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Calculated in Death Audiobook
Calculated in Death
Written by: 
J. D. Robb
Narrated by: 
Susan Ericksen
Calculated in Death Audiobook

Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

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On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

Eve learns that on the day of her murder Marta was assigned to work on three audits, and begins to suspect that she was killed to cover up fraudulent activity. Eve is good at catching criminals, not crunching numbers, but luckily, she has her billionaire husband, Roarke, to figure out which companies in Marta’s files aren’t on the up-and-up.

When someone steals the files from Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak starts to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait....

©2013 J. D. Robb (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    JoAnn 03-08-13
    JoAnn 03-08-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Not as good as others in the series but still fun"

    I agree with other reviews that this one just wasn't quite as good. I got confused with characters sometimes and the whole plot seemed a little contrived but I guess I wasn't expecting great literature. This series continues to be an entertaining one even with the occasional misses. I will always look forward to the next. And Susan Ericksen makes every character real. It wouldn't be the same without her.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Woy Woy, Australia 03-05-13
    Carolyn Woy Woy, Australia 03-05-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Average"
    What did you like best about Calculated in Death? What did you like least?

    I love the In Death Series have read all 36 books, love the back characters as much as the main ones


    If you’ve listened to books by J. D. Robb before, how does this one compare?

    This one lacked the fast pace usually associated with the In Death Series, not as much action


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

    Love Susan Ericksen, she individualises If thats a word all the characters except for the one hiccup with peabody in an earlier series the characters that she portrays are like old friends


    Do you think Calculated in Death needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Bring on more In Death books, love them


    Any additional comments?

    I found this one slow, too many accounting details which got boring to listen too. Halfway through it I justed wanted Eve to get on with it with her ususal style

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Goldsboro, NC, United States 03-03-13
    Amazon Customer Goldsboro, NC, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't stop reading"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calculated in Death to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eav as always the reading of her is portrayed so well


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when eav's cat was offended about her being around a panther cub, one of those moments that lightens the story


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

    alot of parts were amusing because of the way Eav is so offten twisting common sayings and the parts about m murder and greed just made me sad. because it's so true of so many


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Healy 02-27-13

    Marty

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    "Very disappointed."

    I love(d) this series and look(ed) forward to each new one. Not this. What set this series aside was the personal relationships, I can read tons of other "police" case books. This has none of the ups and downs, fun, personal interactions of the older books in the series. I can't say I won't buy the next one because I will hope that the "life" rather than just "crime" returns to the series.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Ocala, FL, United States 02-27-13
    Diane Ocala, FL, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Series going downhill fast"

    Like the last book, where are all the players? This is Eve and Peabody, a little Rourke and very little of anyone else. The story was okay, not one of the best by far, it misses being fun. I usually have a good laugh here and there in the books, but it's missing that again, like the last book. So sorry to see the series take a giant step down. I enjoyed the series cause it had a good mystery plot, and humor rolled into one book. She can end the series anytime she wants, I have just about lost interest.

    12 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    julie montrose, Australia 03-14-13
    julie montrose, Australia 03-14-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Death series is wonderful."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calculated in Death to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audible and haven't read any of the Death series books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Loved the main characters and their interaction with each other....Peabody with her pink boots!


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

    I only enjoy listening to books read by females for some reason and l think Susan Ericksen is the best! She always gives the characters their personalities with her inflections and accents. Thank you Susan for making my audible experience a pleasure.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 03-03-13
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Audible obsessed!

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    "I"m not sure what happened to the series"
    What would have made Calculated in Death better?

    Better storyline. This one book was particularly stale and I"m a bit surprised. Death and taxes are indeed a part of life, but it does not make an interesting read. It's time for this series to shake things up. They need a kid, introduce a new character or something. Let Eve have a sibling a grandparent. Just add SOMETHING!


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

    I found it boring and I had a hard time wanting to finish.


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

    Susan Ericksen is the only reason why I finished the book.


    What character would you cut from Calculated in Death?

    The socialite. She had no purpose at all. She wasn't even fun to hate.


    Any additional comments?

