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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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    Lynne Milliken 05-18-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Oh dear ..."
    What would have made 1st to Die better?

    A better narrator would have improved the book. Also, I felt too much was given away early on, making it too predictable. I don't think that the female characters were well written, but maybe that was the result of the way the narrator made them sound.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not every female narrator can pull off a male voice, just as male narrators sometimes have trouble with female voices. Unfortunately, she made Chris sound awful--wooden, and sometimes even deranged (like Nicholas the writer)--awful enough that I had no idea why she would fall in love with him.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The initial idea of the newlywed murders was fairly good.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the entire thing, but it was a bit of a struggle, especially near the end. I don't think this series is for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Speener 03-06-03 Listener Since 2002
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    "Cliched and transparent"

    I will not spoil the story for you but I thought it was all pretty transparent and knew what would happen long before 4 allegedly experienced women did. The only saving grace is that the butler did not do it. I think I'm done with Patterson.

    The narration was top notch though.

    13 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Campbell 10-18-04

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    "abandon your brains, all who enter here"

    I know Patterson is a popular author. I just can't figure out why. The writing is cliched at best, hackneyed at worst. And you simply must suspend your brains and common sense to buy into the premise, let alone what passes for a plot.

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    rana 05-30-15
    rana 05-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "The narration killed it."

    The narration was over done. Too annoying. The Prologue hinted to a sad ending, as u get closer to the end you almost know what will happen. Plus by then u wonder why u bothered getting that close to the end. The only book out of over 20 i bought on Audible I did not give 5 stars. The narration was soooo bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    florence sampson 05-10-15
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    "The Narration was awful,very hard to listen to."
    Would you try another book from James Patterson and/or Suzanne Toren?

    certainly not by the same Narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was longer then necessary and sometimes boring.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Toren’s performance?

    She did not make me believe in any of the characters. The only one that sounded right and did not offend me was Lindsey.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 1st to Die?

    Not sure what would have helped, with the exception of changing the Narrator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-19-14
    Jennifer 08-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Twist after twist"

    Was this book ever a doozey. I guess I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect it to be so graphic, didn't expect such a twisted criminal mind, and certainly did not expect such tragedy. The conclusion was twist after twist, so intense I was clenching my jaw and almost falling from my perch with anxiety.
    I liked the club, the girls were portrayed well, and made for a good meeting of the minds. It was good, and though I'm not happy about all of the ending, it was at least a satisfying conclusion. I may be having disturbing nightmares about it for a while though.
    Only criticism of the narration was some slight inconsistency/lack of differentiation for some of the male voices, but it was more of a sporadic annoyance than a hindrance.
    If the whole series/other JP books are of this same tone and level of graphic-ness, I'm not sure I can handle them. It was good, just didn't put/keep me in a pleasant mood akin to what Agatha Christie or Rhys Bowen do. He writes a whole different ball game, I'll have to see if I'm up to it.

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    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-05-12
    Robert Fort Worth, TX 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It was fun but didn't leave a lasting impression.."

    The plot twists were phenomenal! The story didn't flow though, almost as though the author was trying force his plot into his preconceived notion of its interaction with the "murder club". It almost worked but not quite... That being said, it is worth a listen.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    krista New Orleans, LA, United States 08-06-04
    krista New Orleans, LA, United States 08-06-04 Member Since 2006
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    "1st To Die"

    This is my first Patterson read, and I must admit that it made painting an entire room less monotonous. I had lauded myself at length for having figured it out before the end, only to be humbled when discovering that I had not, and was happy that no one had heard my premature, self-congratulatory mutterings in the empty, but now beautifully painted room. This would be a great read for a long road trip by car, or likewise attempts at home improvement. However, had I been reading this work, I have little doubt that I would have put it down in favor of something with a bit more substance.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick Norcross, GA, USA 01-16-03
    Frederick Norcross, GA, USA 01-16-03
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    "1st to Die"

    Very Intriguing. It keep my wife awake on our trip.

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    Olivia 09-25-16
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    "Love it!"

    I absolutely enjoyed every moment of this book. The ending had me hooked for hours! Narrator is awesome too.

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