Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
When I finished "Celebrity in Death" I didn't know what to read. I decided to go back and read the books that I hadn't read yet. I started with book 1.
It is so interesting when you are so invested in the characters of a series, knowing their voices and nuances that it only takes a sound to know who is coming next.
Here we are in book 1 and everyone's voice is different. The characters are not yet fully developed and you are not sure about how this experiment will work out. I am finding it very interesting to hear the characters develop and meet each new one as the come into the story. I love it!
I love the books, they're great - interesting, slightly different world from ours, great characters.
All of them - even the murder victims - they are all interesting and different. It's fun to go back and see where it all began (after - what? - 34 books?)..
Anyone but her. I've bought a lot of audio books (both fiction and non fiction) and even when others have said they didn't like the performance I've never had a problem with it. But this one - I didn't like it from the start. I didn't believe the accents - didn't think Roarke should have such a strong accent, but even if he did, just didn't like her voice. It almost ruined one of my favourite series. Such a disappointment.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss
I usually round up when I think a book is somewhere in between ratings just because someone had enough imagination and gumption to sit down and write a book. It's certainly more than I can do. Anyway, this was a decent enough book. I particularly liked the characters, especially Eve. She is strong, complex, and vulnerable all at the same time - a total combination that is rare in urban fantasy/SF women (men as well, but it's nice to see a fully fleshed out female character). Roark is promising but there just wasn't enough character development with him yet, at least in this book. Yes, he's perfect, but some nuance would make him more believable and sympathetic. Women like a hint of vulnerability in their fantasy men (Jamie Fraser anyone?).
While I also liked the futuristic elements they are not used in any real relevant way. In that respect the world-building could be better in order to draw the reader/listener into this universe. It reads like standard crime fiction, which is fine, but I'm also really over serial killers that prey on women. Of course men who hate women exist in excess in real life, but enough already with these violent story lines; certainly with enough imagination other types of crimes can be explored. Maybe something like the Fringe crime scenes in order to capitalize more on the genre that J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has tried to develop? I'm not sure I'm going to move forward with the series because of this as they seem to be more of the same. I really did enjoy this book, but I'd like to see something more than what was offered here. It is a long series though, so maybe there are some interesting developments that take place in subsequent books.
I couldn't put it down. Every spare minute, I just had to listen to more of the story. Extremely easy to listen to and excellent narration by Susan Ericksen.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I have avoided this series many times when it comes up as it is such a looong series and couldn't make my mind up if it was my cup of tea with the writing style. Well it came up on sale so i thought what the heck and purchased this first book. Mmmm, knew it, now im hooked :) Book started out a we bit slow for me but soon picked up the pace and i found myself enjoying the story. A few more chapters and i found myself wanting more. By the end i just had to purchase the next book in this addictive series. Now it seams like i may have to just keep buying the rest lol. Well done JD Robb you have gained another happy fan. xx
What can I say? It's terrific. It's fun. It's interesting. It's exciting. This is the first IN DEATH book in the series and it really starts you off on the path to great, entertaining books and narration.
Love J.D.Robb and Love Susan Ericksen. Robb writes 'em and Ericksen brings 'em to life.
The In Death series is one of my favorite reads and listens. I have listened to the entire series more than once.
I really enjoy the character interactions.
Susan has developed voices for the characters so I know who is speaking even if I missed the information.
No moment was more memorable than any other.
I liked the world the author created in the future where gun shot wounds are foreign to them.
The plot kept me interested in seeing if I was right about who the villian was.
I haven't heard other books she has done.
No extreme reactions, but it is possible since the subject matter is kind of upsetting.
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This book ranks number 1 for me!
The whole thing! It was exciting all the way! I can't wait to read the next one!
Excellent performance. I couldn't imagine anyone else being thre voice on Lt. Eve Dallas!
Yes! and I did. I just couldnt stop!
I really hope the rest of the books are as great as this one was.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
This book is the first in the long series. I have listened at least once a year. This is just plain good writing. Roake is just as sexy as a guy can get.
Many...but it starts with the coffee and a gold foil bag of it.
Her rich voice is just so great. She make "Lt" come to life. Her Irish voice had me buying any story that show cased that brogue.
ending " Roake says I don't thing....I know I...."
If you start this series, you will get hooked on the first 10 books without a doubt. Get started.