In David Rosenfelt's latest thriller, Jamie Wagner must free a convicted murderer so that she can save her dying daughter - by taking her own life.
Jamie Wagner is a young lawyer who is happy to be flying under the radar at a large firm, doing background research for the partners. It's not that he isn't smart. He is. It's just that hard work, the whole legal world, isn't really his thing. Underachiever? Yes. Content? At least until the firm puts him on a case that turns his whole world upside down.
Sheryl Harrison has served four years of a 30-year sentence for killing her husband, whom she claims abused her and her daughter, Karen. The case is settled. There shouldn't be anything for Jamie to do - except Karen is sick. She has a congenital heart defect and will die without a transplant, and her rare blood type makes the chance of finding a matching donor remote. Sheryl wants to be that donor, and Jamie is in way over his head. Suicide, no matter what the motive, is illegal, and Sheryl is put on suicide watch.
Jamie's only shot at helping Sheryl and saving Karen is to reopen the murder case, prove Sheryl's innocence, and get her freed, so that she can pursue her plan on her own.
David Rosenfelt, a native of Paterson, New Jersey, is a graduate of NYU. He was the former marketing president for Tri-Star Pictures before becoming a writer of novels and screenplays. He currently lives in Southern California with his wife and 35 dogs. Tadd Morgan is an actor, dancer and musician holding a bachelor of arts degree in Improvisational Performance Structures from Bennington College. He has been performing in his native Seattle for the past five years.
©2012 David Rosenfelt (P)2012 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.
I love Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series. Funny, irreverent, well-read by Grover Gardner. This book, however, which strays from the Carpenter series, is little better than a bad romance novel. The plot is sappy and unbelievable (why do authors insist that out-of-their-league lawyers can pull off the impossible?), and I couldn't wait for it to end.
Everything. The main character and MAYBE one other sounded normal. Was he using a voice synthesizer set to alien life forms? My Kindle could have read it better.
Audio Book Fiend
This book begins with an interesting ethical dilemma that is carried throughout the book. I loved the storyline and where Mr. Rosenfelt took it. There were enough twists and turns that it kept me guessing all the way through and I didn't predict the ending at all. My very minor complaint would be that the narrator tried a little too hard to differentiate all the character voices, and it wasn't always successful. This is a great summer read!
I look forward to the next David Rosenfelt book of the Andy Carpenter series.
In contrast to the subtlety of a narrator like Grover Gardner, this narrator caricatures the voices of different characters in a heavyhanded and annoying manner.
Nope. I kept wondering what Andy Carpenter was up to while listening to the book...
David Rosenfelt is one of my favorite authors. His books are always good. The problem with this book wasn't the story line, it was the narrator. His normal voice was ok, but when he tried to change his voice to sound like other characters in the book, I felt like I was listening to cartoons or some kids show. None of them were believable and it bothered me at times. Kind of spoiled the story. It was like listening to a really suspenseful radio show and suddenly the detective speaks and its Sponge Bob. But I love David Rosenfelt and would still buy his books. Just hope he uses another narrator next time.
Would you give your heart to the one you love?
The reader was terrible--accent bad, various character voices equally bad
The Andy Carpenter reader and stories are far superior and should not be missed.
I have not read the print version but the guy who spoke made the story come alive
Well it was contrived but the solution to Harvard's conundrum
It was fun but not overwhelming either way
I suppose so - but a lot of time has to pass.
at first I wasn't sure about reading a non andy carpenter book but this one held up.
he started a little slow - but then I guess I got more used to his style especially after listening to the andy carpenter series with grover gardner reading.
just the beginning until I got used to his style.
David Rosenfelt writes good mysteries and doesn't rely on bad language to convey mood.
No, it was not well spent. I was very disappointed in the narrator and the storyline. It is very unoriginal.
Awful imitation of females; monotone reading and just plain flat.
No, but I needed closure...
Tell us about yourself!
This was a fast summer listen. The plot is a bit far fetched but as usual, the author makes it seem plausible (except for the romance angle which is just plain silly). The main character is otherwise well developed and I found myself hoping there will be more books featuring him. A word of caution - if you have listened to the Andy Carpenter series, this narrator will disappoint you. His delivery is a bit off and as a result some of the humour gets lost.
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