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Naked in Death Audiobook

Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over 10 years on the force, she's seen it all - and knows that her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire - and suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about - except the addictive hunger of needing his touch.

Crack another case with Eve Dallas.

©2004 J. D. Robb; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 05-30-09
    Deborah Buskirk Neptune NJ 05-30-09 Member Since 2001

    deafsetter

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    "Murder & Romance"

    Nice ratio of murder mystery and romance. A must for women who like romance novels, but also like murder mysteries. Even without the romance, the murder plot held your interest. Will search for other books by this author. I think the narrator did a great job also.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-04-10
    Yuriko Fairfield, CA, United States 07-04-10 Member Since 2017
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    "The first in Death series"

    I started to read the series almost 10years ago, so I have forgotten how Eve and Roake were at the beginning. It was refreshing to listen and experience it again. Peabody wasn't even in the first book! I think Susan Ericksen does a superb job as an narrator and I think I want all the in Death books in audiobook now! If you like the "In death" books you won't be disappointed the audiobooks, either.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Willow Wood, OH, United States 06-07-17
    Wendy Willow Wood, OH, United States 06-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG"

    Just started to listen, so ignore my overall ratings. I can't get past the initial problem, and I'm only ten minutes in.

    Second time in recent memory I've heard a narrator pronounce "forte" as "fort." Does no one review these things once they've been recorded???

    Sorry. Makes me crazy. Pronunciation is just a Google away. <sigh> Hopefully it's not a persistent problem or I may return the book. Nothing jerks me out of a narrative faster than mispronunciation of simple words.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 08-18-13
    AudioAddict 08-18-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "A Great Beginning"

    STORY - Naked in Death is part romance, part police procedural suspense. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas's involvement in a murder investigation sets the background for the story. Billionaire Roarke becomes a suspect, thus they meet and begin the relationship which will continue to grow throughout the rest of the series. The story is set in the future so droids and futuristic gadgets continuously add interest to the investigation, and Roarke contributes in some very interesting ways as well. I enjoyed everything about this story -- interesting crime, aggressive investigation, likeable characters, romance, chemistry, all wrapped up in a satisfying conclusion.

    NARRATOR - She does a great job with this book. Roarke's Irish accent is endearing, and I love the robotic sound she gives to the droids!

    OVERALL - I highly recommend this book. The romance aspect might be too heavy for guys. I would probably actually rate it a 4.5 if that option were available.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Broad Run, VA, United States 07-19-13
    Laura Broad Run, VA, United States 07-19-13 Member Since 2010
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    ""Real" characters!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Naked in Death to be better than the print version?

    A great story filled with characters you'll fall in love with! You can't wait to see what happens next in these characters' lives. Narrator does an excellent job creating/embodying the characters. MUST LISTEN!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters


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

    She creates/embodies each character. She allows you to "see" each one.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first in a long series that I, personally, hope never ends! I'm completely hooked.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 11-05-10
    Lisa 11-05-10
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    "Series is Worth the Investment, but Read in Order!"

    I love this series. Although this first book isn't the best one, I strongly recommend you read them in order. A handful of books fall a bit below the high expectations, but 1/4 are truly outstanding, and at least 3/4 are extremely good. The others are also good, no stinkers in the set.

    Even the few that fell below expectations were well worth reading because every book advances the evolution or history of at least two recurring characters. That's a fascinating element -- projecting how the characters may develop and then seeing how they change.

    Robb was smart to set the series in the future. It allows characters' backstory to exist outside of "real" history and avoids anachronisms that would surely arise from the slow progression of "In Death" time. (The series, written over 15 years, covers only 2 1/2 years so far.) This is not meant to be deep, thoughtful sci-fi. The future setting is simply a useful device.

    Frankly, neither of the main characters is super-compelling in this first book. Intriguing, but a bit annoying. However, as we learn more in the next books about their self-protective barriers -- and (in later books) more details about the life experiences that led to those barriers -- the reader comes to understand them and, increasingly, to root for them to grow, thrive, love, and work together.

