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New Jersey state police officer Doug Brock has been after infamous criminal Nicholas Bennett for years. When Bennett kills someone close to Doug, Doug's investigation - and his life - start spiraling out of control. He's placed on indefinite suspension from the police force and breaks things off with his fiancée, but he can't let the case go, and he continues an off-the-books investigation on his own.

When Doug's former partner on the force, Nate Alvarez, receives a call from Doug saying he's discovered something big, something terrifying, something they need to call in the FBI to handle, Nate is furious that Doug has still been working the case. But when the call ends abruptly, and shortly afterward Doug is found in a hotel room, shot and in critical condition, Nate's anger turns to fear.

When Doug finally awakens from his coma, however, he has no memory of the case or even the last several years of his life. But the pull of what he might have discovered is too strong, and he finds himself immersed in a desperate search for truth once again, regardless of the danger.

©2016 Tara Productions (P)2016 Listen & Live Audio

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Underrated

David provides an excellent mixture of humor and suspense. I like these characters and hope for more books involving them.
I've long admired, and highly recommend, his Andy Carpenter series.
All his books are very entertaining and great listens!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Missing Carpenter

I did not enjoy this one nearly as much as the Andy Carpenter books. This may have been my least favorite Rosenfelt book.

Having said that it is still above average to average. I saw several people say they would like to see more of these characters, but I'll pass. The story and characters are straight forward and there is not a lot of witty dialogue. I saw some reviews saying this one had witty dialogue but they must have been confused

The narrator is decent and not as bad as I see in other reviews. He is simply not the witty satirical voice of Grover Gardner, who is perfect for the Carpenter books. He would not have fit this book as the characters and story were completely different.

Overall a slight thumbs up. Just missing Andy.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Hated the Narrator!

What did you like best about Blackout? What did you like least?

David Rosenfelt story

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Had another narrator!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His voice for one of the characters sounds like a gorilla talking! He was attempting a big guy voice and it came out as a cartoon character...awful!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator.

What disappointed you about Blackout?

I purchased the book without first checking who was the narrator. This is not the first book by David Rosenfelt he narrates. I did not like it the first 2 times. The characters sound as if they were 80 years old and lifetime smokers. Couldn't listen pass the first half hour. I love David Rosenfelt's books, especially the Andy Carpenter series. Good thing they have a different narrator.

Would you recommend Blackout to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, great story line. Rosenfelt doesn't disappoint.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeff Steitzer?

Bobby Cannavale, Danny Mastrogiorgio, Scott Sowers, Jay Snider and many more.

Any additional comments?

The narration is terrible. Just bought it on e-book, and I like it. Too bad that with my long commute I can't listen to it without being annoyed. Change the narrator, please!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Jupiter, FL, United States
  • 10-11-16

Not up to Rosenfelt standards

If you are a fan of Rosenfelt based on the Andy Carpenter series, skip this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Winston Salem, NC, United States
  • 01-03-17

Okay story; poor narration

I would say this story is so-so and not as good as most of the many Rosenfelt books I have read. Part of the problem may have been the reader, and with a better narrator I might have enjoyed the story more. The voice of the main character was fine, but all of the other characters were silly and irritating. The voice of Nate, the main character's side-kick, sounded like a cartoon bear.

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Narrator's voices are horrible.

Good story. Not as good as Andy Carpenter series but it is still good. The author does borrow quite a bit from Carpenter's personality but that's OK. The bad thing about this book is that the narrator tries very hard to make his voice is very different which actually makes them Hor and comical

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Terrible Narration!!!!!

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

Different narrator. Couldn't get past the horrible performance. Not really fair to the author to have such an inferior narrator.

What didn’t you like about Jeff Steitzer’s performance?

He was like a BAD actor. Tried too hard. Different characters were ridiculous sounding.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Total disappointment

Any additional comments?

Do not let this narrator do any more books!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Bad narrator

Can't get past the narrator. Made it through about 30 minutes before I had to turn it off.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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New series???

I really liked this book AND I hope that it becomes a series of its own.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Andrea Edan
  • 12-05-17

A good holiday listen

I like David Rosenfelt's books and discovered that I had actually read this one before listening to it. Being the sort of book that it is, it didn't really spoil it for me and I enjoyed it again. As with all his books, the goodies are really good and the baddies are really bad and it has a happy ending so the story is about the detail in the middle. Not sure about Jeff Steitzer as the narrator though. I got kind of used to Grover Gardener whom I liked from the Andy Carpenter series.