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To Die For Audiobook

To Die For

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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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    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 Member Since 2016
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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 Jackson GA 01-06-14
    Kim Jackson GA 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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    AtlantaBabe 05-21-13
    AtlantaBabe 05-21-13
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    "Just stupid"

    Hands down the worst Linda Howard book I've read/listened to. To make matters worse the fake southern accent of the narrator is awful. A waste of money.

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    Heather United States 04-29-13
    Heather United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think there was any way to make this story enjoyable. There is no way to identify with the heroine of the story, she is spoiled, ditzy and always insists on her own way. This is one time when I didn't want the two characters to get together she was so horrid. I don't see any man putting up with a female like that!! There were definately funny parts and the story line was good but horrible female character.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator's female voice very grating.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from To Die For?

    The scene's themselves were fine just horrid interaction between the females and the hero. The also way to make this better would have been to make the heroine a decent person.


    Any additional comments?

    It should also be pointed out that this story is told in the first person for those of us that don't enjoy a story written in the first person.

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    Cole C. Brighton, MI, United States 04-20-13
    Cole C. Brighton, MI, United States 04-20-13 Member Since 2016

    Keep on reading!

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    "Good Book Bad Performace"

    My review follows many of my fellow listeners, good book but bad narration. I found Blair to be a very refreshing character in the book, a true southern bell and her relationship with Wyatt was more believable then some other books. However I did not enjoy Franette Liebow’s voice in this book... I got used to it after a while of listening but each time I stopped and then listened to the book later I had to get re-used to it again her southern accent seemed really fake to me and not believable. But overall I'd say give it a try...

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