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Touch & Go Audiobook

Touch & Go: A Novel

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. 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.
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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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    Karol WAYNESBORO, VA, United States 03-04-13
    Karol WAYNESBORO, VA, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another great puzzler from Lisa Gardner"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Touch & Go to be better than the print version?

    Yes, indeed. the reader is great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is unique. I pride myself on usually figuring things out very early in a mystery. This one , I was not sure until almost when the detectives got it.


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

    I guess Tessa Leoni was my favorite. I like what she is doing with her life and her skill and assertiveness in getting the job done. I liked her in a previous novel. I also liked the wife . We get her pov most of the time and she is a very sympathetic character. Honest about her own failings and love for her daughter and the issues in her life and early childhood.


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

    I think the ending when it all becomes clear what has been going on and who is responsible. I hope we see more of the mother in later books. I also liked one of the kidnappers and want to see more of him.


    Any additional comments?

    I do have doubts that the villain would be able to fool all of us for so long. I don't want to say more because it would be a spoiler.

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    Melanie Pine Grove Mills, PA USA 03-04-13
    Melanie Pine Grove Mills, PA USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Figured out the plot too early"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    I was really disappointed in this one. I figured out who did it long before the end of the novel and didn't find the characters to be terribly sympathetic or well-developed. Narration was pretty good, but several of the affected accents were sometimes distracting. Overall, not happy with this one. Sorry I can't give it a better review.


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

    Based on this one, probably not.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    While I really liked her voice overall, I found some of the accents distracting.


    Was Touch & Go worth the listening time?

    No.


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    Laura Topeka, KS, United States 03-04-13
    Laura Topeka, KS, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Good Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have never listened to a Lisa Gardner story I didn't like


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lisa Gardner always keeps you guessing


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Very easy to listen to, reads well


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea D. Clinton Scottsdale, AZ 03-03-13
    Andrea D. Clinton Scottsdale, AZ 03-03-13 Listener Since 2004
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    "A little disappointed with the end"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch & Go the most enjoyable?

    Loved the narrator and the story is good, but the ending was a little abrupt and unsatisfying


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    Lauren 03-03-13
    Lauren 03-03-13
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    "Tedious and unbelievable"

    I was about 1/3 through and finding this book pretty uninteresting. So I checked the reviews and they were generally positive. So I stuck it through to the end. What a mistake! The underlying premise of the story and rationale for the kidnapping is strong. But the prison scenes are dull, repetitive and tedious and they are a majority of the story. Very slow pace. Then the author needs to make the big reveal and wrap it all up and that happens quickly and with some flat out unbelievable plot turns. The characters are flat and I found myself not caring about any of them. The surprising twist wasn't a surprise at all--who else could have hatched the kidnap plan? I have enjoyed Gardner's other books but will think twice before ordering again.

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    Deborah J. Gaskins 02-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "A really good listen."
    What did you love best about Touch & Go?

    Kept my interest from the very start.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    Excellent job with all characters


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

    Oh yes, but I have to pace myself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tania Saraland, AL, United States 02-27-13
    Tania Saraland, AL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Lisa's Best Story By Far!!"
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, Thrill, and Surprise!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tessa Leoni was my favorite. She was introduced in "Love You More," and it was a great treat being reunited with her again in this book. I love her role and how she evolves in this book with her new character.


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

    No. I have not heard her before, but she was really able to paint the perfect picture. I will look for her books again.


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

    The whole book was so suspenseful and I thought I knew where it was going and then Bam! She took the book to a whole new level.


    Any additional comments?

    This was Lisa Gardner's best work yet!! Keep up the great work!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jerri 02-26-13
    Jerri 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Less "meaning" would be better, but GOOD story!"

    I really enjoyed the story and plot of the book, true Lisa Gardner quality! However the word "meaning" was WAAAYY overused, so much that I wanted to keep track of it. But I didn't. :o) The narrator has some context and pronunciation issues I've noticed in the last few books. Using "live" - as in "live concert" , instead of "live" as in "I live here." And lounge [lounj] like a cocktail lounge becomes "longe" [lonj] as in "longe line for horses". I am not a grammar cop but these things interrupted the story flow and were distracting for me. But the story was so good I'd just back it up 30 seconds, regain my thoughts and go on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 02-26-13
    Robert 02-26-13
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    "Not good"
    What did you like best about Touch & Go? What did you like least?

    Best: Anatomical references (to chemical dependency reactions, injury descriptions)
    Least: The redundant and tedious explanations of things that a reader would normally conclude on their own


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Gardner again?

    Probably not. Perhaps if someone in the Simon Vance talent range read the book, I MIGHT give it a try.


    What three words best describe Elisabeth Rodgers’s voice?

    Monotonous
    Painfully-attempted accents


    Do you think Touch & Go needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It ended with a "twist" that anyone who has read a mystery before could see coming from the beginning. Because you suspect the ending in the first few chapters, you decide it must be a red haring, but the author does not develop other characters complex enough to solicit suspicion.


    Any additional comments?

    For a young adult (due to writing style, not content) who is in need of practicing synonyms, fears subtlety, and needs repetition for the easiest of points to sink in.

    Also, the reader's "New Hampshire" and "Boston" accents will make you think that Murder, She Wrote's Cabot Cove residents were watered down. Although this does wake you up from the monotony every once and a while.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    matt Jacksonville, Fl, United States 02-25-13
    matt Jacksonville, Fl, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Really good...But."

    This was a good one! If you liked Gone girl then you'll like this one. The one down fall I found with this book was the "who done it factor" was pretty obvious about 1/4 into the book and you spend the rest of the book listening to how they did it rather than trying to figure out who did it. None the less this was a good one. I'd give it 4.5 stars if audible gave us that option.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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