He’s a charming monster....
A macabre hero....
A serial killer who only kills bad people....
Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It’s just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac... which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world’s first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?
In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami - a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter’s dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective) is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster - but it isn’t until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first....
With the incredible wit and freshness that drew widespread acclaim to Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Jeff Lindsay now takes Dexter Morgan to a new level of macabre appeal and gives us one of the most original, colorful narrators in years.
©2005 Jeff Lindsay (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Dearly Devoted Dexter is fascinating, entertaining, and brilliant. Let Jeff Lindsay introduce you to the serial killer next door - Dexter (and his Dark Passenger) are the freshest, most terrifying creations you are ever likely to meet... and live to tell about.” (New York Times best selling author Robert Crais)
“A macabre tour de force... so snappy and smart.” (The New York Times)
was impressed Jeff was narrating his own work, I feel this gives a clearer insight into the characters, including things like name pronunciation, etc
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I like the fact that it deviates from the show. It feels new.
There's a lot of people that don't like Lindsay's narration, but I'm not one of them. He's no Michael C. Hall, but who is? Right?
Its pretty high up there so far. Maybe my #5.
Book 1 of the series because it's a Dexter book.
Jeff Lindsay narrating his own books has really been the biggest weakness of listening to these books. His Dexter is ok, but doesnt have a lot of consistancy to it. Some times Dexter sounds like a girl. To be honest none of the voices have much consistancy to them. Deb and the kid voices are by far the worst.
Do me and about 90% of the other audiobook listeners a favor and pleas, please, PLEASE let someone else with more charisma and emotion (like an actual voice actor) read these book! Im sure you guys could easily start a "kick starter" to get the money to have Michael C Hall or someone close to read atleast the Dexter parts. I would gladly donate!
I would love to say yes to both of those, but honestly the dullness of Lindsays narration made it very difficult to get too sucked into the story.
Bad narration aside, this is a very good listen for Dexter fans. And if you are a fan of Season 2 of the show then you will like the diffrences.
Somewhere in the middle. No where near the top, but certainly not one of the worst.
Dexter is certainly my favorite character. He is, in a lot of ways, creepier in the books than in the show.
I wasn't a big fan of the narration at first. But, it is growing on me. It's delivered in a very quiet, emotionless, and steady pace. At first I felt a disconnect there, compared to hearing Hall as Dexter from the show. But, I think it's an interesting alternate Dexter that is more appropriate to the character in many ways.
A Different Dexter of Darker Dimensions
The alliteration continues to appear frequently throughout the book and continues to be amazing.
Dexters description of the first 'body' found on the table and his curiosity of why.
Emotion... You feel like you're inside his head while he was writing the book.
Yes. But who has 8 hrs to just sit and listen?
Jeff Lindsay's narration is excellent and really brings the book to life. I originally had the narration by Nick Landrum which was just awful. There are still two books in the series narrated by Nick Landrum and not Jeff Lindsay and they are barely enjoyable b/c of the narrator, despite the good writing and great story. I hope Nick does not narrate another Dexter book, or for that matter, any book I'm interested in listening to.
Unlike the other reviewers, I like the author's narration -- its "fakeness" is exactly what makes it work for me, because Dexter himself is nothing if not a fake in life.
The plotting of volume 2 is better than that of 1. But listeners should be warned that the major culprit of this installment (what the TV show creators call the "Big Bad") is so horribly vile, his crimes so absolutely repulsive, that he gives the evil doctor in the Human Centipede a run for his money. I almost retched when I heard the crimes described.
I can't imagine this kind of horror being filmed, and I am grateful to the TV show creators for not attempting it. Beyond the understandable squeamishness, there's another reason for deviating from Lindsay's storyline, which is that the TV Dexter is actually fully human, so the evils done by the perps don't have to be exaggerated to justify Dexter's actions. Lindsay's Dexter insists so much on not feeling emotions or belonging to the human race that he has to make the Big Bad that much worse. This makes for a much less interesting character than the one portrayed on the TV show.
I have read other reviews that warned of bad narration and had avoided that fate until now. The narrator sounded like he was whispering. It was so hard to finish the book.
The storyline was interesting.
Find a new narrator.
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