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Alone Audiobook

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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    Sherry Southington, OH, USA 02-06-05
    Sherry Southington, OH, USA 02-06-05
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    "I know I'm not Alone . . ."

    . . . 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!

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Sheila McGuire Rochester, New York United States 02-09-05
    Sheila McGuire Rochester, New York United States 02-09-05 Member Since 2007
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    "Another Triumph for Lisa Gardner! :)"

    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!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Theurer 03-06-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, annoying characterizations."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was great and is very necessary to read the follow up "HIDE." Great plot twists.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Audrey Pescadero, CA, United States 03-22-11
    Audrey Pescadero, CA, United States 03-22-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Narration ruined the story"

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Stevens 07-06-08 Member Since 2004
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    "OUTSTANDING"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    04-12-07
    04-12-07 Member Since 2015
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    "I loved it"

    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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ira Landsman Nashville 05-08-05
    Ira Landsman Nashville 05-08-05 Member Since 2001

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    "Narrator is great!"

    Although I have not finished listening I almost did not buy this audio secondary to the first two reviews. The narrator for the unabridged book is not bad at all. It is difficult for a women to take on men's voices and vice versa. Sometimes the narrator does this in a stereotypic fashion that distracts the listener from the story. This narrator transitions the male and female voices well. Thus far the story is in the usual Lisa Gardner non-stop adrenaline rush.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-17-12
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-17-12 Member Since 2015

    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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    Rhonda 02-08-05
    Rhonda 02-08-05
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    "Very Disappointed"

    I have been a big fan of Lisa Gardner's and was so thrilled to see she had a new book out. Unfortunately, this book was not her best. I didn't care for the reader as he read too mechanically. The book just didn't have the twists, turns, and excitement of her previous books (i.e., The Survivor's Club, The Next Accident). It's an okay listen, but certainly not worthy of 5 stars.

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth 11-12-12
    Elizabeth 11-12-12 Member Since 2015

    Love to listen to all books via audible. Member since 07. Listen to 4 to 6 books a month. Retired RN. Excited to be part of a new book club!

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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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