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Touch & Go Audiobook

Touch & Go: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

This is my family: Vanished without a trace....

Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life.

This is what I know: Pain has a flavor....

When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their cell phones and electronic devices remaining. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a perfect little family, gone.

This is what I fear: The worst is yet to come....

Tessa knows better than anyone that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go?

This is the truth: Love, safety, family . . . it’s all touch and go.

©2012 Lisa Gardner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    caitlyn Davis, CA, United States 03-24-13
    caitlyn Davis, CA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Kept me up!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the whole Denby family. I love it in a book when you can both hate characters and also have compassion or connect to them. I felt that way about Justin and Libby, which kept things interesting.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    She did a great job with everyone, but probably Libby.


    Any additional comments?

    Some people said they guessed the twist at the end, but I didn't. There were clues, but it kept you wondering the whole time. I thought it was well done.

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    Em 03-23-13
    Em 03-23-13
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    "Formulaic crime drama"

    This book was a slog through every cliche, standard crime formula, the woman-police-trying-to-balance-a-family tack, the rich-family-who-didn't-really-have-it-all tack, the gruff-but-good-at-heart ... oh, I can't even write all of them, or I'll have just re-written the book. Suffice to say it was a predictable cookie cutter book that combines all the standard character composites, cliches and language of every other crime drama you've ever read. No surprises. Every "discovery" explained and overexplained. Not a dead horse remains unbeaten by the finale.

    The narration was fine, though heavy-handed with the Boston accents. But even very good narration could not have made a dent in the clunker of a plot or the pastel wash hotel watercoloresque character development.

    I have zero patience for unimaginative writing. Nothing to recommend here.

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    jacklyn United States 03-22-13
    jacklyn United States 03-22-13

    i am addicted to audio books. I always have one on in my car, or on my i-pod when I'm cleaning or shopping. I always have loved to read

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    "Great book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Touch & Go to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version, so I'm not sure. I enjoy listening to my books as I travel in my job, and while I do my chores. It is a great way to keep up with my favorite authors


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending, though I had it figured out about 3/4 through the book.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    Probably Ashlin. I admired her spunk.


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

    I did get hooked on it in a couple of places and carried it in to the house and just sat and listened.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like this author to write more mysteries, and less romance. She is very good.

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    greg Charlotte, NC, United States 03-22-13
    greg Charlotte, NC, United States 03-22-13
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    "The Narrator Killed This For Me"
    What disappointed you about Touch & Go?

    The narrator destroyed what might have been a good story. I can not stand when a male narrator tries to change his voice to sound like a woman. I equally cannot stand when a female narrator tries to change her voice to sound like a man. Specially a really bad Boston thug kind of guy. Couldn't take it past chapter 5!Might have been a good story though.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Gardner? Why or why not?

    Yes, if a different narrator is used.


    What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

    The narrator destroyed what might have been a good story. I can not stand when a male narrator tries to change his voice to sound like a woman. I equally cannot stand when a female narrator tries to change her voice to sound like a man. Specially a really bad Boston thug kind of guy. Couldn't take it past chapter 5!


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    Vickie 03-22-13
    Vickie 03-22-13

    I'm an avid reader who now listens to books on tape. I'm a bit late to the game but enjoying the hands free reading.

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    "Cardboard Characters and Dialogue"
    What would have made Touch & Go better?

    More intellectual dialogue and and less predictable storyline.


    What was most disappointing about Lisa Gardner’s story?

    I am a fan of Lisa Gardner and was disappointed in her latest novel. The characters and plot line were predictable and too one dimensional. I don't remember that her characters were so empty headed nor that the dialogue lacked true feelings or any realism in her previous books.


    What character would you cut from Touch & Go?

    I don't know that the characters needed to be cut. They needed to be stronger and more human. Empty shells speaking jibberish. Even the main detectives lacked much depth of thought. It was an easy crime that took too long for them to figure out. It was strung out for no good reason. The author's style made it easy to figure out who was the master mind.


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    Martha ORLANDO, FL, USA 03-21-13
    Martha ORLANDO, FL, USA 03-21-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A Good Story & Listen"

    Found this to be a great story that kept my interest. The test for me is finding myself looking forward to when I can listen, instead of just listening when I have time. This book passed the test easily. I also enjoyed the reader. Nothing is more distracting to a story than having it not read well; in this case it was very well done.

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    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-20-13
    Greg Wichita, KS, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2010

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Different...........but in a good way"

    The character development was quick and good. As things move along you can kinda see what was coming. At the point of epic development I felt that it was a little unbelievable, but I can see why that was by the end of the book. The ending did wrap things up nice and tighty.

    Moved along quickly and somewhat entertaining - I enjoyed Lisa Gardners book "Gone Girl" so I had hoped this one would be as fun.

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    Donna/BookTiger United States 03-18-13
    Donna/BookTiger United States 03-18-13
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    "Edge of my seat"

    Throughout the story I enjoyed the twists and turns LG took me through as I could not figure out until the end who had done it. Yes I had guessed it was this one or that one, but then something else would turn up and overturn my guess. I love DD Warren and Tessa Leone. DD is just the right amount of tough and "kind of" female (haha). Tessa just the right amount of compassion, quiet fortitude, and a toughness no one expects.

    Each detail of the kidnapping in this story is very well sounded out. You don't have to wonder about anything happening. It is hard to stop the recording to go on to other tasks because you are so entangled in, "Wait, what is happening next/now/what just happened"!

    Exhausting is the best way to explain how you feel once your done. But also exhilarated too. My heart was racing because it was waiting for who, who, who and also because it was revealed and I knew it had to be. Glad it was finally over, but trying to catch my breath.


    Great book to read/listen to. Don't pass it up!!!

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    Jill 03-18-13
    Jill 03-18-13
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    "Just ok....."
    What did you like best about Touch & Go? What did you like least?

    The story was fairly entertaining, but I had the ending figured out (more or less) about halfway through the book. I prefer a bit less predictability.


    Would you recommend Touch & Go to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you're looking for an "easy" read that doesn't require much thinking, this is your kind of book.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I upped the speed to 1.25 for the majority of the story as I thought the narrator spoke too slowly.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no.


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    Suzanne R. Sequeira Maui, HI 03-18-13
    Suzanne R. Sequeira Maui, HI 03-18-13

    names not susan

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    "A "page turner""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this audiobook to someone who likes suspense. It keeps you guessing all the way to the end.


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

    This was a definite page turner. I couldn't get enough. It was suspenseful from beginning to end.


    Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was the daughter, Ashlyn.


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

    I usually listen on my walk but I started also listening while cooking dinner and doing the dishes too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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