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..Show More » 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!
I've only been hooked by one narrator before and that was Scott Brick. I considered Brick to be in a class by himself, that is, until I started liste..Show More »ning to Susan Ericksen's narration of the Death series. Ericksen is every bit as good as Brick and possibly better. I've now purchased 17 Death books and have consecutively listened to 9 (putting nearly 30 others in my library on hold). Though all the stories take place in NYC, 40 years from now, Robb is not writing sci-fi. Though 2050's Earth-bound technologies and societal changes are believable, his very brief references to farming and resorts on planets, moons and/or space stations are not believable. Luckily, they're easy to overlook since all the action takes place in NYC. Though Robb's "who-Done-It" plots are well constructed and well written, they're totally dependent on the interplay between his 2 main characters, Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her Irish-accented, billionaire husband, "Rourke." Not only does Ericksen give them great voices and take them through an incredible range of emotions, she does the same with the entire range of both the ongoing support and story-specific characters. She does male voice so well, it's impossible to believe that there isn't an ensemble cast of readers. Perhaps the only downside in Robb's writing is the frequency and intensity of Eve and Rourk's lovemaking. While each encounter is beautifully written and read, the frequency of them stretches credibility of it. People who are so tired they can barely walk up stairs and so emotionally drained from seeing disemboweled bodies, do not make love and have multiple orgasms, 2 and 3 times a day.
I have fallen in love with these characters. Susan Ericksen is a master at the naration. I know immediately from the accent if Eve, Rorke, Mavis, et..Show More »c. is speaking. I find myself at the end of the book wanting more. I would suggest listening in order as their are often references to past cases that were solved.
These books are great! This is my 6th read in this series & I can not imagine any other narrator. Ms Ericksen has become these characters for me. I..Show More » love the In Death/Eve Dallas series & will keep purchasing them as long as she keeps writing them.
The best thing about this book is that it is actually a follow up to Holiday in Death. JD Robb continues the holiday season in this short book and us..Show More »es the mystery plot to complete how Dallas and Roarke complete their first Christmas/New Year's holiday together. Dallas finishes her gift giving to friends and colleagues, which further develops the growing character of Dallas. This is definitely a quick read. I would encourage anyone new to the series to read Holiday in Death immediately before reading this one. Although Robb fills in the blanks in all of her books so that you can read them out of order, this book is more enjoyable after Holiday in Death.
This was the first book in the "Death" series that I read and it was so good, I started reading the series from the beginning. JD Robb has developed ..Show More »a world of complex characters that the reader begins to think of as close personal friends. The plot line is good, taking enough twists to keep you guessing. Dallas is a very believable character and one in which many women who are strong, capable people sick and tired of stupidity can easily relate to. The love scenes get a little tedious for me, but nevertheless are signature pieces of JD Robb. They don't ruin the plot in the least. Susan Erickson is at her best as the reader and the voices are crisp and identifiable. This is well worth buying.
I am totally engaged in listening to Susan Ericksen's narration of this series. She manages to show the personalities of the characters so well!! I ha..Show More »ve listened to the first "in death" book up to this one all in order. It's been fun to see how Peabody develops as a great cop and how Eve and Roark's relationship evolves. I laugh out loud at some of their conversations, but there is always that sincere love for each other that keeps me wanting to listen to the next book! Keep up the good work J D Robb and Susan Ericksen!!
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 bo..Show More »oks 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.
Every now and then I read a comment on the "In Death" series where the reviewer has a negative comment on Susan Ericksen's narration. This baffles me..Show More ». Ms. Ericksen IS Eve, Roarke, Peabody, etc. I would NEVER want another narrator for this series.
I enjoy Nora Roberts/J D Robb's writing and I love Ms. Ericksen's narration. Please, don't listen to the negative comments. Listen to one of the books and make the decision yourself. I don't think you will regret it.
I have been going through this series in order and found this book to be one of my favorites. It allows us to see into the characters of the books ev..Show More »en more. I love meeting friends from Rourke's past! This book had me guessing until the very end! Great read (or listen).
