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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Jen 02-25-15
    Jen 02-25-15 Member Since 2013
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    What disappointed you about To Die For?

    Story was good but I can't finish it because I cannot listen to that narrator for another minute.


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    Leah369 10-27-14
    Leah369 10-27-14 Member Since 2014

    Nicole

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    "LOVE the book, hate the Narrator's accent"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love this author and story. It's always worth listening to time and time again. I had already read the book when I purchase the much beloved audio book.


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

    I would say this book reminds me of a mix of Elizabeth Lowell and Janet Evanovich. You have a mix of good humor and suspense.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I can't say how much I HATED the narrator's southern accent. I had read this book multiple time and never picked up on such a thick southern accent. The book is set in North Carolina NOT southern Georgia! I've seen that they have a different narrator for the second book in the series, one can only hope they have made the much needed improvement.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A more truthful North Carolina accent!


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    Anastasia Lester Peachtree City, GA United States 10-03-14
    Anastasia Lester Peachtree City, GA United States 10-03-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Not The Best Use of Time"
    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Franette Liebow?

    I actually enjoy most of Linda Howard's books. Of all the ones I've read previously, I didn't care much for the one about the man-eating bear because it was so gruesome, but THIS one was borderline awful. The voice of the narrator sounded WAY too old to be a woman in her late twenties to early thirties... it sounded more like the mother of the main character. In addition, Ms. Howard did not make the main character very likeable. In every single chapter, she was pouting, rude, condescending and just generally got on my nerves. I found myself literally saying 'oh, shut up' out loud when Blair was griping and complaining.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The reason that I picked up this book is because the next Linda Howard book that I want to read is some sort of "follow-up" to this one. When I read the reviews of the next book, it was recommended that I read To Die For first... in my opinion, that was terrible advice. I simply suffered through this book and couldn't wait for it to be done so that I wouldn't have to listen to that voice or hear any more of Blair's little hissy fits.


    How could the performance have been better?

    In my opinion, the narrator needs to SOUND younger. I don't mind the Southern drawl (although that gets old after a couple of hours), but the cracking voice and the high pitched wails just don't sound like anyone who is supposed to be around 30. I'd be willing to bet that if you selected a different narrator, more people would enjoy the book - or at least tolerate the main character a little better.


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

    The basic story was a good one and I enjoyed how the relationship between the two main characters developed. Ms. Howard does a great job at developing the characters so that the reader feels as if s/he actually knows the person.


    Any additional comments?

    I sure do hope that the next Linda Howard book is SO much better than this one... and I do not think that I will ever be able to listen to this narrator again. Sorry.

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    BookishBeauty 09-20-14
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    "Narration was so disappointing"
    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Franette Liebow?

    I own this in paperback, Ebook and now audio. I read the story at least once every year-that's how much I adore it. But, if I could return the audio book I would in a heartbeat. The narrator sounds nothing like the real Blair Mallory would. She sounds years more...mature, and the southern accent is cringe-worthy. I'm a southern woman myself, I know. The forced high pitched voice, accent and extremely fast talking make the story so difficult to understand. It makes me sad.


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    Jacki CA 08-12-14
    Jacki CA 08-12-14 Member Since 2010

    Time spent commuting passes by much easier listening to books. I prefer romance books but I do enjoy other books as well.

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    "I Love This Book It's A Repeat Listener for Me"
    Where does To Die For rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks at the top of my list because I've listened to it multiple times. It's fun and funny and leaves me feeling like smiling.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Die For?

    The laughs. I also like the way Blair pretends to be the dumb blonde when it suits her but that she is really far from being a dumb blonde. I really enjoy the way two leads interact with each other.


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

    I have. She's been great in both of the books I've heard her perform. I thought Franette's performance was great. She made the characters all sound just like the people I know from that area and she brought each character to their own light. The sass she gave Blair was perfect and the exasperation for Wyatt was just what you would expect. You could feel how much he loved her but at the same time wanted to put her over his knee too. LOL She made all the characters seem real. Making it seem like you were right there with them.


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

    Yes, but at the same time, I didn't want it to end. Which is why I love the second book, Drop Dead Gorgeous just as much as this one


    Any additional comments?

    This is just an all around good book. If you are looking for something fun to read/listen to, that will leave you smiling....You won't go wrong with this one.

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    Robin 04-15-14
    Robin 04-15-14
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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
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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.


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    Kim COVINGTON, GA, United States 01-06-14
    Kim COVINGTON, GA, United States 01-06-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful Story...Laugh Out Loud Funny"
    Would you consider the audio edition of To Die For to be better than the print version?

    I thought the same thing about the narrator when I first started listening, "Is she an old woman?" But as the book went on you got use to her voice, it is a little odd, but could only laugh at how funny she made spoiled little Blair sound. It was exactly how I pictured Blair. After listening to this first one and growing to love the southern, spoiled tone of her voice it made the second book almost, well boring. The southern accent turned into a country hick sound and you lost that sassy, cute southern girl that you loved so much in To Die For. If you listened once and gave this book a bad review because of the narrator, I say give it another go and really get to know Blair. Listen to how funny she is when she's laying in the parking lot and can't control what is coming out of her mouth. This book is a must read as far as I'm concered and I couldn't wait to hear more of Blair in the second book. That narrator did not capture Blair and I ended up having to get to know a total different character. Please try to stay with the same Narrator through a whole series. It would make for a truer story.


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

    She made Blair real.


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

    I laughted out loud. Not many books can do that.


    Any additional comments?

    Stay true to your characters and keep the same narrator thought a series.

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    Chelan Clason 08-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "is this narrator a joke???"
    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Franette Liebow?

    I love Linda Howard, but it is PAINFUL to listen to this narrator!! I'm honestly angry right now because I can't even finish the first chapter because her voice is like nails on a chalkboard! Is she TRYING to sound like a nervous 90 year old lady???


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    don't know! can't finish!!


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Franette Liebow?

    ANYONE!


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    Music Lover 05-21-13
    Music Lover 05-21-13

    Your mileage may vary

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    "Very funny and good plot twists"

    I almost didn't keep going after the first few minutes, but once I got accustomed to the narrator who sounds way too old to be reading as a 30yo it was hilarious. The second book (Drop Dead Gorgeous) narrated by Joyce Bean sounds better for the character.

    I ended up really enjoying the first person point of view and the "insights" she gives about how to argue with a man and so forth are laugh out loud funny. This would make a great weekend read.

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