Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: In Death Series by J.D. Robb Part 1

Posted May 4, 2020 by Jennifer in Crime, Listen Up!, Mystery, Rating A, Romantic Suspense Tags: , , , , ,

Audiobook Review: Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

I have had the In Death series on my audio TBR pile for YEARS. Once I saw Under the Covers co-hosting a read along for the series, I knew it was time to finally start it. The 50th (!) book was released this year. That’s a lot of books in a series and people must love it for it to still be around, right? With the read-along, you only have to read one title a month so I figured I could start with the first 12 installments and see if I want to continue the long-running series after that. If the series is to be judged by the first book Naked in Death, I can see myself enjoying it for a long time to come. 

I’m a big fan of the Fever series by Karen Maire Moning and love the alpha hero, Barrons, of the series. I was on a mission to collect the series in all hardback. Several years ago I was in a used bookstore looking for a copy in that series and a very elderly lady was shopping and we got to talking and she said: “Honey if Barrons does it for you, Roarke from the In Death series will melt your panties.” Another reason I wanted to give this series a try. Roarke did not disappoint although I would’ve liked him and Eve to be more of a slow burn and not get together for a few books I have hopes that Robb will keep them interesting.

The In Death series is set in the 2050s giving it a futuristic feel and even though it was released in 1995, there’s still some technology that’s far from our future. This aspect made me think of the movie Blade Runner. So of the tech, Mrs. Robb wrote in this book was really advanced and pretty close to some of the tech we have now. Some seem like old tech in comparison. But overall the fact Naked in Death was released in 1995 it still holds up in 2020. 

Naked in Death introduces Eve Dallas, a police lieutenant who is lead on a serial killer case. I loved everything about Eve. She is tough as nails, fair when it comes to her police work, and she’s broken just enough by her heartbreaking past that you want her to find a HEA. 

Roarke is a mysterious billionaire playboy of sorts. No one knows his full name or much of anything else about him. He is in fact one of the suspects to the murders early into the story. That is the main reason Eve tries to fight their attraction. 

Naked in Death was many first for me, J.D. Robb, crime/mystery genre, and narrator, Susan Ericksen. Many fans love her work on the series so I was hopeful when I purchased books 1-6 on audio a few years back. I caught them on sale and decided to grab them. I was glad I wasn’t burned by my decision. It did take me a couple of hours to settle into her voice but after about the 3rd hour I was digging her delivery and voices for the characters. I will at least listen to the books I already own on audiobook and after that, I hope I can find the others at the library on audiobook.

I think fans of urban fantasy would love Eve Dallas as a heroine. While this world does not have anything magical or otherworldly about it, the gritty feel, strong heroine, and alpha male are similar.  Eve and Roarke reminded me of Kate and Curran (from the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews) but without the fur and magic. I can see J.D. Robb being my gateway into a new genre (for me). I think I will branch out and try more crime/mystery novels in the same tone.

Overall my experience with Naked in Death lived up to the hype I’ve heard from blogging buddies who love the series. I can’t wait to dive into the next installment, Glory in Death. I may listen to more than just twelve books in the series this year. 

My Ratings
Story: A
Narration: A

About the Book:

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.

Author: J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Audio Speed: 1.0x
Series: In Death #1
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Audiobook Release Date: 05-20-08
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Source: Purchased

Audiobook Review: Glory in Death by J.D. Robb

Glory in Death finds Lieutenant Eve Dallas working another murder case, this the victim is a lawyer instead of a sex worker. Eve knew and respected the victim.  Roarke is there by her side or at least as close as she will allow her to help her deal with the pressures of her job and the nightmares of her childhood. 

Eve solves the case because she is great at her job. She allows Roarke to continue to get close to her. She finally admits she loves him. 

Glory in Death is an excellent second installment to the In Death series. I’m looking forward to continuing the series. 

My Ratings
Story: A
Narration: A

About the Book:

It is 2058, New York City. In a world where technology can reveal the darkest of secrets, there’s only one place to hide a crime of passion-in the heart. 

Even in the mid-twenty-first century, during a time when genetic testing usually weeds out any violent hereditary traits before they can take over, murder still happens. The first victim is found lying on a sidewalk in the rain. The second is murdered in her own apartment building. Police Lieutenant Eve Dallas has no problem finding connections between the two crimes. Both victims were beautiful and highly successful women. Their glamorous lives and loves were the talk of the city. And their intimate relations with men of great power and wealth provide Eve with a long list of suspects — including her own lover, Roarke.

Author: J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Audio Speed: 1.0x
Series: In Death #2
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Audiobook Release Date: 05-20-08
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Source: Purchased

Audiobook Review: Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb

I am officially addicted to the In Death series. I am in love with the characters, writing, and narration. Susan Ericksen is a master at narration. I know immediately from the accent if Eve, Rorke, Mavis, etc. is speaking. 

Immortal in Death finds Eve trying to solve another murder case but this time around Roarke is not a suspect but Eve’s best friend Mavis is.  The case focuses on the designer world with Mavis’ current lover and herself in the middle of a murder of a woman neither liked. Eve works the case between planning her wedding to Roarke. The murder leads to a designer drug people are taking to look and feel younger but it’s deadly. 

Eve solves the case and walks down the aisle. We don’t get to see the wedding on page so I’m hoping the next book opens with the wedding because that’s something I don’t want to miss. 

My Ratings
Story: A
Narration: A

About the Book:

She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted – even another woman’s man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas put her professional life on the line to take the case when suspicion fell on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. 

Beneath the façade of glamour, Eve found that the world of high fashion thrived on an all-consuming obsession for youth and fame. One that led from the runway to the dark underworld of New York City where drugs could be found to fulfill any desire – for a price.

Author: J.D. Robb
Narrator: Susan Ericksen
Audio Speed: 1.0x
Series: In Death #3
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Audiobook Release Date: 05-20-08
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
Source: Purchased

Jennifer