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 have all of the In-Death Books. I own most of the latest books on audio CDs. So when I saw the first book on audio in your collection- I had to have it. I already knew Susan Ericksen had the characters down pat. I just needed to hear if she was a little different with the first story. She was Super just as I had come to expect. So listening to the first In-Death book was a pure joy!
The In-Death books by J.D. Robb are in a class by themselves.
She does a great job giving voice to Eve Dallas and really makes Roarke sound so fine.
Yes,it was! And I almost did just that.
Will try to add all of the earlier books to my library.
Just finished book 1 and I'm hooked!!
Roarke mysteriously sexy, rich, and a true gentleman
She does a great job! I can tell all characters voices very distinctly.
Probably just below the dresden series which is my #1 favorite audioseries so far.
Well of course Roarke is my favorite. Who doesn't live Mr. Perfect
I like her overall tone. She does an excellent job as Eve Dallas. My only criticism is that the pace was a bit too slow. I am definitely guilty of using the 1.5 speed option on my iphone just to keep the book moving along.
I had some laugh out loud moments. But given that I had already read this book I did not go through any extremes. This was just an enjoyable listen to a novel I had read long ago while I did chores around the house.
I recommend this audiobook. I will probably download others in the series.
Firstly, one of the most interesting things about this novel was its futuristic aspect. I think it was originally published in 1995. And Nora Roberts was trying to imagine a world in 2058. So, even though the book is futuristic, some of the things in the novel will actually seem a bit dated. For instance, she makes several references to computer discs...something many of us rarely use nowadays.
But, like all of Nora Roberts books, the writing is superb and the characters are multi-faceted. That said, be forewarned that Roberts is stepping a bit outside of her box here and writing a suspense novel. So, the story is far more graphic and violent than you'd see when she writes under her own name. Also, while selling this series as suspense was a wildly successful attempt, she is still true to her roots in a lot of ways. So, be prepared for some steamy love scenes.
An interesting mix of light police / crime, scifi and romance. Some of the characters are fun - I especially like Feeney - and the police procedure and laws in the future are interesting. The effect used for the computer voice, which is fairly infrequent, worked well for me.Something that stands out for me throughout the series is that the narrator reads Roarke with a fairly strong Irish accent, even as she repeatedly reads that he has only the faint hint of one. When the story tells us that his accent becomes more pronounced, it stays pretty much the same since it's already pretty pronounced.In my opinion, this is a solid 3 1/2 star audio book. It delivers exactly what is expected, and if you're not looking for depth, this - and some of the sequels - are worth a listen.
Yes It was suspenseful, romantic & kept me guessing
Roarke because he read Eve so well & love his Irish accent.
Laughed & felt for Eve
Going to read the series
Once you start listening your hooked. Story has everything you want in a suspense novel.
On a rating 1 to 10. It would be a 7to 8. Most the books I have listened to have been 9 or 10s. Only a few have been 1 or 2. 3 1/2 to 4 stars.
I liked the unwise romance and the story twists.
When Rorke says he loves her and accepts her lack of refinement.
I would try another of her books. Interesting all the way through.
No, I've never listened or read a book more than once
Eve is the best. She's exactly how she should be.
She did well with the changes in voices for changes in character
I liked the audio version as much as the print version. The reader is great, very nice voice and inflection.
Favourite character - Eve Dallas
Yes and no - it's too long for a single listen but it would be enjoyable to listen that way.
"Dreadful, cliche ridden book"
I accept that thrillers are by definition written to some sort of formula, but this book carries it to extremes - characters, plot, narrative and language, every cliche however hackneyed seems to be used. I gave up after a particularly laughable sex scene between the two main characters, which completely destroyed any credibility the book might have had claim to. I think this is only the fourth or fifth audiobook that I've not finished - out of nearly 500. It was that bad.
To make matters worse, the narrator was not very good; as the previous reviewer comments, she has a lot of difficulty with the Irish accent of one of the main characters, and generally was a tad melodramatic for my taste.
