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Freelance journalist, now living in Israel. Audible books listener for 30 years, when I had to pretend to be blind to get access.

Rocklin, CA, United States | Member Since 2004


  • Indulgence in Death: In Death, Book 31

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a murder disrupts the Irish vacation she is taking with her husband, Roarke, Eve realizes that no place is safe - not an Irish wood or the streets of the manic city she calls home. But nothing prepares her for what she discovers upon her return to the cop shop in New York City....

    MJ says: "Good story, great Eve/Roarke relationship"
    "My first -- and probably last -- J. D. Robb book"

    A hundred zillion readers can't be wrong, can they? These books sell like crazy -- I had to see what it was all about.

    First of all, switch your player to "fast read". The narrator reads so slowly it'll drive you nuts. I can't tell a good Irish accent from a bad one, but this rendition started grating on my nerves about a half hour in. That 'darlin' thing they've all got going was seriously overdone.

    Secondly, at this stage of life, I've decided to minimize the amount of time I spent with people who are obnoxious, bitchy and, in general, unpleasant to be around. That being the case, I can't imagine spending any more time with Dectective Eve Dallas. Honestly, I can't imagine why anyone wants to be around her -- including the fawning Roarke, who must be loaded with issues of his own. Eve Dallas is just crabby and bitchy, 100% of the time, to anyone and everyone. Is that the way "new' women show strength and power? Lisa Gardner's D. D. Warren is much the same -- just a really bitchy woman. I gave up on that series, too. There are plenty of tough strong women protagonists out there -- you don't get any tougher than Kinsey Millhone, Anna Pigeon, Ellie Hatcher or Bailey Wiggins, but they don't behave as if they have to chop everyone from waiters, co-workers, lovers and murderers into pieces with their vicious tongues. (Okay -- It could be the narrator who interprets the character that way. I guess I'd have to actually read one of these books to find out, and I'm not about to punish myself to that extent. )

    The plot wasn't bad, actually -- quite inventive. So if you can get by the first part -- all the hugging and kissing in Ireland, where Eve drags out tired old jokes about being wakened by a "cock" (ah, that would be a rooster) and touts her ignorance about anything domestic as a character asset -- the story itself, back in NY, is entertaining and innovative.

    So listen at your own risk -- the thing is, there are so many really excellent books out there that this kind of feminine barbarism needn't be tolerated. Instead of J. D. Robb, try Julia Spencer-Flemming, or Deborah Crombie, or even Laura Lippman. They don't wrote "cozies", but neither do they blister your ears with PMS protagonists.

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