dodge sound like 65 year old moron from South Boston. I understand that she was trying to lay on the Boston accent thick, but it came along with making him sound like a big dumb oaf throughout, and having read other Lisa Gardner books, I know that this was not the intention for Bobby Dodge. She also made D.D. sound much too prissy compared to every other audiobook performer I have heard. I am so glad that they changed performers in the other books.
. . . when I say that this audiobook was a delight. I am a fan of Gardner's and she does not disappoint on this book. I wasn't very impressed with the reader, but definitely like the book. Also, if you haven't read it yet, do read The Killing Hour and The Next Accident, Killing Hour is outstanding five stars!
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Alone was released in 2005; since then 7 more DD Warren novels have followed. When I find an author I really like I tend to accumulate all of his or her novels. Lisa Gardner is such an author. Certainly Alone is a police/crime thriller but it is also a psychological thriller. It is NOT the best novel in the series, but it is excellent. The Detective DD Warren series is the most popular of those written by Gardner, but I believe it is the third best. My favorite is the Tessa Leoni series which is set in Boston/New England like the DD Warren series. The second best in the FBI Thriller series (not classified as a series by Audible) which is set first in Oregon and later in Atlanta. The books in the DD Warren series need not be read in order. (Note: Audible lists books written by Gardner using the pen name Alicia Scott under her name. Those are old romance novels she wrote early in her career.)
I thought that this was a great read! The characters are complex and well developed, the story line has enough twists to keep the reader guessing! I thought the ending was a bit open but I can understand why it was ended that way. All in all a great book! I too have read The Killing Hour and The Next Accident and loved them both! Anna Fields did a great job reading the book as well!
Having purchased countless books from Audible, I should know by now that when there are more than a couple of reviews stating the narration is awful on a book, I should pay attention! I LOVE Lisa Gardner, was hoping for the best, despite previous reviews stating the narration by Anna Fields is awful. Sadly, I have to agree. Her monotone, deadpan voice ruined any desire to keep listening before the second chapter was half-way through. I really wanted and tried to take in the story, but my mind kept wandering, as her voice nearly put me to sleep. I've purchased other Lisa Gardner audible books, narrated by other people, which are awesome, riveting, fantastic.
Keeps twisting and turning right until the end. Shows how there is hardly ever a clear 'black and white' to anything. Hope there is more on the way.
I enjoyed this book along with a sequal to it Hide. Since i read these out of order i knew a little of what was happening but she developed the story in great detail so details in Hide did not give the complete story away.
Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.
My young adult daughter recommended this series to me. We have the same taste and even though I usually don't read "detective" novels, I really enjoyed this one and plan to listen to them all. I agree with other reviewers that the narrator was not right for this book. She didn't have a lot of range. I couldn't always tell who was "talking" or "thinking" but the thrill of the book helped me overlook that. I'd recommend this book.
Couldn't get deeper than the first half hour. Irritating narrator voice, no emotion. After half an hour I was no more engaged than I was before I downloaded it.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
I totally enjoyed "Alone" by Lisa Gardner with great dramatic narration by Anna Fields. While Gardner is known for her dramatic novels, her series suffers from lack of continuity in narrators, which can be quite disturbing to listeners. Wish producers would take this into consideration when setting up narrators for series, though it just may be the way things go-availability eta. I've read some of this series in bits and pieces and found Anna Fields narration to be one of the best of the many narrators the series has to offer. This is a narrator I'd look for.
Many of Gardner's books focus on lost or abducted children, which can be an issue that disturbs listeners with young children-perfectly understandable. If this is a personal issue of the potential listener, this might be a series for her to avoid.
I found the story arc to be involved, with crossing and intersecting plots. Sometimes this doesn't work, but it did, for me, in "Alone". Though this is supposed to be the first book of the DD Warren series, DD Warren is a minor character. The primary characters are Bobby, a police sniper who is recovering from his first kill. Bobby becomes an ongoing character in the series. Another primary character is Katherine, who was abducted as a young child, and the ongoing story of her disturbed life, her interactions with her equally disturbed husband and controlling grand parents. Katherine is a one off character and has not appeared in any of the other novels I've read in the series.
I found the story to be exciting and enjoyable as well as dramatically narrated.
Well worth my credit.
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