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
"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)
Absolutely. The story is very good and the narration is great.
The final scene between the villain, Dexter and Deb is great!
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.
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.
Yes. The story teller kept leaving "breadcrumbs" so as to keep the reader/listener engrossed in the story.
No, but I plan to.
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"
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dexter is, of course, my favorite character.
I did not have an extreme reaction to any of it. I enjoy a good story and I got it.
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.
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.
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!
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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!
It shows you that you can actually like a serial killer personality! hehe
Nothing mind provoking; just entertaining.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I'm very curious to listen to the next book and see if I enjoy it more than this one or not.
Short and sweet reviews, Allentown pa
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.
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