The women's murder club series continues to portray strong female characters dealing with personal and professional ambitions, but not at the expense of the intensity of the story. Lindsay and her cohorts struggle with balancing professional boundaries with friendships as well as the whole marriage-kids-career triad. The story itself is intense and eery, and took a twist I didn't see coming.
The moment that they saw the arrangement for the first time was pivotal to the rest of the story. Don't want to give away the story, so that's all I'm gonna say:)
I didn't care for January LaVoy's performance at all. Her accents were weak and inconsistent at best. Having listened to a number of the women's murder club stories by Carolyn McCormick, I developed an expectation of her voice and performance as the expression of Lindsay Boxer, etc. LaVoy is a weak substitute.
The story itself was not bad. It had potential to be very good in fact. However, the narrator made it a chore for me to just listen for a bit. No emotion, monotone. What has happened to Maxine? If I wanted to sleep through a book this would be the one. I should have loaded to Kindle and read it!
I'm not sure. May wait for next one through library that way I can test drive!
No emotion, monotone. Felt like being in a dental chair! What has happened to Maxine? Used to be great listening to this series. Perhaps a new narrator?
None. The characters are still good.
Mystery and Thriller reader sometimes a touch of romance doesn't hurt.
The under plot of the pregnancy and cheating. There was no least interesting.
No extra comments.
This narrator really wasn't bad. But I've been hearing Carolyn McCormick do all the voices through the whole series. I would say it was equal to tuning into a favorite TV show to find that they'd subbed out all the main characters. I was confused about who was talking when. Carolyn McCormick's voice is Lindsay Boxer to me, as she the books are read from her point of view.
After listening to the first 10, this didn't feel the same to me. Not sure if it was the narrator or the fact that the story was shorter. Definitely prefer Carolyn McCormack, she seems more Lindsay Boxer to me.
It is the story quality I have come to expect, but Carolyn McCorkmick has given true voice to the characters for so long that a critical element of the recording is missing. The overall experience is lacking and distracting without defined voices of the characters. Ms. Lavoy seems new to the role of narrator so it is sometimes difficult to discern which character is speaking. I was so excited about 11th Hour, but now I find I am equally disappointed.
We listen to books as I am preparing dinner and afterwards as we relax. While the male half of this duo loves Steven King books, he likes the fact that this book did not take us days to get through and thus held his interest. The shorter chapters and the fact that the chapter numbers were announced followed by a pause became a plus for both of us. That way we could stop the book were convenient while working in the kitchen.
This was our first Patterson book and we both found the book to be very good with its many twists and turns. We liked the surprise ending especially in the “skull” case.
What we did not like was the way Lindsey cut off her husband, Joe, at the knees when she thought there was infidelity. A trained officer would have done interrogation and research. I know she is pregnant but… she still did this with her job.
Since this is our first Patterson book, we have no comparison between his original reader and this new one. That said, we both thought this narrator did an excellent job with the many voices. We had no trouble understanding who was speaking.
Say something about yourself!
I can compare this to the last WMC books and it is an improvement over the last 3 which were VERY predictable. This one had enough twists to keep me interested.
As far as narration, the change to Ms. LaVoy didn't make a difference to me due to the length of time between WMC releases.
I can compare this to the last few Patterson books and say the same...finally, a book I wanted to finish. Guilty Wives was intriguing then became easy to figure out "who done it", The last Alex Cross, put me to sleep...literally. Once I read "Postcard Killers" and "Private", I have had no interest in the rest of the "Private" series.
I don't like writing this review. My husband introduced me to Mr. Patterson 15 years ago. There has been a decline in the storytelling over the years, and it is that fan dedication that keeps me coming back, only to be disappointed.
Beach Road is by far my favorite, and Suzzanne's Diary for Nicolas made me cry. Early Alex Cross, amazing!! When the wind blows is the true beginning of the Maximum Ride stories and they really brought you in and wonder what kinds of secret experiments are going on out there.
I felt the genius that is Mr. Patterson return in the first Michael Bennet book. With the exception of 'Private series' I will remain a fan and continue his series books and summer reads (individual titles usually released in summer, I call them), in hopes they get better.
I've said it before, Maybe 11-12 books a year shouldn't be the goal, but good quality story telling, please Mr. Patterson.
Oh, and thank goodness Daniel X is finished....no good words about that set.
This book is entertaining and if you have read the other 10 books it is about the same.
No surprise in the ending, similar to other Women's Murder Club books.
Carolyn McCormick OWNS the voices of these characters! I anticipated this book for months, only to be disappointed. January LaVoy isn't a bad narrator, but the fact that her voices were non-character-specific ruined the book for me.
When the character voices have been defined throughout a series, I anticipate the "sound" of the specific character. I had to back up several times when I got "lost" in the dialogue.