Andy Carpenter isn't sure what to think when he gets a mysterious phone call from a good friend, policeman Pete Stanton, asking him to drop everything, drive to an unfamiliar address, and bring his girlfriend, Laurie Collins. He certainly isn't expecting to show up at a crime scene. But that's exactly where he arrives - at the house where Pete has just discovered the body of ex-convict Danny Balfour. Upstairs are Danny's now orphaned four-year-old son and basset hound. And that, Andy discovers, is why he and Laurie were called to the scene - Pete wants them to take care of the boy and the dog so they won't get thrown into the "system". This is already asking a lot, but soon Pete needs another big favor from Andy. Pete himself has come under suspicion for Danny's murder, and he needs defense attorney Andy to represent him - and to find out what really happened in Danny's house that day!
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First, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Andy Carpenter series. There is not another series of books that I have had universally positive feedback from recommendations I have made to friends and family. So, if you haven't listened to (or read) any of the other novels in this series, I would strongly recommend that you start with the first one and enjoy the journey!
You will find the perfect marriage of story and narrator, as Grover Gardner IS Andy Carpenter.
Now, regarding "Hounded"- this is my favorite Andy Carpenter novel. It delivers all of the usual ingredients that make this series so satisfying. Great narration, humor, wonderful characters, a few good plot twists, and adds to it conclusion that is so satisfying, I listened to the end of it several times. :)
Thank you Audible, David Rosenfelt and Grover Gardner!
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This is a great story with a number of inter-woven plots that fit together very well. As always, David includes a ton of humor in with the mystery and the overall effect is one enjoyable experience. And there were a number of surprises in this story that I would not have expected from Andy Carpenter, even after listening to the whole series.
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
I love the Andy Carpenter series! David Rosenfelt has such a terrific,offbeat sense of humor. The characters are so real and have distinct personalities. This courtroom drama was unique and had a surprise ending. No hints! By all means use your credit on this one. I'll be watching for the next episode. Thanks for the enjoyment David, you're a gem. Kudos once again to Grover Gardner.
Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.
Smile through the book.Laugh aloud many a times. Feel some good suspense and thrills to hold the laughter! It is always worth it. Terra has not been given the due attention in this book. Next time :) If you have heard Andy Carpenter books this is a easy choice. If you are new...welcome to the world of humor-thrillers-Go for it!
More action than a Batman comic book! More smart-aleck one-liners than a Groucho Marx routine! These books are just flat fun.
Great plotting, funny and with a surprising who-dunnit twist at the ending. Not as much doggy stuff in this one. Now I can't wait to see what the future brings to Andy and Tara.
Best book ever " doesn't come near enough to describe it. I'm glad there's no movie of this book, it wouldn't do justice to it. Tears of joy & laughter are emotions most men wouldn't admit too,
But t do admit to a lot of tears of joy & laughter from this book.
I'll listen to it again someday as I recommend you do now!! Enjoy to your hearts content as I know u will!!
Love books! Classics and lighter fiction, mysteries (not too violent please :-). And selective non-fiction--whatever takes my fancy.
What do an adorable pair of orphaned dog and boy, a murdered police informer, a cop on trial and pills for animal euthanasia have to do with each other? One would initially think, not much. Unless one had the fertile imagination and amazing ability to write mysteries with great characters, good prose and a subtle wit like David Rosenfelt. I just love this series, and the premise is one that is fun to dream of: a protagonist so wealthy he need only work when he feels like it.
Andy Carpenter, his dog Tara and their group of long and loyal friends have not only taken on the job of defending Pete Stanton, accused of killing the police informer, but by unusual circumstances, have temporarily inherited the dead man's little boy and dog to take care of, to avoid their having to go into "the system," while family is sought to care for them. This is the touch that turns this book into a charmer, as the childless Andy has to adjust to having a little person living in his house.
This is always a good series, and I really like it it a lot. Rosenfelt is a great writer--including books that are not in this series (though they are not written with the touch of humor always found in these). I will just have to say that there is some little thing about the voice of the narrator that I don't love. But clearly it is not enough to keep me from listening to these delightful books! Recommend!
Favorites are histories and mysteries. Once avid reader trying to pick up the pace again later in life.
This was my first Andy Carpenter book. I bought "Hounded" with the dog photo on the cover thinking a dog might be essential to the mystery. This was not good detection on my part as that was not true. What you get instead is a very well-constructed contemporary crime mystery set in New Jersey. A few too many murders for my taste, but the first person narrative is entertainingly written by the author and very well-delivered by the narrator, Grover Gardner. There are so many characters you might think you need a scorecard but they're not hard to keep up with as the author reminds you periodically who they are and the essential characters and plot come thru clearly. You don't need to have read other novels in the series to follow along, but now that I've read this one I'd be interested in reading more and getting to know any regular characters better. Other than too many murders, a myriad of characters, and one or two illogical moves by attorney/investigator Andy Carpenter -- all of which are minor blips -- this is a very enjoyable story and listen.
"Great book for a journey"
The characters, the dog references and legal background
As with all the Andy Carpenter series, this is a good story with beginning, middle and ending.
Grover Gardener does the Andy Carpenter character very well. Having listened to several books in this series, I can almost believe that he IS Andy Carpenter.
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