We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
First Degree Audiobook

First Degree

Regular Price:$19.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Nominated for the Edgar and Shamus Awards, David Rosenfelt's debut novel, Open and Shut, was widely praised by listeners and critics. Rosenfelt returned with this riveting mystery, First Degree, featuring irreverent and dynamic lawyer Andy Carpenter.

When a cop's body is found burned and decapitated, the last thing Andy Carpenter expected is for a stranger to waltz into his office and admit to the crime. For the wise-cracking millionaire defense attorney suffering from "lawyer's block", the case looks like a no-brainer...until the cops pick up another suspect: Andy's lead P.I., Laurie Collins, who happens to be the love of his life.

Soon Laurie's facing conviction for the grisly murder and Andy must desperately try to save her. All he had wanted was a case to sink his teeth into. Now he gets one that's a kick in the head - and the heart.

Crack another case with Andy Carpenter.

©2004 David Rosenfelt; (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Rosenfelt should win a unanimous verdict: first-rate." (Publishers Weekly)
"As satisfying as the nuts and bolts of the case are, it's the sheer likability of Andy and the odd assortment of his friends and staff that lifts the story from merely enjoyable to genuinely delightful." (Publishers Weekly)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (1460 )
5 star
 (792)
4 star
 (504)
3 star
 (135)
2 star
 (22)
1 star
 (7)
Overall
4.4 (864 )
5 star
 (480)
4 star
 (290)
3 star
 (81)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.6 (873 )
5 star
 (599)
4 star
 (218)
3 star
 (40)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 10-24-09
    marilynolsen OAKHURST, CA, United States 10-24-09 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    85
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    69
    25
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    "Another great one!"

    I love the way this guy writes. He cracks me up with his sarcasm. His girlfriend and dog are funny. I even like the way his friend Pete takes advantage of him by making him always pay for the dinners. Another great read. Never change the narrator either, he is perfect!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 10-02-12
    girorv montreal, QC, Canada 10-02-12 Member Since 2011

    To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    171
    66
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    9
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Absolute fun"

    Andy Carpenter is a witty, clever and talented lawyer. He`,s also very rich so he can pick and choose his clients. That's a good thing for us. It ensures we always get a good story, with really good guys and really bad guys. Grover Gardner does an excellant job reading this story. This is my second Andy Carpenter and surely not the last one `I hear.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael garden grove, CA, United States 02-25-09
    Michael garden grove, CA, United States 02-25-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    35
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent listen"

    All Andy Carpenter series books are great and worth the listen. I have listened to all books in the series and love them all. The mix of wit, humor and drama are excellent. Just carefull when listening while working out you may laugh while lifting.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 09-09-16
    Leslie Helgerson Lewisville, TX 09-09-16

    Tell us about yourself! Female, Realtor

    HELPFUL VOTES
    17
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    58
    58
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Didn't See That Coming"

    Another good book in the Andy Carpenter series. Lawyer, dog lover and humor. Never get too serious, but keeps you thinking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Longhorn74 03-05-15
    Longhorn74 03-05-15 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun read!"

    Loved the story, and the reader made it even better! If you like dogs, mystery and a little romance, it's a winner.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gayle 02-15-14
    Gayle 02-15-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    120
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    301
    83
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "What More Could You Want?"

    Mystery, love interest, humor, and dogs - what more could you want? Fast-paced and well narrated, this may become my go-to series for light entertainment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 12-19-13
    Daniel Hickory Creek, TX United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2016

    I am a 67 yo disabled Vet who lives in N. Texas. I was a medic in the Army during the Viet Nam war, got an MS in ecology and just retired.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    75
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    441
    61
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Short but very satisfying"

    Grover Gardner narrated and did a superb job in keeping the characters recognizable by voice alone, an important talent in this book, where the author pretty much assumes you've read the first in the series. Not much time is given to introducing or describing the old characters, though they stay pretty much true to form.

    Again, the heart of the book is the courtroom, where the cross-examinations of the various state witnesses are brilliant drama, and at times, high comedy. The inevitable exoneration of our heroine comes ... well, I don't want to spoil it for you. I mean, you did know he would save her, didn't you?

    A secondary plot is the civil suit of the released-from-death-row-at-the-very-last-moment-before-his-lethal-injection falsely accused, incarcerated, convicted and sentenced but saved at the last minute man. Whew. Anyway, that's all going on in the background while Andy is trying to save his "only-true-love". Oh yeah. Don't forget. He's also suing his former father in law.

    All in all, a good time is had by all. A great book; an easy listen and a lot of fun. I recommend it; but remember, it's just a fun book. Don't expect more than that and you'll enjoy it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    tom apopka, FL, United States 05-03-12
    tom apopka, FL, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    41
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Decent storyline, but short when it counts"

    Rosenfelt has a pretty good story to tell based on cover-ups, lying government agents, and Vietnam special forces! But, if you're going to get this big with the characters, you should spend more time on the impacts to the story. The "unabridged" story reads more like an "abridged" novel as the wide array of characters and bad guys get short stroked in the end. But, an enjoyable read despite its overabundence of turn-of-phrase and satiracle style quips. Grover Gardner is a perfect match for the type of humor Rosenfelt weaves.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tomodachi 04-16-12
    Tomodachi 04-16-12 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    216
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    170
    21
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    12
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Always a joy!"

    It's always a pleasure to listen to Grover Gardener reading David Rosenfelt's work. Gardener completely captures the "North Jersey" accent and tempo reflected in Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series, and Rosenfelt's stories are always the perfect mix of humor, mystery, and heart. I listen to a wide variety of books, but I always come back to Rosenfelt, Gardener, and Andy Carpenter (and Tara!) when I just want to listen to something I *know* I'll enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nolan Howe Lathrop, CA United States 04-08-12
    Nolan Howe Lathrop, CA United States 04-08-12 Member Since 2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    11
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    250
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A good, solid Andy Carpenter mystery"
    If you could sum up First Degree in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, enjoyable and fun!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of First Degree?

    Honestly I enjoy the humor in the Andy Carpenter throughout books the most rather than pointing to a particular scene or moment.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    The Andy Carpenter books are all first person so Grover Gardner has become Andy Carpenter to me. I can't imagine anyone else as his voice and he reads the books with an easy confidence that makes it seem he's sitting right next to you.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    These humorous mysteries are not really


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as I have all of the Carpenter books. I always eagerly anticipate listening to the book and am usually sad that the book has to come to an end. I've just about finished the series and It'll be tough to have to wait for the author to write the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.