Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2007 J. D. Robb; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
Unlike a number of reviewers, I throughly enjoy Susan Erickson's reading of the IN DEATH books. It may be because Net Library has the first 2 or 3 books in audio format read by someone else. No life in the characters with the other reader, could not tell Roarke was Irish, the intire reading was dull. Not so with Susan Erickson, especially with Eve..
Witness in Death stays with the In Death program. We learn more about the characters and get to solve a mystery. Like all formula books, the reader or listener knows what to expect, knows Eve, with Roarke and the others help, will catch the murderer and peace will reign until the next book. Works for me. I've read them all, now listening to them all and enjoying every moment.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
This is the best series ever.
I have to say that this review is more for the narrator of this series than this specific book. Susan Ericksen IS the voice of Eve Dallas. I just finished book 27 in the series and have come back to listen to the books in between - I have to say that Susan Ericksen really makes it for me. I'm glad to see she has narrated all of them because I am certainly enjoying the stories and can't wait to listen to the rest. I find myself knowing the characters just by the way she portrays them which make the books really easy to follow when listening along. I'm never left wondering who's saying what, whereas with some other narrators it's hard to tell who's who and you really have to pay close attention to what's being said. I like to be entertained while I'm driving - I don't want to have to think to hard to follow along - so I for one truly appreciate the way she has narrated this series of books. I'll have to shop for more books that she has narrated and see how she does with other stories.
Besides the actual book being great the Narrator does a wonderful job with all the character voices. None are alike and the consistency of all the books with this Narrator is amazing. Mystery of the story is always unpredictable and this one in particular is really unpredictable even in the very end. I have listened to all this series as audio and I am hooked.
Mystery reader (especially series) and Austen lover
This is among my favorite Eve Dallas books. I particularly enjoyed the opening of the story, in which Eve and Roarke are attending the premier performance of "Witness for the Prosecution" in the New Globe Theater, constructed and owned by Roarke. The description of Eve's reactions to the play are quite wonderful. She has never seen the play or the movie, so her evaluations and reactions are based entirely on her experience as a police officer: she is sure from the beginning that Leonard Vole is guilty, that his wife is lying to save him, and that he's not worth the sacrifice she is making.
In the last scene, when Vole's wife stabs him, a real knife has been substituted for the stage prop so that the actor is really stabbed and dies on stage. Eve immediately takes charge of the situation, and the real murder investigation begins. From then on, Eve spends time trying to understand actors and their motivations, which provides a great deal of frustation for her and amusement for Roarke.
When the investigation gets into full swing, we get the full team at work together, which is one of the best parts of every In Death book. Peabody, earnest and ironic; McNab, jumpy and enthusiastic; Feeney, chewing his sugared almonds; Nadine, always searching for an exclusive interview; and all the other wonderful characters created by Robb. Throughout the story line, Eve is also gaining new insights into the ways that people interact and how to relate to them.
J.D. Robb writes such wonderful characters, and then does such a good job of developing the characters from one book to another, that the reader really becomes involved with the characters and cares about them and their welfare. I find it remarkable that she is able to produce two full-length In Death books each year, with an occasional short novel in-between, maintaining the quality of the writing and characterization throughout.
I am hopelessly hooked on this series. May J.D. Robb live long and write much more.
I haven't listened to this book yet, but am surprised at the negative comments about Susan Ericksen's reading. I've listened to many audible books and find Ms. Ericksen's reading to be excellent. Yes, there are times when she slips when several characters are talking at the same time and she must changes voices frequently and yes, her voice of Peabody doesn't fit the geographical area where Peabody was raised. However, I find that Ms. Ericksen does a great job of defining each character and uses excellent changes of tonal quality, gender differentiation, and accent to give us a clear picture of the characters. I think Ms. Ericksen is one of the better readers that I've had the pleasure of listening to here at Audible. She makes the "in death" series come alive in my opinion. If you've ever tried reading in a dramatic way to your grandchildren it becomes very easy to appreciate the difficulty involved in being a quality reader like Ms. Ericksen.
