Audie Award Winner, Mystery, 2014
Andy Carpenter's accountant, Sam Willis, receives a surprise call from Barry Price, a friend he hasn't spoken to in years. Barry needs Sam's financial acumen and Andy's legal expertise. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to Barry's house, he can't drive off without waiting for help. By then, Barry's taken off on a private airplane headed to who-knows-where. Soon after they learn that Barry's plane has crashed, and they come to the terrifying realization that Sam was also supposed to have been killed on that plane. Barry was in far more serious trouble than either of them knew, and for Sam and Andy, the trouble is only beginning.
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"An exciting intrigue story of twists, turns, and the rehabilitation of a loyal canine friend, Unleashed (audio) is a treat for mystery lovers and dog lovers alike!" (The Midwest Book Review)
Rarely do I listen to a book or a series of books multiple times. However, Grover Gardner and David Rosenfelt have something special going that should continue for a long time. I have listened to all of the Andy Carpenter books, which is a first for me. I did not read an entire series of books or listen to an entire series of books before in my life, but this series and Grover Gardner's narration bring the characters and the stories to life in such a way that I believe I would know them on the street if I met them - especially Tara.
There is a common problem among many narrators in how to voice the opposite sex. Men have trouble with women characters and women have trouble voicing men without sounding false, or falsetto as the case may be. Grover Gardner just does not seem to have that problem. I can accept his characterizations of both sexes without "a willing suspension of disbelief" so necessary with other narrators.
David Rosenfelt's character of Andy Carpenter is one I particularly enjoy because he does not take himself too seriously, and that's okay with him. He is not a dilettante, or an attorney who is out to save the world. He is just a good lawyer doing a good job for his clients with the help of some very special assistants. Andy is the kind of lawyer I would like to be if I were a criminal defense attorney instead of a civil attorney. I can identify with his view of judges, however, because I have done a few of Andy's antics in my own court appearances with the same disdain that Andy experiences.
And one of these days I have GOT to meet Marcus Clark. The description of him is not how I would have envisioned Marcus, but that's okay because he is one of my very favorite characters. I look forward to more Andy Carpenter books with great anticipation, especially if Grover Gardner continues to bring them to life.
I would recommend this book to a friend especially if they love dogs. The dogs are not the central part of the book but add to the story.
I did not expect the story to take the turn it did. Very interesting.
To hard to choose just one.
Another Golden saves a life.
Mom of three
All of David Rosenfelt's books rank high on my list of audiobooks. I particularly like Grover Garder as narrator. His voice perfectly matched Andy Carpenter's dry wit! Unleashed was right up there with his other books!
I also love Rosenfelt's includsion of dogs. I am a dog lover and, while Tara the dog is a not a major player in the book, she adds a nice touch and bring out the hero's best side: He's a dog lover!
While the plot is tight and suspenseful, one of my favorite things about David Rosenfelts books in his humor. I always laugh out loud!
no basis for comparision. I prefer the audio because of Grover Gardner's performance. If I read the book, I would hear Grover's voice, but would miss the comical aspects.
Willie-because he is a true dog lover; Laurie because she loves Andy and Tara and represents a strong woman, not dependent on the male lead; Tara, because she keeps Andy grounded; Andy because he is funny and a brilliant lawyer and loves dogs
everything--character voices, timing, etc.
yes, and I did.
Too much time in between the Andy Carpenter books. I love this series
I love these books. The Andy Carpenter character is so real and I love Grover Gardner's narration. Well worth buying all these books. I have now got my sister and mother hooked.
So happy to have another book in the Andy Carpenter series and this did not disappoint. Loved having all the old characters return. LOL at times, and story was interesting. Looking forward to the next one!
Audible started me reading fiction again. What a treat to have professional actors narrating a book I may not have had the time to "read".
Grover Gardner brings all the interesting characters to life in this series. Andy Carpenter is one of my favorite protagonists of all the many cozy mysteries I've read. Treat yourself to a fun "who done it".
The reviews for Unleashed sucked me in...a crime story with humor, wit and a dog--how can that go wrong. ‘Unleashed’ is my first Andy Carpenter book, but not my first crime story with a dog as a character.
Unfortunately, Carpenter’s humor is no more than constant wisecracking to the point of distraction. It’s sophomoric and superficial from a character who thinks he’s funny, but is just incessantly annoying. This book did not even make me smile, although it did make me shake my head.
The legal/courtroom action is amateurish and was clearly written by someone who is not informed; at one point, two individuals are independently accused, jailed and on trial for the same crime in the same courtroom!
When Carpenter and his bodyguard go to a hideout to confront the suspected perps, they decide it’s OK to kill the two unsuspecting guards outside the hideout. Um, that is first degree murder, perps or not!
And then, when they enter the buildings, Carpenter goes through this ridiculous little girl routine about the dangerous gun he’s carrying and of course freezes when it’s time to use it, although he’s saved by his police officer wife who shoots the perp--in the shoulder of course!
Over and over the author uses the dated, hackneyed and inappropriate phrase ‘getting lucky’ to refer to Carpenter’s having sex with his wife.
Oh, and his crack hacker team is a group of octogenarians which alone defies reality, but there is insufficient character development to justify this ridiculous farce.
Finally, the author uses the two dogs as mere foils, giving neither one personality nor substance.
All in all a very disappointing book, my last by David Rosenfelt.
However, there are several great, witty and even dog-centric detective/crime novels, two of which are guaranteed to make you laugh out loud:
1. The ‘Chet and Bernie’ mystery series by Spencer Quinn, wherein the story is narrated in first person by the dog, usually revealing the limitations of dog-think...often hilarious.
2. ‘The Walt Longmire mystery series’ by Craig Johnson. This series is about a modern day sheriff in Wyoming, but it’s not at all ‘cowboy’ The dog in these books is a minor character, but the books are indeed funny, witty, often brilliant. Definitely the most literate detective/crime novels of any I've read, Grisham included.
3. ‘Suspect’ by Robert Crais. Another detective novel, this time with a K9 Malinois Shepherd as the co-protagonist. In this case the author is actually into dogs and did major research on the training and use of K9 dogs, which is reflected in the story. A lot of the book is from the dog’s point of view and is both informative, entertaining and endearing. Crais is a superb crime writer.
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