Naked in Death: In Death, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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THE FIRST NOVEL IN THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING IN DEATH SERIES
It is 2058, New York City. Technology now completely rules the world, but for New York Detective Eve Dallas, one irresistible impulse still rules the heart: passion...
Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she’s seen it all - and knows 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 a 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.
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|Listening Length||10 hours and 17 minutes|
|Author||J. D. Robb|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 20, 2008|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #2,394 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#111 in Crime Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
#137 in Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#282 in Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on January 22, 2020
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Once you start you won’t be able to resist buying the next book, and the next….
I'm also not a fan of cop characters. They tend to be tough, hardcore and cold. Eve was pretty much the stereotypical cop but she had a little empathy and enough personality to be likeable.
I was glad the author put a disclaimer at the beginning, explaining how she wrote it in the 90s and thought the future was further away because it helped soften the cringe-factor when they mentioned how advanced things were in 2020 when we're not that advanced. We should be but we're not.
I usually read paranormal but I'll mix things up so I can read at least one more book in this series.
There is a certain amount of graphic violence, obscene street language, and graphic sex activity. I liked the book and am glad that I read it. Another reviewer stated that she did not like reading this novel before sleeping at night. That makes sense to me. There was particularly violent episode that I was reading late at night and had the same thoughts. There are some types of criminal activity that I find completely repugnant.
The author has also written romance novels. Her first romance novel that I am aware of is Irish Thoroughbred. Although the stories are very different, romance versus violent crime, I did recognize some artistic similarities. It occurs to me that Nora Roberts took some artistic ideas from the past and somewhat reshaped them and made use of them in a new crime novel. I am glad that I have read both novels.
From what I have read Nora Roberts is an extremely popular author. I think I can see why. Although I have only read a few of her novels they have a popular feel to them. They sort of remind me of a reading version of prime time television. Personally I would not classify them as high literature.
In summary, I liked this novel as a light, not necessarily fun, reading experience. I would put this in the second tier of literature, good, not great. I am glad to be familiar with the style of Nora Roberts, but for me, although she is successful and extremely popular, her novels are not in the top tier of literature. Thank You for taking the time to read this review.
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This then brings her into direct contact with Roarke he’s a billionaire businessman whose name keeps being connected with the case that she’s currently investigating. Eve finds herself experiencing major conflict between her professional and personal lives as she finds herself drawn towards the elusive and addicting male even knowing it could in fact compromise the case at hand.
I’m certainly now intrigued to see them grow as a pairing in future books and I did like them both as characters. I found this to be an interesting and easy read it’s definitely more action and mystery focused and the case does take centre stage here but I also loved the fact there was a developing romance as an additional background focus and I was equally engaged with both aspects of this. I definitely recommend this it had such an intriguing storyline and though I did guess who the baddie was I still appreciated this a whole lot.
Naked in Death is a fast paced, gripping thriller full of mystery, suspense and crime with no holding back on the gory details and some twists in the tail so nothing is too predictable before it reaches a satisfying conclusion. The addition of just the right amount of romance adds to the story and the chemistry between Eve and Roarke was tangible. All in all this was a great start to the series and I’m looking forward to seeing how the characters develop as the series progresses.
I'm not really sure if it's even worth writing a review of this book since pretty much everyone I know seems to have already read it and there are certainly no shortage of other reviews out there but I feel like I probably should though just in case you're one of those people who, like me, have been feeling intimidated by the series and wondering if it's really worth all the fuss it gets. I want to say categorically, based just on the first book, that yes, YES it is worth grabbing a copy of Naked in Death and I hope you end up enjoying it as much as I did!
Even though this book was first published just over 20 years ago it doesn't feel dated thanks to the futuristic setting J.D. Robb has created, the series starts in 2058 so it's not so far into the future that it feels alien but it's just far enough that the author is able to include some interesting technology and make her own rules regarding current laws etc. The setting is well done and we were given enough information to catch my attention without it feeling overwhelming. The focus of this story is definitely the mystery and I though that side was very well handled, it kept me completely hooked and I enjoyed seeing how Eve worked the crime scenes and slowly pieced everything together.
Eve is a tough, no nonsense cop who loves her job and wants to help people, she doesn't remember much about her childhood thanks to repressed memories but readers get a hint of the things she has been through in the form of flashbacks that she suffers. I'm sure there is a lot more left to learn but seeing the vulnerable side of her was quite heartbreaking and it makes me sick to think of the things that she's been through. Eve doesn't want sympathy though, she just wants to focus on the future and doing her job to the best of her ability. It seems like she has a tendency to use her work as a shield against her emotions and she can come across as a little cold at times but that quickly starts to change when she meets Roarke and he starts to get under her skin.
Roarke is a character I've heard so much about so I was really excited to meet him. He's a billionaire businessman with a bit of a shady past and it's hard to tell whether he's 100% on the right side of the law even now. He obviously has a code of honour and there are lines that he won't cross but I suspect that all bets are off when the people he cares about are in trouble. When Eve crosses paths with him it's because he's a suspect in her murder investigation and she's left feeling very conflicted by the attraction she feels towards him, she can't decide if he's really innocent or whether her hormones are leading her astray but at least she is aware of the way her feelings could be affecting her decision making. Roarke is the kind of character who really should raise loads of red flags, he's very possessive and definitely shows more than a few stalker tendencies that I would find REALLY off putting in a real life situation but somehow J.D. Robb pulls it off and she had me falling head over heels for him in spite of the warning signs. So much about him is still a mystery and I can't wait to dig deeper into his past and find out what makes him tick.
As we get to know him it becomes clear that Roarke is just as messed up as Eve and they understand each other on a level that people who don't have their experiences would never quite be able to achieve. As a couple they just work so although things to progress between them very quickly it didn't feel unbelievable. I do wish the author had taken more time to get them to this point of their relationship, considering the length of the series I think we could have had that delicious will they / won't they pull between them for at least a couple of books, but even though things have moved quickly they still don't know each other that well and I'm sure we're going to enjoy seeing them open up and share more of their secrets. In fact, I'd rather have them become a couple in the first book than have to deal with yet another dreaded love triangle so I'm not going to complain about the romance even a little bit!
Naked in Death is a fantastic start to this series and it's definitely left me eager to spend more time with these characters. I think my bank balance will suffer when I rush out and buy the rest of the series but I'm looking forward to having so many books to binge on!
I am a big fan of books by Nora Roberts and I have known for a while she had this crime series out under J.D. Robb but I was hesitant to start it. I was worried it wouldn’t live up to my expectations and would be too different from the Nora books I love. Also it is a long series of 50 books and growing so quite a commitment to start!
Well, I can tell you, I shouldn’t have worried because it blew me away! I spent every second I had reading a page here and a page there until it was finished! I now regret not starting it sooner and books 2 and 3 (of 50 😯) have been ordered!
I love Eve Dallas the cop and her uncertain past and no nonsense attitude! I love Roarke and how mysterious the wealthy businessman is! Written 25 years ago but set in a futuristic time, this book captured me from the get go!
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