I see J D Robb has written nearly 40 books in this series, so some people must like them. Not me I'm afraid.
"cardboard cutout fiction"
An naive 14 year old.
Create believable characters with depth rather than shallow stereotypes.
Possibly, maybe to check how much she contributes to this being a lifeless yawn of a book
I would cut all the characters from the book and replace them more realistic ones. No-one worth salvaging.
A truely awful book - a total cliche of a story peopled by stereotypical characters lacking depth and realism. Formulaic writing offering zero opportunity for empathy with the characters. I really did not care what happened to anyone or anything in the story.
Why did I listen to it? Well, I was busy working to begin with and then it's awfulness became mesmeric. . . . . . .I did not listen quietly and sighs and ecpletives filled the air.
"The best in death book - The first is always the b"
Where Eve and Roarke first meet you can't beat that.
Favorite is difficult but in this one book Eve makes it she always does and with her realising that she just might be able to be part of a couple, and have some friends.
Where feeney and roarke come face to face. after Eve has took the test where she has been trying to clear him, and come to terms with being late for the little girl who did not make it.
Eve and Roarke the start of a complicated life together
The In death books would not be the same without Susan Erickson narrating. Its nice to here one voice through the series. The other characters that add later on make it as well. Some of the things Eve comes out with are really classic - my all time favorite "BITE ME"
"The start of a great series"
Eve Dallas is the 'Jack Reacher' of the 21st Century, and I'm completely hooked on this series. This series is full of life, and Eve has the right kind of attitude for a 'kick-ass New York cop'.
Normally my wife is badly allergic to cliches, but for some reason the 'In Death' series carries off the occasional cliche with great aplomb and humour, and we both thoroughly enjoy the series.
"A mistake I unfortunately repeated"
For some strange reason I bought books 1 to 3 on a whim and after reading the first few chapters of book 1 I bitterly regret my purchasing decision. This is dull and cliche ridden and I can almost believe it was written by a robot. Given there are something like 40 books in this series I think that might be a real possibility.
"A Poor story"
Dull story line - sassy attractive female cop falls for richest man in country who team up to solve the murder - you couldn't write it, only someone did, I wish they hadn't. The narrative is poor, the male voices are truly awful, and watch out for the Irish accent - pure comedy
Tedious, predictable and boring! Hugely disappointed. I thought it would be the sort of thing I'd enjoy but it's just so cheesey. Gave up after two hours. Couldn't take the bad accents any longer!
"Great first book in fab series"
Have read a few of these books and find them entertaining and page turning. Doesn't matter if you read out of sequence although it was good to learn their history by reading the first book. Well written and a potential glimpse into the future !
"By the numbers crime fiction"
First of all, I suppose if you are looking for a bit of very light beach reading and you don't mind annoyingly controlling poorly developed he-man billionaire chauvinist love interests à la Christian Grey, by all means, give this a go. Also he has a stupid name, just going to throw that out there. Roarke is not a name, Rourke is, not Roarke. Also Rourke is a surname.
In fact characterisation throughout the whole book is pretty underdeveloped and underwhelming but as I said if you are looking for a by the numbers, crime page-turner you can't go too wrong. It was far from the worst book I've ever read but it wasn't exactly surprising or particularly compelling. It shocks me that there are like another 40 books in the series!
It wasn't the genre that was the problem, it was everything else.
If you are Irish and are planning to listen to this audiobook, let me tell you, the narrator's interpretation of an Irish accent is more of an assault on the ear's that Gerard Butler in P.S. I Love You and Julia Roberts in Michael Collins combined. You've been warned.
Robb's 1995 vision of what a mid 21st century New York would be like is interesting enough and fairly understated which was refreshing although it is funny to see how dated that vision feels in the 20 years since she imagined it.
Fairly routine crime novel, moves at a good pace, requires minimal effort from the listener.
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