This book was not near as good as First to die and the lady who read it was not as good either. I'm going to give the 3rd book a try and see how good it is.
This is a pretty good story, but I did not like the narrators at all.
The first 4-5 chapters are almost painful to listen to. The reader doesn't do a very good job, However, if you are able to hold on until the sixth or seventh chapters she gets better.
She still misses the mark a bit, however there is improvment. The reader sounds excited when the character is described as calm and calm when the character should clearly be excited or alarmed. It seems that she emphasized the wrong places.
She made the lead characters seem whiny and weak. The voices she created for the characters changed to some degree throughout the book so it was a bit confusing.
She did not seem to know the story or the material prior to hitting the record button.
If this reader were reading the rest of the series, I would not choose to listen. However, since this appears to be the only one in the series that she reads, I will conitue to listen.
The story it pretty good. If you have a chance to read this one on your own, instead of the audible version, I would recommend it.
I'm really regretting this book. I enjoyed the first one, but the narrator on this book is actually making it painful to listen to. Accents, tone (or should I say monotone), interpretation are all horrendous! I enjoyed the narrator on the first book MUCH more. As for the actual writing, I can't really say as I can't get through the book to know.
Yes - I typically enjoy books by James Patterson.
Absolutely now on Melissa Leo. I was only able to listen to the first entrance of Jeremy Piven's chararchter, but the narration sounded good.
Anger at the narrator.
Not at the very top but this story really kept me interested. Different clue took different twists through the story.
The most interesting was when she visited the prison. That really kept me on edge. The least interesting was Cindy's dating life,
Jeremy Piven was born to do this. His voice was entrancing and I thought fit the character very well. Melissa Leo was OK but I could never tell which woman was speaking. I wish they would have used the first narrator again.
I can't tell, it would give too much away
Problem Solver, Storyteller, Business Doctor
I kept wanting to like this series, but just can't stomach this narrator. Her characters are indistinguishable from one another. She makes Claire sound like a paper-thin lightweight. No thanks
ok, i thought the first book in the series was pretty bad and i thought maybe it was the terrible narrator. so, i listened to the 2nd book. it was so much worse than the first book. not only was the writing elementary, (actually, that's a slam to elementary school children)but the narration was so poor i was talking back to my ipod in frustration. the california native lead character was read by an actor with an overwhelming new york accent. she was inappropriately emotional for a police homicide lieutenant, completely over emoting to the point of laughability. i caught myself rolling my eyes not only at the stupid dialog written for supposedly intelligent, powerful women but also at the extremely poor voice acting. i will never listen to anything read by this actress again. this actress was so bad, she made the first narrator (from book one in the series) seem good by comparison.
I read 1st to Die and loved it. I was thrilled to come across the next novel in the series, and this story was even better. The narrator was also better for this book.
The characters in "The Women's Murder Club" have become so endearing. I feel like they are friends of mine. They have very distinct personalities and it adds so much to the story. It's more than just a good mystery - which it is - it also held my interest in wanting to know what happens to them. Patterson is on to something with this series, and I hope it continues.
First to Die was an excellent "read" with a terrific narrator. This story was good, but the narrator detracted from the story. If time permits, read the book and skip this audio.
Patterson delivers another great work of suspenseful twists and turns so I gave it four stars (and did not penalize for the performance of the narrator). Great characters continue from "1st to Die".
Sadly, the narrator that recorded "1st to Die" did not continue on this novel. The narrators severely detract from the novel. I stuck it out because I got hooked on the plot and liked the book, but the voice & acting was annoying...sometimes even hard to make out what they were saying. Hopefully someone will give this work a second chance and re-record it. But if you like Patterson, it is still worth it.