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First Degree Audiobook

First Degree

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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)

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    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-22-14
    Ray West Deptford, NJ, United States 08-22-14 Member Since 2013

    Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.

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    "Andy to the Rescue"

    Would have preferred a bit more of the law and less of the mystery. Still, I enjoyed following the trail.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "Another good Andy Carpenter"

    Solid story with good characters. This author and Andy Carpenter are the reason I own a dog.

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    PAR-TEE 03-18-13
    PAR-TEE 03-18-13

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    "Enjoyable Read..."

    I enjoy the trials and tribulations of Andy Carpenter. Along with a good mystery he makes me laugh and look forward to the next book... A light, enjoyable winter/summer read... Recommended to those who like sarcasm, wit, and humor with the drama of a courtroom battle while solving a mystery.

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    Montanan Crossville, TN, United States 11-06-12
    Montanan Crossville, TN, United States 11-06-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Enough Already !"

    This is not my first Rosenfelt book, but for some reason I listened to another. The sarcasm is just too much ... way too much. About one fourth of it might be OK, but I doubt it. If you love constant sarcasm, He is your author. Not for me.

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    Linda 09-17-12
    Linda 09-17-12
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    "Fun, as always"

    This series has the great combination of suspense and humor, plus it features a dog! David Rosenfelt's work is much more enjoyable to listen to than to read hard-copy; the humor comes across better - especially because of the skill of the narrator.

    This is a great choice for dog loving fans of who-done-its!

    Linda in Delaware

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    Patricia Calhoon Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-10-12
    Patricia Calhoon Colorado Springs, CO, United States 09-10-12
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    "Fun read"

    This is a well written and fun book. Highly recommend it. Lots of Laugh out loud.

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    Jamie Norfolk, VA, United States 06-04-12
    Jamie Norfolk, VA, United States 06-04-12
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    "Captivating and enjoyable"

    A good, addictive listen. At first I found Grover Gardener's voice a little annoying, too fast-paced and not what I expected for Andy Carpenter, but now after listening to several books read by Gardener, his voice *is* Andy Carpenter to me. I don't know if it's in this audible as well or just the next few in the series, but there are these really annoying and bizarre musical interludes at the end and beginning of chapters. Drove me crazy. The book itself is good, definitely kept me interested; now having listened to several Andy Carpenter books, I can see that Rosenfelt recycles some of his phrases, jokes, plot devices, but this was the first I listened to, and I enjoyed it--obviously enough to purchase additional books in the series. I am a dog lover myself and very much enjoy the inclusion of dog talk.

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    pkwood Tulsa, Oklahoma 06-01-12
    pkwood Tulsa, Oklahoma 06-01-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Keep them coming!"
    What made the experience of listening to First Degree the most enjoyable?

    Have all of his books thus far and you feel like you are one of the team when you listen.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He has a wonderful voice and you feel as though he is telling the story to you.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


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    M. M. Berman Boston, MA 04-22-12
    M. M. Berman Boston, MA 04-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great entertainment"
    What did you love best about First Degree?

    The story was fun. The writing was very witty and the performance had me laughing out loud at times.


    Would you be willing to try another book from David Rosenfelt? Why or why not?

    I did download all his other books after listening to this one! Some were better than others but this one was the best.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    He has such good timing! He was truly into the performance. He did a great job on all of the Rosenfelt books. I'd look out for him as a reader in the future.


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

    Certainly didn't make me cry. But the snarky dialog did make me laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of fun! Get it!

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    Springfield Mark Fairfax Station, VA, United States 04-17-12
    Springfield Mark Fairfax Station, VA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2004

    I have a dily commute of 35 - 45 minutes in heavy traffic. I find the commute is a lot more enjoyable if there is a good book to listen to.

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    "Andy Carpernter Strikes Again"
    If you could sum up First Degree in three words, what would they be?

    I love the Andy Carpenter books, and this one is one of the best.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Gardner has a great sense of Carpenter's deprecative style. I love all the joke and wisecracks.


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