This plot reminded me of a "Murder She Wrote" mystery. It seemed rather more simple and predictable. The story was well written and the process of uncovering the culprit was good, but just not the best of the lot.
Once again, the narrator was excellent!
Yes, I'd recommend it to those reading the series in order.. it continues the saga of the characters.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
I love the way the books are set up with character development in the first half and action and follow through in the second half. I would love to have J.D. Robb's mind.
I can't understand why anyone doesn't like Susan Eriksen's narration. She makes all of the characters come alive. She brings a visual picture to the words that are written. Susan is a fabulous narrator.
Yes, I love the In Death series. But, I do have one complaint with all of them (so far). I really hate the fact that Eve feels she has to use God's name in vain REPEATEDLY. I really find this word disturbing and wish there was some way it could be removed or beeped out. I believe the story would be just as well written and read without this one foul word used repeatedly.
"What a night"
What a night you go to the theatre for a night out and end up investigating a murder. This is the life of Lt Eve Dallas she not only investigates this murder, but was a witness as the murder happened on stage. Susan Erickson is a fabulous she is Eve and all the other characters in fact she is my favourite narrator no one drags you into the story like she does.
"Lt.Dallas from Rags to Riches"
Love, struggle, understanding.
The continuation of Lt.Eve Dallas' struggle with her life as a 'Cop' and the wife of an affluent man who is well known in the city partially because he owns most of it and is suspected of paying for it through illicit means. Also Roarke, the wealthy husband who is trying to come to terms with living with a 'Cop', whose life is dictated by her high sense of right and wrong, after a life of doing what he wants no matter what the law dictates. Both have emerged from similar backgrounds with violent, drunk fathers and little money, her from America and him from Ireland. Roarke knows only too well of his early life and how he has come to be where his is, Eve remembers little before the age of 8 years. when she was found on the street covered in blood, not knowing even her name (the one she is known by was given to her by her rescuers) and is haunted by dreams of this past which wake her night after night screaming. Rourke is the only person who has been allowed close enough to learn about these and now Eve is dependant on him not only for the love and support he offers but the strength he gives her to get through the night.
Lt.Dallas has a trainee, Peabody, who was brought up in a 'Free-ager' life style but has the need to put wrongs to right. In this book Peabody unexpectedly finds herself attracted to McNab, a geek, in the computer tech department, who torments her every moment he can and he realises he dreams about Peabody out of her uniform, in bed with him. This makes them distracted and embarrassed when they find themselves working on the same case.
Lt.Dallas is unaware of the change in the relationship between Peabody and McNab until it is pointed out by Roarke when it then causes their first argument to erupt. Eve becomes aware of other peoples opinion of her relationship with Roarke and how one-sided it appears. During this story Eve tries to show and explain her feelings to Roarke although feels she is making it worse.
The relationship between Dallas and Roarke can become repetitive and I have to remember that it is relatively new, they only dated a short while before marrying and haven't been married a year yet, even though we are on book ten.
Being set slightly in the future is also intriguing, the writer is still trying to make flying vehicles an everyday fact (as in 1960's). Changing skin and hair colouring, etc. is also a novel idea, although introducing longer life by replacing body parts (as with a vehicle) to make this happen is interesting. It also impresses me how, with all the money and investments Roarke has, public services are having to manage with budget cuts, beat-up cars and computers, which are still, annoyingly, breaking down.
Susan Ericksen, the reader, has a lovely voice and intonation. She expresses the characters feelings and makes the people 'real' which may not happen when I read, depending on my feelings towards them. If I had read book one in the series I may not have picked up on the building relationships and, therefore, would not have read book two, now I am addicted.
I would have liked to, however, the length prevented this so I had to listen to it over two days, lovely...
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