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Publisher's Summary

She's hunting for a mate
and there's no more playing it safe.

Daisy Minor is bored. Worse than that, she's boring. A plain, small-town librarian, she's got a wardrobe as sexy as a dictionary and hasn't been on a date in years. She's never even had a lukewarm love affair, let alone a hot one. So when she wakes up on her 34th birthday and wonders how it is that she still lives with her widowed mom and spinster aunt while her friends have all gotten married and started families, she decides it's time to get a life - and a sex life. And as far as she can tell, good girls don't attract nearly as many men as bad ones.

One makeover later, Daisy has transformed herself into a party girl extraordinaire. She's dancing the night away at clubs, and laughing and flirting with men for the first time in, well, forever. With a new lease on her own place, it's open season for manhunting.

But on her way home late one night, Daisy sees something she's not supposed to see. Suddenly the target of a killer, she's forced to put her manhunt on hold.

But the very moment she stops looking might be the moment she finds what she's wanted all along.

©2001 Linda Howington. All rights reserved; (P)2001 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"An enjoyable romantic thriller. Kate Forbes' narration is relaxed and sensual, her Southern accents believable. Male voices are effective, and Forbes easily handles both the bantering and the suspense." (AudioFile)

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Lots Of Fun

I really did enjoy this book. It was funny, entertaining and amusing. Good story too. A great escape and cute characters. For $10 an easy listen you can afford to try. The narrarator always makes it grand.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • erin
  • new orleans, LA, United States
  • 02-25-07

Try it!

Fun. Well written. I think you'll really like this selection.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • L. Claude
  • Lakewood Village, TX United States
  • 12-07-07

When you need a lift...this is a fun story

I've read this book in hard copy, I've even managed to find an unabridged library copy of the audiobook and yes the abridged version is not as good, but still it'll give you a lift. It's just fun read. If I have a really down day or read something that's heavy, or simply ends sad this book is a great way to perk up your day. For me, Linda Howard is my number one "must read". Open Season is not her best, not her most touching, not her best mystery (since there really isn't any mystery to mention in it) but it has to be something she wrote when she was having a really good day. If you need a lift, Daisy and Jack are good way to start.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Open Season

I love the way this book was put together for the listener. It had me laughting when you should have been laughting I will enjoy this book for years to come. It is great.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fun story

I've always loved Linda Howard's books and this one has been no exception in written form. However, I didn't care for this abridgement and the narrator wasn't good at all. You couldn't distinguish between the characters and her voice lacked emotion. Sadly, though I really liked this book when I read it myself, I did not like this version.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Cute and Witty

I agree, good listen, i would love to hear the unabridged version. but with that said this is one of the best short versions i have listened to, definately some funny witty commentary..some laugh out louds. loved the characters and the storyline and the narration. overall 2 thumbs up. definately worth the inexpensive price

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Darlene
  • Yucaipa, CA, United States
  • 12-14-11

Cute Book

This book really had cute and funny people in it. I got a kick out of the story line. The narration was good as well.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Totally entertaining

Good story with interesting characters. I enjoyed the development of the story and the mystery was interesting and believable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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"Driving Ms Daisy"

Would you consider the audio edition of Open Season to be better than the print version?

I have read the hard copy a few times, when it came out on audible, it was an immediate download.

What other book might you compare Open Season to and why?

Karen Robards One Summer has similar, but a bit darker story.

This story has classic lines from the author's earlier works. Lots of understated humor that you must like. Our hero has great lines! This story is nothing like her current work, but if you are a fan, then this is a must buy.

Which character – as performed by Kate Forbes – was your favorite?

great job. Note: must listen at 1.25x speed to enjoy this story at it's best. Not the best deep voice, but her interpretation of author work is divine.
See this reader, Linda Howard's All The Queens Men, my all time fave story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes, as this takes out all the slower scenes. This is one of the better edited short that keeps all the good parts in the story.

Any additional comments?

I own this story in both abridged and full length as it is an old classic

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A Rare Gem

Book Review: This book was my first Linda Howard experience years back, and is still a beloved read today. The dynamics between the two main characters is treated with a gentle whimsy and good humor that always makes me smile. The same goes for its depiction of some of the trials of life in a small town. Daisy is a classic 'good girl' who I identified with, perhaps too closely for comfort, finally reaching for what she really wants in life. She's more ignorant than naive, a result of her quiet lifestyle. Her steps into the dating scene, however stumbling, are taken without sacrificing her innate goodness. I especially liked that 'nice' was not equated with 'doormat'.

The book does suffer from what I call "villain's disease" - too much seen from the perspective of the bad guys - but even that isn't as bad as it could have been, since Linda Howard tends to write her villains as rounded people rather than cardboard cut-outs. If you're looking for a good, sit-back-and-enjoy book, this is it. If you're looking for heart-stopping suspense...look somewhere else.

Audio Review: This audible marks another first for me. You see, I had borrowed this abridged presentation sometime back from the local library, and enjoyed it very much. But when it comes too my private collection I always, ALWAYS, get the unabridged version. When I saw the full story here on audible I snatched it up - realizing too late that it had a different narrator. Oh well, no big deal, right? Sigh. Big deal. Don't get me wrong here, the unabridged narrator does a decent enough job, I even got a couple hours in. But as it went on I found that I had been spoiled. Kate Forbes had done such a perfect dramatization that a simply decent reading couldn't hack it. So, for the first time, I bought the abridged version on top of the unabridged. And it's worth every cent.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-23-12

Open Season

Kate Forbes perfectly captures Linda Howards style of narrative. Listening to her book brightens my work journey. I just wish there were more available at Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Saluki Selfie
  • 10-21-14

short season

Where does Open Season rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I had high hope for this book was let down as it was a short story and the characters could of been more fleshed out .

What other book might you compare Open Season to, and why?

I do not compare it to any other books

Have you listened to any of Kate Forbes’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Have not listened to kate before

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It was short enough that yes i did sit down and listened in one sitting .

Any additional comments?

I would of liked the characters more fleshed out and more story .