Don't Go

Narrated by: Jeremy Davidson
Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (622 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Come Home comes a riveting thriller about one man's search for his wife's killer.

When Dr. Mike Scanlon is called to serve as an army doctor in Afghanistan, he’s acutely aware of the dangers he’ll face and the hardships it will bring his wife, Chloe, and their newborn baby. And deep inside, he doesn’t think of himself as a hero, but a healer.

However, in an ironic turn of events, as Mike operates on a wounded soldier in a war-torn country, Chloe dies at home in the suburbs, in an apparently freak household accident. Devastated, he returns home to bury her, only to discover that the life he left behind has fallen apart. He’s a stranger to his baby girl, and his medical practice has downsized in his absence. Worse, he learns a shocking secret that sends him into a downward spiral.

Grief-stricken, Mike makes decisions upon returning to Afghanistan which will change his life forever. It’s not until he comes home for good that he grasps the gravity of his actions, and realizes he must fight the most important battle of his life, to reclaim his life and his daughter. Along the way, he discovers that everything is not as it seems, and he learns ugly truths about those he loves the most, as well as the true meaning of heroism.

©2013 Smart Blonde, LLC (P)2013 Macmillan Audio

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Not at all like Lisa Scottoline

What would have made Don't Go better?

This story is insipid. It seems as tho she came up with the premise years ago & altered the story to fit present day war. There's no reason to like or care about any of the charactors.

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Scottoline again?

I have listened to all her previous novels. This book is NOT representative of her work.

What three words best describe Jeremy Davidson’s performance?

Fine, unexciting, unmemorable

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The books opens with a bang & the rest is all fizzle.

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Really?

I'm not sure Lisa Scottoline really wrote this book??? It read like a Danielle Steel novel - SLOW and Boring!! I didn't even finish listening since it was predictable - and monotonous - that I found myself drifting and thinking of "when is this going to be over?"
What happened to the suspense novelist that I love????

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Annoying

I found almost every character to be annoying in one way or another. The narration was fine except when he did the two sisters...that female with an accent portrayal was awful. Actually, I'm only halfway through the book. I want to know who left her there to die, but I'm not sure I can get through the rest of it. Mike is a wimp, allowing his sister-in-law and brother-in-law to bully him. They are annoying characters. His partner was annoying. I have tried several of Scottoline's books. This will probably be my last. They all sound like a good story line, but then somehow, it just always gets annoying in the portrayal of the characters.

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Think I expected something different

I have never read a book by Lisa Scottoline before. This one sounded as though it would be a good, even poignant-sounding story. Began listening eagerly, then noticed that while the premise of a soldier coming home to his wife's funeral after her unexpected death, even with some elements of mystery involved, sounded enticingly good, it, well...wasn't. At least not my cup of tea.

I've surely listened to worse, but it felt flat somehow. The narration bothered me, but Jeremy Davidson could not create a better reading than the book itself allowed. This is undoubtedly as much a matter of my listening taste as anything else. I rather imagine others will like it better, but I found it to be a disappointment. I found it hard to listen to. Kept waiting for it to improve, but it didn't. It should have been good. All the elements were there; somehow it simply did not click for me. Writing too simplistic, too dry, even though the plot line had a lot of promise. Just my opinion though.

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Dissapointed in this Scottoline title

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have listened to and read several Scottoline books but this one was not typical. I found the story not up to her usual standard. The story kind of left me feeling like it was wrapped up for closure but didn't really make sense. I didn't care for the narrator. It was hard to hear a man doing a woman's voice with a French accent.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Scottoline’s story?

The pieces didn't seem to fit at the end.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes definitely! It was hard to listen to a man playing a French woman's part.

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The Ultimate Liar

What did you love best about Don't Go?

The bizarre, intense behavior of the female lead. It's amazing what she was purported to do without anyone being the wiser. It was equally amazing that the husband could go back to her, ever for obvious reasons. No baby could thrive with those two as parents.

If you’ve listened to books by Lisa Scottoline before, how does this one compare?

This book held my attention, though I was surprised that the protagonists tricked each other so often and then were so willing to continue their relationship. The whole thing is even more farfetched than other of the author's books

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

No

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

I continually felt sorry for the husband. He seemed like a normal, likable guy who was victimized by a sociopath.

Any additional comments?

The ending, though probably inevitable, surprised me. I hope I never in my life encounter eight of them.

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Not up to her earlier books

Would you try another book from Lisa Scottoline and/or Jeremy Davidson?

I would be hesitant. I liked Scottoline's early books that stuck to what she knows, i.e., attorneys

Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Scottoline again?

Possibly

What didn’t you like about Jeremy Davidson’s performance?

I found many of the voices annoying. The French accent was okay, but the men sounded all the same.

What character would you cut from Don't Go?

The story itself is too unbelievable and twisted. The author knows little to nothing about podiatrists and what they can and cannot do. Is this a story about returning vets, or drug addiction or loss of family or family jealousy?

Any additional comments?

If you like Scottoline, do not buy this book. It is not the real author!

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It Just Missed

The first 27 chapters was slow, laborious and repetitive. If it wasn't Scottoline I wouldn't have finished the book. Once it started, the fire it swept like an Arizona brushfire only to peter out at the end. She attempted to take on a number of important, timely issues but she never tied them them together thoroughly enough for me. I loved the effort but I expected a more cogent novel. The characters were great, there roles we identified and were carried out wonderfully but the storyline missed the mark.

I would recommend the abridged version of Don't Go. Scottoline's last few book have taken her out of her comfort zone from the Rosario and Associates novels, I commend her for taking the plunge and I hope she continues to write books that make us try to understand important issues we never face or want to think much about.I must admit I'd love to see Benny and the girls again.

Davidson was at his best conveying each character with distinction.

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Scottoline - Best Ever

What did you love best about Don't Go?

Don't Go was not the story I expected. Scottoline kept me on the edge of my seat through most of the story. Usually it takes me several days to a wk to listen to a mystery; but this novel I could not put down.
A father's love for his wife and his daughter, then disappointment - I felt like crying many times during the story.

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

The plot seemed to change many times, you don't know what Isaac will have to endure next.

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

don't remember readers

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Family Love

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Nice Story

This wasn't really what I expected, but it was a nice story. Not great, not bad. I didn't like the accents that the narrator gave the sisters - none of the French people I know speak anything like that, but otherwise, the narrator was fine. The ending was a bit rushed and a bit too "happy ever after", but it didn't ruin the overall story for me.

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