Beneath the façade of glamour, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming obsession for youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could be found to fulfill any desire - for a price.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2004 J. D. Robb; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
Genre fiction, trashy to literary--mystery, action, sci fi, fantasy, and, yes, even romance. Also history. Listener reviews help a lot!
Wedding bells are in the offing for Eve and Roarke. Mavis's new love, the megatalented Leonardo, has designed The Dress. But the violent murder of the city's top model incriminates Mavis and Leonardo in a case that may send Eve's plans skidding off the runway, especially when her escalating flashbacks to her painful past reveal a long-repressed truth.
As with all these books, the mystery is secondary to the growth and interaction of the many characters. Going back to this book--the third in the series, all of which I've read--after several years makes you realize the "genius" of Robb/Roberts' long-running saga about what amounts to an extended family. New characters at the time of this story are now old friends.
A word about narrator Susan Ericksen, who most people (other than me) seem to love. She's not bad. She does an OK job differentiating the characters. I've finally gotten used to her Peabody voice, which was a shock when I first heard it. But she almost invariably "punches" the wrong word in important sentences ("You're not supposed to BE here" is not the same as "YOU'RE not supposed to be here"; the technical term for this, if I may be obnoxious, is "prosody."). A lot of the books' humor and humanity gets lost because of these misreads.
Ericksen needs to spend more time in prep--I get the sense she's reading "cold" and that the producers are in the control booth saying OKlet'shurrythisalong. The shifting scenes run into each other, without the proper pauses that characterize good audio productions.
This series, although not great literature and not everyone's cup of tea, is a unique phenomenon that deserves better production values. Personally I'd love to see them redone with less "chirp" and more nuance.
Always after books that read well in the tractor!
I absolutely love this series. I mostly buy it for Eve and Roarke than I do the mystery, but I simply love it all! And The narrator is the best I have ever heard, pulling off male and female voices excellently!
I love witty, fast-paced books that keep you turning the page.
I nearly always love NR's books under her own name, however I've struggled a little with the harsher tone of the "In Death" series. Immortal in Death balances the ugly details of homicide with the character development and light moments that I love in her other books. It could be that I'm just getting to know all of the characters better, but I really enjoyed this one. She's also gotten much better by this, the third book in the series, at keeping you guessing over "who dunnit." The narrator is very good, and while there are others who do a better job distinguishing between male and female voices, she does a great job distinguishing between the characters.
Retired Teacher Love reading and love listening to audio books in my car.
I love Nora Roberts, but resisted reading her as J. D. Robb. I decided to try this summer and got the Audible version of the first in her "In Death" series. I absolutely love the books. I think the character of Eve is real enough. Although I realize that the character of Roarke is only a dream, I pretend that he really could exist. The narration is excellent, and the narrator is one of my favorites. I'm reading them in order.
I just love to listen to these series they are so funny and amusing . I love the way the narrator does the characters!! I read all of the death series to 39. now I'm listening to them and it's just so awesone!!
the story and characters build nicely, becoming more complex and interesting with each book. The addition of the interesting supporting characters ads to the story.
S. A. Williams
It’s funny to me that even though this story was written back in 1996, the topic is still very much relevant. The story isn’t stale; I can dive into this world, and feel like it is new and fresh.
Robb wrote it as a futuristic world and it still is, but the crimes are still very much in the now. I love this futuristic world of Eve Dallas, and she is quickly becoming an ultimate bad-ass-chick I can’t wait to visit....Sara
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