1st to Die

The Women's Murder Club, Book 1
Narrated by: Pat Star
Series: Women's Murder Club, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
3.7 out of 5 stars (37 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The 1st novel in James Patterson's Women's Murder Club series. As the only woman homicide inspector in San Francisco, Lindsay Boxer has to be tough. But nothing she has seen prepares her for the horror of the honeymoon murders, when a brutal maniac begins viciously slaughtering newlywed couples on their wedding nights. Lindsay is sickened by the deaths, but her determination to bring the murderer to justice is threatened by her own personal tragedy. So she turns to Claire, a leading coroner, Cindy, a journalist and Jill, a top attorney, for help with both her crises, and the Women's Murder Club is born.

©2001 James Patterson (P)2012 Headline Digital

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My first James Patterson and now a fan !

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd recommend the book without a doubt. It was my first James Patterson (obviously I've been living under a rock or something) and it was really good. The pace was good, story was interesting and not overly predictable.

What other book might you compare 1st to Die to and why?

For fans of Lee Child / Jack Reacher I'd give it a go. Its not of the same quality but its not a bad example of the thriller genre.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I was really distracted by the narrator. Parts were really over dramatised and the pretend sobbing just made me cringe. The pausing was inappropriate and she seemed to punctuate with loud breaths and mouth sounds. I would avoid purchasing another with her narrating.

Any additional comments?

Overall it was a good read. The writer didn't quite nail the women's friendships that were detailed within the story but its not distracting and I'd like to see how the concept of the club unfolds throughout the rest of the series.

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Good story. Annoying reader

This is a great story but the reader was so annoying - too much saliva! She kept smacking & swallowing throughout.

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Reding were terrible

Love the series the performance / recording is extremely bad! Sounds like the reader is eating while reading!

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Great story but too much saliva swirling is audible

That became all I could focus on towards the end of the book - the audible swallowing, saliva moving - it completely grossed me out!! I felt like I wanted to throw up every time I heard it, but I really wanted to find out what would happen!!!

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gripping story

I like the twists in the story. very well narrated. amazing author. what a finish.

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  • Miss
  • 03-20-16

Loved the book, hated the narrator!

What did you like most about 1st to Die?

Great book ! had me gripped, although I actually managed to guess some of the narrative, but got a nice twist at the end.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Hated the narrator - she actually made me feel sick - with the weird slurping and slapping of lips when talking. *shudder* wish i'd read the review before downloading - as I want to listen to more - but I can't have her doing that again. Why didn't the person editing say something!

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  • Lesley
  • 08-24-12

Great Story, Shame about the Narrator

James Patterson writes a brilliant story that keeps you gripped. The narrator though is off putting with the constant pausing for breath and swallowing saliva is making me think twice about downloading the other murder club books.

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  • Mrs Marion D Westlake
  • 09-20-17

Reader

The reader needs to work on breath control. Too many gasps at beginning of sentences. Distracting and annoying.

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  • MAVIS
  • 06-10-15

shame about the narrator

Would you consider the audio edition of 1st to Die to be better than the print version?

only use audible

Have you listened to any of Pat Star’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As the heading says, shame about the narrator. I found her continual swallowing (it sounded as if she was slurping a drink) very annoying and off putting. If the story had not been so good I would have given up after the 3rd chapter.

Any additional comments?

Great story, gripping to the end as expected from James Patterson. The introduction of the characters was very normal. Would have been better to have got the book.

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  • Diana
  • 08-04-16

The most irritating narrator

Enjoyed the story but found the "breathy" "gulping" narrator extremely irritating and ruined the whole experience. I would of loved to listen to more but I will read the next few books instead

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  • Caroline
  • 04-09-13

1st to Die: The Women's Murder Club, Book 1

A good story, well written. Excellent characters. As with all audio books, different narrators have different styles. I find once I become used to the narrator, I can lose my self in the book very easily. I shall be looking to download the next in the series.

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  • jessica
  • 04-20-16

Loud inhaling!

It's all I can hear now! It's never really happened before. The book is good, it's a shame.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-24-17

1st to die is 1st class .

absolutely compulsive listening. if I had any criticism it is the narrator kept taking a loud deep breath which was annoying

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  • Pam
  • 07-13-15

Loved it

Absolutely loved Pat Stars narration of the book, good story well told, looking forward to reading more from the series

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  • Natalie
  • 05-18-15

James Patterson at his best

Great James Patterson mystery, keeps you guessing until the end! Likeable characters with good development which adds to the plot

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-09-18

Hard to listen to

I should have read the previous reviews before purchasing this book. The narrator is very hard to listen to. The gasping and mouth noises are very off putting. At times I couldn’t concentrate on what she was reading because of the breathing and gum smacking. Does anyone listen to these before they are released for sale?

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  • Anne C.
  • 05-24-14

Hard to listen to

Would you try another book written by James Patterson or narrated by Pat Star?

I think the actual story has potential but unfortunately I wont be finishing the book as I find the narrator difficult to listen too. Her heavy breathing is very off putting and makes it difficult to listen to for long periods of time.

What was one of the most memorable moments of 1st to Die?

None really, as it is difficult to get into.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pat Star’s performances?

Not really, perhaps if she sits away from the microphone so her breathing doesn't distract from the narrating.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes, the plot is good, the characters well formed.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-19

1st to die JP

the reader had a frustrating breath in take. and the book got a bit garbled digitally in places.

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  • Samantha Seppings
  • 12-13-19

Mouth Noises from Pat Star cringeworthy

If it wasn't for such a good story line I would not have finished this book. The Noises Pat Star makes with her lip smacking and denture movement were aweful and ruined listening to this book

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  • Floyd_6
  • 11-19-19

A great story badly narrated.

The story was great but the narrator was awful. I struggled to listen to her heavy breathing, lip smacking and gulping throughout. I felt like throwing my phone when she continually over did the reading. I won't be buying another unless the narrator is changed.

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  • Victoria
  • 08-31-19

so hard to listen

I really enjoyed the story but struggled with the "wet mouth" sounds the narrator made. it made me wince on more than one occasion and I really considered stopping several times. I enjoyed the story even if it was a overly girl power.

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  • Susan Johnson
  • 04-29-16

first audio book.

The first James Patterson novel I've ever read and I must say, I was expecting more. I liked how easy it was to read but some of the female characters were a little predictable and stereotyped. The crime wasn't quite interesting enough to make it great but just enough so I kept reading. There was a major plot hole. I'm not sure why a proofreader didn't pick it up, but over all the story wasn't too bad. A nice easy read.

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  • sue in sydney
  • 08-16-20

Great story

We thoroughly enjoyed the story and it kept us guessing to the end. The narrator took a bit of getting used to,we found her voice a little irritating.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-29-20

Great story

This is a good story if you can ignore the narrative she has a loud annoying intake of breath.

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  • Michelle
  • 07-07-20

Good story - horrible mouth noises

I really enjoyed this story but the audio reading was hard to listen to. She was great with the voices and was clear and well spoken however the gasping and swallowing noises did my head in. It was like listening to someone exercising and chewing at the same time. Yuck - hope this improves in the next recording or I might not see my way through this series. Maybe this is one to read instead of listen too!