The 1st novel in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing she has seen prepares her for the horror of the honeymoon murders, when a brutal maniac begins viciously slaughtering newlywed couples on their wedding nights. Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by her own personal tragedy. So she turns to Claire, a leading coroner, Cindy, a journalist and Jill, a top attorney, for help with both her crises, and the Women's Murder Club is born.
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I think the actual story has potential but unfortunately I wont be finishing the book as I find the narrator difficult to listen too. Her heavy breathing is very off putting and makes it difficult to listen to for long periods of time.
None really, as it is difficult to get into.
Not really, perhaps if she sits away from the microphone so her breathing doesn't distract from the narrating.
Yes, the plot is good, the characters well formed.
The first James Patterson novel I've ever read and I must say, I was expecting more. I liked how easy it was to read but some of the female characters were a little predictable and stereotyped. The crime wasn't quite interesting enough to make it great but just enough so I kept reading. There was a major plot hole. I'm not sure why a proofreader didn't pick it up, but over all the story wasn't too bad. A nice easy read.
"My first James Patterson and now a fan !"
I'd recommend the book without a doubt. It was my first James Patterson (obviously I've been living under a rock or something) and it was really good. The pace was good, story was interesting and not overly predictable.
For fans of Lee Child / Jack Reacher I'd give it a go. Its not of the same quality but its not a bad example of the thriller genre.
I was really distracted by the narrator. Parts were really over dramatised and the pretend sobbing just made me cringe. The pausing was inappropriate and she seemed to punctuate with loud breaths and mouth sounds. I would avoid purchasing another with her narrating.
Overall it was a good read. The writer didn't quite nail the women's friendships that were detailed within the story but its not distracting and I'd like to see how the concept of the club unfolds throughout the rest of the series.
"Good story. Annoying reader"
This is a great story but the reader was so annoying - too much saliva! She kept smacking & swallowing throughout.
"Great Story, Shame about the Narrator"
James Patterson writes a brilliant story that keeps you gripped. The narrator though is off putting with the constant pausing for breath and swallowing saliva is making me think twice about downloading the other murder club books.
"1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club, Book 1"
A good story, well written. Excellent characters. As with all audio books, different narrators have different styles. I find once I become used to the narrator, I can lose my self in the book very easily. I shall be looking to download the next in the series.
"The most irritating narrator"
Enjoyed the story but found the "breathy" "gulping" narrator extremely irritating and ruined the whole experience. I would of loved to listen to more but I will read the next few books instead
It's all I can hear now! It's never really happened before. The book is good, it's a shame.
"Loved the book, hated the narrator!"
Great book ! had me gripped, although I actually managed to guess some of the narrative, but got a nice twist at the end.
Hated the narrator - she actually made me feel sick - with the weird slurping and slapping of lips when talking. *shudder* wish i'd read the review before downloading - as I want to listen to more - but I can't have her doing that again. Why didn't the person editing say something!
Absolutely loved Pat Stars narration of the book, good story well told, looking forward to reading more from the series
"shame about the narrator"
only use audible
As the heading says, shame about the narrator. I found her continual swallowing (it sounded as if she was slurping a drink) very annoying and off putting. If the story had not been so good I would have given up after the 3rd chapter.
Great story, gripping to the end as expected from James Patterson. The introduction of the characters was very normal. Would have been better to have got the book.
"James Patterson at his best"
Great James Patterson mystery, keeps you guessing until the end! Likeable characters with good development which adds to the plot
I love James Patterson's books, but who on earth choose this woman to narrate it? She constantly makes wet noises with her mouth, takes deep breaths and runs out of breath in the middle of sentances. I am only 2 hours into it, intrigued by the story but don't know if I can put up with the cringe-worthy speech. Totally unconvincing character voices too. I am astounded that such a popular novelist allowed his book to be so mangled! As one of your many visually impaired readers I don't even have the choice of reading it any other way.
I don't watch films
Re-record it with a better narrator - please
"Great story but the narrator is distracting"
The story was really good, well written and flows nicely. I have to agree with earlier reviews though, the narrators swallowing and lipsmacking is really off-putting especially near the end. My ears would focus on it and I'd miss parts of the story. It does make me reluctant to download another, these books might have to be read instead of heard!
A different narrator!
Yes purely for an introduction to the women's murder club
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