Regular price: $13.99

Free with 30-day trial
Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

This is my family: Vanished without a trace....

Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life you’d find in the pages of a glossy magazine: A beautiful 14-year-old daughter. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by all. A perfect life.

This is what I know: Pain has a flavor....

When investigator Tessa Leone arrives at the crime scene in the foyer of the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and a million tiny pieces of bright green Taser confetti. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their cell phones and electronic devices remaining. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just a perfect little family, gone.

This is what I fear: The worst is yet to come....

Tessa knows better than anyone that flawless fronts can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes’ innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go?

This is the truth: Love, safety, family . . . it’s all touch and go.

©2012 Lisa Gardner (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    2,148
  • 4 Stars
    1,555
  • 3 Stars
    538
  • 2 Stars
    103
  • 1 Stars
    69

Performance

  • 4.4 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    2,119
  • 4 Stars
    1,233
  • 3 Stars
    352
  • 2 Stars
    59
  • 1 Stars
    39

Story

  • 4.3 out of 5.0
  • 5 Stars
    1,903
  • 4 Stars
    1,280
  • 3 Stars
    490
  • 2 Stars
    99
  • 1 Stars
    51
Sort by:
  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • greg
  • Charlotte, NC, United States
  • 03-22-13

The Narrator Killed This For Me

What disappointed you about Touch & Go?

The narrator destroyed what might have been a good story. I can not stand when a male narrator tries to change his voice to sound like a woman. I equally cannot stand when a female narrator tries to change her voice to sound like a man. Specially a really bad Boston thug kind of guy. Couldn't take it past chapter 5!Might have been a good story though.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Gardner? Why or why not?

Yes, if a different narrator is used.

What didn’t you like about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance?

The narrator destroyed what might have been a good story. I can not stand when a male narrator tries to change his voice to sound like a woman. I equally cannot stand when a female narrator tries to change her voice to sound like a man. Specially a really bad Boston thug kind of guy. Couldn't take it past chapter 5!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Cardboard Characters and Dialogue

What would have made Touch & Go better?

More intellectual dialogue and and less predictable storyline.

What was most disappointing about Lisa Gardner’s story?

I am a fan of Lisa Gardner and was disappointed in her latest novel. The characters and plot line were predictable and too one dimensional. I don't remember that her characters were so empty headed nor that the dialogue lacked true feelings or any realism in her previous books.

What character would you cut from Touch & Go?

I don't know that the characters needed to be cut. They needed to be stronger and more human. Empty shells speaking jibberish. Even the main detectives lacked much depth of thought. It was an easy crime that took too long for them to figure out. It was strung out for no good reason. The author's style made it easy to figure out who was the master mind.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A Good Story & Listen

Found this to be a great story that kept my interest. The test for me is finding myself looking forward to when I can listen, instead of just listening when I have time. This book passed the test easily. I also enjoyed the reader. Nothing is more distracting to a story than having it not read well; in this case it was very well done.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story
  • Greg
  • Wichita, KS, United States
  • 03-20-13

Different...........but in a good way

The character development was quick and good. As things move along you can kinda see what was coming. At the point of epic development I felt that it was a little unbelievable, but I can see why that was by the end of the book. The ending did wrap things up nice and tighty.

Moved along quickly and somewhat entertaining - I enjoyed Lisa Gardners book "Gone Girl" so I had hoped this one would be as fun.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Edge of my seat

Throughout the story I enjoyed the twists and turns LG took me through as I could not figure out until the end who had done it. Yes I had guessed it was this one or that one, but then something else would turn up and overturn my guess. I love DD Warren and Tessa Leone. DD is just the right amount of tough and "kind of" female (haha). Tessa just the right amount of compassion, quiet fortitude, and a toughness no one expects.

Each detail of the kidnapping in this story is very well sounded out. You don't have to wonder about anything happening. It is hard to stop the recording to go on to other tasks because you are so entangled in, "Wait, what is happening next/now/what just happened"!

Exhausting is the best way to explain how you feel once your done. But also exhilarated too. My heart was racing because it was waiting for who, who, who and also because it was revealed and I knew it had to be. Glad it was finally over, but trying to catch my breath.


Great book to read/listen to. Don't pass it up!!!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Just ok.....

What did you like best about Touch & Go? What did you like least?

The story was fairly entertaining, but I had the ending figured out (more or less) about halfway through the book. I prefer a bit less predictability.

Would you recommend Touch & Go to your friends? Why or why not?

If you're looking for an "easy" read that doesn't require much thinking, this is your kind of book.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I upped the speed to 1.25 for the majority of the story as I thought the narrator spoke too slowly.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

A "page turner"

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audiobook to someone who likes suspense. It keeps you guessing all the way to the end.

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

This was a definite page turner. I couldn't get enough. It was suspenseful from beginning to end.

Which character – as performed by Elisabeth Rodgers – was your favorite?

My favorite character was the daughter, Ashlyn.

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

I usually listen on my walk but I started also listening while cooking dinner and doing the dishes too.

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Very rarely does a book stun me!

Would you consider the audio edition of Touch & Go to be better than the print version?

This was an excellent suspense novel and thriller. More than once I literally caught myself with my mouth hanging wide open at the turn the story took. A great read all around!

I won't even comment on the plot - you'll have to listen yourself!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Libby Denbe - I always root for the underdog. She gets control of her life in the end.

What about Elisabeth Rodgers’s performance did you like?

Her Boston accent. Very good!

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

Great read! 5-stars all the way!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Lisa Gardner out does her self!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, The characters are well done and it keeps you on your toes with the various character roles being read and played out at the same time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Touch & Go?

When Tessa has the gun to Chris Lopez' head, and then realizes what is really going on!

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

no, but I plan too!

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

When Ashlyn Miscarries and Lilly realizes how out of it she has been!

  • Overall
  • Performance
  • Story

Not Gardner's Best

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The plot was painfully obvious and is just frustrating to listen to...so much so that you start thinking the characters are idiots for not figuring out who the bad guy(s) is/are fast enough. I liked the D.D. Warren series from Gardner, so I decided to try this one, but it was way too lifetime-movie-ish. It's all about motherhood/having kids/good-for-nothing-men and much less about the actual mystery or investigatory procedures.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

A huge snooze and so predictable. I really tried to race through the last half of the book trying to get the whole thing over with.

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

Yes. The performance was decent.

Could you see Touch & Go being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes--a Lifetime movie.