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Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1 | [Jeff Lindsay]

Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.
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Publisher's Summary

The Basis for the Showtime® Original Series Starring Michael C. Hall

Meet Dexter Morgan, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s handsome and charming, but something in his past has made him abide by a different set of rules. He’s a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likeable: he only kills bad people. And his job as a blood splatter expert for the Miami police department puts him in the perfect position to identify his victims. But when a series of brutal murders bearing a striking similarity to his own style start turning up, Dexter is caught between being flattered and being frightened - of himself or some other fiend.

©2005 Jeff Lindsay (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"A macabre tour-de-force." (The New York Times Book Review)

“A dark comedy with a creative twist.” (The Miami Herald)

“Dark and devious..Daring and unexpectedly comedic.” (USA Today)

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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-13-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "This was fun because it was different."

    Dexter is a psycopath. He likes to kill people and feels no guilt. His sister is a cop. Dexter is a great help to cops investigating killers, because Dexter thinks like them. One fun scene was Dexter saying the killer likes a cold room (pause) and narrow. His sister asks “why narrow?” Dexter doesn’t know but it just feels right. Then he says narrow like a refrigerator truck. And that’s their first clue. In another scene Dexter is thinking about the killer taunting Dexter saying do you want to play? Normal people would run. Dexter eagerly smiles and thinks “Yes I do.”

    Dexter’s foster father imprinted upon him a golden rule - never kill the good guys, only bad guys. So in that way Dexter is one of the good guys. (But he does kill and mutilate people in this story.) This is the first book in the series. It’s a crime mystery with some suspense. There’s a happy ending for the good guys. I liked it.

    I did not like the major crisis at the end because I didn’t know what happened. I had to guess. There were no details about how someone died, how someone was wounded, and how someone got away. I almost gave this 3 stars because of that.

    I have not seen the TV series.

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    Sadly I did not like the author narrating this. He was ok as Dexter, but he was annoying when he did two females, the sister and the lead detective. He used a weird, nasal, unpleasant voice for women.

    Genre: crime mystery suspense

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Heather DOVER, PA, United States 02-14-13
    Heather DOVER, PA, United States 02-14-13
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    "I love the show, like the book"

    I got this book because I was about to embark on a long run and needed something mindless to listen to. Since I'd already seen Season 1, I thought this would be a good choice. It was! It was quite similar to the show as one would expect, since the show was based upon the book, however the end was not at all the same. I've seen all of the seasons on TV, but I am still left wanting to listen to the next book.

    I was not expecting that to happen one bit, so I'm pleasantly surprised. If you liked the show, you'll like the book!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Carriere, MS, United States 05-28-12
    Chris Carriere, MS, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Thriller"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would defiantly recommend this book to a friend and have done so since listening to it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's a no brainer, Dexter is by far my favorite Character in this book. I love the way he thinks and process people and events. I love how he is viewing the world as a outsider trying to fit in.


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

    No this was my first audio book by Jeff Lindsay, and I love how the author is the one reading this.


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

    In fact it was one I listen to in one sitting. It wasn't a very long book and I listen to it durring a 8 hour road trip this month.


    Any additional comments?

    I would warn fans of the Dexter TV show that this book is simular, yet very very different then this show. Which would cause some to dislike the book altogether. So if you are looking to expand upon the show, this isn't for you. It's it's own set of stories and I for one can't wait to continue.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    frankiej 02-01-15
    frankiej 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "simply awe inspiring"

    I just loved this gripping tale and the characters involved. Jeff Lindsay is almost poet like in the way he describes every little detail of what is going on, and that is what I found most enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Taylor 01-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love Dexter"

    love that Jeff Lindsay narrates his own work, does a great job, need more!! thanks

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    penkypoo 01-30-15
    penkypoo 01-30-15 Member Since 2013

    A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!

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    "Doesn't compare to the TV show."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the TV show, however this is one of the few times the live version is better than the book. The book was not a waste of time, but it was a let down.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was fun that it was very similar to season 1.


    Did Jeff Lindsay do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did, however I found he made LaGuerta even more irritating.


    Do you think Darkly Dreaming Dexter needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has 6 follow up books, I will definitely give the rest of the series a try, but I do so with a little less expectations.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-31-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "If tits were brains she would be a genius"

    I hope to get a chance to use that phrase some day.

    I was following someone who gave this five stars. It is important to try and follow others with the same taste has yours, but I have to disagree with my leader here. Not at one point did I think this was a bad book, and I thought it might be great when I started it. It is certainly a unique character.

    The longer I read, the more flaws started to appear. My first problem came at chapter nine. What seem to be a fairly straight (but weird) story, headed into the realms of paranormal. This cheapened the story and gave the author several easy outs. I like paranormal in my Jim Butcher or Simon R. Green books, but there they don't use it for easy solutions and it fits into the rest of the story. Jeff Lindsey makes Miami seem like a small town with just a couple of streets. More then once Dexter is driving around and he comes unto a crime seen involving the criminal he is trying to find. More then once he comes up with a solution to a problem, yet he even admits, that he does not know how he would come up with that clue. It seems he just happen to dream the right dream or have a feeling or etc. The book becomes very predictable. I knew what was going to happen to his sister many chapters before it happened. I knew the ending, before it happened. What makes it worse is JL slowly draws these things out. You hear in his voice, (I am going to surprise you, I am going to have a gotcha moment.) and then he does exactly what you expect. Expect several times to hear the main character say, I should have felt so and so, but I felt the opposite. That gets old after a while.

    I did give it five stars, it is not a bad book, it just is not a real good book.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bea Gonzalez 03-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth every second!"

    Loved it! Gipping story, excellent narration, do yourself a favor and listen to this book!

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    J. L. Johnston Southeastern Michigan 02-15-15
    J. L. Johnston Southeastern Michigan 02-15-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Delightfully Dexter"

    I'm a fan of the cable series but having the original story read by the author is just over the top wonderful. Bravo!

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    Eleanor 02-06-15
    Eleanor 02-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid story and very good performance"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The story is very good and the narration is great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final scene between the villain, Dexter and Deb is great!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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