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Unlike a number of reviewers, I throughly enjoy Susan Erickson's reading of the IN DEATH books. It may be because Net Library has the first 2 or 3 books in audio format read by someone else. No life in the characters with the other reader, could not tell Roarke was Irish, the intire reading was dull. Not so with Susan Erickson, especially with Eve..
Witness in Death stays with the In Death program. We learn more about the characters and get to solve a mystery. Like all formula books, the reader or listener knows what to expect, knows Eve, with Roarke and the others help, will catch the murderer and peace will reign until the next book. Works for me. I've read them all, now listening to them all and enjoying every moment.
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Besides the actual book being great the Narrator does a wonderful job with all the character voices. None are alike and the consistency of all the books with this Narrator is amazing. Mystery of the story is always unpredictable and this one in particular is really unpredictable even in the very end. I have listened to all this series as audio and I am hooked.
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If you could sum up Witness in Death: In Death, Book 10 in three words, what would they be?
Love, struggle, understanding.
What did you like best about this story?
The continuation of Lt.Eve Dallas' struggle with her life as a 'Cop' and the wife of an affluent man who is well known in the city partially because he owns most of it and is suspected of paying for it through illicit means. Also Roarke, the wealthy husband who is trying to come to terms with living with a 'Cop', whose life is dictated by her high sense of right and wrong, after a life of doing what he wants no matter what the law dictates. Both have emerged from similar backgrounds with violent, drunk fathers and little money, her from America and him from Ireland. Roarke knows only too well of his early life and how he has come to be where his is, Eve remembers little before the age of 8 years. when she was found on the street covered in blood, not knowing even her name (the one she is known by was given to her by her rescuers) and is haunted by dreams of this past which wake her night after night screaming. Rourke is the only person who has been allowed close enough to learn about these and now Eve is dependant on him not only for the love and support he offers but the strength he gives her to get through the night.
Lt.Dallas has a trainee, Peabody, who was brought up in a 'Free-ager' life style but has the need to put wrongs to right. In this book Peabody unexpectedly finds herself attracted to McNab, a geek, in the computer tech department, who torments her every moment he can and he realises he dreams about Peabody out of her uniform, in bed with him. This makes them distracted and embarrassed when they find themselves working on the same case.
Lt.Dallas is unaware of the change in the relationship between Peabody and McNab until it is pointed out by Roarke when it then causes their first argument to erupt. Eve becomes aware of other peoples opinion of her relationship with Roarke and how one-sided it appears. During this story Eve tries to show and explain her feelings to Roarke although feels she is making it worse.
The relationship between Dallas and Roarke can become repetitive and I have to remember that it is relatively new, they only dated a short while before marrying and haven't been married a year yet, even though we are on book ten.
Being set slightly in the future is also intriguing, the writer is still trying to make flying vehicles an everyday fact (as in 1960's). Changing skin and hair colouring, etc. is also a novel idea, although introducing longer life by replacing body parts (as with a vehicle) to make this happen is interesting. It also impresses me how, with all the money and investments Roarke has, public services are having to manage with budget cuts, beat-up cars and computers, which are still, annoyingly, breaking down.
What does Susan Ericksen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
Susan Ericksen, the reader, has a lovely voice and intonation. She expresses the characters feelings and makes the people 'real' which may not happen when I read, depending on my feelings towards them. If I had read book one in the series I may not have picked up on the building relationships and, therefore, would not have read book two, now I am addicted.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I would have liked to, however, the length prevented this so I had to listen to it over two days, lovely...
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What made the experience of listening to Witness in Death: In Death, Book 10 the most enjoyable?
I LIKE ALL OF THE DEATH SERIES EACH BOOK HAS A GOOD STORY LINE AND WELL LOVED CHRACTERS.
Which character – as performed by Susan Ericksen – was your favourite?
I LOVE PEABODY
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I FIND MOST OF THE BOOKS MAKE YOU CRY AND LAUGH
Any additional comments?
I WOULD RECOMMEND THE DEATH SERIES TO ANY ONE