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Deana

Aratula, Australia | Member Since 2011

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  • Cross Country: Alex Cross, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By James Patterson
    • Narrated By Peter J Fernandez, Dion Graham
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Alex Cross is drawn into a bitter personal battle against corruption, conspiracy and savage violence in a chase that takes him through a vast and uncompromising landscape. When Cross is called to investigate a massacre-style murder scene, he is shocked to find that the victim is an old friend. Angry, hurt and more determined than ever, Cross begins the hunt for the perpetrators of this cruel crime.

    Deana says: "A fast paced thriller"
    "A fast paced thriller"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cross Country to be better than the print version?

    Always enjoy the audio edition as it brings the character to life.


    What other book might you compare Cross Country to and why?

    James Patterson puts his own style into every Alex Cross book


    What does Peter J Fernandez and Dion Graham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring the action right to you. You have a sense of being their with the characters, experiencing all the emotions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Alex Cross gets home and realises that the Tiger has his family. His grief and sense of lose is palatable.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again James Patterson has delivered another outstanding Alex Cross novel, the readers have brought them to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Survivor in Death: In Death, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (912)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (622)

    No affairs. No criminal connections. No DNA. No clues. Eve Dallas may be the best cop in the city - not to mention having the lavish resources of her husband Roarke at her disposal - but the Swisher case has her baffled. The family members were murdered in their beds with brutal, military precision.

    Cherita says: "Rocks!"
    "Dallas Survives Again"
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    What made the experience of listening to Survivor in Death the most enjoyable?

    As always the narration. It is back to its outstanding form.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not quite but the plot was intriguing.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All the In Death series have been great with only a few exceptions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Quite a few the scenes between Dallas and Nixie and also between Dallas and Somerset regarding Nixie were particularly moving as only Dallas can make them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Divided in Death: In Death, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (861)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (577)

    Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent.

    Pagan Picnic says: "If you haven't read Big Jack, get it first"
    "Couples Divided"
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    Would you listen to Divided in Death again? Why?

    No I know the ending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Divided in Death?

    Quite a few but the scenes between Eve and Roarke and Eve and Mira are touching and emotional.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Life to the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but not possible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Portrait in Death: In Death, Book 16

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (456)

    After a tip from a reporter, Eve Dallas finds the body of a young woman in a Delancey Street dumpster. Just hours before, the news station had mysteriously received a portfolio of professional portraits of the woman. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career - except that she wasn't a model.

    Judy says: "You can' t go wrong with this series"
    "Black and white Dallas"
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    What did you love best about Portrait in Death?

    The characters including the suspects.This one has the young officer in it a bit more. Nice to see his character developing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Portrait in Death?

    Officer Trueheart's brush with a killer.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    The life she brings to all the characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't stand still for a photo


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Purity in Death: In Death, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (442)

    Louie Cogburn had spent three days holed up in his apartment, staring at his computer screen. His pounding headache was unbearable - like spikes drilling into his brain. And it was getting worse. Finally, when someone knocked at his door, Louie picked up a baseball bat, opened the door, and started swinging.

    Charles says: "Where did Peabody's voice go?"
    "Pure Dallas"
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    What made the experience of listening to Purity in Death the most enjoyable?

    The narration was back on track. Susan Erickson breathes life into all the characters.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not quite as I was driving but it certainly kept my attention. The way it is written any one of the suspect could have done it, but you have to listen to the end to find out the who and why.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to all previous "In Death" novels and this is back to the original form. Susan Erickson's portrayal of Peabody is priceless.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Peabody and Dallas often make me laugh, they are great. When Dallas has flashbacks it can be quite emotional. I feel Susan Erickson's performance makes these moments very real.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reunion in Death: In Death, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (696)
    Performance
    (410)
    Story
    (414)

    At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over 100 friends and family shouting, "surprise!" It was his birthday. Although he had known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise was yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead.

