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1st to Die Audiobook
1st to Die
Written by: 
James Patterson
Narrated by: 
Suzanne Toren
1st to Die Audiobook

1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club

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Publisher's Summary

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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    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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    Kristine L. Memmott Salt Lake City, UT USA 09-27-12
    Kristine L. Memmott Salt Lake City, UT USA 09-27-12 Member Since 2016

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    "This is my first James Patterson listen..."
    Would you listen to 1st to Die again? Why?

    Yes. I multi task when listening and lose some of the story so know I would pick up things I missed.


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

    I enjoyed the full read. Easy to listen to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No it was split up over a couple days while driving.


    Any additional comments?

    My husband is not a reader and does not enjoy books. He is now hooked on audible and is always wanting to discuss the stories even before I have gotten to them. Makes me excited that he is loving literature.

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    Amazon Customer 09-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting"
    If you could sum up 1st to Die in three words, what would they be?

    character driven mystery


    Any additional comments?

    sexual violence is difficult to read. Characters were dynamic though. It's a toss up.

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    gdary 08-30-12
    gdary 08-30-12

    gdary

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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love James Patterson's Alex Cross. Now, I love the Women's Murder Club as well!


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

    when I understood the title of the book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the final reveal takes place


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

    made me laugh and also cry


    Any additional comments?

    recommend it highly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James UPPER DARBY, PA, United States 08-30-12
    James UPPER DARBY, PA, United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Twists & Turns"
    If you could sum up 1st to Die in three words, what would they be?

    Suprise, Suprise, Suprise


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The bad guy. Can't think of his name because I am into another book. Sorry


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

    I am new to Audile books and love them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rashelle 08-28-12
    Rashelle 08-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Listen"
    Where does 1st to Die rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About the middle. It was a decent story and it was easy to listen to and follow.


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

    Some of the time - not always.


    What three words best describe Suzanne Toren’s voice?

    Whiny. Annoying. Irritating


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad book. A little cheesy in parts. The book was predictable but had a few twists in it so that was nice.

    It wasn't a book that I couldn't put down but it was definitely one I wanted to finish.

    Really nice that there wasn't a lot of sex or a lot of swear words.

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    Bonnie 08-19-12
    Bonnie 08-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fast-paced, suspenseful novel"

    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”.

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    Wendy VANCOUVER, WA, United States 08-19-12
    Wendy VANCOUVER, WA, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Not my thing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Narrator made poor accent choices and vocal character choices


    Would you recommend 1st to Die to your friends? Why or why not?

    I'd say to read the book if you like thrillers but skip the audiobook.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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