This is a fast read, but yet still interesting. Dallas comes up against a murder that she solves with an off-planet female cop and the plot is pretty..Show More » good. Dialog is typically witty JD Robb style with the sense of humor that has some bite to it. Susan Erickson has managed to maintain the integrity of the voices, which is nice after having read a few where she was somewhat off. I'm not sure why the length was so short, but still it was a good read. Readers who have read several Eve Dallas novels will wonder if they have read the love scenes before. They have -- the writing of those segments is very similar to other novels in the series. But they don't take up too much of the novel. JD Robb pretty much sticks to the plot in this one.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! When I first saw "Seduction In Death" new release date I thought it was just the same book with a new republication ..Show More »date... but it's not. I am passionate about the "In Death" series and am constantly blown away by J. D. Robbs /Nora Roberts genius. I think Susan Ericksen is brilliant but I have been perplexed for sometime as to why the "Powers That Be" dictated changes in the character depiction of my beloved characters in books 13-16. I didn't dare to even dream that I would ever get to hear my favorite character in these books as I have grown to love them but IT HAPPENED and I'M IN HEAVEN! All the character depiction in the Redo of Seduction In Death are back...to name a few, Peabody, Rourke, Eve, Morris, Commander Whitney etc... In the first rendition of Seduction In Death some of the characters went through major transformation, some more subtle in the Re-do they are all back, in the characters we have grown to love and expect, as they have been depicting in all the books with the exclusion of the character diversions in books 13-16. The Red-do of "Seduction In Death" in my opinion, is as it should have been the first time out. If this is your first "A-read" of Seduction in death you have a treat in store, if this is the first Re-do "A-read" of Seduction in Death you have a treat and surprise in store! Can't wait to A-read the next Re-do's. This one is a definite Winner! Major Kudu's to Ms. Ericksen!
Lt. Dallas and her team are fighting against a virus. Purity is killing off people through their computer, granted the people they are killing are no..Show More »t the best of citizens but still they do not deserve to die. Not only does Dallas have to find out how a computer virus can kill, but who is killing with it. Susan Ericksen is one of the best narrators in the business. She does a wonderful job bring life to every character in the In Death series. J.D. Robb has written a great story of cyber murderer.
I love the newly reissued books in this series! Our beloved Peabody speaks in her wonderful, distinctive voice and all the other characters (especial..Show More »ly the NYPSD crew) go through the wringer solving this case. It was always one of my favorite books with regard to bringing forth background info on secondary characters and now it is simply perfect.
Eve Dallas continues her career as a top notch cop who, this time, is after a serial killer imitating the most famous serial killers of all time. As ..Show More »always, JD Robb weaves an interesting mystery while continuing to develop the returning characters. We learn a bit more about Eve's past. Peabody takes the next step in her career - and personal life. And last, but not least, Susan Erickson seems back on her game by reverting back to the original voices that made the characters so beloved in the audio series.
I've purchased every In Death book audible has available. I love Susan Ericksen as Eve Dallas. As much as I like the books I would not purchase this o..Show More »ne unless you have not listened to Big Jack. If you have read or listened to Big Jack that's all part 2 is. Part 1 is a decent story in itself. It's just the prequel to Big Jack and has nothing to do with Eve and the rest of the gang. So, I've now purchased the same story twice.
I am bitterly disappointed with this book. It was written in 2003, not 2010, and is simply the second half of the book "Remember When" which isn't ava..Show More »ilable on Audible, but would be Book 17.5 in the publisher's weird numbering scheme.
If I had used a book credit for this I would have demanded a refund. So far this novel has cost me $24.99 for the "Remember When" WMA version from Clear Audio Books, and now $7.34 from Audible.
Publishers who mislead their customers in this way are going to regret it in the long run. They are just being greedy.
Although the In Death numbering scheme makes it look as if this book is the sequel to Imitation in Death, it's not. Between the two, Roberts wrote a h..Show More »alf Roberts/half Robb novel called Remember When, a two part book set half in present day and half in 2050s NYC. Only the second half is about Dallas, and it's available standalone under the title Big Jack. It's a very nice story, so go back and get it if you missed it.
Now, about this book...
I'm listening to the series in order, and Divided is my favorite since Witness. There is real tension between Eve and Roarke as he is torn between his desire to protect her "bad Roarke" style and his respect for the law through her.
There is, as a negative review noted, a higher percentage of dialog to action than in some other books, but if you're into series fiction it's really all about the characters. This book has some great Roarke and Dallas character development, funny and touching scenes with the still pregnant Mavis, and some interesting glimpses into the workings of the mysterious Roarke Enterprises.
Program your auto chef for coffee and danish, put on your favorite Freestone album, and enjoy.
