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1st to Die Audiobook

1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

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Four women - four friends - share a determination to stop a killer who has been stalking newlyweds in San Francisco. Each one holds a piece of the puzzle: Lindsay Boxer is a homicide inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, Claire Washburn is a medical examiner, Jill Bernhardt is an assistant D.A., and Cindy Thomas just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.


But the usual procedures aren't bringing them any closer to stopping the killings. So these women form a Women's Murder Club to collaborate outside the box and pursue the case by sidestepping their bosses and giving one another a hand.


1st to Die is the start of a blazingly fast-paced and sensationally entertaining new series of crime thrillers.

©2001 by James Patterson; All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

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    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-25-13
    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 04-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A Female version of Alex Cross books!"
    Where does 1st to Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great read and a wonderful beginning to the Women's Murder Club. 1st to Die is suspenseful, funny and sad all at once. I wanted to listen to it all in one day!


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    Stacey Z. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-12-13
    Stacey Z. Thousand Oaks, CA, United States 04-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "1st to Hook Me on James Patterson!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story, as told by Lindsey Boxter, engages you from the "who dunnit"? Of the first "Bride and Groom Murder" thru the capture, prosecution, and even time to get to know quite a bit about our heroine, Ms. Lindsey Boxter, one tough, bad-ass cop working with a small, select team in San Francisco Police Department in Homicide. We meet her best friend, the medical examiner, Claire. One tough cookie reporter looking to work her way up in the newspaper, San Francisco Chronicler, she reports for, the sweet but resilient, Cindy. And last but not least, the Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt.
    These four smart, professional, independent woman friends already, start sharing advice with each other, for their ears only, to try and figure out who is committing these heinous"Bride and Groom Murders" and unofficially adopt the name for themselves of, "The Women's Murder Club" and thru each of their professions are able to bring just one more piece to the mystery of solving these crimes..
    Oh yeah! Least I forget, Lindsey's love life, in the form of a hairy brown four legged, boxer terrier named Martha, Lindsey's companion, and a good listener, for the rare times this women gets some sleep!
    This was my first James Patterson novel thru AUDIBLE, I just bought "7th Heaven" the SEVENTH NOVEL OF "THE WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB", because as my review as named, 1st to Die is the First to HOOK ME ON JAMES PATTERSON AND "THE WOMEN'S MURDER CLUB", and that ain't fiction!!
    Hope my review is of help to you in your decision making today..
    Stacey


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    From the opening to the end, this is one engaging story of murder, mystery and friendships along the way of four great women.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My first!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You will be the "1st" to admit you were glued to your seat! 1st to Die! Are you ready?


    Any additional comments?

    I'm on my 7th in the series from Audible on this wonderful series"The Women's Murder Club" and I love to hear in each additional book how the characters fill out even more, we learn their lives, their secrets, and share in their heartache... I'm so happy the series just keeps on going and going, because a lot of writers consider a "series" to be MAYBE four books, but usually three.. And as I've mentioned, I'm on number SEVEN! In six stories the characters lives have developed so much, the people they work with regularly, I an actually picturing each one in my head as the stories progress, and nothing is sweeter than that, as a reader, at least in my opinion!

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    M.W. 03-26-13
    M.W. 03-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Nothing Too Exciting"

    I won't be looking for more of the "women's murder club." This book was ok, but certainly nothing to get excited about. The female detective that has to deal with male chauvinism, the seemingly flakey reporter looking for her big break. In all, the characters were formula, as was the plot.

    It seems like the extremely prolific authors (and I put Patterson in that category) fall back on the same formula over and over again. Don't expect anything new here.

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    Bret 03-24-13
    Bret 03-24-13
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    "Great story!!"

    This is the first James Patterson book that I have ever listened to an I really enjoyed it!

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    Laurel Lancaster, NY, United States 01-19-13
    Laurel Lancaster, NY, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would say that this is one of the best books ever.....
    I would recommend this book to many people friends.


    What does Suzanne Toren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    narration was great.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

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    Amazon Customer 01-08-13
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    "Not Impressed"
    Would you ever listen to anything by James Patterson again?

