I've listened to all four Dexter audiobooks now and while I think this book was a step up from Dexter In The Dark, it still hasn't rekindled the adoration I had for the first two installments. It has it's chuckle moments and Dexter's moments of discombobulation gave his character some new interesting depths, but the plot was formulaic, the twists too predictable and the bow on the package was too cleanly tied for my tastes. As Angel No Relation might say: Asi asi.
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)
Overall, the story is okay. Dexter has gone back to his non-supernatural storyline so that's a good thing but... the story is not as good as the others in the series. I think this is mostly because Dexter does dumb things that are out of character for Dexter, but if he didn't do them, the story could not progress as it did. So it looks like the author changed Dexter for the sake of the story - making him dumber - because otherwise there'd be no suspense at all.
Like... Dexter is constantly in situations where he has to justify why he's even at the location. Once it's at the school, at child pickup time, and he spends time sputtering on about why he's there... none of which makes sense 'cause all he has to say is that he's there to pick up the kids... who can argue with that? But, of course, there's no suspense if Dexter can justify his presence.
Anyway, there were scenes that made me chuckle and while the story was a bit unbelievable, it was still entertaining. Same narration as the other books - sounds like what you'd expect Dexter to sound like.
I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.
I don't know where this book was going but it was pathetic. I think I spent over two hours listening and waiting for the take off. It was dull, uninteresting, and I have no idea if Dexter was ever going to do anything interesting.
Say something about yourself!
I have listened to the 3 previous books in the Dexter series in which the author, Jeff Lindsay is also the narrator. Nick Landrum was just not able to carry off the wit of Dexter. Per my headline for the review, Mr. Lindsay is the voice of Dexter.
Very clever story! Wit and sarcasm perfect as usual, but I missed Lindsay's narration. The narrator in this book has trouble pronouncing his "ING"s and says EEN instead of ING, other than that I did get used to the change of voice. I am a teacher, so it really bothered me (the non-"ings" I was just so used to the other voice being Dexter, that I missed him.
Much better narrator!!!
The story did keep me on egde on multiple occations. There were some slow parts and parts that i was bored by. And the use of some characters and how Dexter intracts with them is getting a little repedative, but all in all it was much better.
His voice was a lot more charismatic. He put alot more effort into giving each character thier own voice, and kept them consistant for the most part. And did a lot better job with the women and children voices!! Let him do them from now on!!!!
At times it was kinda hard for me to stop listening to it.
This book was all around a big improvment from the last book. The story was much better and Nick Landrum was soooo much more of an improvement compared to Jeff Linday as the narrator. I noticed that the next 2 books aer going to be back to Lindsay narrating (Which makes me not as excited for the next book as I should be) but hopfully Audible or the powers that be will read all of these reviews and realize that people want Landrum for futur Dexter books. PLEASE AUDIBLE! Dont make me look elsewhere!
As a huge Dexter fan since the first Showtime series began, I enjoy reading/listening to the books to see how they differ from show. Tremendously I must say. Though this book wasn't my favorite out of the series - it didn't grab me like others in the past have - I will still move on to completing the yard work and ... listening to Dexter is Delicious. How could I not?
A little ho-hum actually. As I previously said, this one just didn't grab me as much as previous reads.
Yes, I have. Some seem a little choppy in the read (characterizing?) where others are a bit smoother.
Of course! It's Dexter!
In a series of books, are any of the middle ones as good as the beginning books? I think not. Is it because I've had too much Dexter, though not read/listened to one after another? Somewhat like listening to Stephen King novels one after the next. Maybe. Or maybe it's just the middle books. Guess we'll see with the next one. TeeHee!
The performance copied Dexter exactly - intonation, sense of humor, timing, ...
For those who have seen Dexter on TV you will recognize him in the performance.
Any of the other Dexter books. Nothing else comes close.
Dexter and his (soon-to-be dark) daughter.
Dexter nearly meets his match.
After the boring, repetitive, and rambling Dexter #3 ("In the Dark"), "Dexter by Design" represents a return to form for the author, as well as a major improvement for performer Nick Landrum, who sounds a lot better than in #3. It's like #3 never happened; everything just picks up from #2. I found this to be the funniest entry in the series, as Lindsay's satirical eye focuses on the excesses of the two worlds of art and tourism. If you have ever witnessed performance art, you'll laugh a lot. It's great satire. If you want deep reflections on the relationship between life and art, though, don't look here -- this ain't Marcel Proust. Good entertainment all around.
Nick Landrum's performance was the highlight...the overall story was very good
This will be my last. The stories keep you on the edge of your seat, however the ending ruined it for me.
How Deb reacts when she meets the real Dexter. I'm wondering if season 7 will handle it in the same way...it was believable and well done.
Overall it was enjoyable, but again the ending is so over the top and unbelievable it just really let me down.
After reading the reviews concerning the author reading of the latest two books...I'll pass and wait for the new season on Showtime