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Dead Sleep

By: Greg Iles
Narrated by: Susie Breck
Series: Mississippi, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,374 ratings)

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Jordan Glass, a photojournalist on a well-earned vacation, wanders into a Hong Kong art museum and is puzzled to find fellow patrons eying her with curiosity.

Minutes later, she stumbles upon a gallery containing a one-artist exhibition called "The Sleeping Women", a mysterious series of paintings that has caused a sensation in the world of modern art. Collectors have come to believe that the canvases depict female nudes not in sleep but in death, and they command millions at auction. When Jordan approaches the last work in the series, she freezes. The face in the painting seems to be her own.

This unsettling event hurls her back into a nightmare she has fought desperately to put behind her - for, in fact, the face in the painting belongs not to Jordan but to her twin sister, murdered one year ago.

At the urging of the FBI, Jordan becomes both hunter and hunted in a duel with the anonymous artist, a gifted murderer who knows the secret history of Jordan's family, and truths that even she has never had the courage to face.

©2007 Greg Iles (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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    4 out of 5 stars

Intriguing, artistic plot

The plot is very intriguing, for the most part well worked out, and very well written. I might have given it five stars, but it is marred by totally unnecessary, highly detailed descriptions of the sexual activity of the heroine.

18 people found this helpful

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Creepy art can make a great mystery!

This was my second Greg Iles "listen" and I loved it. The story is about an artist who is apparently murdering his subjects and not only did I get all wrapped up in the story but my imagination went wild trying to invision the paintings that were the "evidence" in the murder cases. Listening to Mr. Iles's books can cause you problems however...you will end up listening when you should be doing many other things.

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    5 out of 5 stars

WOW!

I don't know what to say but WOW! I even took a morning off to finish it! This is Definately the best book I've read (and listened to)this year!! It is a book that I would give top honors without a narrator but she REALLY made it come to life. Don't miss it.

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Engrossing

I really, really enjoyed this book.

Greg Iles has a great talent for writing flawed female characters, both their personalities and their situations.

I LOVED the narrator; she's got a very honeyed southern accent that fits the main character very well, but she also made all the other characters come to life, too.

Great book, great listening.

27 people found this helpful

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4. 7 Credit Worthy ! Detailed and drawn out

Great Listen. Looking forward to listening to his other books.

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Addicting Listen!

I loved this book! So many twists and turns in so little time inside the book. I was left guessing "whodunit" for almost as long as Jordan was. I loved this book so much I finished it in a record two days! I had a wonderfully insomniac night listening to the wonderful book.

My only issues with the book were that 1)It took me a while to determine that this book had events occurring pre-9/11. I guess my age plays into that! 2) There were a few minuscule technology details that were wrong, but not glaringly overwhelming. They just made me pause for a while and think or go look something up.

I'm not a Southern accent expert, but the narrator's accent made this story believable for me. It sounded like those I have talked to from Mississippi and Louisiana.


Overall, I still enjoyed this book and I can't wait to read or listen to something else from this author.

Definitely worth the buy!

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    4 out of 5 stars

Very good - complex psychology

While the reader's voice grated on me, the book transfixed me. The plot about a serial murderer builds on psychological and medical conditions that are very well researched. The whole idea is unusual and solid. As all good mysteries, it's a little addictive - but well worth reading or listening to.

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Greg Iles is a great writer

Great Iles writes great thrillers. This book, 'Dead Sleep', reminded me of one of my favorite Iles' books, 'Mortal Fear'. This is a good, taught thriller that has you see into the eyes of really evil characters. I don't know why it took me so many years to get to this story but I'm glad I finally did.

One issue that bugs me on Iles' books on audible are the narrators. Many authors find one narrator that becomes their voice but the publishers of Iles' books never have done that. Maybe there's a reason that I don't understand. In my opinion Greg Iles is one of the top American authors of this generation. But based on his audible ratings you would never guess that, many being rated below 4.0 even. In reading reviews of his books I read complaints about the narration. The narrators have been OK but not great, not bringing the books to life like you might hope. This book was different. Narrator, Susie Breck, might have been the best fit for an Iles' book in the long line of his books. She was perfect for this novel. Enjoy

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    5 out of 5 stars

entertaining, creative idea

This is an unusual, entertaining murder mystery. The narrator was good, and the heroine was not your usual "babe" but a thoughtful, "real" woman just entering middle age, with the accumulated experience and wisdom of some twenty-plus years spent as a photographic journalist. Well worth a listen.

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    3 out of 5 stars

average thriller

Premise is promising. Ending has payoff. However, middle is filler and overused villain disorder is not a clever plot twist. Just an average thriller.

Reader's female southern accent fits the main character.

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