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Editorial 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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  • Debby
  • SALINAS, CA, United States
  • 11-19-09

Like getting a root canal without anesthesia

I'm a total fan of suspense thrillers and whodunnit's. I'm glad that I only spent $9.95 on this as a fire sale on Audible. Maybe that's why. I've never listened nor followed such drivel in a long time. I've never read the series, and I'm lost about some past stories that are mentioned. I couldn't believe that I hung in there for 3 hours, listening to over-the-top descriptions of how the girl was killed. All right, already! I'm 3/4 through and the ONLY reason I'm going to stick this out is to find out who did it. This is my first, and last J.D. Robb book and that narrator-- absolutely boring.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Rajesh
  • Ahmedabad Gujarat India
  • 03-13-10

My Mistake

My mistake. I got misguided by the 4.19 rating from other readers. This a police procedural story. Limited twist, limited turns, no u turns....mainly a single track book with very less traffic! I will not read or listen to Robb again.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Terrible narrator

I usually love Robb's books, but I couldn't get through this one. The narrator was just too annoying. Eve's voice was extremely strident and Roarke sounded like a leprechaun. I simply couldn't stomach it.

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  • Ann
  • KAPAA, HI, United States
  • 02-11-10

Difficult Reader

I had a difficult ime with the reader. She was shrill at times and unconvincing when a character change became necessary. I wanted to move to the conclusion of the did catch my interest but her interpretations were such that I quit. Have only done this once before. I've lost more on a Super Bowl bet so the lost of one book while bothersome was not a catastrophe. Maybe you will handle her better than I was able to handle her.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This book is too slow moving and repetitive. I actually fell asleep listening to it and when I woke up didn't have to back it up because I hadn't missed anything. Most of the book is repeated description of the crime and how hard it is for the charaters to deal with over and over again.
The narrator is just down right irritating, Peabody's voice is like nails on a chalkboard.
I'm glad I didn't pay full price for this one. It will be the last J D Robb I buy.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Annoying narrator

Let me first say that I had to give this book at least one star so that my review would post. But if not for that software glitch I would give it ZERO stars, or negative stars. Is that possible? Negative stars? Should be.
I have never stopped listening to an audio book before - but I did this time. The so-called Irish accent of the love interest is unbearably grating on the nerves. I doubt very much that I will read anything by this author again, and certainly I am going to avoid this narrator like Swine Flu.
I can't even tell if the story is any good because the narration is so terrible that I found it impossible to connect to the plot.
I wish I had read the other reviewer's words before I hit the purchase button.
Save your 9.95 - there is a reason this book is on sale. Don't waste your money or your valuable listening time. Life is too short for bad books.

3 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Joanne
  • San Tan Valley AZ, United States
  • 12-09-09

Please, please,please find a new narrator!!!

Love the "in Death" series storyline! Love the author! I cannot bare to listen to this narrator. She is over-dramatic, puts emphasis in the wrong place and has awful vocal character representations. Her normal reading voice is great - just drop the drama. I'm suffering through it but with my ears half covered! I am unable to read due to eye problems and this saddens me.

0 of 6 people found this review helpful