This is more crime novel than romance. J.D. Robb always has good reviews so I stepped outside my usual genre when this book was offered as a Daily Deal. (I LOVE the DD promotion by the way.)
This is a story of a New York police detective, Eve, set in the 2050's. The book was written in 1995, so it's interesting to see how we're progressing toward the author's descriptions of life 30 plus years from now. She missed the mark with books on discs and I'm surprised that the author thinks we'll still use cash, but other concepts were interesting. I was horrified, however, to contemplate a future where real coffee is so rare, it's a treat for the wealthy, like caviar. Gasp!!
Politics are at play: conservative and liberal factions are still battling it out. Amidst this political backdrop, Eve fights to stop a serial killer who has sworn to kill again. The first victim is the granddaughter of a conservative party Senator, so Eve must must contend with the forces of political special interest while trying to solve the case. Eve has an abusive past that she has blocked out, but facets of this case are reawakening terrible memories.
Enter Roarke, a fast lane billionaire with liberal politics and a fancy for collecting outlawed guns. For a variety of reasons, Roarke is an early suspect and on top of everything else, Eve has to deal with her growing attraction for him.
The story line is well executed, and the guilty party didn't become apparent immediately as is the case in many books. The subject matter was just not for me. If I want crime and dark human underbelly, I'll watch the news. Fiction, for me is about seeing the world through rose colored glasses. Aside from just finding the crime genre unpleasant, some aspects of this book are disturbing. There is an all too graphic description of a child molestation in progress. I believe that being honest and talking about such taboo topics is important in the battle against abuse, but including them in a quick production novel just a few pages from adult sexual encounters just seems "icky". I didn't like it.
So, for now, I will continue to get my fiction fix with pollyanna romance novels and get my dose of reality from reality. The author has thrived with this name and this genre without me and no doubt will continue to do so.
Narrator is good. Roarke has an Irish accent and she does that well.
Tell us about yourself!
I did listen to the whole thing.
To me, it never lived up to all of the hype; it's too predictable.
"If the world were perfect, it wouldn't be". Most of us are every day hero's. Never mind the kind. Search for more. Listen.
The very first book in the IN DEATH Series and what has been the stat of a wonderfull relationship of many years. for me.... JD Robb, aka Nora Roberts, is what I wish I could have grown up to be. The stories never stop coming, nor does her imagination ever stop flowing. This series has never become stagnet., as the characters are rich and versitile, wonderfully human, and colorful. The villians are dasterdly . There is always a murder mystery involved, The love interests are evolving and keeps the interest high. Emotions run hot and cold, and there is humor laced throughout. As my first read, I did think it just a little slow, but it really needed that to build up to all the rest. Wait for it and like the Master Writer she is JD Robb will take you through a wonderful slice of life. I just ordered her 37th book of the series, and never regreted a purchase. I do not care for short Novella's. That's just me and so when a .5 book turns out I must admit I avoid it. Its like you can take one nibble of temptation, but are denied the whole slice of chocolate. Give this series a try, there really isn't a risk envolved and may you enjoy half as much as I have through the years. Oh yes. I like the audio version better.
I don't have a favorite. I have many wonderful moment memories. Read the book and you will see what I mean.
I think I have become accustomed to her style.S. Ericksen does help keep me in the moment as well as keeping up and staying in sink with the characters.. It really isn't that she does great accents, or switches male to female voices. I can understand when she switches characters easily. No, Susan Ericken is a story teller with her own style that works for this series.
No matter the emotions, I felt empathetic towards the main characters. No crying. I felt angry when someone hurts or abuses another. I want justice done. Lots of fun and laughter. Really this is not a soap opera book. But keep a kleenex at hand if you feel the need. There is a murderer afoot.
We all have different tastes in books and in series. I would say with emphatic enthusiasm give this one a try as with audible's return policy you have nothinng to lose . These books are not rocket science, but great mind vacation escapes.
The meeting and evolution of Eve and Roarke.
Roarke, he is every woman's ideal lover.
Eve fighting off the murderer.
Eve confessing that her father raped her.
I absolutely loved the ending. It was so Nora.
Say something about yourself!
I did and liked it less
Does a terrible job with the men voices.
Move onto a different series. Eve is suppose to be a strong woman, but comes a crossed as a stubborn adolescent. More frustrating than entertaining.
Yes, I would change the main character. If you're looking for a typical "I'm hard because that's how I need to be for this job, because I'm hard, and that gives me the edge I need to do the job, and not let the job do me!" female detective, then bingo - you've got it.
The story could have been more creative. I got to the mysterious part of the story and thought "So what?".
I've gotten picky about my narrators, and I would have preferred George Guidall.
I don't like the futuristic setting. That part seems lame. They don't mention that anywhere when you're checking out the book, or if they did, I missed it.
I've seen these books for years but had never picked one up until recently. I actually started with one of the most recent books, and liked it so much I'm now going back to work my way through the series. It's a difficult series to describe - mystery-pseudo-scifi-quirky-romantic fiction, but I like the characters already, and am getting drawn into this imaginary world. Very pleasant narrator, too.
Your mileage may vary
I have listened to most of this series several times, and they are wonderful. The characters are believably flawed, and the futuristic elements are fun - making one think about the possible societal changes we could see in the next 55 years. I often grab a favorite from the series to re-listen and enjoy those moments in the character development. This summer I decided to start over with "Naked In Death" and listen to them in order (for only the second time). I am trying to listen as though I don't know where they're headed. There is a lot of content to take in, so each time I usually manage to notice something I've missed previously. The whole series is very well read - Susan Ericksen is a fantastic narrator. Someone else mentioned that her latina/latino characters are all the same, and I have to say that's true of the people identified as from the Midwest also. Everyone sounds like they're from somewhere on the border of North Dakota and Minnesota. But she has at least 15-20 recurring characters who are readily distinguishable by her performance, which is phenomenal. Well worth your credit - enjoy!
No matter where you go, there you are.
If this book is indicative of Robb's work, it should be in the "Romance" section. Much of the body of this book (at least sat far as I was able to get into it [1 hour]) was about this pent up woman's aberrant emotional life and not the mystery/murders at hand. The crimes were definitely secondary to the trials and tribulations of an angry woman fighting to get who knows where in a man's world.
The erratic bounce between sensitive and tough was not sufficiently in my scope of interest to withstand the entire book. Robb can write, but she should stick to the crime side. The emotional roller coaster ride is as boring as it is passé.
Naked in Death is amongst one of the great listens that I have listened to thus far. Susan Ericksen is an excellent narrator. I love the characters Eve and Rourke.