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Dexter by Design

Dexter, Book 4
Narrated by: Jeff Lindsay
Series: Dexter, Book 4
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (543 ratings)

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The macabre, witty New York Times best-selling series (and inspiration for the number one Showtime series, Dexter) continues as our darkly lovable killer matches wits with a sadistic artiste - who is creating bizarre murder tableaux of his own all over Miami.

After his surprisingly glorious honeymoon in Paris, life is almost normal for Dexter Morgan. Married life seems to agree with him: he’s devoted to his bride, his stomach is full, and his homicidal hobbies are nicely under control. But old habits die hard - and Dexter’s work as a blood spatter analyst never fails to offer new temptations that appeal to his offbeat sense of justice…and his Dark Passenger still waits to hunt with him in the moonlight.

The discovery of a corpse (artfully displayed as a sunbather relaxing on a Miami beach chair) naturally piques Dexter's curiosity and Miami’s finest realize they’ve got a terrifying new serial killer on the loose. And Dexter, of course, is back in business.

©2014 Jeff Lindsay (P)2014 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"The best of Dexter’s four adventures to date, the trademark mixture of amusement and horror complemented by a genuinely suspenseful plot." ( Kirkus)
"Dexter is a brilliant creation, a monster who walks like a man, a homicidal maniac who only kills people who deserve it, a simulacrum of a human being who has had to learn how to fake his way through the intricacies of human interaction. There is a popular television series about the character, but a TV show can’t capture the nuances of Lindsay’s writing, the subtleties of Dexter’s delightfully deranged mind…Like a lightly comic version of Hannibal Lecter, Dexter is a genuinely memorable, disturbingly compelling antihero." ( Booklist)

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I love the Dexter series ❤❤❤

I love the Dexter series ❤❤❤ its way better then the show! I HIGHLY recommend it

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eh

takes a while to get interesting for a very small pay off, I loved the other books but this one isn't the best.

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Nail bitter

Very interesting story once again by Lindsay! I was on the edge of my seat 99% of the book. There were several parts where I was actually laughing out loud at dexters thoughts and jokes. Some of it was quite predictable but it was still entertaining- definitely good read.

As with all of the dexter books I've read so far, I would rather not have Lindsay being the one to narrate his own books. I like the idea of him reading his own books he just doesn't sound like the way I would imagine Dexter would sound. So once you get over his goofy voice you actually start to enjoy the story.

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much better than the book that came before it; dexter in the dark. wicked yet entertaining

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Just don't...

Where to begin? The first book was moderately entertaining, but by the second the inherent lameness of this underdeveloped character begins to show. Then there is book three,which is completely without any redemptive qualities. If by some miracle you've managed to make it through those, please just stop. Spare yourself the indignity. It's alliteration, while slightly annoying in the previous entries, becomes unbearably idiotic. The similies and metaphors are hackneyed and stilted, and the plot is fatuous at best. However, if it's even possible, perhaps the worst part is Lindsay's narration. When I first started the series I was intrigued by having the author narrate his own work, even if his voice was slightly annoying. However, after three books worth of it it becomes intolerable. His Dexter voice is a childish, over-pronunctiated whisper which flows seamlessly into shouting for the other characters. There is at least a bit of variety here though, for the male characters have a buffoonish basso profundo while the female characters have a grating, nasal whine. Please for the sake of your own sanity and the sanctity of literature itself take a pass on this one.

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Another great book

This book was just as well written and told like the other books before this one!! Highly recommended it!!!!

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good story and good narration, but ...

I loved the story and the narration was very good, except for terrible volume variations. He'll talk very quiet and instantly (especially with Deborah's dialog) going loud enough to blow your damn speaker, be warned.

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Can't get enough of Jeff Lindsay's Dexter

I started this series because I wanted something entertaining to read and I'm a huge fan of the Showtime series. I have not been disappointed. Each book offers the same witty insight into this dark character who's disturbed self-awareness is hilarious. And each subsequent book offers a new psycho while incorporating past characters. Hugely creative. I'm a fan of books read by the authors but at first was hoping Michael C. Hall would have been involved. I was wrong. After hearing Jeff Lindsay narrate, I couldn't imagine anyone else. Onto book 5.

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Great book

I really enjoyed this book and I am pretty excited about reading the next one

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great listen.

I love that the author narrates his own work. he does an amazing job. A+