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Play Dead Audiobook

Play Dead

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Publisher's Summary

Few can rival attorney Andy Carpenter's affection for golden retrievers, especially his own beloved Tara. After he astonishes a New Jersey courtroom by successfully appealing another golden's death sentence, Andy discovers that this gentle dog is a key witness to a murder that took place five years before. Andy pushes the boundaries of the law even further as he struggles to free an innocent man by convincing an incredulous jury to take canine testimony seriously. It will take all the tricks Andy's fertile mind can conceive to get to the bottom of a remarkable chain of impersonations and murder, and to save a dog's life - and his own - in the process.

©2007 David Rosenfelt; (P)2007 Listen and Live Audio, Inc.

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    Carol Napier, New Zealand 09-08-12
    Carol Napier, New Zealand 09-08-12
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"

    The is the second book I've listened to in the series, and I will immediately buy another. I love the wry humour and actually laugh out loud at times. This is not great literature, but it is certainly entertainment.

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    Kumi High point, NC, United States 06-11-12
    Kumi High point, NC, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Love love love this series!"
    What did you love best about Play Dead?

    I love the humour and the always great storyline. I look forward to all of his books and appreciate as a dog lover his stories.


    What does Grover Gardner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I feel like he IS Andy Carpenter and David Rosenfelt all in one. He is just as much the reason why I enjoy this series as much as the writing. The way he delivers is perfect!


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    Pam Ocala, FL, United States 05-21-12
    Pam Ocala, FL, United States 05-21-12
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    "Heart warming story"
    If you could sum up Play Dead in three words, what would they be?

    Got to listen!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the story was told, slowly painting the picture each characters history relating to the total package of the story. Not saying the story was slow at all. It was a wonderfully paced story.


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

    Yes, but had to leave car to go into work...darn it!


    Any additional comments?

    Love this author. Not just a "dog" story. Much more involved in each characters past, present and future. It ended as I wanted it to, yet it didn't end as I wanted it to.

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    Meg W LIncoln, NE USA 05-14-12
    Meg W LIncoln, NE USA 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyable"

    I really enjoy the Andy Carpenter series. Just the right amount of humor and mystery. I hope the author continues to add to the series.

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    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 05-12-12
    Carolyn jackson, WY, United States 05-12-12

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    "Light Reading"

    I read a couple of Andy Carpenter novels and found them highly entertaining. This was no different. David Rosenfelt's books are enjoyable and are entertaining. I think my biggest complaint was the plethora of bad guys after one lawyer. Sometimes it gets a bit unbelievable. Since I had already read some of his other books, I also had an idea of what Andy should sound like. This narrator did not fit that bill; however, he was good nonetheless.

    My recommendation is if you are looking for an easy read, this book will do nicely.

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    E.D. California 05-03-12
    E.D. California 05-03-12 Member Since 2008

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    "An excellent human story"
    What made the experience of listening to Play Dead the most enjoyable?

    The mixture of laughter and tension. It makes things very human. I know dogs are at the center of it, but that makes it very human to me. I guess he sees dogs like I do and reads their expressions like I would. The dogs are realistic too, no super-dogs, it keeps it in the right scale for me. The sense humour is wonderful too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Andy, always Andy, with Laurie a close second. The next circle of characters, Vince, Pete, Sam, Markus, etc. are great too. Each is a very distinct character that makes a great mix.


    Have you listened to any of Grover Gardner???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They are all great. Well, I've only heard the Andy Carpenter ones, but they are great.


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

    Laughed out loud, and bit my nails, as I always do in these books.


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    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 04-02-12
    Donna Dyersburg, TN, United States 04-02-12
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    "Good book"
    What made the experience of listening to Play Dead the most enjoyable?

    A good mix of characters and good story line.


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

    Although this plot was good, I pride myself on trying to figure out the ending of murder mysteries before the end of the book. I got this one about half way through, so I was on the edge of my seat to see if I was correct. (I was)


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

    This was my first experience with Gardner. He took a little getting use to; strange voice.


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

    The dog knows!!


    Any additional comments?

    Good book, I will listen to the author and narrator again.

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    Gerald Toledo, OH, United States 03-30-12
    Gerald Toledo, OH, United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Arny Becker Moves to New Jersey"
    Where does Play Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Comically the same as Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller.


    What other book might you compare Play Dead to and why?

    One for the Money


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    How the characters handling of the facts are based solidly in law.


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

    No. I laugh out loud at times.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Mari 03-18-12
    Mari 03-18-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it!"
    What did you love best about Play Dead?

    The tongue in cheek dry humor.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    His voice fits the character's personality.


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

    I chuckled in many places.


    Any additional comments?

    As a dog and legal thriller lover, the story kept me riveted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James P. Evans 03-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I found a fun new series to listen to"

    This is the second book in the series I have listened to. They are good fun short books to listen to, especially when you are in a rut or in need of finding something to listen to. the main character Andy Carpenter reminds me of John Corey from the Demille books. And the fact that he has tied the character of his dog into the stories makes this series different from any other series ive listened too. He has used my love of dogs as a hook which is brilliant. This book could have spend a little more time at the end, going a little slower on how he came to the conclusion of the case but otherwise I loved it and look forward to the next book.

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