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Calculated in Death Audiobook

Calculated in Death: In Death Series, Book 36

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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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    Liz 04-23-13
    Liz 04-23-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Where is the cast of characters"

    What has made this series most enjoyable is the rich family of characters Robb has developed. The storyline seems flat without the full cast being included. Let's face it, the cops and robbers plots in this series aren't as good as other crime writers. The series relies on the side stories of the people.

    The futuristic slant is flawed and very questionable. It feels outdated.

    I am disappointed because I have read and reread a lot of this series and it has been a favourite - not so sure now.

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    Nancy 04-20-13
    Nancy 04-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Definitely not her best"

    This book was very single layered. Most of the in death books have subplots going on throughout the story. This one didn't. It made for a very shallow read. Not something I could sink my teeth in.

    The narrator also took about 1/3 of the way into the book to recover her character voices that she has established so well in all the earlier books. I've always loved this narrator but in the initial chapters both Dallas and Peabody sound whiney and flat and very very unlike their characters.

    I have been very disappointed in Nora Roberts writing in general in the last several books she's written. I just hope that she doesn't go the way of Patricia Cornwell and become an author that just writes the books to fulfill contractual requirements. Maybe she just had an off year. With the number of books she has written she should be allowed some leeway and support. I will still count the months until the next release.

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    Michael 04-17-13
    Michael 04-17-13 Member Since 2017
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    "this is a horrible series"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    if I were a 12-year-old female in junior high school this book might appeal to me. Of course I would have to be a intellectually challenged as well. Don't read this book


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    Kathleen BOISE, ID, United States 04-16-13
    Kathleen BOISE, ID, United States 04-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The futuristic slant to this book is not effective"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think that this is a book written by a woman for women. Maybe I am too old to appreciate it. The main character does not ring true to me. She is a beautiful, rich police lieutenant married to a handsome, wealthy man and all she does is complain. Ugh! Not believable.


    What could J. D. Robb have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Write her main character more realistically. I can't really see much futuristic about this novel written about the future--they call watches wrist units and computers units--other than that, which just seems annoying, I don't know what is so futuristic.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She wasn't my favorite reader, although she did many of the characters very well.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Calculated in Death?

    I liked the scenes with Dallas and her husband--if only she didn't always seem so put out.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was interesting, but all of the complaining by Eve Dallas got in the way.

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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 04-10-13
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 04-10-13 Member Since 2009

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    "Put a fork in me, 'cuz I'm done"
    Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I would love a new series from J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts. I think she is a great writer, but I'm not a fan of this series any longer.


    What was most disappointing about J. D. Robb’s story?

    I cannot stand Eve Dallas. I think her character is the worst example of police entitlement. No rules apply to her like comman courtesy or politeness because she's a cop! I am so tired of her back story and that's why we have to cut her some slack. I cannot stand the Eve/Roarke scenes because they feel so unbelievable and contrived. I kept reading the series because I liked all of the other characters, Peabody, Sommerset, MacNab, Mavis and Dr. Mira. Eve is just so unlikable, abrasive and arrogant. I have family members who were police lieutenants and a few were homicide and I'm embarrased by her actions and the way she talks to people. In a word, she's a bitch.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The voices. All the woman have two tones, stupid and even more stupid.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I always enjoy the scenes with Peabody, but there wasn't enough of the other characters. Too much Eve as far as I'm concerned.


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    Sarah Silverstone Washington, DC 04-08-13
    Sarah Silverstone Washington, DC 04-08-13 Member Since 2013
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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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    Jerry 04-07-13
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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
    Terry Thompson, MB, Canada 04-04-13
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    "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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    Janie 04-02-13
    Janie 04-02-13

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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
    Kim Fairview, TX, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "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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