At exactly 7:30 p.m., Walter Pettibone arrived home to over a hundred friends and family shouting, "surprise!" It was his birthday. Although he had known about the planned event for weeks, the real surprise was yet to come. At 8:45 p.m., a woman with emerald eyes and red hair handed him a glass of champagne. One sip of birthday bubbly, and he was dead.
The woman's name is Julie Dockport. No one at the party knew who she was. But Detective Eve Dallas remembers her all too well. Eve was personally responsible for her incarceration nearly ten years ago. And now, let out on good behavior, she still has nothing but bad intentions. It appears she wants to meet Dallas again - in a reunion neither will forget...
©2013 J. D. Robb (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"Edgy [and] sexy." (Publishers Weekly)
Love Susan Ericksen's narration! This is a re-recording of one of the first audio books in the series (no, they weren't done in order) and the voices of the characters are what we've grown to know and love.
Eve, of course. Why, because she's Eve Dallas.
Everything! She's very good.
The hotels in Dallas.. the upgraded one from her childhood, and Roarke's.
I heard a year ago Susan Ericksen was going to re-record a number of the earliest recorded books, I think starting with Seduction, saying when the recording started, the characters were new to her and didn't know them as well. So good to see the releases are now coming.. Seduction, Reunion, Purity and now Portrait. Good move Brilliance audio!!
I loved the side plot with Roarke even more than the main murder, which is becoming more and more of a thing as the series progresses. The murders? Interesting. The side characters? Engrossing.
An avid reader and listener with eclectic tastes... One unifying them is my love of humor, mystery and great narration.
Nora Roberts (writting as JD Robb) delivers yet again in creating a realistic sense of what the future may hold while engaging the reader in a fascinating detective story. Flying cars, pedestrians on glides instead of sidewalks and the craving for a "tube of pepsi" or a meal from the "auto-chef" are all integrated seamlessly into the narrative. Like the best police partners, the narrator too does an EXCELLENT job allowing the reader to imagine each character. She is one of the few narrators for whom I am a groupie and would listen to any story she performs. I am so glad she consistently reads for this series.
I enjoyed the introduction of Peadbody's parents! The characters related to the crime were all interesting, and the take down at the end was all Eve.
The introduction of Peabody's parents.
Voices all stayed pretty true to form.
Sometimes the narrator can take away from the overall entertainment of an audiobook, but Susan Ericksen adds to the story.
I put off reading to the J.D.Robb books for a long time (I mean it's sci-fi), until one of my friend convinced me that it wasn't the science fiction that makes the stories. She was right. It is the relationships between the characters and the murders Eve Dallas and her team have to solve.
Things I don't like about the books; calling women sir, the sniping between Dallas and Summerset.
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