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On Manhattan’s Upper East Side, a woman lies dead at the bottom of a brownstone’s basement steps, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the brownstone, she knows Marta’s murder is the work of a killer who’s trained, yet not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

Eve learns that on the day of her murder Marta was assigned to work on three audits, and begins to suspect that she was killed to cover up fraudulent activity. Eve is good at catching criminals, not crunching numbers, but luckily, she has her billionaire husband, Roarke, to figure out which companies in Marta’s files aren’t on the up-and-up.

When someone steals the files from Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak starts to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait....

©2013 J. D. Robb (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Huge disappointment for a long time fan

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I've read every Nora Roberts & JD Robb book, and I'd pre-ordered this one. It was NOT good. It was painful to sit through. What happened Nora? I'm returning it. The narrator did what she could with weak material.

Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Robb again?

Yes, since I love all her other books.

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Horrible narration!

Would you be willing to try another book from J. D. Robb? Why or why not?

Not as long as Susan Ericksen was the narrator.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

The narrator made the voice of detective Peabody sound like she was stupid or mentally challenged! She also made the voices of other female characters sound like they were idiots as well. The book was also way too drawn out! Couldn't wait until it was over.

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  • Terry
  • Thompson, MB, Canada
  • 04-04-13

Dallas, Rourke & the gang at their best :)

Would you listen to Calculated in Death again? Why?

I always relisten to books in a series to get refocused on the timeline before the next one coming out.

What did you like best about this story?

Dallas & Rourke are growing more & more comfortable with their relationship & making things work together. I'm so glad that they can skip the arguments as to how involved Rourke should or should not be in the investigations. Also he realises that she must do things on her own without him hovering. It is a very comfortable fit now, yet without feeling like something is missing.

Which scene was your favorite?

The very end! (I won't spoil it by telling you why ;p)

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Least favorite of all her books

Susan Ericksen = brilliant. She IS this series and all its characters.

J.D. Robb = brilliant. I love everything she writes under this pseudonym, HOWEVER, this was, by far, my least favorite of all of her books. It felt a little bit empty -- like she wasn't really into it this time and was just plodding along 'cause she had to. Please keep in mind that I am comparing her to herself and this did not resonate like all the others.

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  • Kim
  • Fairview, TX, United States
  • 04-01-13

One of my favorite group of characters!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - the entire series!

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like them all, but I think Peabody is my favorite! Her background is so complex, plus the way the character is developing just charms the listener.

Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Susan Ericksen is one of my favorite narrators. Her interpretation of the characters in this series, though, is exceptional.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Nothing extreme, just didn't want to put it down.

Any additional comments?

Great series by a prolific and talented author whose books I always anticipate and buy.

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Still Love my Eve

Where does Calculated in Death rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I hate Nora Robert's book but count the days till JD Robb's next book comes out. I love the reader Susan Erickson makes every voice a distinct personality and the books are never boring. However I miss the back story what is going on with Eve and her friends. The last few books have been all about the story and no back story Lets get back to that please JD. No matter what I am still a devoted fan

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good read

What made the experience of listening to Calculated in Death the most enjoyable?

As always can not help but love the characters

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Plot was also good

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent reader as always

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

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Always a fresh new plot,suspence and a few laughs

Would you listen to Calculated in Death again? Why?

Yes it`s always better the second time.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. I have yet to guess who did it.

Which scene was your favorite?

Thats a hard one. I love every book by J.D. Robb and the narrater is wonderfull.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I would make a series.

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book 36 and I am still a huge fan!

If you could sum up Calculated in Death in three words, what would they be?

The Eve Dallas "In Death" series is still my favourite. Every book in this series is a keeper and with each book we learn more and experience more of all the character we love.
Great Book. Great Author. Great Narrator.

What other book might you compare Calculated in Death to and why?

This series is unique. I have been a fan from book one and hope there is a book 100 :)

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Susan Ericksen brings every character to life. She IS Eve DAllas.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I don't know about tag line but I would LOVE them to make a movie of the series!

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Eve Dallas Never Disappoints

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Eve Dallas is my personal favorite character followed closely by Rourke, Peabody, and the whole cast of regulars in the "In Death" series. But I recommend that you follow the series in order to get the most out of the subplots and the character development throughout the series. I absolutely believe each of the characters.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I wouldn't say "edge of my seat", but it did keep my interest and my attention. This plot wasn't quite as complex or confusing as some, but it's always interesting to see how Eve gets to the final arrest, even when the guilty party is evident early in the book. But the subplots are just as interesting as the primary plot.

Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favorite?

Always Eve, but Peabody and Rourke are close seconds.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not this one, no. J.D. Robb presents realistic emotions in her characters, but I find that I don't get as involved as with some other books. However it's extremely interesting to me to follow her reasoning and her character development. The emotions that the characters experience always are based on solid detail within the story. It always makes sense.

Any additional comments?

As always,waiting anxiously for the next in my favorite series.