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Open and Shut Audiobook

Open and Shut

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Publisher's Summary

Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan.

But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium. The shocks pile on as he discovers his dad left him with two unexpected legacies: a fortune of $22 million that Andy never knew existed...and a murder case with enough racial tinder to burn down City Hall.

Struggling to serve justice and bring honor to his father, Andy must dig up some explosive political skeletons - and an astonishing family secret that can close his case (and his mouth) for good.

Crack another case with Andy Carpenter.

©2002 David Rosenfelt; (P)2008 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"As soon as readers finish this remarkable first novel, they will begin clamoring for a second Andy Carpenter adventure." (Booklist)
"Brisk dialogue, careful plotting, and solid spadework." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 03-26-12
    Dotty CLOVIS, CA, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader. Retired harpist Consider myself knowledgeable in the English language.

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    "Did not disappoint"

    I'm liking the zippy dialogue and sassy characters in this series. Worth continuing with another one.

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    Enola CORTEZ, CO, United States 03-23-12
    Enola CORTEZ, CO, United States 03-23-12 Member Since 2015

    Enola

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    "Entertaining from start to finish!"
    If you could sum up Open and Shut in three words, what would they be?

    Intriging, funny and heartwarming


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I enjoyed the entire ride. The plot is complicated enough to keep me wondering, trying to figure out 'whodunnit'; and yet, not so complicated that I feel I need to take notes. Mr. Rosenfelt always provides a few unexpected twists and turns, too!


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

    Oh ... my ... goodness! He's a great narrator! I can't imagine simply reading one of Mr. Rosenfelt's books, or listening to another narrator for the 'Andy Series'. Grover does the different characters so well that I wish he would be allowed to leave out all the identifiers, e.g. 'she said', Hatchet said, etc.

    Another rare quality this awesome narrator brings to the experience, is that he can do womens' voices impeccably!

    Mr. Gardner has the characters so nailed, that you really hate the bad guys, root for the underdogs and come to love Andy's wit, sarcasm, and courage inspite of his self-proclaimed cowardess.

    I plan to listen to every book in the series, then on to the next...I'll google Grover Gardner as a narrator, and hope his books are all ones I can listen to....not R rated :)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Not sure what that is, but I'll give it a shot:

    If you're looking for drama, suspense, intrigue, mystery, and
    even some romance, this is a must-see film!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy very much how Mr. Rosenfelt continues the story-line and grows the characters and their relationships throughout the series. You feel as you really know the people, and when the book comes to an end, you can't wait for the next one!

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    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 03-20-12
    S. Friday Ramstein Air Base, Germany 03-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Snarky main character makes for a fun listen!"

    This was a fun listen! The dialog was witty, the plot was twisty and turny enough to keep me guessing, and the story had believable characters. I enjoyed the way the narrator portrayed character's voices and accents. My credit was well used.

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    Patricia 03-18-12
    Patricia 03-18-12
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    "A Good Read"

    This was a somewhat predictable story, but it was well done and held my attention. While readers knew there was a comspiracy afoot, it was still interesting to figure out the "why" along with the who.

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    darcy United States 03-13-12
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    "Great Simple Read (Listen)"
    What made the experience of listening to Open and Shut the most enjoyable?

    Easy to follow the characters and loved the


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Whoever the main character was...it has been to long since I have listend to it...SORRY


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    Amazon Customer 03-12-12
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    "Good read... suspenseful..."

    I enjoyed this one. Very much. I like that I knew something was up, but couldn't figure it out ahead of the plotline.

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    Anne 03-08-12
    Anne 03-08-12
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    "Enjoyed this -- sorta"

    This legal procedural thriller is a fairly light, tight and well written story. I think you'll enjoy the story and the mystery. It's a tight plot and highly believable. The problem was that I didn't much like the narration. I found Gardner's voices were all harsh and difficult - I could either make the volume tolerable ... or I could set the volume so I could hear him and feel my ears were mostly "assaulted." But over all, I enjoyed the book. It was just the narration that I had to "tolerate."

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    Robert Roseville, CA, United States 03-06-12
    Robert Roseville, CA, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Well Written and great dialog."
    Would you listen to Open and Shut again? Why?

    Probably given a brief in between time.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, the plot thickened right up to the end.


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

    This was my first book by this author.


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

    When he found his true feelings about his affections.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is entertaining right up to the last page.

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    art zacchia 03-06-12
    art zacchia 03-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Intrigue laced with humor"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like mystery along with humorous metaphors ala James Lee Burke, you'll like this


    What other book might you compare Open and Shut to and why?

    Though a different type of genre, his writing is laced with comparisons to James Lee Burke


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    At first I was not impressed with the narrator but as the story developed, he became a part of the story.


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

    I was very good and plan to do the rest of Mr. Rosenfelt's audio books


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend

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    Lee P. Prevost Antioch, CA, US 03-05-12
    Lee P. Prevost Antioch, CA, US 03-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    Not as funny or witty as I was led to believe. The story was ok, and Gardner did a good job with what he had to work with.

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