Nice ratio of murder mystery and romance. A must for women who like romance novels, but also like murder mysteries. Even without the romance, the murder plot held your interest. Will search for other books by this author. I think the narrator did a great job also.
I started to read the series almost 10years ago, so I have forgotten how Eve and Roake were at the beginning. It was refreshing to listen and experience it again. Peabody wasn't even in the first book! I think Susan Ericksen does a superb job as an narrator and I think I want all the in Death books in audiobook now! If you like the "In death" books you won't be disappointed the audiobooks, either.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Naked in Death is part romance, part police procedural suspense. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas's involvement in a murder investigation sets the background for the story. Billionaire Roarke becomes a suspect, thus they meet and begin the relationship which will continue to grow throughout the rest of the series. The story is set in the future so droids and futuristic gadgets continuously add interest to the investigation, and Roarke contributes in some very interesting ways as well. I enjoyed everything about this story -- interesting crime, aggressive investigation, likeable characters, romance, chemistry, all wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion.
NARRATOR - She does a great job with this book. Roarke's Irish accent is endearing, and I love the robotic sound she gives to the droids!
OVERALL - I highly recommend this book. The romance aspect might be too heavy for guys. I would probably actually rate it a 4.5 if that option were available.
A great story filled with characters you'll fall in love with! You can't wait to see what happens next in these characters' lives. Narrator does an excellent job creating/embodying the characters. MUST LISTEN!
She creates/embodies each character. She allows you to "see" each one.
This is the first in a long series that I, personally, hope never ends! I'm completely hooked.
This book reads like bits and snippets from many different sources. The writing is juvenile, and totally loaded with cliches. Avoid it at all costs.
If I had known JD Robb was a pseudonym for the romance novelist, Nora Roberts, I would never have bought this. Basic story is okay but the poorly written romance scenes that interrupt the plot every 20 minutes had me fast forwarding. Stupidly, I bought this and the next novel in the series and the second was even worse! If you want a romance novel, then this is probably an interesting series for you. If you want a mystery/police procedural get something else. Anything else.
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.
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
It's a cross between a romance novel and a detective novel (it involves nearly equal parts detecting and romance). It's set in the future, but there's nothing unfamiliar about it.
It has some graphic language and adult concepts (prostitution, incest). In a couple scenes Eve's very unpleasant childhood is explored and the author attempts to tie it into the story but it feels forced and is overall an uncomfortable topic.
The romance is mostly okay. At least it's mature and not some teenage drool fest - though in real life nobody is as perfect as Roarke.
The narration is very good, nice accents and no over-dramatization. The voicing of the characters is distinct.
I loved this story as it is the first book in a series of books. I love that Nora Roberts/JD Robb maintains a recurring list of characters and reveals facets of their personalities and stories with each new book. I hope that JD/Nora will continue to write new stories with Eve, Roark, Peabody, McNabb, Mavis and Feeny to name a few of my favorites.
Absolutely. It's fun and well-crafted. I am totally immersed in the world of detective Eve Dallas, as she continues to discover her hidden past while solving homicides. As tough as she is, she is also vulnerable, crippled by her abused childhood. She is also feisty and funny. The problem is, I can't stop listening to the series, especially with the narration by Susan Ericksen. So I'm ready to shell out some major bucks to get all the way through the series - which is still going! Ericksen's sense of timing, her totally accurate and nuanced accents, her acting ability - all combine to make this the most well-narrated series I've encountered. And Robb's (Nora Roberts') characters have depth and personality, complete with back stories, and they change and grow as the series progresses. So each successive novel is equally fascinating. The dialogue is very well written - not easy to do. And it's set in the near future, which adds a nice twist.
Peabody. Her humor and steadfastness, the great voice Ericken gives her. She's genuinely funny and so well-drawn. There is no such thing as a minor character in this series. Every one is a whole human being. I think that Roarke is the only character that is too...perfect. He is a typical romance novel hero - handsome, richer than God, with a scar and a tormented past. But always, always there for his wife, unfailingly devoted and emotionally supportive. He never goes to the bathroom, or sleeps. I guess that's why they call it fiction.
Susan Ericksen can do the voice of an Irish man, a girl from New Jersey, or someone from the South - with flawless, nuanced accents. You name the accent and she can do it. I have no doubt as to which character is speaking. Peabody is still my favorite. I get so immersed in the dialogue among the characters that I forget there is just one person speaking.
Tough and tender, Lt. Eve Dallas solves crimes in a New York of the future, but has yet to unlock the mystery of her own past.