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Her career in homicide has taken her into the darkest depths of New York City’s underground - and sometimes Lieutenant Eve Dallas feels more comfortable in those kinds of places than in the high-rise, high-society world of her billionaire husband, Roarke. But while she’s no party girl, she’s managing to have a reasonably good time at the celebrity-packed bash celebrating the debut of The Icove Agenda. This time it’s Eve, not Roarke, who’s a guest of honor, since the film is based on one of her famous cases. Her partner, Peabody, is practically giddy over rubbing shoulders with Hollywood royalty. Eve, on the other hand, is more likely to roll her eyes than have stars in them. But she has to admit it’s a little spooky seeing the actress playing her, who looks almost like her long-lost twin. Not as unsettling, though, as seeing K. T. Harris, the actress who plays Peabody - drowned in the lap pool on the roof of the director’s luxury building. Talented but rude, and widely disliked, K.T. had made an embarrassing scene during dinner. She clearly liked being the center of attention. Now she’s at the center of a crime scene - and Eve is more than ready to get out of her high heels and strap on her holster, to step into the role she was born to play: cop.

Crack another case with Eve Dallas.
©2012 J.D. Robb (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Great story & Outstanding Performance

Would you listen to Celebrity in Death again? Why?

Yes. Well developed plot and story and great performance by Susan Ericksen

What did you like best about this story?

The humor and relationship between Dallas and Peabody.

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

Susan Ericksen's performance brings the characters alive and gives them depth that I probably would not get just reading the novel.

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

Laughed a lot at the dialog betwen Dallas & Peabody and other quips made during the story.

Any additional comments?

Have listened to every Eve Dallas novel and enjoyed every one of them and without Susan Ericksen's performances they would not have been as enjoyable.Plan to re-listen to whole series (including short stories) very soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I couldn't NOT like this one..but

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

I have to first say that I have ALL audiobooks in this series and absolutely cherish all of them. As I have listened through 30 some books (and most twice). I never tire from the characters. Well, that is after all a large part of the series. Without loveable characters, why bother.And because I love this series so much I could never give it less than four stars, but this time maybe I should have done three. I guess because I felt there was too much of the interviews, and not enough emphasis on the story and/or side stories as I've liked in past books. It was a bit repetitive at times and there was not enough suspense.That being said, I did enjoy it very much. Also, I LOVE SUSAN. She is such an amazing talent...if she ever bailed out of doing the narration, the audio version of this series would be dead to me. No one could ever replace Susan.

Nora does her research. The investigative details and how cops work just adds to the authenticity of the stories. I find it very interesting and informative.

What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

Susan can do no wrong. She is by far one of the best narrators and most talented vocalists. The only time I've every had an issue is around books 12 or 13 I think when her voices were off -- Peabody's voice was almost non-discernible. The only minor thing I noticed in this one is that she seems to be narrating a bit too slowly, and trying to articulate more than than is necessary.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Madge
  • Sterling, VA, United States
  • 02-28-12

Less of a Thriller, More Police Procedural

J.D. Robb tends to vary her approach to give us (and her characters) a chance for some "normal" life. While the premise is certainly riveting, it is more good solid police work than thrilling chases and risked necks in this outing. Love the characters, and loved the emphasis on Peabody and McNabb's relationship. I would call it a domestic cozy, but it isn't that limited. She throws in a major plot twist, that while it complicates the investigation, gives us to think.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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You'll love the clever, funny character banter

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

This book was full of witty, amusing dialogue between characters. It's one of those extra special In Death books that you'll listen to over and over.

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

I don't think I'd say I was on the edge of my seat, but I didn't guess the villain until the end.

What about Susan Ericksen???s performance did you like?

Everything!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Comfortable in Death

?????? in Death??? is the series that started my love of series novels. Waiting for the next ???[Episode] in Death??? read by Susan Ericksen is like waiting for Christmas morning (even forgiving Ms. Ericksen???s less than stellar reading of Seduction in Death). Celebrity in Death was not a great installment by Robb???s high standards, and Eve summed it up at the end -- she closed a case without getting beat up, shot, stunned or even messing up her new clothes. While I still enjoy Eve???s ongoing struggle to grow up and build a family while putting murderers in cages, it turns out that I miss the messy bits.

Coupled with the missing action scenes, there are fewer of the petty but humorous personal conflicts we've seen in the past. There is a tentative peace with cranky butler Summerset and there are fewer skirmishes with obstructive citizens simply because Eve has matured and her interactions reflect her personal growth. There is never enough Roarke, but when he's present, he really shines -- especially when contrasted with the bland, slightly stupid facsimile in this book. Roarke is truly one of fiction's most appealing reformed rogues. It is also an entertaining twist to have an evil twin for the uber nice Peabody, exploring the series??? ongoing analysis of nature versus nurture. Weeding through all the suspects was fun since everyone wanted this victim dead.

