I picked this up on a special offer from Audible, but not being exposed to any of the previous Dexter books, this may not have been the best book to start with. I was lost and confused through the beginning as no summary or history was given to help understand the basis of the series or the characters. Dexter comes across as a blend of Forest Gump and Rainman, and I had to guess at many of the story nuances, such as what the "Dark Passenger" was through most of the book. Maybe the author should spend his time sprucing up the story instead of narrating it.
OK, so maybe this was not the best book to start off with in the non-TV storyline of the popular (with us too!) characters. My wife and I listened to the story on a recent long trip.
Let me say that perhaps an abridged version would be much better in this case? The story is very "wordy" in unusual parts and seems to get 'lost' in itself several times in the storyline.
The reader/author was very good though and even sounds (to us) very much like the actor that portrays his character on TV. You definitely won't see any of this storyline on the TV version of "DEXTER"!
The last installment of the Dexter Morgan series left me a little...blah, but this book is paced much better and even brings some characters back into the mix to further Dexter's journey. This book explores Dexter's personal evolution and even though i grew worried for my favorite serial killer at times he shows his true colors and did not disappoint. Each of the main characters in Dexter's life were woven perfectly into this story and i recommend it for all fellow Dexter followers.
Oh and Jeff Lindsay is not as bad as some of the previous comments stated. I did miss Nick L's amazing narration skills, but I enjoy hearing the story the way the author hears it. Having Jeff Lindsay step in was a great treat. Preview first if you are skeptical.
This is the first of dozens of books that I have not finished. I have been spoiled by professional actor/readers and even though I would consider Lindsay a good reader as authors go, he could not hold my attention. His writing is entertaining and I consider it a shame that he did not choose to allow someone perform his material.
Ugh, I have to agree with another reviewer that Jeff Lindsay is a good writer but an annoying reader. The guy that did the previous books was Dexter to me. The book starts out slowly with 20 minutes of how wonderfullllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll Dexter's new kid is. It gave me a headache.
Second try at this. I like the books and the tv is interesting. But the audio is not so good. Is it the reader? i do ot know. The only book I know that I do not want to listen to.
I would totally recomend this book to a friend. I would maybe recommend reading it instead of listening to it. Or at least warn them of Jeff Lindsays horrible narration.
Just about any other Dexter book before it....well not book 3. Skip book 3.
Wow, I'll give anyone a shot and it would probably improve. The dream team narration would be to have the core cast of the show read the lines when that character speaks, as in some books that I've heard. Michael C Hall would be perfect of course and maybe just get a random actor and actress to narrate the other supporting characters.
But more realistically, Nick Landrum was VERY good! Can we please get him back and maybe re-record the previous books?
Um.....It is already a tv show.....
All in all this book was very good. Very graphic and funny at times. It could have eased up on the discription of every little thing that Dexter sees, touches, or experiances. Though Jeff Lindsays narration is still bad and inconsistant when voicing different chraracters, it was a slight improvement from his previous narrations.
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After the weird swallowing and clucking previous reader, I'm thrilled that they've chosen to change narrators. Although this may not be the most successful Dexter novel, I think the author did a great job with the reading.