Yes, I adore James Patterson normally but this book left a lot to be desired. The plot is confusing and there are way too many characters.
The plot could have been more on point with less twists and less of the cheesy voice effects.
The narrators were okay but the music and voice effects were annoying.
Several of them. There were too many to keep up with.
Overdramatization, it was easy to see that this was written by two men who have little real idea of how to write a strong woman's part. They wrote Lindsay Boxer as an hysterical man, rather than a strong, capable woman. This series is a thinly veiled ripoff of Tess Gerritson's Rizzoli & Isles series. A lead female character who is a police detective, with a best friend who is the medical examiner and a boyfriend who is a government agent in Washington DC. I would suggest the James Patterson and Andrew Gross take a lesson from Ms. Gerritson on how to write strong female characters.
I doubt it. I have been fairly disappointed with James Patterson's books recently and stopped listening to his Alex Cross series 2 books ago. I don't think Andrew Gross brings much to the table, especially in this series.
Ms. McCormick does a good job with the various characters, her tone and inflection bring them to life.
I would make Lindsay less strident. I picture her as an intelligent woman and I don't think it's necessary to resort to foul language in every other sentence to get the point across.
I would recommend the Rizzoli & Isles series over this mess.
This is the first James Patterson book I've heard. I found the main character to be pretty obvious, the tough lady cop with a soft side. I didn't really warm up to any of the characters. The sound effects are annoying. A good story doesn't need explosion sounds and music to tell the listener how to feel. The reader is OK but I may be holding my reaction to the sound effects and the overall story against her. I always feel like I have to finish a story that I start so I am glad this one was pretty short and the chapters moved along quickly.
I was so looking forward to the next installment of this series, and I have to say I'm a bit disappointed. Another reviewer already mentioned the change in the character's accents - which annoyed me, but it was more than that.
Don't get me wrong, I generally love Patterson's books. 1st to Die and 2nd Chance are on my "must read" lists. I loved them. I guess that's why this came as a disappointment. The storyline was ok, I guess. I did finish the book, and I did enjoy it to some degree. However, the tension and suspense I felt with the first two books just wasn't there. Of course, I was very interested to see what happened to my favorite characters, and if another book is written with this group, I will read it.
All in all, I'd say if you're a fan of the "Women's Murder Club", you have to read this book. If you're just learning what this is, check out the other two first.
I really enjoyed this book. It's an easy listen. A sudden event in the beginning rocks the story and then they spend the rest of the book putting the peices back together. Good times. Thumbs up.
Love reading, hard to find the time! audible member since 2006
This is my favorite of the three Lindsay Boxer books. The subject is fascinating, and intertwining of Lindsay's personal life with work, and the descriptions of the City, are just great. My only complaint with the narration is the inconsistencies in accents - in the prior narrations Claire had a southern accent and Jill had none, it was reversed for this reading. Otherwise, I like the soothing voice and it is not overdone.
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I am becoming very suspicious of these "by James Patterson AND _______" books. Who is really writing them. I could almost hear a voice in the background saying, "We need to do another book. What shall we write about?"
Ghost written? Committee written? Just not good enough!
I Got the first four Womens' M.C. books as a package. Had I known how formulaic and uninspiring they would prove to be, I would have skipped the whole lot. Adding to my disappointment was Carolyn McCormick's narration. I LOVED her as Dr. Olivette on Law and Order in early seasons, so I really expected a good read. I was sorely disappointed. Her inflection and emphasis are so wrong so much of the time it's distracting. I recommend avoiding this book.
I have been listening to this series in sequence. All the narrators have been good, however I am happy to see the same narrator will finish out the remainder of these books.
This story had the same usual twists and equally as enjoyable as the others.