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Taken in Death Audiobook

Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.
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Publisher's Summary

Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

But Eve knows that there's no time to waste on the past, and with every passing hour her determination to bring the children safely home strengthens. Eve and her team find themselves following an electronic breadcrumb trail left by a boy desperate to escape the evil witch. Their investigation into the kidnapper's sordid past reveals violent coercion, ritualistic killings, and chilling bloodlust - making her terrifying plans for the children abundantly clear.

©2013 Nora Roberts (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 04-18-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.

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    "I would read more Robb books"

    This was the first J. D. Robb I have ever listened to or read and it would make me choose more by this author. The character of Dallas is well written and the story was good. Nothing amazing, but a good, solid thriller.

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    Todd Longview, Texas, United States 03-29-14
    Todd Longview, Texas, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What a waste"
    What disappointed you about Taken in Death?

    I cannot believe that this is from the "pen" of Nora Roberts. Poor storyline and even worse narration.


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

    NO.... NEVER!!! Listening to her narration made an already bad book almost painful to listen to


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    G 03-23-14
    G 03-23-14

    Golfer Gail

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    "Did J.D. Robb Write This?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I read this series for the interaction between Eve and her world. I'm half way through this one and it seems like she's never met Peabody in her life, there is no playful camaraderie between them. It isn't drawing me into the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Robb? Why or why not?

    Of course, the full length books are very readable.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narration is one of the worst I've ever heard. It seems she is doing a farce of each character, way so far over the top that her voice distracts from the story.

    Nora seems to have a problem with narrators, if I recall, Whiskey Beach (?) had to be redone because of the narration and I didn't notice anything wrong with that one.

    This is the first "In Death" book I've listened to, will be the last. I think the Peabody voice is the worst, just made me gag each time she had something to say, a total caricature. Feeney, Whitney, Mora,and the garage owner are also awful.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, the fact that it only has 3 hours of listening to the narrator instead of a full length book.


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    Jason Hillside, IL, United States 03-20-14
    Jason Hillside, IL, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A decent story hampered by poor narration."
    What would have made Taken in Death better?

    Better voice acting. The narration from the point of view of the protagonist is fine, but all of the supporting characters are horribly voiced. The main character's boss sounded like a Muppet and the female character, Peabody, sounded like Barney Fife. The rest had overdone stereotypical bad accents.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I haven't made it to the ending. I am forcing my way through it so far. I don't know if I'll make it all the way.


    Any additional comments?

    The story itself seems a little thin, but not bad. The only complaint I really have about the story itself is that the 7 year old children seem to talk more like they are about 3.

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    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 03-17-14
    Jeanah_99 Crystal Lake, Il, United States 03-17-14 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Bored with In Death!!!"

    I am getting bored with the In Death series. Feels that Robb can't figure out what to do with Eve and her circle of friends. This Story is short so I gave it a go. It's nothing special. Same old thing. Eve and her team of cops and of course her husband. Not that its bad, just need something to fix the boredom!. I did finish it and I was entertained. I am on a Zombie kick so this was a short story to fill the gap between listens.

    As always can't go wrong with Susan Ericksen. I am surprised that I haven't noticed a change in her reading. Thought perhaps she would get bored to. But I can't hear it if she is. Well done!!!

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    Kay 03-12-14
    Kay 03-12-14

    I'm a retired 2nd grade teacher and avid knitter. I love listening to books while I drive or knit.

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    "So-so"
    What did you like best about Taken in Death? What did you like least?

    I liked the very satisfying ending, and boy, was I glad to get there. I disliked the endless internal monologues by Dallas and the madwoman.


    Would you recommend Taken in Death to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. It tried to be an edge-of-the-seat thriller, but just turned out creepy.


    What three words best describe Susan Ericksen’s voice?

    Flexible, rich, uninformed.


    Did Taken in Death inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, get my credit back.


    Any additional comments?

    Roberts seems to have just about run out of story lines for this series. The narrator was great on voices, but the "Swedish" accent was a laughable caricature. She mispronounced the kidnapper's name all the way through. Modge. Really? All in all, a ho-hum listen.

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    Wendy Westminster, MD, United States 03-10-14
    Wendy Westminster, MD, United States 03-10-14
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    "Hate the narration."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    The story is too cliche.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I don't even want to finish. Can't stand the "voices" the characters sound like idiots.


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    A. Yoshida 03-09-14
    A. Yoshida 03-09-14
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    "Suspenseful and entertaining"

    This is the first book I've read from the death series. As a story, it doesn't pose a problem. However, it probably would have added more to the enjoyment of the book to start from the beginning of the series and know the background of all the main characters. But this was a short and easy read, so it was a quick introduction to a J.D. Robb's book. It's suspenseful and entertaining.

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    Christine 03-07-14
    Christine 03-07-14 Member Since 2011

    On my long commute I have become addicted to audio books. I listen for hours daily!

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    "Worst performance ever"
    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    Robb maybe, Ericksen absolutely not. Her performance was so bad I didn't want to finish the book. I had to force myself.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The Peabody voice sounded like a stupid teenage boy on drugs. It was so grating.


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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-06-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Susan Erickson is Eve Dallas!"

    A nice quicky to listen to between intense listens...I would love more of the story though. Susan Erickson reads so well and portrays these characters so fluently from book to book, it would not be the same with out her!

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