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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Review: IMMORTAL IN DEATH

Immortal In Death by JD Robb
Book 3 of the In Death series
Narrator 1: Cristine McMurdo-Wallis (CD)
Narrator 2: Susan Ericksen (iTunes)
Genre: SciFi murder mystery, police investigation, crime ficiton
Format: paperback, audiobook CD

About Immortal In Death:
It is 2058, New York City. Lieutenant Eve Dallas uncovers a world where technology can create beauty and youth, but passion and greed can destroy them.

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's dead, the victim of a brutal murder.

Police lieutenant Eve Dallas puts her life on the line to take the case when suspicion falls on her best friend, the other woman in the fatal love triangle. Beneath the facade of glamor, Eve finds that the world of high fashion thrives on an all-consuming obsession with youth and fame-one that leads her from the lights of the runway to the dark underworld of New York City, where drugs can fulfill any desire, for a price.
Source: Info in the About Immortal In Death was taken from GoodReads at http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/238126.Immortal_in_Death on 26/02/2012.

Review:
The copy I borrowed from the library was a bad copy. Disc 7 was truncated and lost a big chunk of the story. Bummer! Consequently I had to download from iTunes to continue listening to this audiobook. The Library copy was read by Cristine McMurdo-Wallis while the iTunes copy was read by Susan Ericksen. So I listened to this book as read by two different narrators. And I have to say that I like Susan's reading better than Cristine McMurdo-Wallis. This is the first time I've had the chance to compare two readers reading the same book. I think I prefer to listen to one reader all the way through. I also prefer a reader whose voice is easy to the ears like Alyssa Bresnahan and Johanna Parker.

I think this is the best book yet in this series. Of course, I haven't read the rest of the series yet, so I might change my mind as I read further. But so far, this one beats the rest of them. What I like most about this book is the layering of plot. There wasn't just one bad guy. And the journey to the resolution is twisty. However, there is still that itty bitty tiny bit of predictability factor... I suspected who the culprit was at the start but changed my mind as I listened along and then to be proven that I was right the first time. It wasn't as predictable as Book 1 though. Gotta give this book credit for that. And I like the twisty-ness of it. I still think the covers majorly failed as marketing tools for this book. Both on the paperback and audiobook CD.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 2
Pace = N/A (9 CDs: 11-hours) (iTunes: 9 hrs and 46 mins)
Plot = 4.5
Narrator 1 = 2
Narrator 2 = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

3 comments:

Sam said...

Great review, Cherry! I'm not comfortable with audiobooks at the moment, but I'm slowly trying to ease into listening to them. I'm glad you enjoyed this! :)

Blodeuedd said...

Oh that just sucks. But when many listen that does happen

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I've not read anything by this author. But so glad to see you enjoyed this one so much. :) Hope the rest live up to this one for you.

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