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  • 1st to Die

  • The Women's Murder Club, Book 1
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Pat Star
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (165 ratings)

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1st to Die

By: James Patterson
Narrated by: Pat Star
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Publisher's Summary

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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Hard to listen to

I should have read the previous reviews before purchasing this book. The narrator is very hard to listen to. The gasping and mouth noises are very off putting. At times I couldn’t concentrate on what she was reading because of the breathing and gum smacking. Does anyone listen to these before they are released for sale?

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Hard to listen to

Would you try another book written by James Patterson or narrated by Pat Star?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1st to Die?

None really, as it is difficult to get into.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Star’s performances?

Not really, perhaps if she sits away from the microphone so her breathing doesn't distract from the narrating.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, the plot is good, the characters well formed.

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1st to die JP

the reader had a frustrating breath in take. and the book got a bit garbled digitally in places.

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Great story dreadful narrator

Although a good story with a few good twists the dreadful narration took from the overall book. You can hear her swallow, take deep breaths and it’s soooo bad!!!

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Mouth Noises from Pat Star cringeworthy

If it wasn't for such a good story line I would not have finished this book.
The Noises Pat Star makes with her lip smacking and denture movement were aweful and ruined listening to this book

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A great story badly narrated.

The story was great but the narrator was awful. I struggled to listen to her heavy breathing, lip smacking and gulping throughout. I felt like throwing my phone when she continually over did the reading. I won't be buying another unless the narrator is changed.

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so hard to listen

I really enjoyed the story but struggled with the "wet mouth" sounds the narrator made. it made me wince on more than one occasion and I really considered stopping several times.
I enjoyed the story even if it was a overly girl power.

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first audio book.

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.

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Great story. The worst narrator.

The worst story telling. Hearing the narrator swallow and her voice spoilt a great story.

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Narrator Noises

I preserved through the Narrator’s horrible reading. I wish I’d read the reviews first. Story was good though. Glad I listened to the end. Producers need to listen to the end product before releasing it to the public.

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