Listening to the story was not the problem. Susan Ericksen is excellent as usual. I find no fault with her narrative skills. The content is what I can't deal with. If I had to put a label on this, it would be 'torture porn'. I can't recall when I've been repulsed more.
There is way too much explicit violence IMO. I fell asleep at one point and when I woke, it was when the antagonist was abusing an animal. That ended it for me. I know this stuff happens, but I don't want to read about it.
Again, I have no problems with the narration. Susan is among my favorites. She never disappoints.
Do you have all day...?
I sincerely enjoy the 'In Death' series and until this installment, had been very happy and excited to get each book. Before I purchased this one I checked reviews and thought that some of the lower starred reviewers were being a bit sensitive. They weren't. I can only hope that the next one will redeem the series. Can't say that I'll be holding my breath though.
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
I am thankful for this series, which I've been reading since 1995, when Eve's pocket link communicator actually seemed futuristic.
I am thankful to be done with this particular installment, which--despite a few enjoyable scenes with Eve and friends-- spends far too much time in the head of a whining, despicable, disgusting psychopath who has suddenly discovered the joys of torture, mutilation, and murder.
I am thankful that Robb/Roberts continues to write this series, and I look forward to Installment #38, because even when there's been the occasional misfire (hey, 37 books? it happens), I always come back for more and am seldom disappointed.
I already have. I have listened to the whole series at least 3 times and have some favorites I return to over and over. This is one of the best. Each book you get the chance to watch the characters grow.
There are two in this book, the medals ceremony and the surprise, both brought tears to my eyes and joy in the deep
Susan is In Death, she makes these books come alive. She brings life and personality to every character I can't hear in my head anyone else reading these books.
All of the In Death books make me laugh,cry, think and even feel anger. Most of them I want to listen to over and over
I look forward to the next one that is out in a few days and hate waiting for more.
Violent, Frustrating, Poignant
Eve and Roarke. I consider them a unit and their partnership is one of the reasons I love the In Death series in general. A reader can tell that they love and respect each other.
Outstanding, like always.
I did. In Death books are very page-turning. You want to find out when and where Eve will catch the killer. This one was different in particular because she knew who the killer was. Similar to Treachery in Death. She knows who the villain is so it was frustrating the he kept alluding her.
Paranormal-urban fantasy book lover!
I love this series. I know it's hard to make each book spectacular in a series with 37 books. This one seemed to be formatted a bit different though. There was less Eve & Roarke & a lot about the killer. I missed the side stories of the other characters. It seemed to me that Eve has lost some of her edge in this book and is getting softer. I like to see Eve as her usual kick ass self. I just wish there was a bit more about the other characters and Roarke's family comes to visit and we don't see much about them either. It was mainly Eve and the bad guy. Other than that it was a good listen, wanted more edge and action.
One of Robb's best. The villain in this one is unbelievable. His arrogance and cockiness was brilliantly portrayed. This was a good test for Eve and Roarke coming on the cusp of Thanksgiving and recognition by the NYPSD. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Yes, assuming the friend is also hooked on the Dallas series.
Eve, of course. But Roark is always a close second.
She really is THE narrator for the Eve Dallas series, in my humble opinion. I much prefer listening to her to reading the books, she is that good.
See my review title -- Eve and Roark and All the Irish Clan do Thanksgiving. Or -- Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth.
This is one of the more upsetting books in the series -- more than one extremely likable victim dies, and not well. But that underlines Robbs/Roberts' point -- Eve does an important job, and she does it as fast and well as anyone could. I thought this story made a great point dealing with the difference between a truly thankful and truly thankless attitude, and how each shapes everything else about the way someone lives their life.
Sometimes and more often in these late books, the villians are just too ugly to enjoy the story. I wanted a J D Robb to listen to on my mini but I probably will not listen to this one. The villian is too stupid and ugly to wait for the Thanksgiving event with the Irish family.
Yes, I always enjoy these books, but I found the scenes with the murderer very difficult to listen to. It seems like this book was trying to shock me with the details of the murders.
No, but I hope this goes back to more characters and less detailed violence.
I didn't have one in this which is unusual. I found it difficult to listen to this more than once because of the descriptions of the violence.
Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.
J.D. Robb's books are usually suspenseful but not horrifying. This one tips over the edge with the perpetrator, truly thankless son, student, boyfriend, a total psychopath! In the wake of all the school shootings, random deaths, and other tragedies appearing on the news, this book really hits home.
Even the continuing story of Eve Dallas is not enough to soften the impact of this novel.