Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.
Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2004 J. D. Robb; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio
I started to read the series almost 10years ago, so I have forgotten how Eve and Roake were at the beginning. It was refreshing to listen and experience it again. Peabody wasn't even in the first book! I think Susan Ericksen does a superb job as an narrator and I think I want all the in Death books in audiobook now! If you like the "In death" books you won't be disappointed the audiobooks, either.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - Naked in Death is part romance, part police procedural suspense. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas's involvement in a murder investigation sets the background for the story. Billionaire Roarke becomes a suspect, thus they meet and begin the relationship which will continue to grow throughout the rest of the series. The story is set in the future so droids and futuristic gadgets continuously add interest to the investigation, and Roarke contributes in some very interesting ways as well. I enjoyed everything about this story -- interesting crime, aggressive investigation, likeable characters, romance, chemistry, all wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion.
NARRATOR - She does a great job with this book. Roarke's Irish accent is endearing, and I love the robotic sound she gives to the droids!
OVERALL - I highly recommend this book. The romance aspect might be too heavy for guys. I would probably actually rate it a 4.5 if that option were available.
A great story filled with characters you'll fall in love with! You can't wait to see what happens next in these characters' lives. Narrator does an excellent job creating/embodying the characters. MUST LISTEN!
She creates/embodies each character. She allows you to "see" each one.
This is the first in a long series that I, personally, hope never ends! I'm completely hooked.
I love this series. Although this first book isn't the best one, I strongly recommend you read them in order. A handful of books fall a bit below the high expectations, but 1/4 are truly outstanding, and at least 3/4 are extremely good. The others are also good, no stinkers in the set.
Even the few that fell below expectations were well worth reading because every book advances the evolution or history of at least two recurring characters. That's a fascinating element -- projecting how the characters may develop and then seeing how they change.
Robb was smart to set the series in the future. It allows characters' backstory to exist outside of "real" history and avoids anachronisms that would surely arise from the slow progression of "In Death" time. (The series, written over 15 years, covers only 2 1/2 years so far.) This is not meant to be deep, thoughtful sci-fi. The future setting is simply a useful device.
Frankly, neither of the main characters is super-compelling in this first book. Intriguing, but a bit annoying. However, as we learn more in the next books about their self-protective barriers -- and (in later books) more details about the life experiences that led to those barriers -- the reader comes to understand them and, increasingly, to root for them to grow, thrive, love, and work together.
Kudo's to the narrator. I had never read any of the series, so I had no prior visualization of the characters to conflict with Susan Erickson's phenomenal vocal interpretation. I honestly forget that one person is reading. Her characterizations are so distinct that I immediately can identify the speaker without attribution. In one book, she was apparently pushed to alter the voices, but thankfully that was immediately corrected in future books.
Some may like more sex, others less, but I think the balance of mystery, crime-solving, sex, romance and character development is just about perfect. I could deal with less profanity, but it is consistent with context.
This book reads like bits and snippets from many different sources. The writing is juvenile, and totally loaded with cliches. Avoid it at all costs.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
The "in Death"/NYPD Lieutenant Eve Dallas series is written Nora Roberts using the pen name J. D. Robb. Naked in Death is an excellent police procedural/suspense thriller. This is a thriller rather than a romance novel. The narration of Susan Ericksen is also excellent.
If I had known JD Robb was a pseudonym for the romance novelist, Nora Roberts, I would never have bought this. Basic story is okay but the poorly written romance scenes that interrupt the plot every 20 minutes had me fast forwarding. Stupidly, I bought this and the next novel in the series and the second was even worse! If you want a romance novel, then this is probably an interesting series for you. If you want a mystery/police procedural get something else. Anything else.
If this book is indicative of Robb's work, it should be in the "Romance" section. Much of the body of this book (at least sat far as I was able to get into it [1 hour]) was about this pent up woman's aberrant emotional life and not the mystery/murders at hand. The crimes were definitely secondary to the trials and tribulations of an angry woman fighting to get who knows where in a man's world.
The erratic bounce between sensitive and tough was not sufficiently in my scope of interest to withstand the entire book. Robb can write, but she should stick to the crime side. The emotional roller coaster ride is as boring as it is passé.
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)
It's a cross between a romance novel and a detective novel (it involves nearly equal parts detecting and romance). It's set in the future, but there's nothing unfamiliar about it.
It has some graphic language and adult concepts (prostitution, incest). In a couple scenes Eve's very unpleasant childhood is explored and the author attempts to tie it into the story but it feels forced and is overall an uncomfortable topic.
The romance is mostly okay. At least it's mature and not some teenage drool fest - though in real life nobody is as perfect as Roarke.
The narration is very good, nice accents and no over-dramatization. The voicing of the characters is distinct.
I loved this story as it is the first book in a series of books. I love that Nora Roberts/JD Robb maintains a recurring list of characters and reveals facets of their personalities and stories with each new book. I hope that JD/Nora will continue to write new stories with Eve, Roark, Peabody, McNabb, Mavis and Feeny to name a few of my favorites.
Fairly routine crime novel, moves at a good pace, requires minimal effort from the listener.
"Shame about the narrator."
This story is okay, not the best but good. However the narrator was rubbish. Her voice is okay to listen to, but she doesn't do much with the different characters. Half the time you can't even tell what gender the character is until you're told. Unfortunately her narration completely ruined any attempt to listen to this book, and I think I will be buying the Kindle version instead. I'm just glad I got it while it was on offer.
"Enjoyable.. looking forward to starting book 2."
An interesting take on a crime theme. Some reviewers mentioned the Rourke accent as wrong, I wish they hadn't because I waited for it and didn't think it was to bad but every time he featured in the book I kept thinking 'that's not to bad' Arrgh. looking forward to next in series. recommended...
"This book is so good"
Yes, I feel like listening to it again right now. I miss the characters already. Eve Dallas's character is so vulnerable yet strong and Roarke is just brilliant.
My favourite character is Roarke. Who wouldn't want a guy like that.
She brings the character to life. I wasn't too sure about the Irish accent at first but I got used to it and it was easy to tell the difference between the characters.
Yes there was a scene that I found very powerful just after Eve had to go to testing. I won't spoil it by elaborating but you could feel the mood. Also the sex scene was extremely good.
I don't know whether to re listen to this one or go straight onto the second one but I'm hooked.
"Couldn't put it down"
Set in a slightly futuristic world
Eva's own history
I couldn't stop listening. I enjoyed the slightly futuristic side of it and I loved the main characters, she really brought them to life for me. I did like the passionate moments. It may not be to everyone's taste but if you like a strong female lead, with a hard background story, then this might be for you
Slightly let down for me by the narrator's Irish accent for Roarke - just didn't sound quite right.
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