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Kindred in Death Audiobook

Kindred in Death: In Death, Book 29

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Audible Editor Reviews

Like the In Death series' lead characters, Dallas and Roarke, narrator Susan Ericksen and author J. D. Robb are a match made in heaven. More than 30 books into this series, these two halves of the perfect audiobook whole have become the gold standard for how to keep listeners coming back book after book.

Erickson's narration has the strikingly confident acting chops of a charismatic lead actor in a great long-running television series. She knows and inhabits her cast of characters decisively, while carefully mining the little diamonds of growth and change that Robb seeds into these stories.

From Dallas' driven, prickly authority, to Roarke's potent charm, to Peabody's nerdy earnestness, and the handful of unique, well-drawn secondary characters, the cast here is entertainingly diverse but hasn't grown too large for listeners to catch on quickly to who's who. And kudos to Ericksen for making it easy by capturing each voice clearly, and using finely tuned pace and timing to bring out all the wit, blood-chilling suspense, and sizzling romance in Robb's storytelling.

Great villains are also a trademark of this series. The bad guy here is a master manipulator, a chameleon who slips and slides through the city, killing with a cruelty that shakes Dallas to her core. Ericksen gives him a guileless menace that rings terrifyingly true. Watch for a terrific 90 degree twist near the end that provides that perfect combination of thrill and 'a-ha!' to round out this plot.

Robb's In Death series is, like all the great police procedurals, built on rich character development. Dallas is sexy, acerbic, absolutely tenacious, and destined to rub people the wrong way. Roarke is drop-dead gorgeous, filthy rich, and utterly in love with his wife. This is partnership as the ultimate romantic relationship, and a crime-fighting team that's unstoppable.

In July 2009 The New Yorker magazine featured a long overdue profile of the immensely successful Nora Roberts (a.k.a. J. D. Robb). So if you're a first-time listener coming to see what all the fuss is about, the In Death series is about to become your favorite new way to kick back and enjoy a great story well told. —Nancy Carter

Publisher's Summary

In this novel from number-one New York Times-best-selling author J. D. Robb, the newly promoted captain of the NYPSD and his wife return a day early from their vacation, looking forward to spending time with their bright and vivacious 16-year-old daughter, who stayed behind.

Not even their worst nightmares could have prepared them for the crime scene that awaits them inside. Deena has been brutally murdered in her bedroom, and her body shows signs of trauma that horrify even the toughest of cops, including our own Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who is specifically requested by the captain to investigate.

The evidence piles up, and Dallas and her team think they are about to arrest the perpetrator. But little do they know that someone has gone to great lengths to tease and taunt them, using a variety of identities.

Overconfidence can lead to careless mistakes, but for Dallas, one mistake might be all she needs to bring the killer to justice.

©2009 J.D. Robb; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 06-16-12
    Marcia Murrieta, CA, United States 06-16-12 Member Since 2011

    Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.

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    "Keep Them Coming."

    Just love the way that all of the main characters interweave through the story lines.

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    Audrey 06-08-12
    Audrey 06-08-12 Member Since 2013
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    "An enjoyable listen!!"

    Nora is one of the VERY best writers I've read, that said, this book wasn't the best, kinda more dark then I like, but, nevertheless, an enjoyable listen!! And as always, Susan's performance is excellant!! The love story between Eve & Roarke, good as always, but just a little too corny at the end, won't say more than that...but that's just my opinion. If you know these books, then you must read this one!! Someone new to Eve & Roarke living in the year 2060 should really start at the begininng. Just saying....

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    Hertha Reyholdsburg, OH, United States 05-25-12
    Hertha Reyholdsburg, OH, United States 05-25-12

    Tell us about yourself! I have always ben an avid reader, but my eyesight isn't what it used to be. The iPod and audible been a blessing.

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    "SHOCK AND AWE"
    Would you listen to Kindred in Death again? Why?

