Americas most-read, most-watched, and most beloved serial killer - Dexter Morgan - is back. After selling more than one million copies and inspiring the wildly popular #1 Showtime series and top-rated crime drama on pay-cable television, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lindsay returns with his most hilarious, macabre, and purely entertaining novel yet.
Dexter Morgan has always lived a happy homicidal life. He keeps his dark urges in check by adhering to one steadfast rule... he only kills very bad people. But now Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals. And, most disturbing... these people have decided they would really like to eat Dexter.
Jeff Lindsay's best-selling, dark, ironic, and oftentimes laugh-out-loud hilarious novels about the lovable serial killer with no soul (but a redeeming desire to kill only people who deserve it) have gained a legion of fans and assumed a place in our culture
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Nick Landrum really "got" Dexter. I started off to write this review only to discover that the reader that is boring me to tears is none other than the author! All I can think of as I attempt to wade through this audiobook is that the reader doesn't really get Dexter.
Nick Landrum really characterized Dexter with his reading/acting skills. He brought us that sardonic side of Dexter just with his tone of voice. The author as reader is just reading. I so loved the other Dexter novels (via audiobook) but I'm not sure I can finish this one. I would have loved to hear Landrum's Dexter bring this new twist to Dexter's life. I hope the publisher will consider doing another version as this one is not up to par.
Yes, I agree wtih others, Jeff Lindsay is a brilliant writer but not so hot as an audiobook reader. Let the pros put the polish on your work, Jeff!
I enjoyed this Dexter novel - was nice to see him gain a little more humanity related to Lilly Anne. The cannabalism... well, that was an interesting twist! I am looknig forward to seeing what happens to Dexter next!
I have to ask why Jeff Lindsay felt the need to narrate... he doesn't do a terrible job, but there were a lot of monotone sentences, and I missed the "dark delight" that Nick Landrum seems to bring to Dexter's voice!
I love all the Dexter books (and the TV series) including this one. I really got use to Nick Landrums voice and style as Dexter though. To have kept Nick's narration would have definitely been a better move. I hope Nick's voice returns for the next books.
Great addition to the series enjoyed the story immensely. But Jeff Lindsay is not an animated reader to say the least. Bless his heart though he does try.
Back to the book. More of the great Dexter we've come to love. Solid writing although is it just me or are the first few chapters kind of wishy washy. I don't know how to explain it but I almost stop listening after the first 30 mins, but then it picked up and the dark passenger returned and so did the story.
If your a Dexter fan and chances are if you're considering this book you are, you won't be disappointed other than the poor reading. One last thing that makes this worth reading CANIBALS! Fun times.
I'd give the story 4 stars and the narration 2 stars. Whatever they had to pay Michael C. Hall to narrate all these Dexter books would be worth it. His performance would elevate this audiobook to 5 stars for me. This narrator just detracts from the story. I read the first three books and enjoyed them more with Hall's voice in my head than listening to the last two on audiobook with sub par narrators.
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I may have had too much expectation with this one. If you've been reading my reviews of all the books in this series, you will know that i was particularly looking forward to this book, as Season 5 of the television show is the Season I began discovering Dexter. So far, i could see how each season was LOOSELY related to each book.
I guess i expected to meet the Trinity killer in this book. Instead I am presented with a Dexter who suddenly sees life through new eyes after the birth of his baby girl, Lilianne. So the book becomes mostly Dexter's internal struggle to want to give up his "hobby" and be the best Dad he can be, as well as an upstanding citizen.
This isn't exactly the type of sentiment I've come to expect from Dear Old Dutiful Dexter!
As far as peformance goes, Nick Landrum is apparently no longer narrating these books, the author himself is reading them. He doesn't do a *bad* job, per se, but he's not as good as Landrum. He needs to be a bit more sinister and a bit more animated. And, it has to be said, his "characters" are awful.
That's alright, I am confident Double Dexter (Book 6) will redeem itself!
I should state that I am not really sure how good the story is or isn't -- the reader is so awful that I had a really hard time paying attention to the story or caring about any of the characters. That is very sad because I have adored every one of the Dexter books up until this one. I tried searching to see if the old reader had also performed this book but to no avail.
I really am interested in hearing more about Dexter and his new baby but the reader is so horrendous I may just go buy the paper book. His renditions of female characters - Rita, Deborah, Astor are about equivalent to nails on a chalkboard. I'm hoping that Audible will bring the old reader back and maybe have him do a reading of this and the next book so I can find out what happens... Until then, I guess I'm off to another series. A real shame.
Nick Landrum did an amazing job as a storyteller! I loved the way he read ever character, making them come alive just by the way he expressed the words! Now with Lindsey...I feel like he is rushing the whole story. When he describes something or he is playing out a character sometimes he can somewhat capture the scene. While other times I feel like he is just bored and scrambling to get all the words out. I would have enjoyed this much more if the had recast Landrum as the narrator. Overall the book was well written and Lindsey as a writer always entertains me with his alliterations, puns and witty sayings!
The normally diabolical Dexter was replaced by a drab dad re-evaluating his life style and life choices, trying to change his ways... Bah. BRING BACK THE SOCIOPATH! He's supposed to be the kind of bad guy we can still feel an affinity toward! At least Brian didn't disappoint.
The author's narration was good, there were a few quirky funny lines, but overall this Dexter was a Dud...
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