Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Review - Loyalty in Death

Title: Loyalty in Death
Author: JD Robb
Publishing Date: 1999
Genre: Mystery
Rating: B
Sensuality: Hot
Book Disclosure: This was an audio book I borrowed from the library.

Loyalty in Death is book nine in JD Robb's In Death series. In this book Eve is tracking down a terrorist group, whose plot is to take out popular tourist attractions in New York City. Also a couple of dead bodies have turned up and Eve has been assigned their case. Meanwhile, Peabody's brother is visiting New York for the first time and he gets tangled up in one of the murder investigations.

First let me mention a few things before I go straight into the review. I listened to this book over the course of a couple of weeks. Things were really spaced out and so this review is going to be not as detailed as I would like. Second, it has been a couple of years since I read an In Death book, so that may have influenced my review too.

This is a standard In Death book. There is a clever mystery to be solved and I have to admit that it really is quite clever. There are several pathways going on in the book and they all eventually lead to the same conclusion. Eve and Roarke are still on wobbly ground working through their relationship. They hit stumbling blocks every now and again. The fun part for me was Peabody and McNab finally coming together. I have to say that was my favorite part of the book.

I might as well mention that the audio book was rather well done. Most of the characters voices were very distinct and it was easy to follow along with which character was speaking. I wasn't crazy about how the woman did Roarke's voice. She did have an Irish accent, but it wasn't exactly how I thought he would sound. I know. So silly, but it's true.

This book can be purchased in print or kindle format from Amazon.


Kaetrin said...

I've listened to a few of the In Death audio books and I agree with you about Roarke's voice - I had it in my head that his Irish accent was fainter - at least that's the impression I gained from the books. In the audiobooks, the accent is quite pronounced, or at least, I thought so.
I got used to it after a while though. The other thing that bugged me (and it's very very small) is when the narrator calls Roarke's secretary Cay-ro rather than the Caro of Caroline which is what I thought it was but I don't remember if she's in LiD. Overall, the audiobooks are excellent IMO.

Do you listen to audiobooks often?

Jill D. said...

Hi Kaetrin - I have listened to one Sookie book (by Charlaine Harris), a couple of Betsy books by MaryJanice Davidson and this book by JD Robb. Do you have any audio book recommendations for me?

Kaetrin said...

It depends on what sort of stories you like. I'm fairly new to your blog so I'm not totally sure what you like. Audiobooks that I've listened to and really liked (some adored) include:-
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and narrated by Davina Porter (I've also listened to bks 2,3,4 and 7 - bks 5 and 6 are hard to get at present for the right $$). They are excellent if you like that kind of story.
The In Death books are great - I've taken to buying the novellas as audiobooks and buying the full novels in paperback format - I don't want to buy the whole written anthology, I just want the In Death story and you can pick them up on their own fairly cheap on audio.
The Sharing Knife series (there are 4 books which really are just one big book) by Lois McMaster Bujold and narrated by Bernadette Dunne. It is a fantasy but at its heart it is a romance. The first book is the most romantic and the narrator is excellent.
If you like Susan Elizabeth Phillips, many of her books are narrated by Anna Fields (sadly she died in a flash flood in 2007) and they are really good too. I've just listened to It Had To Be You about Phoebe and Dan and Heaven Texas about Bobby Tom and Gracie and they were wonderful - funny and sexy and delicious. I've downloaded Dream a Little Dream and Nobody's Baby But Mine and I've got Natural Born Charmer, Breathing Room*, and What I Did for Love* and Match Me if You Can on my wishlist. (*not narrated by Anna Fields.)
I'm listening to Welcome to Temptation by Jenny Crusie right now and it's great. The narrator (Aasne Vigesaa) is great with the humour - she doesn't do a deep male voice, but I can easily tell who's talking so it's all good. She's done Faking It to and I've got that wishlisted.
There's a speaking about audiobooks post up every fortnight at AAR and there's recommendations from Lea (who writes the posts) and the commenters, so if none of the above are your cup of tea, you'll definitely find something there.
If you do decide to listen to one of the above, please let me know what you think!

Jill D. said...

Oh wow, Kaetrin! Thanks so much for the advice and info! Every author you recommended are authors I enjoy. I will be sure to look into those audio books!

Christine said...

Hi Jill!
I am reading this one this month for my In Death reading challenge. It sounds so good--I can't wait to get to it. I'm excited to read about Peabody and MacNab finally hooking up. I was hoping that they would. :)

You are more than welcomed to link your In Death reviews on my monthly challenge posts if you like, even if you're not doing one book every month.