    Kudo's to the narrator. I had never read any of the series, so I had no prior visualization of the characters to conflict with Susan Erickson's phenomenal vocal interpretation. I honestly forget that one person is reading. Her characterizations are so distinct that I immediately can identify the speaker without attribution. In one book, she was apparently pushed to alter the voices, but thankfully that was immediately corrected in future books.

    Some may like more sex, others less, but I think the balance of mystery, crime-solving, sex, romance and character development is just about perfect. I could deal with less profanity, but it is consistent with context.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 09-06-09
    Andre Ithaca, NY, United States 09-06-09 Listener Since 2003
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    "Dreadful writing"

    This book reads like bits and snippets from many different sources. The writing is juvenile, and totally loaded with cliches. Avoid it at all costs.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    anne 03-16-11
    anne 03-16-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Romance novel"

    If I had known JD Robb was a pseudonym for the romance novelist, Nora Roberts, I would never have bought this. Basic story is okay but the poorly written romance scenes that interrupt the plot every 20 minutes had me fast forwarding. Stupidly, I bought this and the next novel in the series and the second was even worse! If you want a romance novel, then this is probably an interesting series for you. If you want a mystery/police procedural get something else. Anything else.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 07-02-13
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 07-02-13 Member Since 2017

    I'm a retired builder then dot- com-er. My latest journey is a foray into local politics. Attended UC Berkeley in the tumultuous late '60s

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    "Romance Novel Posing as Mystery"

    If this book is indicative of Robb's work, it should be in the "Romance" section. Much of the body of this book (at least sat far as I was able to get into it [1 hour]) was about this pent up woman's aberrant emotional life and not the mystery/murders at hand. The crimes were definitely secondary to the trials and tribulations of an angry woman fighting to get who knows where in a man's world.
    The erratic bounce between sensitive and tough was not sufficiently in my scope of interest to withstand the entire book. Robb can write, but she should stick to the crime side. The emotional roller coaster ride is as boring as it is passé.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-18-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 01-18-10 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Even blend of romance and detective novel"

    It's a cross between a romance novel and a detective novel (it involves nearly equal parts detecting and romance). It's set in the future, but there's nothing unfamiliar about it.

    It has some graphic language and adult concepts (prostitution, incest). In a couple scenes Eve's very unpleasant childhood is explored and the author attempts to tie it into the story but it feels forced and is overall an uncomfortable topic.

    The romance is mostly okay. At least it's mature and not some teenage drool fest - though in real life nobody is as perfect as Roarke.

    The narration is very good, nice accents and no over-dramatization. The voicing of the characters is distinct.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "Dreadful, cliche ridden book"

    I accept that thrillers are by definition written to some sort of formula, but this book carries it to extremes - characters, plot, narrative and language, every cliche however hackneyed seems to be used. I gave up after a particularly laughable sex scene between the two main characters, which completely destroyed any credibility the book might have had claim to. I think this is only the fourth or fifth audiobook that I've not finished - out of nearly 500. It was that bad.

    To make matters worse, the narrator was not very good; as the previous reviewer comments, she has a lot of difficulty with the Irish accent of one of the main characters, and generally was a tad melodramatic for my taste.

    I see J D Robb has written nearly 40 books in this series, so some people must like them. Not me I'm afraid.

    18 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Paul D
    Normandy, France
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    "cardboard cutout fiction"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    An naive 14 year old.


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

    Create believable characters with depth rather than shallow stereotypes.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Ericksen’s performances?

    Possibly, maybe to check how much she contributes to this being a lifeless yawn of a book


    What character would you cut from Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1?

    I would cut all the characters from the book and replace them more realistic ones. No-one worth salvaging.


    Any additional comments?

