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To Die For | [Linda Howard]

To Die For

Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.
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Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.

As the media speculate on the tawdry details of the homicide and push Blair into the harsh spotlight, she locks horns with police lieutenant Wyatt Bloodsworth - he wants to lead an investigation without interference, while she is determined to probe the dead woman's life on her own.

But when someone begins to menace Blair with mounting threats, Wyatt takes notice: Was this murder indeed a lethal case of mistaken identity - and was Blair the intended victim?

©2004 Linda Howard; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 05-07-10
    SassiKassi Olympia, WA, United States 05-07-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Story is great. Narrator, not so much"

    Not your typical Linda Howard heroine. I usually hate high maintainence cheerleaders, but I actually liked Blair. She was funny, fun and smart.
    The narrator started off sounding like she was at least 70. Sounded just like my grandmother's neighbor. An old Okie woman with 12 strands of hair, missing front teeth, wearing a floral housedress everyday, support shoes and her stockings rolled down around her ankles in a donut shape. Not exactly the character you want to picture when you're reading about a beautiful, blond cheerleader. As the story progressed, the narrator's voice lost the quality of my g'ma's neighbor and I was more able to picture what Blair should look like. But in the second part of the book, that sound came back to the narrator's voice and here I was seeing Blair as a 70 yr old again. Yikes. Despite that, I still enjoyed the story and laughed much. Hope you try it for yourself.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lifelong Reader Southwest, USA 01-16-09
    Lifelong Reader Southwest, USA 01-16-09 Member Since 2008

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    "Narration too horrible to listen to"

    This is a great book, ruined by a horrible narrator. I've read the paperback versions of both of Linda Howard's books about Blair Mallory, and they are a hoot. Some time ago, I bought the audiobook for the second book in the series, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and the narrator was wonderful. Stupid me, I presumed that the narrator for the first book, To Die For, would be the same person. Big mistake. I literally couldn't listen to the narrator for To Die For more than a few sentences. She had a horrible, fake southern accent and spoke in overly dramatic tones. Even worse, her voice was thin, thready, and wobbly, which made her sound like a 70-year-old woman. Since the heroine in this book is 30, the disconnect was too awful to listen to.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Olive Branch, MS, United States 04-11-09
    Jane Olive Branch, MS, United States 04-11-09
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    "The narrator!!!"

    I wish I had read the other reviews before I wasted my credit for this one. I couldn't get past the first 20 minutes. That narrator was horrible!! I have listed to hundreds of audio books. This is the first time I just stopped before I finished the book. It may be a great story, but I'll never find out. I prefer to move on.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicola APO AP 02-07-13
    Nicola APO AP 02-07-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Gramma is that You?"

    The narrator sounds, like a very old lady ; not very comfortable listening to swearing or sex scenes being read by someone that sounds like my gramma. Linda Howard is a wonderful author; if you are willing to take the chance go for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 09-01-12
    ShySusan Somewhere in Darkest Utah 09-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Great beginning petered out"

    I liked the beginning of this book. I got a kick out of the steel magnolia personality of the main character. I was not irritated by the narrator as so many reviewers were. But as the story went on and on and oooonnnnnn....... I finally just got tired of it. The sharp repartee that was so cute in the beginning got tiring when it never let up. The hero was always acting like a jerk, and the heroine was always punishing him for it. It was funny at first but after a while I thought, "How could anybody stand to live this way?"

    One of my major gripes was that the two main characters had dated in the past, and then the hero stopped calling with no explanation. In the beginning was the promise that we would eventually find out the reason, and the reason was totally lame. Basically, the guy was just one of those jerks most of us have run into from time to time who stops calling and leaves us wondering what went wrong, instead of doing the decent thing and letting us know they are ending it.

    There is supposedly a mystery being solved, but it occupies only a small portion of the book. Mostly we just get the two main characters sparring with each other day after endless day with neither of them willing to compromise and each of them angry at the other for good reason with no resolution.

    This is not one of Linda Howard's better books. If you love her, and have read everything else, then you may want to read this one, but I wouldn't start with this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Novi, MI, United States 02-16-11
    Cynthia Novi, MI, United States 02-16-11 Member Since 2008

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    "I liked the narrator"

    Contrary to most who have review this book, I really liked the narrator. I thought she was hilarious and perfect for this character. She does have an unusual voice and I can see why some would not like it. It is high pitched but I found it realisitic. I listened to the sequel with a different narrator and did not like it nearly as much. Good listen!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Watkins Glen, NY, USA 02-24-09
    Ashley Watkins Glen, NY, USA 02-24-09
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    "Really good story, almost ruined by narrator..."

    I love all things Linda Howard, and To Die For is no exception. The story was good. The heroine did grate on my nerves in places, and this was exemplified by the narrator. Holy Moses, this woman's voice BUGGED me. If you are able to sort of distance yourself from her inflections and delivery, then it's worth a listen. If you don't think you are able to do that, I recommend devouring this one the old fashioned way....I would give 3 stars solely for the narration, but b/c I did enjoy the story I bumped it up to 4 stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 11-05-08
    Jill Tampa, FL, United States 11-05-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Disappointed"

    I love absolutely everything I have ever read by Linda Howard EXCEPT THIS BOOK!! The writing was ok but the narrator was so annoying I wanted to shoot the main character by the end of the first half. This book moved slowly but the narration made it AWFUL!!! Try any one of Ms. Howard's OTHER books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Warner Robins, GA 04-15-14
    Robin Warner Robins, GA 04-15-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Read this... don't listen!"
    What would have made To Die For better?

    I hate to be so hard on someone... but this narrator is horrible. The book is a light read, and amusing, a fun story. But this narrator makes everyone sound whinny, and ninety years old! I couldn't stand to listen! I bought the book and finished the story... to this day if I pick up that book and open it.... I hear that grating voice in my head!


    What other book might you compare To Die For to and why?

    The second book is also good, and a good narrator ... should have used her in this one.


    What didn’t you like about Franette Liebow’s performance?

    Whine, and drawn out sentences, everyone sounded like a dying cow.


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    Linda Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 01-16-14
    Linda Maple Ridge, BC, Canada 01-16-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Franette Liebow does an excellent job !!"
    What did you love best about To Die For?

    This story has humour, well drawn characters, great side bars and can be listened to more than once because you like the character's lives and it is fun to think about how to win some of the battles in a relationship and laugh while you are doing it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Blaire is the best, irritating, high maintenance, southern belle, ex-cheerleader that anyone would wish to meet.


    Which character – as performed by Franette Liebow – was your favorite?

    Franette was perfectly cast for this book. She has the perfect ladylike, yet baudy interpretation which highlights just how irritating and yet lovable Blaire can be. I think it's a shame that she isn't reading Drop Dead Gorgeous ( I like Joyce but this character is Franette's )


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

    Nope - I pretty much smiled all the way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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