Considered within the context of criminal thrillers, this first listen of Nora Roberts didn't stack up. It may have seemed too simplistic, it may have been that I didn't get into the characters, perhaps it was the way the narrator read the male voices - I only found this book average. Speaking of Eve, the main character she's sort of damaged goods, emotionally - which I find off-putting as the heroine. It is an easy listen though and I might perhaps possibly try another title from the J.D. Robb series, however not soon.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This is a good mystery with an interesting investigative story line. I have read #30 in this series; it was good but would have been better if I had read this first. Eve, our heroine is as they say, "a tough cookie", in this first book it shows some of her vulnerabilities which helped me to relate to her better. The development of Eve and Roarke's relationship, for me, was key. When I read more of this series it will be in order as I think it is important to know the back story. The narrator does a good job and made Roarke' s accent believable.
Definitely, a very good reader. Not too much sex, great mystery and I loved the irish accent of Rouke.
Eve Dallas witrh her crazed-up self. Loved her commitment to her job.
Eve, Rouke, Feenie, Charles
I was surprised by the end, for sure it was someone else, but could accept the senator but he only killed 1 and the end was a big surprise!
This was my first J.D. Robb reading. I really enjoyed reading this book. I loved Eve's strong will and commitment. I also loved Rouke with his Irish brogue. I was glad that it was not too much explicit sex, sometimes it takes away from a mystery. Great reader and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as I finish my Harry Bosch.
An educator and senior who listens to his books from his phone through his hearing aids.
This author has a real gift for blending a suspenseful mystery, romantic relationship and futuristic setting to keep the reader turning pages long after he/she should have gone to bed. The only short coming of the tale is that if the reader dislodges him/herself from the read, they realize that there are no characters as perfect as Roarke or as competent as Eve in the real world. Oh well, maybe that is why I did not want the story to end. When it did I had to return to dealing with the real world.
Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds).
This is a standard police procedural with a typical driven officer as the protagonist. Perhaps the character changes over the course of this long series, perhaps she comes to realize the futility of her rejection of morality, and perhaps then I would grow a level of respect for this character. As it is now, I find Eve Dallas to be a mere product of her society, going along with the decaying mores of the masses. She has the spirit of a rebel but it is the James Dean variety: a rebel without a cause. She diligently strives to hunt down the lawbreakers and along the way takes pot shots on the defining morality issue of our present day: abortion. The world of Lt. Eve Dallas is 50 years in our future and society has, predictably, degenerated from the not so lofty position it resides in today. As the book progressed I found that I recognized Ms. Dallas to be a product of her time. She has no definable religion, no mention of God as a factor in her thoughts. She has no compunction in letting herself be seduced by a rich playboy. Her best friend encourages her in this illicit relationship. ***SPOILER ALERT*** All this would only serve to flesh out one of any number of real people from our own time and would have made this a realistic secular crime novel, but the author chooses to make the perpetrator a conservative politician, a man pushing morality as his political agenda while hypocritically engaging in the very acts he is campaigning against, and somehow this then justifies Lt. Dallas into thinking she now occupies the moral high ground. It is a sad commentary on our time when the protagonist can be portrayed as the “good gal” when she herself lives in the same moral gutter as the perpetrator. I don’t appreciate this attempt at moralizing when there are no standards given for morality.
My second gripe is that the author seems to reject the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. Her near-future world lives under a “gun ban.” We are inculcated more than once on misleading statistics on the frequency of murder by handguns in the old USA (the early 21st century), and how the world is so much the better place now that guns have been banned. The facts do not bear this theory out; so it was very difficult, nay impossible, for me to suspend my disbelief and consider this a serious story about real people. Ironically, despite the gun ban the crimes in the novel are committed by people using banned guns.
Susan Erickson was a suitable narrator for this novel since it was written by a woman and the main character is also a woman. Her portrayal of the female voices is very good. To my, admittedly male, ears she did not adequately achieve the deeper intonations of the male character voices. Because of this the book seemed to be a mixed-gender play being performed by a all-girl cast. This must be what ancient Greek theater or Japanese Kabuki must be like for those in the audience: they have to pretend that they are seeing men and women. I had to pretend that some of the voices I was hearing were men talking. At times this was a bit of a stretch.
Currently training for a marathon and trying listening to books instead of music. Takes mind of the long runs!
I'm about half way through the book at the minute and to be truthful I'm hoping it will end soon! The story has potential but is slow moving and not a page turner. The voices are terrible and the 'Irish' accent of the male Rourke by a woman who sounds closer to Scottish is grating me.
Voices not great and the futuristic setting is a bit gimicky and not developed well. If set in the present there would be no real difference.
Voices not great
Possibly but I wouldn't read it!
Say something about yourself!
This is my second time reading this book!! Smooth narration!!!! The mystery is well thought out. It doesn't feel rushed at all. I enjoy listening to mysteries that have some of everything. Work, the good and bad of it. Romance, there could be more of this for my taste. (gets better as the series goes) And of course the mystery itself. Its entertaining to listen as Eve filters her way though a murder as she tries so hard not to become involved personally.
Well worth the credit. Just be careful as there are many in the series and once you start. It could be hard to stop.
Robb's opinionated descriptions of people and the mystery.
Yes, because of how detail oriented the killer is.
She gives Eve Dallas and the other female characters better voices than I could in my imagination.
Eve Dallas should have a tv show or miniseries. There are like 40 books. That is enough for 4, 10 episode seasons, and ten episodes would be a minimum if you crammed a book into 1 hr. Doing a miniseries or movies would also be great.
Best: Roake (sp?), Least the overall story was contrived.
Narrator did not have any excitement during story telling
Less swearing. The words did not add to the characters. There was no need for them.
I would not recommend this book. It just did not hang together.
I may reread so I get a good feel for how relationships start.
Eve reveals WHO she is.
Eve shooting a 'antique' pistol for the first time.
A must read for anyone that picked up the series and has an interest in how all
the characters met and became part of the story line.