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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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    Chris Carriere, MS, United States 05-28-12
    Chris Carriere, MS, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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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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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-13-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 07-13-13 Member Since 2010
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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.

    NARRATOR:
    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

    5 of 6 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!

    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 2010

    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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    Steven L Stringfellow 07-20-14 Member Since 2014

    Nothing is better than the well-written sci-fi story. I'm even trying to write one too. But these days, I have expanded my taste --a bit.

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    "The type of killer that would be fun to chill with"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a very unique story because of the protagonist. Essentially it is something new and "new" is the hardest thing for a writer to produce. On top of that, it is a very involving story with twists that make it that much better. Even if you've seen the TV show, I'd would recommend it.


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

    Yes. The story teller kept leaving "breadcrumbs" so as to keep the reader/listener engrossed in the story.


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

    No, but I plan to.


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

    It's already a really great TV show, but here goes anyway. "He's a lovable monster Just like Grover, only less furry and more bloody"


    Any additional comments?

    The overall story was good, but there were some obvious issues that were not addressed at the end. I presume they will be in the next book, but it would have been tidier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ash5914 06-10-14
    Ash5914 06-10-14
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    "Entertaining for sure, but I prefer the TV show."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might recommend it as a quick and fun read. I might caution them that it's simply not the same as the TV series.


    Has Darkly Dreaming Dexter turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily. I enjoy adventurous mysteries, and I found the narration from Dexter's point of view to be really gripping. It answers the question of, "what is it like to get in the head of a serial killer?"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in which Dexter brings justice to the preacher who killed the little girls. Though he's murdering someone, I was absolutely rooting for Dexter because he was in the right.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Certainly. I actually watched the Showtime TV series before ever realizing there was a series of books. I have to admit, I liked the TV show better than the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 03-21-14
    Jennifer Beadle Granite City, IL United States 03-21-14 Member Since 2013

    book spirit

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    "Beloved killer"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Darkly Dreaming Dexter to be better than the print version?

    I was very reticent to read the first Dexter novel. The whole concept did not appeal to me. However, after I watched the series and they took it off the air, well, I became hooked and needed my Dexter fix. Even though the novels are very close to the series, I still enjoy them. The audio version is great to listen to, when I can't read. I enjoyed all mediums of Dexter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters in the Dexter series are engaging for me. It is a well done story. The closest comparison I have to Dexter is Stephen King's Joyland - just good stories.


    Which character – as performed by Jeff Lindsay – was your favorite?

    Dexter is, of course, my favorite character.


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

    I did not have an extreme reaction to any of it. I enjoy a good story and I got it.


    Any additional comments?

    I will most likely be purchasing the rest of the Dexter series as money allows. The audio version is a good fit for me. I can listen to the story while I clean or do other less mindful tasks. It really helps the chores go by more pleasantly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-22-14
    Amber Fort Collins, CO, United States 01-22-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Very enjoyable, not gory. Less relatable than TV"

    I was hesitant to pick up this book for a long while, as I get a little squeamish at grisly descriptions. I’m very glad I did though – it was an enjoyable story and not at all graphic.

    While I enjoy the TV show I’m not a hard-core fan by any means, and I’m seasons behind where it’s currently up to. I found the TV Dexter very likable and relatable – something which is quite disturbing when you think about it. In the book, however, the character is much more alien. There’s a clear distinction between “Dexter” and “People”, and although it doesn’t make the character any less compelling, it helps drive the book in a way where you feel safe as an observer, rather than feeling like a voyeuristic listener.

    I enjoyed the books sparing use of alliteration, a literary tool that’s difficult to pull off. Another treat was the performance by the author himself. When an author narrates it is generally either great or awful – thankfully in this case it was the former! I really enjoyed hearing the book in the way the author intended it to be heard, with all the correct accents, emphases and inflections. Aside from this he has a fantastic speaking voice and plays each of the characters distinctly and enjoyably.

    A credit well spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shane Norway, MI, United States 01-07-14
    Shane Norway, MI, United States 01-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Highly Recommended for Any Dexter Fan"
    Any additional comments?

    To start this off, I am a big fan of watching movies and t.v. shows that were based off of books first, and then going back and reading/listening to them. This is for two reasons: First, I can listen or read at a quicker pace and with less stress of missing key points because I already know the general story line. Secondly, when you read first, the movie/show usually disappoints. But if you watch first, the book still has something new and exciting to add. After watching the first season of Dexter(the TV show), I decided to check out the books that began the hit show. This book was just different enough to keep me interested, but similar enough that I understood how everything fit together. Overall, the story was pretty fantastic.
    When I listen to books, I like to listen for "deal breakers." These could range from a terrible narration, unnecessary plot elements, or even just a boring story. To be completely honest, there were none in this book. The only possible downside is that the author narrated his own book. This usually isn't as good as a professional narrator even though the author knows how he wants the book to be read. In this instance, Dexter's voice was probably the only one that was distinguishable. Deb and Masuoka sound the same, Laguerta and Batista sound the same, and everyone else is just a blur. But as long as you pay attention, you will have no trouble understanding what is happening.

    Overall: Great plot twists, no dragging monologues, and most importantly: it's America's favorite serial killer!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clark Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-13
    Clark Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Insight the show misses out on"
    Any additional comments?

    I really loved this book from start to finish. The plot for this story closely follows the first season in events but what the show can not offer you is dexters constant stream of thoughts. This is a great series that I looking forward to getting into!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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