Baby Grand

  • by Dina Santorelli
  • Narrated by Robert Thomley
  • 10 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

*Runner-up, 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition**
**Honorable Mention, Genre Fiction, 21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards*
A compelling, fast-moving contemporary thriller: In Albany, New York, the governor's infant daughter disappears without a trace from her crib at the Executive Mansion. Hours later, newly divorced and down-and-out writer Jamie Carter is abducted from the streets of Manhattan. Jamie is whisked upstate, where she is forced by her captor, Don Bailino, an ex-war hero/successful businessman, to care for the kidnapped child in a plot to delay the execution of mobster Gino Cataldi - the sixth man to be put to death in six years by hardliner Governor Phillip Grand. What prevails is a modern-day thriller about family ties, loyalty, murder, betrayal, and love that's told in deftly interweaving narratives that follow the police investigation of the missing Baby Grand, the bad guys who took her, and the woman who must find the strength to protect her.

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Fantastic kidnapping mystery.

What did you love best about Baby Grand?

The surprise ending is fantastic. This is a well-written story. It is a nail biter. It makes you care about the characters which keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout the story.


Who was your favorite character and why?

This book is full of full orbed characters. From sweet, little Charlotte the kidnapped baby to the kind hearted nanny, to the governor's incredibly ambitious wife, to Jamie (the likable main character). It is hard to pick a favorite.


Which character – as performed by Robert Thomley – was your favorite?

The narrator gives an excellent performance and gives each character a unique voice. From the baby to the mobster to the governor, he does a great job. Good sound quality.


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

There are a lot of them. Many cannot be told without ruining the story, but a few can. When Jamie is introduced to baby Charlotte, she is naked and cold. That is a touching scene. It is followed shortly by Jamie witnessing a brutal murder of a stripper intended to frighten her. The scene is successful in inducing fear for Jamie in the reader.


Any additional comments?

This book contains a rape scene and scenes of physical and gun violence. It is not overly graphic, but it is not appropriate for minors. I received this book for free from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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- pixledust "Because tales should be told."

Not for me

What would have made Baby Grand better?

A compelling story, interesting characters, terser plot and pacing, and a better reader/narrator.


What do you think your next listen will be?

Right now I'm listening to "The Ice Princess" by Camilla Lackberg. It's not a great book either - deadly dull and full of stilted dialog - but it's still more listenable than Baby Grand.


How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator sounds exactly like the guy who does the Smucker's Jam commercials. His voice and cadence just didn't work for a crime thriller. At all.


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

All of the above.


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- Elkay

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-15-2013
  • Publisher: Dina Santorelli