    A truely awful book - a total cliche of a story peopled by stereotypical characters lacking depth and realism. Formulaic writing offering zero opportunity for empathy with the characters. I really did not care what happened to anyone or anything in the story. <br/>Why did I listen to it? Well, I was busy working to begin with and then it's awfulness became mesmeric. . . . . . .I did not listen quietly and sighs and ecpletives filled the air.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • pagewizz
    Staffordshire, United Kingdom
    7/9/14
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    "The best in death book - The first is always the b"
    What did you like most about Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1?

    Where Eve and Roarke first meet you can't beat that.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Favorite is difficult but in this one book Eve makes it she always does and with her realising that she just might be able to be part of a couple, and have some friends.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Where feeney and roarke come face to face. after Eve has took the test where she has been trying to clear him, and come to terms with being late for the little girl who did not make it.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Eve and Roarke the start of a complicated life together


    Any additional comments?

    The In death books would not be the same without Susan Erickson narrating. Its nice to here one voice through the series. The other characters that add later on make it as well. Some of the things Eve comes out with are really classic - my all time favorite "BITE ME"

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Robyn
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    "By the numbers crime fiction"
    What disappointed you about Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1?

    First of all, I suppose if you are looking for a bit of very light beach reading and you don't mind annoyingly controlling poorly developed he-man billionaire chauvinist love interests à la Christian Grey, by all means, give this a go. Also he has a stupid name, just going to throw that out there. Roarke is not a name, Rourke is, not Roarke. Also Rourke is a surname. <br/><br/>In fact characterisation throughout the whole book is pretty underdeveloped and underwhelming but as I said if you are looking for a by the numbers, crime page-turner you can't go too wrong. It was far from the worst book I've ever read but it wasn't exactly surprising or particularly compelling. It shocks me that there are like another 40 books in the series!


    Has Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1 put you off other books in this genre?

    It wasn't the genre that was the problem, it was everything else.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    If you are Irish and are planning to listen to this audiobook, let me tell you, the narrator's interpretation of an Irish accent is more of an assault on the ear's that Gerard Butler in P.S. I Love You and Julia Roberts in Michael Collins combined. You've been warned.


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

    Robb's 1995 vision of what a mid 21st century New York would be like is interesting enough and fairly understated which was refreshing although it is funny to see how dated that vision feels in the 20 years since she imagined it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carrie
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    3/31/15
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    "Zzzzzzzzzzzzz"

    Tedious, predictable and boring! Hugely disappointed. I thought it would be the sort of thing I'd enjoy but it's just so cheesey. Gave up after two hours. Couldn't take the bad accents any longer!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Donn Edwards
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    12/4/10
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    "The start of a great series"

    Eve Dallas is the 'Jack Reacher' of the 21st Century, and I'm completely hooked on this series. This series is full of life, and Eve has the right kind of attitude for a 'kick-ass New York cop'.

    Normally my wife is badly allergic to cliches, but for some reason the 'In Death' series carries off the occasional cliche with great aplomb and humour, and we both thoroughly enjoy the series.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Laura Taylor
    Devon, UK
    4/7/13
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    "Great first book in fab series"

    Have read a few of these books and find them entertaining and page turning. Doesn't matter if you read out of sequence although it was good to learn their history by reading the first book. Well written and a potential glimpse into the future !

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kaggy
    United Kingdom
    6/30/15
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    "A mistake I unfortunately repeated"

    For some strange reason I bought books 1 to 3 on a whim and after reading the first few chapters of book 1 I bitterly regret my purchasing decision. This is dull and cliche ridden and I can almost believe it was written by a robot. Given there are something like 40 books in this series I think that might be a real possibility.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    6/13/15
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    "A Poor story"

    Dull story line - sassy attractive female cop falls for richest man in country who team up to solve the murder - you couldn't write it, only someone did, I wish they hadn't. The narrative is poor, the male voices are truly awful, and watch out for the Irish accent - pure comedy

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Derek
    HULL, United Kingdom
    5/30/15
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    "Dreadful"

    Horrible in every way, not many books I give one star (would be zero if I could) peppered with pointless sex the way a 14 year old might write. If you haven't got the gist yet, I hated it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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