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Kindred in Death Audiobook

Kindred in Death: In Death, Book 29

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Like the In Death series' lead characters, Dallas and Roarke, narrator Susan Ericksen and author J. D. Robb are a match made in heaven. More than 30 books into this series, these two halves of the perfect audiobook whole have become the gold standard for how to keep listeners coming back book after book.

Erickson's narration has the strikingly confident acting chops of a charismatic lead actor in a great long-running television series. She knows and inhabits her cast of characters decisively, while carefully mining the little diamonds of growth and change that Robb seeds into these stories.

From Dallas' driven, prickly authority, to Roarke's potent charm, to Peabody's nerdy earnestness, and the handful of unique, well-drawn secondary characters, the cast here is entertainingly diverse but hasn't grown too large for listeners to catch on quickly to who's who. And kudos to Ericksen for making it easy by capturing each voice clearly, and using finely tuned pace and timing to bring out all the wit, blood-chilling suspense, and sizzling romance in Robb's storytelling.

Great villains are also a trademark of this series. The bad guy here is a master manipulator, a chameleon who slips and slides through the city, killing with a cruelty that shakes Dallas to her core. Ericksen gives him a guileless menace that rings terrifyingly true. Watch for a terrific 90 degree twist near the end that provides that perfect combination of thrill and 'a-ha!' to round out this plot.

Robb's In Death series is, like all the great police procedurals, built on rich character development. Dallas is sexy, acerbic, absolutely tenacious, and destined to rub people the wrong way. Roarke is drop-dead gorgeous, filthy rich, and utterly in love with his wife. This is partnership as the ultimate romantic relationship, and a crime-fighting team that's unstoppable.

In July 2009 The New Yorker magazine featured a long overdue profile of the immensely successful Nora Roberts (a.k.a. J. D. Robb). So if you're a first-time listener coming to see what all the fuss is about, the In Death series is about to become your favorite new way to kick back and enjoy a great story well told. —Nancy Carter

Publisher's Summary

In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside. Deena has been brutally murdered in her bedroom, and her body shows signs of trauma that horrify even the toughest of cops, including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

The evidence piles up, and Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest the perpetrator. But little do they know that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them, using a variety of identities.

Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes, but for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring the killer to justice.

©2009 J.D. Robb; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Eve Keller, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Eve Keller, TX, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the series, love the narrator!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kindred in Death to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the narrator, Susan Ericksen truly brings all the charters to life for me. I've listened to all the


    Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

    I don't think I can pick just one... she does them all so very well, I don't have just one favorite.


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    Ria Reader Washington, DC 02-10-11
    Ria Reader Washington, DC 02-10-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Book 29 Is just as GREAT"

    I find mind self sounding like a broken record but I can't say it enough I love this series. I only tuned in to the 1st book in the summer of 2010 and I have now almost finshed the series and will be anxiously awaiting the next book. This was another stand alone absolutley sad and touching. The story and narration make you feel as if this is really happeing and you could turn on your local news and see it. JD Robb really knows how to capture and hold. Thank you for for such a great stories. Some are gruesome and hard to imagine but in the same sense allow you to imagine the pain that a family endures when such horrible things happen. It's really hard and they even make you cry right along with the characters.
    The ending epilogue with Louise and Charles gave this story a bittersweet ending.

    BIG KUDOS AGAIN Susan Erikson for bringing the in Death Stories to life. Please dont ever stop doing the narartion.

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    Scott A Brockman 12-24-10
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    "Kindred in Death"

    Awesome. This is the 2nd JD Robb book I have listened to and I am hooked.

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    Pat Indianola, IA, United States 11-05-10
    Pat Indianola, IA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "JD Robb/Susan Erickson combo is great!"

    I love the series and wish that Susan Erickson would read all the books that I buy. She does so well, I forget that I am being read to. The characters become real like old friends after so long.Keep up the good work. I get so excited when I see that my friends have come for a visit.

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    Michele Prescott, AZ, United States 08-12-10
    Michele Prescott, AZ, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Still Loving the Series"

    First of all, I really get annoyed reading the negative reviews below from folks who ONLY listened to the first few hours of the book. Secondly, this is Book 29 of a series. My advise with any series is you should start from the beginning and get to know the characters, and here it is especially essential because you'll understand why the narrator chooses the voice for each player...they really fit.

    If you have enjoyed any of the In Death Series, you'll enjoy this one as well. How Roberts continues to find new angles on murders for Eve to solve makes each book in the series fresh and #29 is no different.

    I would also like to add to those reviewers who don't like Peabody's voice; from about Book 13 to 16, Erickson throttled back on most of the characters strong intonation and gave Peabody a voice closer to Eve's. For me, who started with Book 1 Naked in Death, it was disappointing and was thrilled that the narrator brought them back full strength in Book 17 and has continued ever since.

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    Cruise Snorkeler Ohio 07-16-10
    Cruise Snorkeler Ohio 07-16-10 Member Since 2016

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    "Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb"

    Excellent. Another great one in the series. Loved the narration!

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    Amy 12-22-09
    Amy 12-22-09
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    "Not the best I've read..."

    Worth the read but I'm careful how I spend my credits. I wish I'd rented this one at the library instead.

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    Anne United States 12-20-09
    Anne United States 12-20-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Abridged would be better"

    This was my first J.D. Robb audiobook. The storyline was good, but the unabridged version was too drawn out and repetitive. It took half the story to capture my attention, but the last half was OK. I think I'll go to the library before spending more money on this author.

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    Brenda 12-10-09
    Brenda 12-10-09

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "Kindred in Death"

    First book I've read by this author.It was really slow in getting interesting.It was okay. I don't know if I would read another by the author.

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    Patty Manassas Park, VA, United States 11-21-09
    Patty Manassas Park, VA, United States 11-21-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Not her best"

    I am always intrigued with the character development in this series, but this book certainly did not have the edge that she normally has. Eve is getting "soft"...and that's ok, i guess...The ending was also not her usualy twist until the end....still a good listen and entertaining...i found myself laughing out loud at times.

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