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Dexter by Design | [Jeff Lindsay]

Dexter by Design

After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.
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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lindsay comes the fourth book in the series that inspired the hit Showtime series Dexter.

After a joyous honeymoon in Paris, Dexter is feeling pretty normal. But when a corpse is found displayed on a Miami beach, Dexter realizes another killer is on the loose.

More dastardly deeds desired? Listen to more Dexter.

©2009 Jeff Lindsay; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Maybe the first serial killer who unabashedly solicits our love." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Hilarious black humor." (USA TODAY)

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    Eric Cincinnati, OH, USA 10-18-09
    Eric Cincinnati, OH, USA 10-18-09
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    "Just another installment in the series."

    I've listened to all four Dexter audiobooks now and while I think this book was a step up from Dexter In The Dark, it still hasn't rekindled the adoration I had for the first two installments. It has it's chuckle moments and Dexter's moments of discombobulation gave his character some new interesting depths, but the plot was formulaic, the twists too predictable and the bow on the package was too cleanly tied for my tastes. As Angel No Relation might say: Asi asi.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-10-11
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 04-10-11 Member Since 2007

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "At least it's no longer supernatural"

    Overall, the story is okay. Dexter has gone back to his non-supernatural storyline so that's a good thing but... the story is not as good as the others in the series. I think this is mostly because Dexter does dumb things that are out of character for Dexter, but if he didn't do them, the story could not progress as it did. So it looks like the author changed Dexter for the sake of the story - making him dumber - because otherwise there'd be no suspense at all.

    Like... Dexter is constantly in situations where he has to justify why he's even at the location. Once it's at the school, at child pickup time, and he spends time sputtering on about why he's there... none of which makes sense 'cause all he has to say is that he's there to pick up the kids... who can argue with that? But, of course, there's no suspense if Dexter can justify his presence.

    Anyway, there were scenes that made me chuckle and while the story was a bit unbelievable, it was still entertaining. Same narration as the other books - sounds like what you'd expect Dexter to sound like.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    mary Benicia, CA, United States 02-09-14
    mary Benicia, CA, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2010

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    "Don't Bother"

    I don't know where this book was going but it was pathetic. I think I spent over two hours listening and waiting for the take off. It was dull, uninteresting, and I have no idea if Dexter was ever going to do anything interesting.

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    Julie Fairmont, WV, United States 02-03-14
    Julie Fairmont, WV, United States 02-03-14

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Jeff Lindsay IS the voice of Dexter."
    What didn’t you like about Nick Landrum’s performance?

    I have listened to the 3 previous books in the Dexter series in which the author, Jeff Lindsay is also the narrator. Nick Landrum was just not able to carry off the wit of Dexter. Per my headline for the review, Mr. Lindsay is the voice of Dexter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen ROSWELL, GA, United States 09-13-13
    Ellen ROSWELL, GA, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Missed Jeff Lindsay Narration"

    Very clever story! Wit and sarcasm perfect as usual, but I missed Lindsay's narration. The narrator in this book has trouble pronouncing his "ING"s and says EEN instead of ING, other than that I did get used to the change of voice. I am a teacher, so it really bothered me (the non-"ings" I was just so used to the other voice being Dexter, that I missed him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 09-05-13
    Wes Bloomington, IL, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Leaps and bounds better than the last in every way"
    If you could sum up Dexter by Design in three words, what would they be?

    Much better narrator!!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The story did keep me on egde on multiple occations. There were some slow parts and parts that i was bored by. And the use of some characters and how Dexter intracts with them is getting a little repedative, but all in all it was much better.


    What about Nick Landrum’s performance did you like?

    His voice was a lot more charismatic. He put alot more effort into giving each character thier own voice, and kept them consistant for the most part. And did a lot better job with the women and children voices!! Let him do them from now on!!!!


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

    At times it was kinda hard for me to stop listening to it.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was all around a big improvment from the last book. The story was much better and Nick Landrum was soooo much more of an improvement compared to Jeff Linday as the narrator. I noticed that the next 2 books aer going to be back to Lindsay narrating (Which makes me not as excited for the next book as I should be) but hopfully Audible or the powers that be will read all of these reviews and realize that people want Landrum for futur Dexter books. PLEASE AUDIBLE! Dont make me look elsewhere!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 07-06-13
    Ann FREDERICKSBURG, VA, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2010

    Aloha!