    I love James Patterson. I was so disgusted by this narrators voice that it ruined the story for me. Aside from the voice I thought the story line to be confusing. One minute you thought the story was about the killer, then he dissappeared and it was about the women officer and her wants and needs and then it was about the "murder club" filled with "women of power". I hated listening to this book, it was personally a waste of my time. Then at the end where her "Lover" died was just too much.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Suzanne Toren?

    Ron Mclarty could have done a better job as a women than Suzanne. Sorry Suzanne, your voice reminded me of someone who smokes 2 packs of cigarettes a day, so trying to think of you as sexy and having sex totally did not do anything for me except ruin this whole story for me.


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    Sylvia New Castle, PA, United States 12-10-12
    Sylvia New Castle, PA, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2013

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    "a non stop listener"
    Where does 1st to Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I was very pleased with this first book in this series. I had to order the second one to see if its just as good. Havent got to start it yet though.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 1st to Die?

    The ending is what surprised me- cant say no more.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    The person who is the killer or maybe is the killer, who knows? Read and find out for yourself


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No laughing or crying, just suspense.


    Any additional comments?

    I had to read this in my car at times. I had to see what would happen next.

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    Donna Kihei, HI, United States 12-03-12
    Donna Kihei, HI, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great detective story"
    What made the experience of listening to 1st to Die the most enjoyable?

    I enjoy detective stories and this one did not disappoint. The is the first of the Women's Murder Club I have read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the twists and turns of James Patterson's story the best. You could guess, but never really know what would happen next.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    Ms Toren's ability to perform the various characters with just the right amount of drama made this audible book suspenseful and believeable


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was totally surprised by the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like mysteries, you will like this one.

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    Kay 10-19-12
    Kay 10-19-12
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    "Fun read"

    This was my first Patterson book to "read". I know, I'm a little late to the party on this, but at least I finally got started.
    I found the story to be well-written, easy to follow, and easy to start and stop. (I listened to this over a weekend while traveling).
    Characters were believable and and the story was plausible. The narrator did a great job with intonation and switching character voices throughout.
    I was impressed with the book and plan to read another once I see one on sale. :-)
    I recommend it, if you are on the fence about trying it out. Try it!

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    Tom C 10-08-12
    Tom C 10-08-12
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    "Hard to recommend"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Fortunately I didn't start the series with this book; if I had I would have missed the entertainment of the rest of the series.Usually the first in a series is a standout and the rest try to live up to expectations. Not so in this case. Due to random circumstances, this was the fourth book in the series that I listened to, . Since I liked the ones that I had listened to so far in the series, I thought I should review the beginning to see if I had missed any inside information. Patterson must have gotten a consultant after this one, because as I said, "I would have stopped right here if it had been my first experience with the series".The premise of the plot is ok, but the glaring oversights, of these "top of their field" professionals, to facilitate the late identification of the perpetrator is most frustrating. Like Kevin Costner in JFK, I kept saying "Ask the question!" or "Do your job!". The plot twist at the end feels entirely contrived to prolong the pain and possibly redeem the story, but the scenarios presented in the body of the plot don't support it. It feels tacked-on out of desperation.The human interest inserts could have come straight from a Harlequin Romance. Close to pornography and totally irrelevant to the story, this aspect has been really toned down in the succeeding books.The over the top man-hating women's lib subplot was distracting and often disgusting. This was also toned down substantially in the rest of the series that I have read so far. I did find this aspect interesting from a purley analytical point of view, and somewhat conflicting, because all of the principles had obviously benefited from Affirmative Action to get where they were. That is, promoted over others with more experience and demonstrated competency. According to the prevelent philosophy presented as undeniable fact in this book, all of the male management chain including those that had promoted these women to their current positions and supported their careers, are evil and stupid, how does that work? This aspect of the book was a major irrelevent distraction.If you have a burning need to read the first of the series then go ahead. You will want to have your finger on the fast-forward button because it does help and you won't miss anything except Oh Oh Oh, and all men are stupid and evil. There is no carry-over information from this book that adds anything to the rest of the series.I recommend, "Give it a Pass".


    If you’ve listened to books by James Patterson before, how does this one compare?

    Way sub-par.


    Have you listened to any of Suzanne Toren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This review does not reflect on her. She does an admirable job of presenting a substandard piece of work.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Major disappointment.


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