In this JD Robb mystery, Dallas and Peabody meet up with a psychic and a bodybuilder, which oddly enough makes for a pretty good mystery. Pay attenti..Show More »on as you listen because Robb uses foreshadowing extremely well in this book. It's the best she's ever used that technique. The ending might be a surprise to readers. And, as always, Robb advances the personal lives of her characters just a little bit more. Although reading the series in order makes it a bit more enjoyable, Robb continues to do a nice job of filling in a new reader without using a lot of filler. It doesn't distract a tried and true reader, yet lets a new reader in on the past. Susan Erickson has also seemed to return 100% to the original voices of the characters, which is a welcome relief to the seasoned Robb listener.
I think this is one of my favorites from the In Death Series. I really like Norah Roberts and when I read everything possible by Norah Roberts I deci..Show More »ded to try JD Robb because I am huge fan of her other books. I had never listened to audio-books but these are highly addicting. Susan Ericksen does a really entertaining job with the narrating. I tried to read one of these books and stopped after 2 chapters to go fine the audio-book so I could get the feeling back in the characters. I think Lieutenant Dallas, Eve is absolutely wonderful and who wouldn't love sexy Roarke. The picture I have in my head when Roberts describe him sizzles, especially with there chemistry. I can't wait till October for the next one to be available. I sometimes wish Peabody didn't sound so weird but I guess you can only do so many female voices. I think this whole series rocks.
I am waiting for the other shoe to fall in this series. How can one series have so many books and still be good. I can not stop spending my money on t..Show More »his In Death series. (It's like an addiction.)This one was really good and interesting .I even shed some tears at the end.
I have to give it up to Susan Ericksen ( the narrator) she really makes these stories real. ( I especillay got a treat with Roarke's relatives being in town). (Susan has that Irish accent down).
I have tried saving money and reading a couple of the books but it is trully not the same without the voices that Susan gives us.
Do yourself a favor start with the 1st one you will not be disappointed.
I've really enjoyed reading JD Robb's In Death series. I decided to listen to this one as I had a ridiculous amount of housework to do that I couldn'..Show More »t put off while I curled up with a good book. I enjoyed the listen. The reader does a good job with voices, accents, etc. Many of the characters didn't sound as I expected. Peabody is far more goofy in the audio and McNab is so very dorky. I'd also love Roarke's voice to be more manly. But she does a fantastic job with the accent and these mild concerns didn't stop me from ordering Kindred In Death, the newest JD Robb, from audible. The second listen was even better as I knew what to expect re: Peabody and McNab.
Okay, you're hooked on In Death and you're going to buy this no matter what my review says. I get it - I ignored the bad review to buy it, too.
..Show More » Here's the thing - it's bad. Really, really bad. Maybe Roberts had the flu when she wrote it. Maybe Ericksen caught it from her. But it stinks. The plot is laughable. Peabody, Meara, Roark and, it pains me to write this, even Dallas act so stupid you'd swear they couldn't solve a glide cart stickup.
So, all my fellow fans, go ahead and buy it. It's only three hours long, which means it's cheap, so do yourself a favor and spend the $10 in cash to buy it. That way, once you've finished it and need to get the bad taste out of your mouth, you'll still have a credit left to get a GOOD book.
I'm off to Born in Death with high hopes...
Oh - and if you hate this one, please come back and write a review...
While I disagree with the previous reviewer, one must remember that this is a Novella of the "In Death Series" and is not a true representation of th..Show More »e whole In Death Series. I suggest that a listener start at the beginning with "Naked in Death" and work one's way through the 27.5 book available, before passing judgement on a novella.
Love the characters, love the voices, love all the books. The excitement, the exhaustion and caring really come thru in this one. Love that Eve doesn'..Show More »t stop and will do whatever is necessary to save someone else from being killed, even endangering herself. This was one of my very favorites I think because Roark really got to be totally involved and see how the cops worked from the inside. KEEP WRITING, KEEP RECORDING! They are wonderful. For those who said some of the books, the voices were off. Be quiet. Just keep listening and all gets back on track. I NEVER had trouble distinguishing who was talking. These books were written to be listened too.
I picked this series up at about book 5 and it didn't take long to get me hooked. I have read many police procedural book series and this series ranks..Show More » up there with the best of them. Sometimes it's kind of hard to understand some of the futuristic technology, but what sci-fi/futuristic type novel isn't nowadays? It is full of Nora Roberts' trademark steamy romance scenes and humor, but that only adds to the drama and intrigue of this series. Eve Dallas and her partner Roarke make an excellent pair in solving the many mysterious and action-packed cases they encounter. There is also lots of memorable characters as well. I never miss a book. There is not a bad book in this series. I say sit back, relax, and enjoy one of the best narrators in the business take you through a police adventure that will have you wanting more once it ends. And there are a lot of books to enjoy in this series. Read them all. You will not be able to get enough!!!