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    "Have I had too much Dexter?"
    Would you try another book from Jeff Lindsay and/or Nick Landrum?

    As a huge Dexter fan since the first Showtime series began, I enjoy reading/listening to the books to see how they differ from show. Tremendously I must say. Though this book wasn't my favorite out of the series - it didn't grab me like others in the past have - I will still move on to completing the yard work and ... listening to Dexter is Delicious. How could I not?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    A little ho-hum actually. As I previously said, this one just didn't grab me as much as previous reads.


    Have you listened to any of Nick Landrum’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, I have. Some seem a little choppy in the read (characterizing?) where others are a bit smoother.


    Was Dexter by Design worth the listening time?

    Of course! It's Dexter!


    Any additional comments?

    In a series of books, are any of the middle ones as good as the beginning books? I think not. Is it because I've had too much Dexter, though not read/listened to one after another? Somewhat like listening to Stephen King novels one after the next. Maybe. Or maybe it's just the middle books. Guess we'll see with the next one. TeeHee!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn R. Ziegler Cold Spring, Minnesota USA 02-25-13
    Lynn R. Ziegler Cold Spring, Minnesota USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great if familiar with Dexter"
    What made the experience of listening to Dexter by Design the most enjoyable?

    The performance copied Dexter exactly - intonation, sense of humor, timing, ...

    For those who have seen Dexter on TV you will recognize him in the performance.


    What other book might you compare Dexter by Design to and why?

    Any of the other Dexter books. Nothing else comes close.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Landrum – was your favorite?

    Dexter and his (soon-to-be dark) daughter.


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

    Dexter nearly meets his match.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Len Cambridge, MA, USA 11-27-12
    Len Cambridge, MA, USA 11-27-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Go straight from #2 ("Dearly Devoted") to this one"

    After the boring, repetitive, and rambling Dexter #3 ("In the Dark"), "Dexter by Design" represents a return to form for the author, as well as a major improvement for performer Nick Landrum, who sounds a lot better than in #3. It's like #3 never happened; everything just picks up from #2. I found this to be the funniest entry in the series, as Lindsay's satirical eye focuses on the excesses of the two worlds of art and tourism. If you have ever witnessed performance art, you'll laugh a lot. It's great satire. If you want deep reflections on the relationship between life and art, though, don't look here -- this ain't Marcel Proust. Good entertainment all around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Howard PARTHENON, AR, United States 08-17-12
    Howard PARTHENON, AR, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Dexter has you on the edge until the end"
    What made the experience of listening to Dexter by Design the most enjoyable?

    Nick Landrum's performance was the highlight...the overall story was very good


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jeff Lindsay? Why or why not?

    This will be my last. The stories keep you on the edge of your seat, however the ending ruined it for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    How Deb reacts when she meets the real Dexter. I'm wondering if season 7 will handle it in the same way...it was believable and well done.


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

    Overall it was enjoyable, but again the ending is so over the top and unbelievable it just really let me down.


    Any additional comments?

    After reading the reviews concerning the author reading of the latest two books...I'll pass and wait for the new season on Showtime

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • J
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    9/12/12
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    "Excellent"

    Even better than the TV series ... Clever, dark and very funny too. What a shame there aren't more on audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley
    st albans, United Kingdom
    4/6/12
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    "Wickedly dark and funny"

    I'm only half way through this audiobook but have returned to audible to find more from Jeff Lindsay the author because I'm enjoying it so much. It's superbly well written and deeply, darkly humorous, about Dexter and his (often wicked) thought processes, conveniently set into a murder mystery. The narrator does a great job of "being Dexter" and sets the pace, tone and mood just right. A great combo, one of the best I've bought on audible.co.uk. I want to read more Dexter read by Nick Landrum.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Egil Myklestad
    Norway
    12/27/12
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    "Dexter lives on"

    Always a great listen. Jeff Lindsay is a great narrator and a great - if somewhat twisted minded - writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Inverurie, United Kingdom
    5/27/10
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    "Another great Dexter tale."

    Another great tale from Jeff Lindsay about Dexter Morgan a killer who works for the police.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • David
    GLENROTHES, United Kingdom
    12/16/11
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    "Dexter by Design"

    this is a test review please ignore. just testing to see if its possible to submit multiple reviews on the same book beta inappVoteInfo

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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