Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year … Going Back in Time


happy_new_yearAs 2014 comes to a close today, I just want to wish each and every one of you a safe, joyous and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

I have enjoyed spending this past year with you. Despite its ups and downs, tears and sorrows, there were many happy times too. Knowing all of you has made my life fuller and more entertaining. While I haven’t been a good blog buddy lately, I hope y’all know how very special you are to me. I am most grateful for your friendship and your support of Thoughts in Progress

As we close out the year, I thought it was a good time to talk about going back to beginnings. With that in mind I have three audio books I want to tell you about.
If you visit here from time to time, then you know I’m a huge fan of the In Death (Eve Dallas) series by author J.D. Robb. I especially enjoy the audio format with Susan Ericksen as narrator. However, I began listening to the series somewhere around two-thirds of the way in. Since each book can stand on its own, I wasn’t really lost starting so far into the series. But I have often wondered about the case that brought Lt. Eve Dallas and Roarke together.

Well, thanks to the delightful Kailyn and the great folks at Brilliance Audio, I had the opportunity to listen to the very first three installments of the series. It’s fun listening to the beginning of a series even if you’ve just recently listened to the 39th book in the set.

Here are my thoughts on the first three books in order.


Naked in Death cover - Thoughts in ProgressWhen the granddaughter of a politician is found murdered, Lt. Eve Dallas is determined to find her killer. The high ranking senator doesn’t want his granddaughter’s murder linked to a second and third murder even though all three of the young ladies were licensed paid companions.

As Eve sorts through the list of suspects, she continues to encounter the wealthy Irish businessman, Roarke. Eve finds herself drawn to the Irishman as she closes in on a killer and a tangled web of betrayal and greed.

Narrator Susan Ericksen does a wonderful job giving individual voices to the characters. Her mannerisms and accents will have you believing there’s more than one narrator. Her vocalizations enhances the story. 

Author J.D. Robb creates electrifying characters in Eve and Roarke. The secondary characters add depth to the story. Readers/listeners learn how Eve and Roarke met, as well as Eve’s first encounter with Charles Monroe.

The futuristic setting in NAKED IN DEATH will draw you in as Robb crafts the first installment in an intriguing series.

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb, In Death Book #1, Narrated by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio, @2012, ISBN: 978-1469265421, Unabridged, 8 Discs, Run Time: 9 Hours 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Glory in Death cover - Thoughts in ProgressThe murder of two highly successful women has Lt. Eve Dallas ready to set a trap with herself as bait.

Susan Ericksen does a superb job as narrator giving distinct voices to all the characters. Her vocals of the emotions throughout the story adds depth.

Investigating the lives of the successful and glamorous women, Eve once again has to include Roarke in the list of suspects. While she has no doubt of his innocence, she must follow the rules. When the killer goes after the wrong bait, Eve has to use every resource she can to catch the killer and save a friend.

In this second installment in the series, author J.D. Robb expands Eve’s development with a friendship between her and Nadine First, a television reporter. In addition, Officer Delia Peabody is briefly introduced and Eve’s relationship with Roarke advances.

The setting, the characters and the conversational dialogue in GLORY IN DEATH makes for an intriguing story.

Glory in Death by J.D. Robb, In Death Book #2, Narrated by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio, @2012, ISBN: 978-1455897810, Unabridged, 8 Discs, Run Time: 9 Hours 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.


Immortal in Death cover - Thoughts in ProgressAs Eve prepares to marry Roarke, her best friend Mavis Freestone introduces her to an up and coming fashion designer, Leonardo, to make her wedding gown. During the first meeting, Leonardo’s ex-girlfriend storms in attacking Eve and then Mavis before threatening to destroy Leonardo’s career. A short time later the ex is found murdered and Mavis is the prime suspect with no memory of what happened.

Susan Ericksen does an excellent job narrating as she brings the characters to life. Her vocals and mannerisms enhances the story bringing out the highs and lows of the characters’ emotions.

Eve is determined to clear her friend’s name even if she has to tread through the glitz and glamour world of high fashion.

Readers/listeners learn more about Officer Delia Peabody as she returns to assist Eve with the case and becomes her aide. In addition, the character of Trina plays a role in understanding the glitz and glamour, as well as Eve’s wedding.

Author J.D. Robb’s continues to evolve the characters and pull you in with amazing twists and turns in IMMORTAL IN DEATH.

Immortal in Death by J.D. Robb, In Death Book #3, Narrated by Susan Ericksen, Brilliance Audio, @2012, ISBN: 978-1455897889, Unabridged, 8 Discs, Run Time: 10 Hours 

FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this audio book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.

It was fun learning how the characters I enjoy came to be together. The author continues to evolve and develop these characters, while still retaining the spark and drive that made them so special to begin with. I eagerly look forward to not only new installments in the series, but also learning more about the stories I’ve missed. It is fun to start over again.

Thanks so much for spending some time here today. Saying goodbye to 2014, I hope to see y’all in 2015. Have you ever gone back and read the first installments in a series that you’d missed?

To those who are under the weather or have family (two-legged and/or four-legged) that are sick, my greatest wish is that good health is restored. Wishing each of you a joyous, safe, healthy, prosperous and HAPPY NEW YEAR my friends!!!

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14 comments:

  1. Happy New Year to you and yours. I hope that it is filled to the brim with love, with laughter and of course with books.

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  2. Hi Mason - Happy New Year and I hope 2015 brings you peace, happiness and success ... and yes health for all two legs and 4 legged critters ...

    Take care, enjoy the time out and new coming of 2015 - cheers Hilary

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  3. Happy New Year, Mason! Thank you for introducing me to so many wonderful books all year long.

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  4. Happy New Year, Pamela—thanks for all of your wonderful reviews and giveaways; it's always a pleasure to visit your site!

    Sheila K.
    skkorman AT bellsouth DOT net

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  5. Happy New Year!!! May it bring good health.

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  6. Happy New Year, Mason!! May 2015 be a wonderful year for you!

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  7. And a very Happy New Year to you too, Mason! xox

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  8. I've never read any of her mysteries, although I have enjoyed her romances. It's been a while, though...

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  9. Happy New Year to you too. I haven't read any of these. 39 is impressive.
    Here's to a happy and prosperous 2015.
    Ann

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  10. Happy New Year, another year and more books!

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  11. Love that series! I didn't read them in order either, but that didn't stop my enjoyment. Such a great cast of characters!
    All the best for 2015, Mason - hope we have more smiles than tears!

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  12. Here's to a 2015 of plenty of reading! Happy wishes to you!

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