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Dearly Devoted Dexter: Dexter, Book 2 | [Jeff Lindsay]

Dearly Devoted Dexter: Dexter, Book 2

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....
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jenny Taylor 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love Dexter"

    was impressed Jeff was narrating his own work, I feel this gives a clearer insight into the characters, including things like name pronunciation, etc

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    Amazon Customer 01-26-15
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    "Exquisite"

    Exquisitely written, read and directed. I cannot wait to read Book 3. In fact, I will not and am ordering it now.

    Thanks Mr. Jeff

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    rave on 01-20-15
    rave on 01-20-15
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    "I love dexter"

    All these stories are so good! This one is probably one of my favorites. I wish the tv series would gave followed the books more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Kring 06-23-14 Member Since 2013

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "This wasn't bad at all."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the fact that it deviates from the show. It feels new.


    What about Jeff Lindsay’s performance did you like?

    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?


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    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 08-30-13
    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 08-30-13
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    "A really good and twisted listen!"
    Where does Dearly Devoted Dexter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its pretty high up there so far. Maybe my #5.


    What other book might you compare Dearly Devoted Dexter to and why?

    Book 1 of the series because it's a Dexter book.


    How did the narrator detract from the 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!


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Moore 03-21-13

    Bromly Falco

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    "Like a Bizaree Alternate Universe for Show Fans!"
    Where does Dearly Devoted Dexter rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Somewhere in the middle. No where near the top, but certainly not one of the worst.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dexter is certainly my favorite character. He is, in a lot of ways, creepier in the books than in the show.


    What does Jeff Lindsay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


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

    A Different Dexter of Darker Dimensions


    Any additional comments?

    The alliteration continues to appear frequently throughout the book and continues to be amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc New York, NY, United States 12-25-12
    Marc New York, NY, United States 12-25-12
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    "Dexter's character & personality take shape..."
    If you could sum up Dearly Devoted Dexter in three words, what would they be?

    Intricate
    Suspenseful
    Budding


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dearly Devoted Dexter?

    Dexters description of the first 'body' found on the table and his curiosity of why.


    What does Jeff Lindsay bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Emotion... You feel like you're inside his head while he was writing the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. But who has 8 hrs to just sit and listen?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Len Cambridge, MA, USA 11-17-12
    Len Cambridge, MA, USA 11-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Unfilmable horrors!"

    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.

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    Samantha 06-25-15
    Samantha 06-25-15
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    "not the same as the show"

    not at all like the tv show. jeff lindsay is strange. the first book was better

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 07-23-12
    Heather 07-23-12
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    "Wanted: New Narrator."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The storyline was interesting.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find a new narrator.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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