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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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    Colleen Brookdale, CA, United States 03-25-13
    Colleen Brookdale, CA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Started a little slow for me but good overall"
    Would you listen to Touch & Go again? Why?

    I was getting a little impatient waiting for something interesting to happen but by the second half of the book, it started getting more interesting. It was definitely in later in the book. She is a good writer and can get away with more dialogue. I've obviously been spoiled by more suspenseful books. It did not disappoint after all.


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    Kim Fairview, TX, United States 03-24-13
    Kim Fairview, TX, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very unconventional plot"
    Where does Touch & Go rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is always a difficult question because I've listened to so many over the years. The plot line here is unique and the narration is well done; I'll list it in the top fifty.


    What other book might you compare Touch & Go to and why?

    I'd probably compare it to early Harlan Coben because of the plot twists, but unlike Harlan Coben's books, I guessed where this plot was going. It was well executed, though, so I don't want to disrespect the author or the effect.


    What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

    She created an audible personality for each of the characters. I was never "lost" as to which character was speaking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely kept me interested and following along with the story. I certainly didn't laugh or cry, but I wanted to throttle a couple of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, an excellent novel - just not a GREAT one.

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    Elizabeth Lantana, FL, United States 03-24-13
    Elizabeth Lantana, FL, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Another good book"
    Any additional comments?

    I do love all her books . Had great Suspense , enjoyed the listen.

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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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    M. Hartman Orlando, FL United States 03-21-13
    M. Hartman Orlando, FL United States 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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