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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 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 5 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 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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Ash5914 06-10-14
    Ash5914 06-10-14 Member Since 2014
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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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    Sinan Amman, Jordan 03-16-13
    Sinan Amman, Jordan 03-16-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Entertainer"
    What did you love best about Darkly Dreaming Dexter?

    It shows you that you can actually like a serial killer personality! hehe
    Nothing mind provoking; just entertaining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Moore Monmouth, OR USA 03-11-13
    Robert Moore Monmouth, OR USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Bromly Falco

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    "Definitely Different Dexter"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you enjoy the show, you would almost certainly enjoy this alternative season one timeline. There are a lot of small differences; some of what the book does seems better to me and some of what Showtime did seems better. This was not, however, a case where I thought he book was substantially better than the television interpretation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dexter is my favorite character, by far. In the book, you get much less exposure to the other characters and they don't make as much of an impression as they do in the show. Doakes, Angel, Masuoka, etc. are all there, but many of them seemed easily forgettable compared to the clearer characters you may be used to seeing in episodes on Showtime.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I felt like the narrator was too dull. A lot of this is no doubt because I'm so accustomed to the voice of Michael Hall as Dexter. I also didn't feel like the narrator developed very distinct voices for some of the other characters and made some odd pronunciation choices.


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

    No, but I knew everything that was going to happen...I was even aware of the couple of major differences between the show and this first novel. If not, I probably would have had a much larger reaction to a few things.

    If you don't do fairly descriptive crime scenes with dismemberment, discussion of blood spatter, etc., I would caution you about these books. There's a lot of..."gore", for lack of a better word.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm very curious to listen to the next book and see if I enjoy it more than this one or not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 02-27-13
    Scott Whitehall, PA, United States 02-27-13 Member Since 2012

    Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa

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    "Dexter obsessed"

    I never saw the show. I didn't know what I was getting into. You need a dark sense of humor to appreciate it, because you'll laugh as dexter goes through his daily life.
    Lindsay doing the narrating is perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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