Got to know Dexter better as I watch the TV series and find it quite entertaining as I did the book
I found the book very good reading and listening to. The narator was the same as the T V show and quite humerous to listen to. I thought the naration was very good and the story is a hoot. Dexter can certainly get into trouble without evern trying. It was nice to have his brother and his sister in the book from start to finish. Quite a story.
I love Dexter and his Dark Passenger, but I did not even like this weak kneed, worry wart version of my favorite serial killer. Where is the Sociopath I have come to love who embraces his Dark Passenger in the beautiful moonlight? The one who follows Harry's code and seeks to right wrong in his own twisted way. To tell the truth I hated this book and in fact almost didn't finish it. I thought the author was okay as a reader, but his writing this time, in fact since the second Dexter book, sucked! Please bring back the Dexter we love, the one that was good enough for a TV series to based on. The one who loves his Dark Passenger and will train Astrid and Cody in the Harry Code and get rid of boring Brian the DEAD brother!
I purchased this audio book knowing that it wouldn't be the same as the TV show but hoping it would still be entertaining. What I found was that the author's style was way too comedic for my tastes. We are supposed to suspend all logic. We are also to believe that he and his sister would step into some situations that clearly no person, let alone police officer, would consider without significant backup. I caught myself fast forwarding through the last 1/3 of the book. I guess I'll stick to Showtime. Two stars was actually charitable.
Although the story was another great one from author Jeff Lindsay, his reading of it had me begging for it to end! Why do producers allow the authors to read their own work? It was stilted, jerky and monotonous! Nick Landrum read the previous books, capturing the delightfully deadly Dexter's personality so well. Narrators, as well as actors, are TRAINED to read, imbuing life into the books and creating the experience that leaves us begging for more! I am saddened that Mr. Lindsay felt the vain need to step in and screw it up. Would he step in and take over the role of Dexter on TV? Of course not! Because he isn't TRAINED to do so and would leave it for the PROFESSIONALS! Enough said! His speaking voice is VERY pleasant, but a pleasant voice does not make an enjoyable book. The story line was a bit off the deviously dangerous path we have been used to, though I do feel that it is to create more depth in the characters. After all, Dex can't just be killing all the time! The family unit has grown, and with it Dexter has begun to establish emotional ties. I know others disagree, but I think the story itself is worth the suffering through the authors reading of it. Finally I would like to address the reviewers who think a homicidal hero is terrible and are mad over buying and/or listening to this... did you READ the description? What part of "lovable serial killer with no soul" did you not understand?
This was my first "Dexter" book. The premise could have led to a great psychological thriller, but this book is just tiresome. I grew quickly tired of all the F* and GD language, tired of a cop/heroine too angry to be believable, and after that, just tired of all the words (what was left after all the F*'s, etc were done--honestly, they were just not necessary and added nothing positive to the story). This was my last "Dexter" book.
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.