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Americas most-read, most-watched, and most beloved serial killer - Dexter Morgan - is back. After selling more than one million copies and inspiring the wildly popular #1 Showtime series and top-rated crime drama on pay-cable television, New York Times best-selling author Jeff Lindsay returns with his most hilarious, macabre, and purely entertaining novel yet.

Dexter Morgan has always lived a happy homicidal life. He keeps his dark urges in check by adhering to one steadfast rule... he only kills very bad people. But now Dexter is experiencing some major life changes - don't we all? And they're mostly wrapped up in the eight-pound curiosity that is his newborn daughter. Family bliss is cut short, however, when Dexter is summoned to investigate the disappearance of a 17-year-old girl who has been running with a bizarre group of goths who fancy themselves to be vampires. As Dexter gets closer to the truth of what happened to the missing girl, he realizes they are not really vampires so much as cannibals. And, most disturbing... these people have decided they would really like to eat Dexter.

Jeff Lindsay's best-selling, dark, ironic, and oftentimes laugh-out-loud hilarious novels about the lovable serial killer with no soul (but a redeeming desire to kill only people who deserve it) have gained a legion of fans and assumed a place in our culture

More dastardly deeds desired? Listen to more Dexter.
©2010 Jeff Lindsay (P)2010 Random House Audio

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Odd even for Dexter, but enjoyable!

I enjoyed this Dexter novel - was nice to see him gain a little more humanity related to Lilly Anne. The cannabalism... well, that was an interesting twist! I am looknig forward to seeing what happens to Dexter next!

I have to ask why Jeff Lindsay felt the need to narrate... he doesn't do a terrible job, but there were a lot of monotone sentences, and I missed the "dark delight" that Nick Landrum seems to bring to Dexter's voice!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Getting Dexter

Nick Landrum really "got" Dexter. I started off to write this review only to discover that the reader that is boring me to tears is none other than the author! All I can think of as I attempt to wade through this audiobook is that the reader doesn't really get Dexter.

Nick Landrum really characterized Dexter with his reading/acting skills. He brought us that sardonic side of Dexter just with his tone of voice. The author as reader is just reading. I so loved the other Dexter novels (via audiobook) but I'm not sure I can finish this one. I would have loved to hear Landrum's Dexter bring this new twist to Dexter's life. I hope the publisher will consider doing another version as this one is not up to par.

Yes, I agree wtih others, Jeff Lindsay is a brilliant writer but not so hot as an audiobook reader. Let the pros put the polish on your work, Jeff!

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Chris
  • Kula, HI, United States
  • 09-12-10

Dexter Books are the Best

I love all the Dexter books (and the TV series) including this one. I really got use to Nick Landrums voice and style as Dexter though. To have kept Nick's narration would have definitely been a better move. I hope Nick's voice returns for the next books.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Rene
  • dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 09-08-10

Jeff great writer poor reader....sorry bud.

Great addition to the series enjoyed the story immensely. But Jeff Lindsay is not an animated reader to say the least. Bless his heart though he does try.

Back to the book. More of the great Dexter we've come to love. Solid writing although is it just me or are the first few chapters kind of wishy washy. I don't know how to explain it but I almost stop listening after the first 30 mins, but then it picked up and the dark passenger returned and so did the story.

If your a Dexter fan and chances are if you're considering this book you are, you won't be disappointed other than the poor reading. One last thing that makes this worth reading CANIBALS! Fun times.

38 of 46 people found this review helpful

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good story, bad narration.

I'd give the story 4 stars and the narration 2 stars. Whatever they had to pay Michael C. Hall to narrate all these Dexter books would be worth it. His performance would elevate this audiobook to 5 stars for me. This narrator just detracts from the story. I read the first three books and enjoyed them more with Hall's voice in my head than listening to the last two on audiobook with sub par narrators.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wright author, wrong narrator....

Please, I need Nick Landrum as Dexter, Lindsays voice makes me fall asleep. Therefore only three stars from me.

30 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Jennifer
  • Lilburn, GA, United States
  • 05-26-12

Expectations were too high

*POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT*

I may have had too much expectation with this one. If you've been reading my reviews of all the books in this series, you will know that i was particularly looking forward to this book, as Season 5 of the television show is the Season I began discovering Dexter. So far, i could see how each season was LOOSELY related to each book.

I guess i expected to meet the Trinity killer in this book. Instead I am presented with a Dexter who suddenly sees life through new eyes after the birth of his baby girl, Lilianne. So the book becomes mostly Dexter's internal struggle to want to give up his "hobby" and be the best Dad he can be, as well as an upstanding citizen.

This isn't exactly the type of sentiment I've come to expect from Dear Old Dutiful Dexter!

As far as peformance goes, Nick Landrum is apparently no longer narrating these books, the author himself is reading them. He doesn't do a *bad* job, per se, but he's not as good as Landrum. He needs to be a bit more sinister and a bit more animated. And, it has to be said, his "characters" are awful.

That's alright, I am confident Double Dexter (Book 6) will redeem itself!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 09-10-10

Great listen!

I have to disagree with the other reviewers. I loved listening to this story as read by the author. I thought he gave every irony the perfect tone. In fact, this is the first Dexter book I've read/listened to (I am a fan of the TV series) and am a tad scared of listening to others not read by him.

As for the story: funny, macabre. Perfect Dexter!

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Dark, Poetic and Funny? Cannibals and Vampires?

This is the first book in the series to read/hear and I am thoroughly impressed. I wholeheartedly disagree with the other reviewer that said the author was a dry reader- I think he is great! He put the inflections where, as the author, he wanted them and the humor really came through. There were passages so poetic, the first chapter especially, that I listened to them twice before going forward. I was a fan of the TV show, but now I am totally sold on the books and will purchase the whole collection!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Great book

I usually cringe when I see an author narrate their own book but Jeff Lindsay did a suprisingly great job! It took a bit to get use to him since I have grown accustom to the previous narrator. You can tell he truly cares for his characters and story.

The story is great too. If you a fan of the previous Dexter books, you'll enjoy this edition.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful