I've listened to most of the Women's Murder Club books over the past two years or so... I was really excited to get this one right off the block without waiting for my library to get it. I should have waited. I was disappopinted in the story development (or lack thereof), and just felt like it ended so abruptly. I wish I had saved my gift card. Oh, well. Live and learn.
It is has been a long time since we visited with these girls. I've missed them and was excited to hear what they have been up to over the past year or so. This story was good, but like the sexy, New York based characters in the popular cable television series, the characters (Cindy, Yuki, Claire, etc.) are aging. There does not seem to be any new material or excitement added to this story-line...unfortunately. Perhaps it was the narration. This story did not seem to be up to previous standards.
I enjoyed the narrator and the familiar characters, but the story line is but a shadow of the former books. I just finished listening to it a few days ago and I don't have any vivid images to recall. There was limited suspense in the story line and the character development was weak for both the main group and the supporting cast.
In the past I have enjoyed the series of the women murder club. But lately the books have become terrible. The story lines, forced together, truly go nowhere. Three plots, lousy at best, strung together forcibly. It feels that there's a struggle in the writer's mind whether to paint the characters in a whiny light or just plain annoying. The narrator does not help the book either. With her fake and forced intonations at every line, you are left just plain annoyed. Reading this book makes you feel like you have spent 7 hours in the company of a 5 year old spoiled brat. Most of us buy these books because we want some mystery and action, instead we are served a healthy dose of blah mundane events. The effort to depict the dichotomy in Boxer's feelings fails miserably, keeping the reader wondering where is the plot heading to and what happened to character development. I am sure that this would be the last book that I will purchase in that series. On a scale of 1-5, it scores terrible.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
Great book, everytime I thought it was close to the end, something else happened. I love the character development that brings you further into their lives. Carolyn McCormick is a great narrator, her mellow voice just makes the books flow so smoothly.
Can't wait for the next one!
I have enjoyed most of James Patterson's Murder Club books. This one didn't seem to have the edge his others had and unfortunately, the narration made it even harder to listen too. Carolyn McCormick seemed to make all the women seem whiney and week instead of strong and forces to be reckened with. It's a shame because I've been looking forward to this book.
Reading opens the mind to fascinating adventures, travel, romance and excitement. Having a book professionally read to you is a treat!
Ha! Reading another in The Women's Murder Club is like revisiting old friends that always find themselves in trouble and suffering the drama of relationships. 10th Anniversary does not disappoint and Carolyn McCormick does an awesome job of narration. Lots of intrigue, romance and suspense make this addition a must read that will keep you up til the wee hours to finish! Highly recommend!
I keep telling myself I am going to stop pruchasing his books because they are just ok and some of them downright bombs. This on was just ok. I guess I keep buying them because I keep hoping for the oId James Patterson. I guess he just keeps popping them out to get as much money as he can before he retires. Dissapointed. I wanted to take one star off but it wouldn't let me. 2 stars!
To sum it up in one word, "bland" would do it. The characters are flat, the language uninteresting, and the plot failed to hold this reader's attention. When the reader is not annoying, she is merely dull. If you're looking for something to read on the plane or the beach, this might be for you.
I really enjoyed this instalment of The Women's Murder Club. The storyline and character's were interesting. This is not brilliant writing but it is a nice light read and I look forward to te next one.