Master of suspense James Patterson continues the Women's Murder Club series with this sequel to 1st to Die.
The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is.
Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. Each of the victims had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay's heart.
The partners in the Women's Murder Club deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can't be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.
©2002 James Patterson, All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group
"As with Patterson's best novels, the surprises keep coming until the final pages." (Booklist)
If this was a decent novel to begin with, the narration ensured that I would ever know. The whiny voice, exaggerated diction and overemphasis without relevance to the action distracted from the text and made listening a painful process, like a finger nail on a chalkboard.
The only way I could get thru the melodramatic narration was to imagine this as a take-off from Saturday Night Live on a detective show - reminded me of that bad acting by William Shatner on his detective show - people (and I hope cops) just don't talk this way. But if you think of it as a spoof - it is quite funny.
Even more than the previous volume of the series, 1st to Die, I found 2nd Chance an intriguing story brought to its knees by narration so amateur and ill-dramatized as to be very unpleasant listening. I finally forced myself to listen to the last twenty minutes to hear the ending.
If this was a stand alone story or the first in a series it would be a much better story, but the fact that Mr. Patterson forgets so much of the history of the first book detracts from the main character, Lindsay Boxer. While the story itself is solid and has its twists, as it should, like any good story, I find that I was disappointed with the characters more and more as the story went on. Characters that are supposed to the the brightest in the city are missing glaring clues and not doing simple things to catch the bad guy. Now I realize that some of these simple things would make a "bad read", so I do not hold that against Mr. Patterson, but ,without revealing a "spoiler", no one picked up on Lindsay's savior (By the time you get to it, you'll already figure it out!).
If I could have given this story a three and a half, I would have, but since I have enjoyed other pieces of Mr. Patterson's work before, I decided to give him a "true 2nd Chance." The first book in the series I really enjoyed, this book is a mild let down, hopefully a third book in the series will be forthcoming to see if this will be a series that I will continue enjoy.
Why don't producers of audio books make the narrators audition before signing contracts? I agree with the reviewer who said it was the worst narration ever. If the producers of these books aren't familiar with the work of narrators like Barbara Rosenblatt and Jim Dale, they should not be in the business. I hate wasting my money on books that could be better narrated by a third grader. The story is OK but not as good as the first. It would have been more enjoyable if there had been some decent narration. Is this woman really an actress? Did she listen to her own narration? It boggles the mind.
I have to agree with the mediocre reviews of this book BUT I still enjoyed it.
Patterson's "airplane book" style writing is particularly appropriate for an audio book. There aren't a lot of characters to keep track of and the plot jumps along quickly. You could do worse, that's for sure.
It was good enough I'm going to use my BasicListener credit on 3rd Degree.
Patterson's tales are always hard to put down and this is no exception. Twists and turns, a fast pace and a great heroine.
The female narrator's über-dramatic reading was so annoying that I almost stopped halfway through.
I think James was drunk when he wrote this book. The story is good but it's terribly written and read. The narrator cannot make up her mind whether she is reading a poetry book or a murder mystery. "1st to Die" was pretty good though.
This was the worst narration of any audio book I have tried to date! I couldn't get past the first 4 chapters. Sorry, Melissa, you should stick to acting.
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