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Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1 | [J. D. Robb]

Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

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.
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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

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    Felicity Fairchild 03-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Don't Judge the Series by the First Book!"

    This is a wonderful series that is definitely worth your investment. Naked in Death is pretty good, but it wasn't J.D. Robb's best, so don't judge the series by the first book. To be honest, I waited half a year before I read the second book. After that, I knew I was going to spend like 30 something credits on the In Death series. I was completely addicted to them!

    Each book gets better as the story progresses. It took me 2 to 3 books to really get to know all the wonderful and interesting characters. Characters you will come to love, respect and admire.

    Susan Ericksen gave a stellar performance on the narration. Each character's voice was so distinctive that you could instantly tell who the speaker was. Listening to Susan bringing all my favorite characters to life is a much more enjoyable experience than reading the books myself. I couldn't imagine the narration done by anyone else! I highly recommend that you give it a try!

    65 of 67 people found this review helpful
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    Shay 01-01-09
    Shay 01-01-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "WOW! What a surprise!"

    I am a huge fan of J D Robb's 'Death' series. Eve Dallas is one of my most favourite characters! I eagerly wait for each book and buy it in hard cover. When deciding to purchace this series of (so far) 32 books i was sceptical ... could anyone capture Eve Dallas the way i had always evisioned her to be? YES! Susan Eriksen IS Eve Dallas and Rouke and Peabody and Charlotte oh the list goes on! This narrator reintroduced me to all the reasons i love this series! Get them all!

    29 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Shelly 3888 Comet Drive Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406 11-10-09
    Shelly 3888 Comet Drive Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406 11-10-09 Member Since 2008
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    "WOW!! Sexy and Suspenseful!"

    I have read many books by Nora Roberts and couldn't put them down, but I thought the futuristic setting of this series would be hard to relate to. I WAS WRONG!! I have gotten so absorbed with Eve and her love life with rich and sexy Roark that I had to get the next 4 titles all at the same time from Audible. I listen to them while I piece together quilts.Matching fabrics and listening to Susan Erickson's narration is what retirement was meant to be!

    35 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 02-25-10
    Margaret Corryton, TN, United States 02-25-10

    Married, middle-age, owner of 3 dogs, 2 cats, and a messy house.

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    "Pretty good"

    This is a very good "first" book for a series. Several scenes are set up for future books to play off. Although that is obvious, it's OK, since a few dozen are already written, and they aren't exactly cliff-hanger scenes. There are also cliche's, but I got this book as a "light read" and was very pleased with what I got. As long as the characters are filled out in future books, I'm sure I'll be happy with them, too.

    I didn't do my homework by reading reviews, so I was a bit surprised at the romance part, but it never occurred to me to stop listening. I wanted to know if I was right in the "whodunnit" guess. I was. I'm hoping future books are a little less obvious, but I'm about to download book 2 and find out!

    20 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Flavin 03-23-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Police Procedural with a Dash of Romance"

    Set in a not unrealistic future where violence and murder has been greatly reduced through education, government legislation and social engineering. Eve Dallas is a cop who gets the job done and does so by following the book.

    During this case she meets a love interest which J.D. Robb intricately weaves into the plot of murder mystery. Two parts CSI/Law and Order with a dash of the Silk Stockings this is a great book for the beach, park or a long weekend because you will be riveted to it.

    The narration by Susan Erikson is nearly flawless with a good range of accents, characterizations and an amazing range of emotional inflections. At one point in the reading she reads a scene where a female character is crying and a male character was consoling her and both were done flawlessly.

    If I have one complaint the sex scenes in the book are a bit derivative and somewhat distracting from solving of the case. That being said it was an immensely satisfying listen and highly recommended.



    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Dorotha Butler, PA, United States 06-05-08
    Dorotha Butler, PA, United States 06-05-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Naked in Death"

    Finaly!!! I have read every one of the "in Death" series by J.D. Robb, and have several on disc, which are a pain to transfer to my i-pod, and right now I could not be happier... terrific murders, wonderful characters that become friends... every one of this series is a gem...Susan Ericson has so become the voice of Eve, that when I am reading them I use her voice in my head...and then there's Roarke... oh yah...Roarke...Peabody, McNab, Feeney, Mavis, Leonardo, Nadine, and Somerset..a great way to spend the day, with them, in the future.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Maha Bali Egypt 03-22-09
    Maha Bali Egypt 03-22-09 Member Since 2013
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    "More focus on romance than mystery"

    This reads a lot more like a regular Nora Roberts romance novel with a mystery section. Narrator did all the voices wonderfully except the voice of Eve Dallas - it sounded a bit too rough and aggressive most of the time. Still, I am looking forward to the development of the relationship across the series