I love this series, these characters, and can not say enough about this reader! She makes every character come alive.
This series is the very b..Show More »est of J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts work. I hope she keeps writing them.
I will buy every one the first day it is out.
I had read the whole series over time and thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. However when I started listening to audio books I found it difficult..Show More » to lose myself in the story...until I found Susan Ericksen reading the JD Robb series. She has made each character a special personality. It's almost as if I have never read these books before. I'm enjoying Peabody and MacNabb tremendously. I actually laugh out loud at some of the conversations between them as well as some of Eve's comments. This is a terrific mystery series. There is 'edge of your seat' murder plots mixed with family humor and wonderful guest characters. I eagerly look forward to the next in the series.
Excellent! As usual the author and Narrator, J.D. Robb and Susan Ericksen Bring it to the newest book. It was sad, funny, quirky and as usual Miss Ro..Show More »bb (or Roberts) delivers all the characters we have all become so familiar and have fallen in love with. What I particularly liked about "Promises" is how Eve has accepted of who she has become in life and does not harp on her past as a child. I'll admit, I was becoming tired of that. There are some real fun parts you will enjoy ... HINT: Louis & Charles. I do have to recommend to new readers to this series to start from the beginning because if you read this series out of order you will be a little disconnected with the characters and references of past cases. This book in particular. So enjoy, you will not be disappointed ... I "PROMISE".
I've listened to all of the Death series several times and thoroughly enjoyed them each time. This one is a bit over the top when it comes to the fir..Show More »st crime & crime scene description. It almost seemed like the brutality was rehashed and rehashed throughout the book to lengthen the story instead of adding to the plot or suspense.
I don???t know what some of the listeners are talking about. Even on Susan Erickson's worse day she is better than most. I won't continue reading t..Show More »he series if she doesn't narrate. She has had some off books with this series, but I would prefer her to anyone else. She brings the characters alive. She knows the characters and you can tell she is very familiar with the characters and how they interact with each other. A few books in the past you couldn't tell Peabody from Eve and a few others were a bit off, but overall Susan does an AWESOME job on the majority of the books and I feel she is just as much a part of the series as the characters. This was a small book. I wish the book was longer and more involved, but it was good for a quick read, fits the purpose. You are either a fan of the series or not. I do like some book more than others, but I have yet to listen or read one I didn't like. I can't wait for the next one. Sorry we have to wait so long. I like the series so much that in the interim, I listen to the older books over and over. I think this series is one of the best series J.D. Robb does.
JD Robb knocks it out of the park once again! This book provides a great mystery with an interesting twist while allowing us the pleasure of seeing t..Show More »his fantastic cast of characters interact and evolve in their relationships. It amazes me that this author has managed to write 30+ installments in this series without compromising the quality and integrity of its characters or storyline (take note, Janet Evanovich!) If you are already a fan, you wont' be disappointed. If you are new to the series, I recommend starting at the beginning with "Naked in Death" and enjoying the ride!
By the way, Susan Ericksen IS the voice of Eve Dallas. She, too, has done a great job with narration and character distinction throughout this entire series.
Although there is some similarity to an earlier story, Indulgence stands well on its own because it takes a different approach. It's a procedural--yo..Show More »u watch Eve and her team build the case a little at a time.
There's more of the laugh-out-loud dialog and snide comments (which I love) than there have been in the previous two books. If you're a fan of the Eve/Roarke relationship parts, you'll particularly enjoy the first three chapters (and probably the last few as well).
Susan Ericksen does an amazing job as always, really bringing the characters to life.
Another great "In Death" entry. Keep them coming, J.D.!
I really missed reading about the barbecue party in the previous book so that part was satisfying to say the least. This book is a short story about ..Show More »Eve getting possesed by an old Rom woman who died in her arms. It's an enjoyble story, but if you aren't into these type (occult, paranormal) of stories, I don't think it's a must have book. But for those die hard fans, I think it's a fun addition to the series
Another great story in the death series. Peabody played a greater role in this story and new character were introduced and I think at least one will ..Show More »show up in future stories. I think Robb did a good job showing the feelings of betrayal that police officers have toward a crooked officer. The past was fast and Susan Ericksen does a great job reading the story. Can not wait for the next in the series.
