There is something to be said for this series, I'm on book 35 and still enjoy every story. Susan Ericksen is a bit hard to get into but once you do you won't find a better narrator, she is simply a master of characterization and gives a recognizable and endearing quality to each of the main characters.
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.
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!
I would recommend this if you are listening without interruption however I found it hard to follow while doing anything else!
Love J D Robb aka nora Roberts. The naked series is fun & suspenseful. Naked in death sets the stage. If like me, you started the story in the middle, this book answers a few question. The performance is really good.
I laughed,I cried. Want to read them all.
Go eve Dallas.
I have read every one of the printed books by J.D. Robb, some more than once. I just love the characters even though some think Eve Dallas is too bitchy and Roark is just too much. I like them both and believe they bring out the best in each other. I've always wondered if they will ever have kids....somehow I doubt it but they sure do 'try' lots of times. Nora Roberts is terrific as J.D. Robb.
Eve because she is so damaged but excels and Roark because of the same reasons. He is just too cool.
I liked them all. I believe the gray button that Roark keeps is the sweetest thing ever.
No extreme reaction except to say that I will listen again and get more in audible. Susan Erickson is a good narrator for Eve and does Roark just superbly.
Yes. I like the personality of lieutenant Eve Dallas. Couldn't stop listening till the end. Fantastic!
I like the action throughout. The way she analyses the cases.
Roake. He sounded so sexy. So dynamic and so loveable at the same time. So dependable. If Lt. Eve Dallas is not attracted she must be crazy!.
Yes. Can't put it down. Will listen a few more times later.
I hope to have more books on Lt. Eve Dallas and Roake's lives together.
Eve's strong yet vulnerable character and Roarke's mystery.
Eve confronts the grandfather in DC.
When the daughter told Eve about her father and the family understood what had been going on for years.
Start with this book and you will be hooked on the series.