Overall this plot was more cerebral and less action, but still a ???Comfortable in Death??? story with most of the characters I have come to love. The extreme highs and lows from some of the earlier books are missing, but this one stays comfortably entertaining and I will listen to it again like I have the others in the series. I???m already looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Jo
  • Wasilla, AK, United States
  • 02-25-12

Characters come back like good friends

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

After some 30+ books, they keep coming back like old friends. I can't wait for Dallas & Peabod's next adventure!

What did you like best about this story?

Robb never disappoints.

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

I would watch every one if she were to make a movie of Dallas & Peabody

Any additional comments?

Lol. Write faster

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Just Okay

I am a big Death Series Fan, but this was not one of my favorite of the series. I enjoyed the book, but it was slow and not as interesting as most of her books. It is better than most books I read and listen to, but you have such high hopes for J. D. Robb Death books. As always it was good to have most of the characters show up, but this was not as exciting as the last two. Maybe Nora felt the ride she took us on with the last two books she had to slow things down. The last book was rather intense. I had to take deep breaths several times. That could have made this book feel so slow. The last two books were much more exciting and to come down from such a high did not set well with me.

After each book I can't wait for the next one and to wait so long and come away feeling let down is not a good feeling.

I am never completely disappointed with this series because it is well written and interesting to continue the saga, but this one was a little bit slow and flat. I am impatiently waiting for the next installment.

As usual, the narrator did an exceptional job.

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  • Jackie
  • Rushville, IN, USA
  • 07-04-12

Boring......

What disappointed you about Celebrity in Death?

Same great characters, wonderfully read, but the storyline was so boring and slow, I only listened because I love the series. It was like reading the same page over and over...like watching a soap opera, and it taking 2 weeks for somebody to finish a sentence!!!

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

feed the story some spinach, and wake it up!

What about Susan Ericksen’s performance did you like?

Excellent as always

What character would you cut from Celebrity in Death?

none

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Susan Erickson at her Best

If this was a movie, Susan Ericksen would win a Best Actress Oscar. Though I highly recommend this book; know that it has one of the weaker "in Death" story lines that Nora Roberts has written under her J. D. Robb pseudonym. The story's problem is that while it has a good beginning and a surprising ending, it plays out like a board game. That being said, this book is still a "must listen;." It's a most-listen because you'll have never heard one narrator play more than 20 male and female roles while giving each character a gender-perfect voice and personality.

The skill of being a one-person ensemble is what makes Susan Erickson the hands-down, most talented, narrator in the audiobook industry. In every one of the now more than 40* "In-Death series books, Erickson has consistently nailed the narration of the 3 main characters (Lieutenant Eve Dallas, her Irish, self-made billionaire husband Rourke, and her right-hand-assistant Detective Peabody) and a long-long cast of repeat characters, who once written in, are not only in ever book, they have been vertically evolved.

Let me preface what I'm about to say by telling you that my MS Ed, is in health education with a specialty in sex education. When I started with book #1 in the Death series I fond that no two authors understood how to write erotic, yet sensitive, mutually-satisfying, physiologically-perfect, love-making, than Nora Roberts and J.D. Robb. By the time I audibly-read the 4th book in the "in Death" series, I found out why. J. D. Robb was the pseudonym that Nora Roberts reserves for her "in Death" series. Though she never repeats herself in the 2-3 explicit encounters between Dallas and Rourke (who fell in love in book #1 and married a few books latter)' know that they rarely have anything to do with the story thread. However; what remains amazing is that Erickson is playing both roles to perfection.

*Even though this book's number is 34, Roberts has written more than 40. For some inexplicable reason, she numbered one of them 37, gave her shorter stories
an incremental ".5" number (like 7, 7.5, 8). She's also written a few books in the series without the "In Death" name, but still with the same character. The one great consistency, is that every one of the books has been narrated by Susan Ericksen. If your new to the series, I recommend that you buy a few of the often bargain-priced ".5" books. I guarantee you'll be hooked!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Predictable plot, 2 dimensional characters

Would you try another book from J. D. Robb and/or Susan Ericksen?

I would not read another book by this author. Her writing style is so clunky and obvious.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Ann Patchet's essay on

What aspect of Susan Ericksen’s performance would you have changed?

It was hard for me to judge her as a reader because I disliked the book so much.

What character would you cut from Celebrity in Death?

I think the whole book should be cut.

Any additional comments?

I like a good detective story, this was not one.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful