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Touch & Go Audiobook
Touch & Go
Written by: 
Lisa Gardner
Narrated by: 
Elisabeth Rodgers
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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    timchi racine, WI, United States 03-07-13
    timchi racine, WI, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no. the plot is very similar to that of a movie I watched recently. It lacks originality.


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

    no.the author belabors a failed relationship between the two main characters (husband and wife). this failed relationship becomes the center of the universe for the story. maybe the author was trying to exercise some of her own demons.


    Was Touch & Go worth the listening time?

    I reluctantly continued to listen to this book but only out my own sense of boredom.


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    Sarah United States 03-06-13
    Sarah United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I want more Tessa!"
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Almost Realistic & Interesting


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bad good guys.


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

    Haven't listened to any others but loved her compared to the previous narrators in this series.


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

    No


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    Catherine SC 03-06-13
    Catherine SC 03-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "A Real Cliffhanger"
    If you could sum up Touch & Go in three words, what would they be?

    Totally Unexpected Outcome


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

    The Neighbor


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the abduction scene


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

    The relationship between characters was very sad.


    Any additional comments?

    I just wonder what a difference faith in God would have meant to any of the characters. It would have changed the story, but I think it could have added depth to the characters. I certainly couldn't imagine facing anything that significant without prayer.

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    Linda 03-06-13
    Linda 03-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "What a wild ride!"

    The two of them are a great team. Great characters, twists and turns all over the place. Written very well and maintaining some of the characters in her previous book. Love You More is how I started listening to Lisa and a wonderful place to start. This my favorite so far though. You won't be disappointed.

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    Mark Seals Villa O above Lake Washington 03-06-13
    Mark Seals Villa O above Lake Washington 03-06-13
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    "Want to like it, but too much whining"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The repetitive whining and wringing of hands by the main character set my teeth on edge. I love all of Ms. Gardner's other books. What gives ?


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    debbie San Ramon, CA, United States 03-05-13
    debbie San Ramon, CA, United States 03-05-13
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    "Completely Entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    I was extremely delighted with Touch & Go. I've "read" most of Lisa Gardner's other books and this one is the best so far. Interesting characters, great story line, amazing story. Totally recommend.

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    Kris Pleasanton, CA, United States 03-05-13
    Kris Pleasanton, CA, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "usually a fan, but not this one"
    Would you try another book from Lisa Gardner and/or Elisabeth Rodgers?

    Yes, I have read all of Lisa Gardner books, usually very good. I just could not get into this one in fact, Love You More was GREAT.


    What could Lisa Gardner have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Faster outside action, Less personal whinning develope the story a little faster.


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

    I have no problems with the performance by Rodgers, she did the best she could with the material


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    Karen Coos bay, OR, United States 03-04-13
    Karen Coos bay, OR, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Suspenseful"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch & Go the most enjoyable?

    Go storyline, suspenseful,


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

    The plot kept me interested and it was not clear til the end who was responsible


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

    No


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    Patricia Clemson, SC, United States 03-04-13
    Patricia Clemson, SC, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Suspense and Action Never Stopped"
    What made the experience of listening to Touch & Go the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the two sides of the plot--the story of the kidnapped family and the story of the police investigation. Tessa Leone from Love You More joins up with the backwoods sheriff to try to track down where this family is secreted away. A little romance sparks between the two but not enough to distract from the story. Another part of the story that intriqued me was the idea of being forced to live indefinitely in a prison with no freedom to shower, rest, eat or roam around. Yes, I know that all prisoners feel this way, but this family had done nothing wrong except take their family ties for granted. And the violence or threat of violence day and night against the daughter, the wife and the husband never ended. Each family member wanted to protect the others and took many blows to do so. Ironically, this family had been falling apart before this happened, now they seem to be getting back into a loving relationship. The mother is addicted to pain killers, the daughter is addicted to her electronic devices and has a huge secret, while the father has been caught in an affair and is repentant over that.


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

    I was kept guessing why this family was taken and what the father had done to drive someone to this kind of revenge. The kidnappers didn't seem to care about asking for ransom, so why were they doing this? As Tessa Leone and the sheriff got closer to the kidnappers' lair, I kept thinking the sheriff would remember something, recognize a good spot for their hideout. I still don't see why he wouldn't remember a prison had recently been built in his state. Or investigate what building projects the construction company had undertaken recently since the father was head of that company. Of course, one of the kidnappers was a violent sociopath bent on destroying the wife and daughter because they almost escaped once. I didn't know how that would turn out.


    Any additional comments?

    Lisa Gardner fans will relish her trademark suspense and characterization that drive the plot. I highly recommend this book.

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    Ted Delta, BC, Canada 03-04-13
    Ted Delta, BC, Canada 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ugh. Do some research!"
    What was most disappointing about Lisa Gardner’s story?

    Does a woodworker decide what he is going to make a table, no a bookcase, no a wine rack and then reach for a board? Nope. Do you punch coordinates into a GPS tracker? Nope. Does a GPS tracker have a range of +/- 100 feet in one sentence and then tell you the target is 15 feet ahead 5 sentences later? Nope. Author is sloppy and lazy and, was there no editor?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was fine. No audible cringes, impressive given the material.


    Any additional comments?

    Live and learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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