A friend suggested the “11th Hour” by James Patterson. We listened to it first, got hooked and are now listening to the rest of the series in order.
"1st to Die" is definitely a fast-paced suspenseful novel from the first page to the end. Mr. Patterson has done a masterful job developing the characters in this series. It is somewhat surprising that a man wrote it. He has a police officer, lawyer, coroner and reporter working together to solve a murder mystery. All are female and very likable and believable characters.
The main character is Lindsey Boxer, the police officer. She not only has to find the killer, but she also is fighting a rare and potentially fatal disease. There is a romantic interest in the story but it is not overstated and gives the plot yet another twist at the very end. The murder plot is both sinister and complex and the book keep us guessing.
We liked the short chapters from different points of view. These also allowed stopping points when it was time to turn off the lights even though we hated to stop. On to book two: “2nd Chance”.
Narrator made poor accent choices and vocal character choices
I'd say to read the book if you like thrillers but skip the audiobook.
Why use an NYC accent for a SF cop? The villain's voice was just too overblown villain-y. I didn't like the way the narrator lingered over the gruesome details. As for writing -- the author completely messed up lab results for anemia. The counts were typical of low white cell counts, but NOT low red cell counts. Such a thing would be very easy to check, he should fire his medical advisor!
The story is good; however I did not enjoy the narrator's voices in this book. Just a tad bit irritating.
Yes because it is a start to a great series, Patterson seems to get wound up with this book and really gets going with the subsequent books. While they REALLY don't depend on each other it is good to start with this one.
The death of Boxer's friend
All the foul language was offensive and unnecessary for the story line.
I would recommend this book. It was little cheesy in places but it was a good read.
Boxer- she is a strong woman succeeding in this man's world.
It was okay.
Yes-it kept you guessing.
This is a good book and a great series-many of his later books in this series are much better.
Anything other than Patterson or this narrator
She makes the female characters sound like morons.
I've been listening to books from Audible for three years and this book was one of the worst pieces fiction I've had the displeasure to read. The book had WAY too much going on from deadly illness, to a crazed serial killer, to the main character's sappy love life. The narrator was extremely boring and I caught myself falling asleep and just wanting it to end. I tried to keep an open mind and finished it but it did NOT get any better through the end. I'm sorry I wasted my time on this one!!
James Patterson is not my favorite author but I do like to occasionally listen to an author that I have not read or listened to for awhile. It was ok. I think another reader may have made it a better overall experience.
It was like I was listing to a movie but no picture!
When Chris died
I could not stop listening to this book and can't wait till I hear the next one.
keeps listener intrigued
male and females sounded the same like Bronx mobsters
Author has been subjected to low quality narration