    Harry says: "Great story w/disappointing changes in characters"
    "Dallas Reunites with Death"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reunion in Death to be better than the print version?

    I have never read a print version of any of the "In Death" series and after listening this far I think the audio is better. I couldn't enjoy the stories without the excellent narration.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reunion in Death?

    Without giving too much away, the fight at the end is quite amusing.


    Did Susan Ericksen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    This is not one of the better narrated books only because, according to a previous review, Susan Ericksen didn't start narrating the books at #1. This is one of the first books she did and was still getting a feel for the characters. It was slightly confusing between the female characters but as I had listened from book #1 I didn't have too much trouble.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I could listen to the whole series in one sitting, but honestly, I enjoy listening on the way to work, its like an audio mini-series for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Interlude in Death: In Death, Book 12.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (631)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    In early spring of 2059, Lieutenant Eve Dallas is called off planet to face a grueling ordeal - giving a seminar at the largest police conference of the year, to be held in a swanky resort. A resort which just happens to be owned by her husband, Roarke, of course.

    Holly Helscher says: "Quick Read, But Good"
    "Off Planet Fun"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, anyone who enjoys a good murder with a bit of humor on the side will enjoy this book.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, not really as the murderer was revealed earlier than usual but I had to listen to the end to find out how they were caught.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    Peabody's voice is great also Rourke's Irish brogue is charming.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    An interlude with Dallas is never boring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loyalty in Death: In Death, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1124)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (728)

    An unknown bomber is stalking New York City. He is sending Eve Dallas taunting letters promising to wreak mass terror and destruction among the "corrupt masses". And when his cruel web of deceit and destruction threatens those she cares for most, Eve fights back. It's her city...it's her job...and it's hitting too close to home. Now, in a race against a ticking clock, Eve must make the pieces fit - before the city falls.

    Shelly says: "arizona"
    "Nobody threatens Dallas!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Loyalty in Death the most enjoyable?

    The narration and the great story line.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Well as I was driving I had to sit back a bit but the plot was interesting, the narration added life to the characters. There is also some individual insights with regard to the characters, this added extra dimension.


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    All of it. She is the character she is reading. The switches between dialogue is seamless. Its easy to tell who is speaking, just by her voice change. Awesome!!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving the story away there was a part near the conclusion that stopped my heart.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vengeance in Death: In Death, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (876)

    He is an expert with the latest technology...a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit - always solved moments too late to save the victims' lives.

    NanaMeryl says: "Is there a Roarke out there for me?"
    "Vengeance is Mine says Dallas."
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    Would you listen to Vengeance in Death again? Why?

    No only because I know the ending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Vengeance in Death?

    Eve trying to comfort Roarke.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All the "In Death" performances are excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Once again when Eve tries to comfort Roarke, she is very endearing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holiday in Death: In Death, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1234)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (841)

    No one likes to be alone during the holidays. For New York's most posh dating service, Personally Yours, it is the season to bring lonely hearts together. But Lt. Eve Dallas, on the trail of a ritualistic serial killer, has made a disturbing discovery: all of the victims have been traced to Personally Yours.

    Sylvia says: "Awesome!"
    "Christmas Dallas Style"
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    Would you listen to Holiday in Death again? Why?

    Yes, it was enjoyable


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eve and the whole issue of Christmas


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She shines in all her performances.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Eve tries to apologize to Peabody.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Conspiracy in Death: In Death, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1243)
    Performance
    (837)
    Story
    (837)

    With the precision of a surgeon, a serial killer preys on the most vulnerable souls of the world's city streets. The first victim: a sidewalk sleeper, found dead in New York City. No bruises, no signs of struggle. Just a laser-perfect, fist-sized hole where his heart had once been.

    MaxineSap says: "Really a good one"
    "Dallas fights for her badge!!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Conspiracy in Death to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was interesting. the relationships between all the characters developed and was believable.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    All her performances are outstanding.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    One Cop, One Badge and a struggle for both.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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