If you're reading the books in order, this one would be 33.5, after New York to Dallas. Susan Erickson, as always, does a wonderful job as narrator. ..Show More » I thoroughly enjoy the Dallas novels and have downloaded all of them. Chaos wasn't the best one ever, but it was worth the price and the time if you enjoy the series.
With most series, it doesn't affect the enjoyment of the books much if you read them in order or not. With the In Death series, it does. Although you ..Show More »certainly can read any book as a stand-alone, you usually get more out of any specific book if you've read several of the previous books in the series. More than most, this series intertwines and builds in significant ways over the course of the books.
For this book, I'd suggest reading "New York to Dallas" at the very least -- or that book won't be as enjoyable if you read it later. (Possibly also Reunion in Death first, before New York to Dallas, but before you read Reunion . . . ). I strongly recommend reading this series in order. Most books are great and even the few that fall a bit short of the normal standard of excellence invariably advance character development.
Ericksen is amazing as the narrator of this series. More than 15 often-recurring characters (plus another set of occasional ones) are clearly delineated. I am constantly astounded at how I can recognize which character is speaking within one or two words. The consistency across this volume of books is incredible. I don't know what salary you're making, Susan, but you're worth it. Ask for a raise!
I think it must be hard to keep things fresh after writing 36+ books, short stories and so on. Roberts has a good equation going in the In Death seri..Show More »es- a crime happens, Eve and Peabody investigate, Roarke is drawn into the investigation, there are a few sex scenes, Roarke worries about Eve, Eve meets with Mira, they figure it out, wrap it up and there is an op to catch the bad guy. And Trina sometimes makes an appearance. The crime changes and the supporting characters (Mavis, Leonardo, Baxter and so on) have a big or small role depending on the crime and how much they can help. She writes a good story, the characters are old friends and well written. The story here is a solid one. I will continue to read this series because I can count on Eve and crew to entertain.
I love serial books. I love that I follow along as the characters and the world are developed. I love that I saw Mavis from street grifter to cop fr..Show More »iend to rock star to wife to mother. More than serials I love mysteries. When I can get both then it's perfect. I don't love explicit sex scenes. Just leave that to my imagination... I don't love hearing about rape--it's dispicable, unforgiveable and the opposite of entertaining. I like, however, that it's the basis for the Eve Dallas character, showing how she deals with it and that she lives with it and that it is the basis for her wanting to protect, defend and seek justice. I've read all the Eve Dallas books and this is the one that makes me wish I had never started. There is no mystery in hunting down a madman. There is no entertainment in hearing, step by step, gleeful torture and murder. If I could clear this from my brain as easily as brushing a bad taste from my mouth I certainly would!
Great short story. I love to see Eve's growth in interactions with each character and how she reacts to children. She has come a long way since Nake..Show More »d In Death the first book in this series.
First let me start by saying I am a huge "In Death" fan. I have loved almost all of these books and rank Susan Ericksen ..Show More »as one of my top 3 female narrators. In my opinion the last few books have been lacking everything that is Dallas and Roarke. Eve seems to have lost her edge, the chemistry between her and Roarke is more subdued and it feels like there is a different writing style going on here. I'm not sure if Robb is getting bored with the series or if someone else is writing these books for her but the edge is definitely gone. We get sneak peeks into the other characters but just briefly, we also get insight into Mavis' past and that was cool, but the funny & witty interactions and banter between all my other fav characters is gone in this book. We keep hearing about a Christmas bash which is constantly being brought up but it is never written about. I miss the old books where we got more of the supporting characters and not just Eve and criminal. I feel it's time for Robb to wrap up the series and get Eve pregnant already if this is the writing style we're going to get from now on. Onto S. Ericksen, as I said, she is a top fav of mine, however, with this book she seemed to be bored with it as well. The beginning was dragging, it was read so subdued and slowly. It did pick up near the end though. I usually zip through these books at warp speed but I found my mind wandering and couldn't stay focused. The entire book just felt disjointed. I know every die hard fan will read this book no matter what but it was just meh for me. Nothing new is going on and I really miss Roarke's family & friends.
For any NEW to the series readers, please do not let this review discourage you from starting the series because you will be missing out on a wonderful treat of about 30 plus books, it's just the last few that have been going downhill. Remember to start with book 1 - "Naked in Death".