    It's time to shake things up if this series is going to continue. Same couples, same characters, same bantering. Same same same. I think the only thing JD Robb can do to catch my interest is if they adopt some kids or something. A girl like Eve and a boy like Roark. Not young kids but tweens or teens to shake up the story lines. I think if the next book is like all the rest I may retire myself from the series. I felt like this was a waste of my credit.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    r. 03-02-13
    r. 03-02-13
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    "Not my favorite"

    This seemed to drag. The narrator changes her voice so the characters are a bit off for me.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Read2Bcool 06-11-16
    Read2Bcool 06-11-16
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    "And the hits keep coming!"
    Would you listen to Calculated in Death again? Why?

    I love this series. It's so well performed by Susan Ericksen, with each character having a distinct and appropriate voice. Her nuanced voicing of Roarke alone, is enough to make you want to listen multiple times. Add in Eve, Peabody, Ian and the rest of the crew, and it's very entertaining, even if you know the story.


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

    This one took a while to figure out, then the chase was on to get the bad guy. As usual, it was an intense situation at the end. Plus, you had the fun of the premiere of the Icove case movie and Eve's flummoxed reaction to getting all dolled up for the premiere.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    It's impossible to pick just one. All the regular characters are favorites. Of the characters specific to this book, I'd have to pick Milo the hacker. The scene with Peabody and her certain body parts getting him to open the door to his house was hilarious.


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

    I loved the end when Eve and Roarke are looking at the picture of the two of them where she has the black eye and he has the bruised knuckles. Eve saying she wanted to get a copy and put it in a frame on her desk was a rare personal moment for Eve.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MKA 02-21-16
    MKA 02-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "another great book!!!"

    First time I have ever stuck to series with this many books. The narrator is good at telling stories with the fluctuations of her voice. she can paint a realistic picture. J.D. Robb is the whole package writter. just a bit of everything

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  • monica
    12/3/15
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    "Absolutely brilliant!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Calculated in Death to be better than the print version?

    I love reading the series but I particularly find it easy to listen to it while I was doing my housework. It made the chores so much easier to get thro!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I am a great fan of Eve and I also love the chemistry between her and Roarke.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favourite?

    Eve of course.


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

    I love Eve's sense of humour, be it intentional or not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mj
    Thatcham, United Kingdom
    11/1/15
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    "Extremely Entertaining"

    These books are very enjoyable, the characters are well thought out and pull you into the story, I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing how the character of Eve has developed throughout the books.
    The narrator is exceptionally good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • louisavamp
    7/26/15
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    "jd robb rock"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this is one of the best cop series


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

    how all the murders were connect with one man


    What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

    she does the best voices


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    greed is everything and it kill


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • gwills
    3/30/15
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    "Love the book, the narration not so much"
    What did you like most about Calculated in Death?

    I love the In Death series. Calculated in Death is as brilliant as the previous 35. I also have it on kindle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    They are all my favourites! Roarke and Eve obviously as the main characters but I love Peabody and McNab and their relationship.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    Her voice/tone is too hard, the voices are not how i imagine them (but i expect that's impossible to achieve and would be different for each reader).


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. S. A. Lynch
    Leeds West Yorkshire, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Lt Dallas and Rourke are a winning combination"

    I eagerly await each new book in this series.



    The characters are well developed and believable. As a reader you see the characters growing and filling out, becoming more interesting and their interaction is amusing but the books work well on a suspense level too.



    The books are set in the future but the plots are very this world but with a subtle twist.



    I would strongly recommend any book in this series as an enjoyable read for those who like their books to be entertaining.



    The reader for this series is an excellent choice she projects just the right amount attitude for the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss
    borehamwood, United Kingdom
    2/28/13
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    "Calculated in Death"

    brilliant. J D does it again, and Susan Ericson nails the voices in the audio version. Looking forward to the next book.



    Well worth "a read" or "A listen"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jackie
    Felsted, United Kingdom
    5/7/14
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    "Dreadful narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The plot was engaging but after a few hours I just couldn't continue listening because of the appalling narration.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Robb? Why or why not?

    Not with the same narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    No


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hillie
    London, United Kingdom
    3/24/13
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    "Very poor"

    Badly written, poor storyline and the narrator could only shout. Don't bother with this one!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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