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Alone | [Lisa Gardner]

Alone

As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. But vicious rumors begin to circulate the next morning when Bobby loses his gun and his privileges. It turns out the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son.
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Publisher's Summary

As a sniper with the elite Massachusetts State Police SWAT Team, Bobby Dodge saved a woman and her young son by shooting her armed husband. But vicious rumors begin to circulate the next morning when Bobby loses his gun and his privileges. It turns out the dead man was the son of a prominent Boston judge and had accused his wife of poisoning their son. Facing awkward stares and a crippling wrongful death lawsuit, Bobby begins his own investigation into the fateful shooting, and a fight to reclaim the life he holds dear. As the trail takes him into a twisted minefield of sordid wealth and family secrets, he is learning that nothing, and no one, is what they seem.

©2004 Lisa Gardner, Inc.; (P)2005 Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-17-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-17-12 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Almost - but not quite - too far-fetched"

    It's almost a bit too far-fetched. It wasn't so over-the-top that I stopped reading it, but I did roll my eyes more than once.

    It's obvious it's a female author. And just as obvious that she took a Feminism 101 course at university at some point in her career. The book has so much feminist rhetoric (a.k.a. - in this case - stereotypes) that it also caused me to roll my eyes.

    But, otherwise, the story was quite engaging... it wasn't clear who the good-guy was (or all the bad-guys) until pretty close to the end of the book. In fact, it took the epilogue to finish making sense of who did what, exactly, and why.

    All in all, I enjoyed the story and will read more in this series (though if it wasn't for the fact I already knew it was a series book, I wouldn't have been able to tell from the story - it's completely wrapped at the end.) I'm confident that Gardner will tame down her feminist enthusiasm and retain the suspense in the future books.

    I don't think there was any swearing, there is no sexual content and it's not graphically violent. I did not like the narration very much. The narrator spoke clearly, but since the majority of the characters were male, she spoke in a lower register for much of the book, and it did not sound natural. I was not able to tell which male character was speaking from her narration alone and had to wait for the "Rocko said" to know who said what most of the time.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth St. Paul, MN United States 11-12-12
    Elizabeth St. Paul, MN United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2007

    Fast approaching retirement as a life long oncology nurse. I love family more than anything. I enjoy reading (audio only), movies, travels, paper crafting, photography, gardening and just being alive.

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    "Excited to read the whole series..."

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Shana Tucson, AZ, USA 01-13-08
    Shana Tucson, AZ, USA 01-13-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Alone (Unabridged)"

    Another excellent book by Lisa Gardner. She leaves you wanting more. I can't wait to read the next Bobby Dodge book!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Huntsville, TX 05-29-08
    Mary Huntsville, TX 05-29-08 Member Since 2001
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    "You can see it on TV every week!"

    To be fair, I should tell you I couldn't finish listening to the book. Maybe there are plot twists that happen in the 2nd half of the book. But I just couldn't listen anymore. The plot and all the characters can be seen in virtually every cop show on television at one time or another. It was a definite waste of money.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kimber Hungry Horse, MT, United States 06-21-14
    Kimber Hungry Horse, MT, United States 06-21-14 Member Since 2013
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    "a little to dark for me"

    I started Lisa Gardner with Touch and Go, thriller with a twist. But now that I have listened to Alone I realize Ms. Gardner is a little too dark for me.

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    Zach Gainesville, FL, United States 02-05-14
    Zach Gainesville, FL, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good One!"

    This book has you following Bobby Dodge. A common character in many of Gardner's books but who is normally in the shadows of the story. You will find yourself growing pretty attached to Mr. Bobby Dodge and not wanting to leave him in the end.

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    Valerie United States 01-21-14
    Valerie United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Should have listened to reviews"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book is good, but the narrator is so dry that I find myself loosing interest quit often.


    What three words best describe Anna Fields’s performance?

    Dry. Inflectionless. Sad.


    Could you see Alone being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Montgomery, AL, United States 09-16-13
    Connie Montgomery, AL, United States 09-16-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story and characters"
    If you could sum up Alone in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, suspenseful,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Catherine, her love for Nathan and her strength


    What aspect of Anna Fields’s performance would you have changed?

    She wasn't horrible. Voice change for different characters maybe?


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The shocking awareness of a survivors life and story! It made me think of recent stories in the news, and pray for all victims and their families.


    Any additional comments?

    I almost did not purchase this book because of the negative comments regarding the narrator. I am so thankful I did decide to buy it! It is a great story, with fascinating and very well developed characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patsy Bluebell, UT, United States 09-15-13
    Patsy Bluebell, UT, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen"
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    My first listen to Lisa Gardner..I hope the rest of the series is as good.. Love the excitement of the story, the accents for the characters.. Great book

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    stacy Sioux Falls, SD, United States 07-21-13
    stacy Sioux Falls, SD, United States 07-21-13 Member Since 2012

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    "What a great book!!"

    This book was so great!
    I stumbled upon this series (started on book 5, and loved it so much I wanted to read the rest of the series) and I LOVE them ALL!
    I was surprised at how little our main character (D.D. Warren) was in this book but it was still a very good book! (Don't worry- she takes over the rest of the books and is amazing).

    Very good book- Very worth a credit!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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