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Collared

Written by: David Rosenfelt
Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
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Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn't that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog's embedded chip and discover that they know this dog. He is the "DNA dog".

Two and a half years ago, Jill Hickman was a single mother of an adopted baby. Her baby and dog were kidnapped in broad daylight in Eastside Park, and they haven't been seen since. A tip came in that ID'd a former boyfriend of Hickman's, Keith Wachtel, as the kidnapper. A search of his house showed no sign of the child but did uncover more incriminating evidence, and the clincher that generated Wachtel's arrest was some dog hair, notable since Wachtel did not have a dog. DNA tests showed conclusively that the hair belonged to Hickman's dog. Wachtel was convicted of kidnapping, but the dog and baby were never found.

Now, with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light and the search for the child renewed. Goaded by his wife's desire to help a friend and fellow mother and Andy's desire to make sure the real kidnapper is in jail, Andy and his team enter the case. But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous than they ever expected.

©2017 Tara Productions, Inc. (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

What the critics say

"With neighborly ease and a sly wit, one of audio's true originals, Grover Gardner, again gives voice to David Rosenfelt's bestselling amateur sleuth and dog lover, Andy Carpenter.... There are lots of wisecracks and self-deprecating asides, and Gardner's wonderful combination of the rhythms of Sam Spade and the irreverent tones of Mark Twain make this diverting whodunit a listening treasure." (AudioFile)

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  • Kathi
  • 2017-08-04

Boy, this series just gets better and better!

Grover Gardner is the *perfect* narrator for this delightful series, in which Andy Carpenter (an attorney so wealthy, he would prefer not to even have to work--so chooses which cases to take, in order to spend more time with his wife, child and beloved dogs Tara and Sebastian). In this case, he decides to defend Keith Wachtel, whom he believes to be falsely imprisoned for the kidnapping of a child, and now in jail.

David Rosenfelt has just the right touch with his combination of good plot, touch of humor and sometimes amusing sarcasm, and cast of characters that work really well together. Unlike many books in series, these can usually be read out of order without spoiling the rest--and I appreciate that about them, too. As usual, here are several good suspects, a good story that works through all the clues in patient fashion, and as ever--some of the best narration around. Ironically, I don't think I'd enjoy Grover Gardner's voice for every book. But for this series, I can't think of anyone better. Enjoy!

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  • Candy
  • 2017-07-28

Humorous as only Andy can be.

No way you guess who done it! Hope the author is working on his next great read.

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  • Virginia S. O'Bryan
  • 2017-07-26

Excellent

This was the best Andy Carpenter yet! The suspense continued until the very end amid many twists and turns.

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  • WhickedWhich
  • 2017-07-25

Excellent-as usual!

My challenge - waiting months and months for the next installment, then devouring the listen in a matter of days. Keep on, Mr Rosenfelt, keep on.

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  • Nancy
  • 2017-07-22

Exceptional.

Oh so sorry I have finished this book. I tried to make it last but I was weak. I don't want to think about how long I will have to wait for the next one. Just perfection.

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  • waterwonderland
  • 2017-07-22

Collared

David Rosenfelt has done it again . Great story can't wait for the next Andy Carpenter book. I am hooked on Rosenfelt

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  • Bill W
  • 2017-09-18

Good Tara

She does it again . Another fun read . If you liked Andy before you like him again. While the story is convoluted and David struggled to make it come together, it all works out in the end. But we really don't read the Tara series for the literary content do we.

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  • Wendy
  • 2017-09-16

funny!

i loved this book. it had me, hangng on to the edge of my seat while laughing all the way!!

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  • Troy Havard
  • 2017-09-10

A return to form

I was extremely pleased to see the return to form for the latest Andy Carpenter book. It was refreshing and thoroughly enjoyable. Normally, when I start an Andy Carpenter book I don't want to put it down until I finish it and this one was no exception. Thank you for a great read!

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  • Prof Dee
  • 2017-08-17

Great performance, only OK story

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

Can't answer that, I haven't read the book.

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

Ultimately, disappointing. Not up to the author's previous works.

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

He's consistently a great reader. Certainly the best part of this book.

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

Andy Carpenter gets lazy.

Any additional comments?

The story seemed more contractual than original. I've enjoyed all of Rosenfelt's earlier "Tara" novels, but this one was disappointing. He seems to have a checklist that he or his publisher had him mark off. Mostly the ending was a let down. Maybe he's getting tired of writing the same book with different bad guys.

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