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Eilene Westbrook, TX, United States 10-31-09
    Eilene Westbrook, TX, United States 10-31-09 Listener Since 2009
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    "Naked in Death"

    I first picked up a J.D. Robb audio book featuring Lt. Eve Dallas in a retail store and now I cannot seem to put them down. The book is fast moving and everytime you think you have solved the crime. Think again. Wonderful book series.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 05-30-09
    Deborah Cedar Grove, TN United States 05-30-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Murder & Romance"

    Nice ratio of murder mystery and romance. A must for women who like romance novels, but also like murder mysteries. Even without the romance, the murder plot held your interest. Will search for other books by this author. I think the narrator did a great job also.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 06-01-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 06-01-15 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Good Book"

    Naked In Death" is the first book in J. D. Robb's Eve Dallas mystery series. I have been hearing positive things about these books for a long time, and now, after reading this terrific novel, I understand why.

    New York City, 2058 CE, are the time and setting of "Naked in Death." Robot drones and voice activated machines do menial work, i.e., clean house, serve meals; there is a total ban on guns, (the police use lasers); major improvements have been made in medicine and technology, with advancements in genetics (and strong genetic control); airbuses for public transportation have replaced subways; tele-links replace telephones - it's not a "brave new world," yet...but there are definite pluses midway into the 21st century. Minor armed skirmishes have taken place between China and the US, and France had another revolution which lasted for a few years. The overpopulated world has more limited resources - real coffee is rare and way too expensive, as is beef and other fresh meat. Robb has not written a sci-fi series, however. Far enough into the future to make the storyline more interesting, 2058's world is still easily recognizable.

    Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD is called to a murder scene where a young licensed companion, (a legalized prostitute ), has been brutally murdered with an antique handgun from the 20th century. The victim, Sharon DeBlass, is from a very prominent family - her grandfather is a US senator. An angry man who preaches morality and leads an ultra conservative branch of his party, the senator would like to totally suppress the case, and perhaps even run the investigation himself. According to friends and relatives, Ms. DeBlass apparently chose her career not only because she liked sex, she did not need the money, but because she was rebelling against her family and strict upbringing. A note was found under her body with the printed words, "ONE OF SIX." So, was the perpetrator a serial killer warning that there were to be five more murders? One of the prime suspects is a sexy Irish billionaire named Roarke. We never learn whether this is his first or last name. Perhaps if one is a billionaire, especially a tall, dark and handsome, with an Irish brogue, billionaire, it doesn't matter. He is quickly cleared of suspicion, and he and Eve embark on a stormy, intense romance - but not before murder #2 occurs.

    Eve, although a tough cop who made Lieutenant before the age of 30, is also very vulnerable. She doesn't remember the early years of her life, but knows that she was sexually, physically and emotionally abused by her father, then abandoned at age eight and left to the mercies of Children's Services. She has made her work her life, and letting Roarke get close to her is a first.

    Happiness is discovering another excellent series - and from what I have read, this looks like a winner! The writing is tight, as is the plot - an excellent and complex mystery. I really like the characters, Eve, definitely, Roarke - who lives up to his description, Feeney, Eve's partner, and Eve's chanteuse friend Mavis. I can't wait to pick-up book two, "Glory In Death."

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "The best in death book - The first is always the b"
    What did you like most about Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1?

    Where Eve and Roarke first meet you can't beat that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Eve and Roarke the start of a complicated life together


    Any additional comments?

    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"

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
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    3/14/10
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    "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.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Donn Edwards
    Johannesburg, South Africa
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    "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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • M. Graydon
    Norwich, UK
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    "This book is so good"
    Would you listen to Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1 again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character is Roarke. Who wouldn't want a guy like that.


    What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know whether to re listen to this one or go straight onto the second one but I'm hooked.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Halland, United Kingdom
    2/26/15
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    "cardboard cutout fiction"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    An naive 14 year old.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Create believable characters with depth rather than shallow stereotypes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    Possibly, maybe to check how much she contributes to this being a lifeless yawn of a book


    What character would you cut from Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1?

    I would cut all the characters from the book and replace them more realistic ones. No-one worth salvaging.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Perranmaid
    Cornwall
    2/26/15
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    "Couldn't put it down"
    If you could sum up Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Insatiable appetite


    What did you like best about this story?

    Set in a slightly futuristic world


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    N/A


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Eva's own history


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Laura Taylor
    Devon, UK
    4/7/13
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    "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 !

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. REP
    Midlands, UK.
    11/8/08
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    "Excellent story."

    Slightly let down for me by the narrator's Irish accent for Roarke - just didn't sound quite right.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    6/30/15
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    6/13/15
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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