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.
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.
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.
I have always seen people with books from this series since the 80s and decided to try it out. It was an interesting story, but right away Eve, the protagonist, really annoyed me. This is a intelligent woman who acts tough all of the time. The author wants to demonstrate how her past affects her current relationships and not wanting to get close to anyone, blah, blah, blah. The problem is that this "tough-guy" image just doesnt fit, or maybe since she is a cop, it does. Whether it is a man or woman, the "tough-guy" persona is annoying. They don't need help, they don't need people, they don't need friends, they don't need medical care, they can take care of themselves. I can see why an author would want to foreshadow the pain and suffering that will eventually come out in the stories, by making the character act certain ways, but I think she could have done that in other ways.
There is a line where her lover's butler says something like "he is uncomfortable around people like her." She refers to herself as a mongrel instead of being purebred. It is not about that, however, it is that strong women can be portrayed intelligent, beautiful and strong without being the tough guy, bitch, or the I-don't-need-anyone type. Maybe the whole cop persona is different but I would like the character more if she were independent without being annoying.
The narration was good. Somewhere during the middle of the book, I accidentally lost about 90 minutes of the story and didn't bother trying to figure out what happened, but found out that I didn't need it...that says alot :) I am glad I listened to the book, but this is a series I will skip.
I just love this series. Re-reading entire series again. Eve and Roarke are my favorite couple. Ms. Erickson does a fantastic job narrating. Love the futuristic setting.
To All My Favorite Narrators: You are the voices in my head...
Instead of doing a review on each book in this series I'm reviewing the series as a whole.
I'm not a Nora Robert's type of girl. In fact, I was proud of the fact that I'm not a "Nora Robert's type of girl". After reading the first 4 books of this series I looked up the author and... well crap - I guess I am a "Nora Robert's type of girl".
These books are like a bag of chips. You start out buying the first book - perhaps the second and third - and before you know it, all 35 books are in your wish list and the credits don't come fast enough.
I don't do plot summaries, but if you have gotten this far then you pretty much have a good idea of the story outline. If you're looking for a good long series this one is fun, fast paced, and her main characters get more and more developed as the books continue.
It's not crucial for the reader to start at the beginning of the series to understand what's going on. Each book has its own story line and plot - with the larger story arch (Eve and Roarke) moving through all books.
I recommend for light and fun reading...
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.
What a mystery is woven by J.D. Robb and brought to life by Susan Ericksen. Talk about character growth and development of a suspenseful story. Kudos to a great team!
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
I've been reading the futuristic In Death series since 1998. I don't read romances as a rule, but stumbled on these books as mysteries/police procedurals. I still view them that way, but must admit that there is a romance/sex angle, too. In any case, I've read all 36 novels, and several of the shorts, and always look forward to the next one. And happily, there's always a next one every 6 months or so.
Listening to Naked in Death took me back to the beginning, where WE first meet Dallas when SHE first meets Roarke. I had remembered the basics of the plot, but found a number of details that I didn't remember, so it was sort of like reading it for the first time. It was a beginning book, not quite as strong as some of the later entries in the series, but still enjoyable. J.D. Robb (Nora Roberts) writes very well, creating interesting and realistic characters and inventing an interesting version of New York in 2058, after the "Urban Wars."
Susan Ericksen gives a superb performance in her narration. Eve's voice was not quite what I had in mind, but I was soon converted to Ericksen's version. Roarke's Irish lilt was perfect and Somerset, Feeney, Commander Whitney, Mavis, Nadine and the Senator were great, all distinct in voice or inflection or accent so that you never had to guess who was speaking.
Now that I've listened to this one, I may have to purchase the other 35 books in the series!