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Darkly Dreaming Dexter Audiobook

Darkly Dreaming Dexter: Dexter, Book 1

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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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    Lesia Winona, MS, United States 08-08-15
    Lesia Winona, MS, United States 08-08-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Hilariously chilling!"

    To paraphrase a truth, if a writer guess himself as a narrator, the author is a fool. Jeff Lindsay is no fool. The book was good with delightful sentences ("For a few seconds it didn't really seem necessary to breathe."), with dynamic narration! I bought the next two books before I finished this one, it was such a delight to read!

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    Talon Wolfe 09-14-16
    Talon Wolfe 09-14-16
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    "TV Show is better written"

    TV show is better written. and the actors bring the characters to life far more than the words of this book do. The first book is not identical but vert similar to the events of the first season. I will not be getting any further books in this series, but will just enjoy rewatching the show on Netflix.

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    Edgar 08-29-16
    Edgar 08-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Well written"

    Humorous and quite memorable it quite the gripping tale although for me the end faltered.

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    Alishia penk 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "If you have seen the show...skip this"

    If you have seen the show, the first book is very similar to the first season, except with out as many fun plot twists. Its hard not to love Dexter, but I was a little dissappointed.

    There are alot of irritating alliterations in this story and the narrator seemed to almost sound like he was going to chuckle when he said them. I love the concept of the story and may consider the other books but seeing as i have already watched the show...it may just irritate me more.

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    Jessica 08-09-16
    Jessica 08-09-16
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    "Perfection"

    I love everything about this book. I'm so glad it is a series. I'm going to listen to every single one!

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    #ArtIzMuzikForTheEyez 06-24-16 Member Since 2015
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    "great show & great book!"

    I got this book because I loved the show so much back when it was on and wanted to see if the books are just as good Annnd HELL YES it is! I'm getting book to right now!

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    Benjamin Brown 05-19-16
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    "Not the show, yet equally intense"

    Well-performed by the author, this book is just as intense as the show. It sets your teeth on edge, making you unsure of what will occur.

    Jeff Lindsay does well with creating tension by holding on discomfort, making you sweat as he artfully dances around the next important detail.

    Satisfying, but leaving more to be desired. On to book 2!

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    Kindle Customer 04-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Jeff Lindsay does darkly dreaming Dexter perfectly"

    Kind of makes me anticipate the next full moon in Dexter sort of way. Jeff Lindsay gives good voice to the characters in this story.

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    arthur cowan 04-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved it"

    A very close resemblance to the series, but goes much deeper into the dark thoughts of Dexter. I definitely liked the ending of this story more, but it left so many questions unanswered. Oh well... can't wait for next month and book 2!

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    Jonette 03-26-16
    Jonette 03-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing Dark Passenger"
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    I was very disappointed with this book, I had watched the series and was curious to see how the book differed ( I like to read a book and then watch the adaptation). The first thing that struck me was the the creepy voice of the narrator (I listened to the book on Audible). I already had a preconceived idea of what the characters looked like due to the series, but I felt like the author went out of his way to depict the other characters as knuckle dragging neanderthals, as if Dexter was the only one with the ability to deduct any reasonable conclusions or thoughts. I found Dexter's character to be pretentious, dull and often bordering on racist innuendo. The relationship between Dexter and his sister was almost painful to listen to, it seemed as though Deb was a petulant child who would shout obscenities and throw herself onto the floor in a tantrum if Dexter wouldn't give her the answers she wanted. The very fact that Deb needed so much hand-holding was enough to push the woman's movement back two decades, although I am sure the author thought he was creating a strong female character with her strong language and drive for ambition, but his constant subtle hints of sexism didn't fool me. Dexter's character in the series seemed more in a constant battle with himself to retain his "humanity" by avoiding killing, even though he enjoyed destroying the very essence of humanity. But the character in the book seemed to not even consider himself human, and almost blamed his actions on the "dark passenger" denying to have human emotions even though it was obvious that he was feeling and interacting in the world the way humans do. Although the plot was interesting, a killer killing killers, the author took the book in a most asinine direction of Dexter's having a brother, who as it happens is also a killer.... SHOCKER, please try harder. Because I had watched the series I was prepared for this but was hoping that there would have been some more history about their parents, circumstances or reasoning that they both had this "need", besides the fact that they ere present when their parents were murdered. But alas, the author took the lazy way out and skimmed past any interesting or thought provoking plot and took the low rode. I would not recommend this book.

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