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Friday, 19 October 2012

Review: CEREMONY IN DEATH

Ceremony In Death by JD Robb
Book 5 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: SciFi murder mystery, police investigation, crime fiction
Format: paperback, audiobook

About Ceremony In Death:
Conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow police officer has Lieutenant Eve Dallas treading on dangerous ground. She must put professional ethics before personal loyalties. But when a dead body is placed outside her home, Eve takes the warning personally. With her husband, Roarke, watching her every move, Eve is drawn into the most dangerous case of her career. Every step she takes makes her question her own sense of right and wrong - and brings her closer to a confrontation with humanity's most seductive form of evil.

©2006 J. D. Robb; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
Source: Info in the About Ceremony In Death was taken from Audible at http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/ref=sr_1_1?asin=B004FTI4C8&qid=1331164309&sr=1-1 on 07/03/2012.

Review:
I like the way Susan Ericksen changes her voice and/or change her accent to fit the character! My appreciation was probably made keener by having to put up with a narrator who was okay, but I wasn't very fond of, reading the first three books in this series. I don't agree with all of her interpretations but I still like her better than the previous narrator... However I belatedly realized that the edition I bought was an abridged one. They took off chunks off the story which made the story discordant and confusing. Luckily I got the paperback to fill in the gaps. I would never recommend the abridged audiobook to anybody. It's a waste of time and money! So I had to download the unabridged version from audible and pay up the full price because I did not want to wait for a CD to be mailed through the post. Anyway, I like the layering of the plot with this book. I think this is the thickest layering of plot thus far. Multiple bad guys and motive from different angles. Awesome! I just have one tiny, itty, bitty issue with the plot... there was a tiny hole in it. But I am willing to overlook that and say that this is the best book yet in this series thus far.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 3
Pace = N/A (9 hrs & 40 mins)
Plot = 4.5
Narrator = 4.5

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

5 comments:

Blodeuedd said...

One of these days I will read one of her books

Cherry Mischievous said...

Blodeuedd - It took a few books before I got hooked into this series, but hooked I got. :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I should try one of these (Nora as JDR) on audio. :)

Cherry Mischievous said...

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com - If you do make sure you get one which is read by Susan Ericksen and not by Christine McMurdo-Wallis because I think you will enjoy Susan and not so with Christine, like I did.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Thanks for the tip sugar!

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