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 love the books, they're great - interesting, slightly different world from ours, great characters.
All of them - even the murder victims - they are all interesting and different. It's fun to go back and see where it all began (after - what? - 34 books?)..
Anyone but her. I've bought a lot of audio books (both fiction and non fiction) and even when others have said they didn't like the performance I've never had a problem with it. But this one - I didn't like it from the start. I didn't believe the accents - didn't think Roarke should have such a strong accent, but even if he did, just didn't like her voice. It almost ruined one of my favourite series. Such a disappointment.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.” ― Dr. Seuss
I usually round up when I think a book is somewhere in between ratings just because someone had enough imagination and gumption to sit down and write a book. It's certainly more than I can do. Anyway, this was a decent enough book. I particularly liked the characters, especially Eve. She is strong, complex, and vulnerable all at the same time - a total combination that is rare in urban fantasy/SF women (men as well, but it's nice to see a fully fleshed out female character). Roark is promising but there just wasn't enough character development with him yet, at least in this book. Yes, he's perfect, but some nuance would make him more believable and sympathetic. Women like a hint of vulnerability in their fantasy men (Jamie Fraser anyone?).
While I also liked the futuristic elements they are not used in any real relevant way. In that respect the world-building could be better in order to draw the reader/listener into this universe. It reads like standard crime fiction, which is fine, but I'm also really over serial killers that prey on women. Of course men who hate women exist in excess in real life, but enough already with these violent story lines; certainly with enough imagination other types of crimes can be explored. Maybe something like the Fringe crime scenes in order to capitalize more on the genre that J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts) has tried to develop? I'm not sure I'm going to move forward with the series because of this as they seem to be more of the same. I really did enjoy this book, but I'd like to see something more than what was offered here. It is a long series though, so maybe there are some interesting developments that take place in subsequent books.
I couldn't put it down. Every spare minute, I just had to listen to more of the story. Extremely easy to listen to and excellent narration by Susan Ericksen.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
I have avoided this series many times when it comes up as it is such a looong series and couldn't make my mind up if it was my cup of tea with the writing style. Well it came up on sale so i thought what the heck and purchased this first book. Mmmm, knew it, now im hooked :) Book started out a we bit slow for me but soon picked up the pace and i found myself enjoying the story. A few more chapters and i found myself wanting more. By the end i just had to purchase the next book in this addictive series. Now it seams like i may have to just keep buying the rest lol. Well done JD Robb you have gained another happy fan. xx
What can I say? It's terrific. It's fun. It's interesting. It's exciting. This is the first IN DEATH book in the series and it really starts you off on the path to great, entertaining books and narration.
Love J.D.Robb and Love Susan Ericksen. Robb writes 'em and Ericksen brings 'em to life.
The In Death series is one of my favorite reads and listens. I have listened to the entire series more than once.
I really enjoy the character interactions.
Susan has developed voices for the characters so I know who is speaking even if I missed the information.
No moment was more memorable than any other.
I liked the world the author created in the future where gun shot wounds are foreign to them.
The plot kept me interested in seeing if I was right about who the villian was.
I haven't heard other books she has done.
No extreme reactions, but it is possible since the subject matter is kind of upsetting.
This book ranks number 1 for me!
The whole thing! It was exciting all the way! I can't wait to read the next one!
Excellent performance. I couldn't imagine anyone else being thre voice on Lt. Eve Dallas!
Yes! and I did. I just couldnt stop!
I really hope the rest of the books are as great as this one was.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
This book is the first in the long series. I have listened at least once a year. This is just plain good writing. Roake is just as sexy as a guy can get.
Many...but it starts with the coffee and a gold foil bag of it.
Her rich voice is just so great. She make "Lt" come to life. Her Irish voice had me buying any story that show cased that brogue.
ending " Roake says I don't thing....I know I...."
If you start this series, you will get hooked on the first 10 books without a doubt. Get started.
I am a disabled vet who is currently going blind. So I have been preparing for it by buying audio books, since I cannot even read a book anymore which WAS my life.
I would suggest this book to everyone. Ms Robb did an excellent job on the subject and content. The narrator is excellent for Ms Robb's works
"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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