    This was the first of "In Death" stories I read. I was looking for something that was a little different from the ordinary. We were embarking on a long car trip and I get really board when I'm not driving. I was so engrossed in this story I had to finish listening to it that night. I tried a couple of other mysteries during our visit but it wasn't quite doing it for me. So I went back and started Kindred in Death the second time.


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

    I think Survivor in Death although quite a different storyline had a lot of the angst that made Kindred In Death so gripping.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In Kindred in Death it was when they finally got the culpert in the box and explained his situation to him. Then the finally got "Daddy Dearest". Well Done! In Survivor in Death it was the perfect way to start the healing of a young girl without letting her forget the parents that loved her.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I can honestly say that in the last 20 or so books in the "In Death" series there was never a scene in any of the books that didn't move me.


    Any additional comments?

    I my humble opinion It would be so refreshing to have our prime time networks ditch the remakes of old, old shows (Hawaii Five 0 and Dallas etc) and have an IN Death series of their own with,god forbid, not changing one character or one line.

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    Jessica 11-23-11
    Jessica 11-23-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Love/Hate!"

    The story was entertaining. Having said that, it was also pretty graphic and slightly icky when going over the description of the victim. The narration was great as usual.

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    Eve Keller, TX, United States 10-26-11
    Eve Keller, TX, United States 10-26-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the series, love the narrator!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Kindred in Death to be better than the print version?

    Yes because the narrator, Susan Ericksen truly brings all the charters to life for me. I've listened to all the


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

    I don't think I can pick just one... she does them all so very well, I don't have just one favorite.


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    Ria Reader Washington, DC 02-10-11
    Ria Reader Washington, DC 02-10-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Book 29 Is just as GREAT"

    I find mind self sounding like a broken record but I can't say it enough I love this series. I only tuned in to the 1st book in the summer of 2010 and I have now almost finshed the series and will be anxiously awaiting the next book. This was another stand alone absolutley sad and touching. The story and narration make you feel as if this is really happeing and you could turn on your local news and see it. JD Robb really knows how to capture and hold. Thank you for for such a great stories. Some are gruesome and hard to imagine but in the same sense allow you to imagine the pain that a family endures when such horrible things happen. It's really hard and they even make you cry right along with the characters.
    The ending epilogue with Louise and Charles gave this story a bittersweet ending.

    BIG KUDOS AGAIN Susan Erikson for bringing the in Death Stories to life. Please dont ever stop doing the narartion.

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    Scott A Brockman 12-24-10
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    "Kindred in Death"

    Awesome. This is the 2nd JD Robb book I have listened to and I am hooked.

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    Pat Indianola, IA, United States 11-05-10
    Pat Indianola, IA, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2009
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    "JD Robb/Susan Erickson combo is great!"

    I love the series and wish that Susan Erickson would read all the books that I buy. She does so well, I forget that I am being read to. The characters become real like old friends after so long.Keep up the good work. I get so excited when I see that my friends have come for a visit.

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    Michele Prescott, AZ, United States 08-12-10
    Michele Prescott, AZ, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Still Loving the Series"

    First of all, I really get annoyed reading the negative reviews below from folks who ONLY listened to the first few hours of the book. Secondly, this is Book 29 of a series. My advise with any series is you should start from the beginning and get to know the characters, and here it is especially essential because you'll understand why the narrator chooses the voice for each player...they really fit.

    If you have enjoyed any of the In Death Series, you'll enjoy this one as well. How Roberts continues to find new angles on murders for Eve to solve makes each book in the series fresh and #29 is no different.

    I would also like to add to those reviewers who don't like Peabody's voice; from about Book 13 to 16, Erickson throttled back on most of the characters strong intonation and gave Peabody a voice closer to Eve's. For me, who started with Book 1 Naked in Death, it was disappointing and was thrilled that the narrator brought them back full strength in Book 17 and has continued ever since.

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    Cruise Snorkeler Ohio 07-16-10
    Cruise Snorkeler Ohio 07-16-10 Member Since 2017

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    "Kindred in Death by J.D. Robb"

    Excellent. Another great one in the series. Loved the narration!

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