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Murder Is a Debate

Narrated by: Jennifer O'Donnell
Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Nora and her two best friends, Liv and Nina, aren’t like most people. Nora is the private school kid - the rich girl, though everyone hates her. Liv and Nina attend the run-down public school on the opposite side of town where the football team is a solid two and the art department was shut down due to funding. Their worlds should have never collided, but they had one common factor that brought them together: murder.

In an online mystery chat room, the three girls meet and decide to form the Murder Club. Each week, one of the girls must come up with a murder scenario for the other two to solve. It’s fun. It’s active. It’s also deadly.

When one of Nora’s classmates ends up dead, she’s suspicious of her new friends. His death mirrors the very same scenario Nora came up with in their previous meeting. As clues emerge, pointing more definitively at the members of the Murder Club, Nora begins digging for her own clues, bringing fantasy to reality. Could Liv and Nina be involved, and if so, why?

They were all curious. Was one of them too curious?

©2019 Brandy Nacole (P)2019 The Audio Flow, LLC

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Loved this murder mystery!

The only reason I’m giving this book 4 stars is because I didn’t really care for the narrator as much. I’m not saying she did a terrible job or anything, just sounded a bit monotone. Other than that, the book was really good! I literally had no idea that the actual killer would be who it ended up being.. Looks like being a detective needs to be scratched off my list of possible careers 😅 If you wanna get stumped, you should definitely check this book out!

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I loved it!

This was my first Brandy Nacole's book. I liked it! Nora and her friends, Liv and Nina, meet in an online mystery chat room and they decide to form a fictional Murder Club. The mystery begins when a scenario imagined by Nora happens for real. The storyline is well written, original, and intriguing, with an unpredictable ending. I found it captivating to try to guess who was the murderer. The mystery is well built, and unfold at a great pace. I love the family spirit and the friendship in this story. Jennifer O'Donnell did a great job with the narration. She has a beautiful voice, easy to understand. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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Not My Taste

Murder is a Debate sets up an interesting story. Nora runs a murder club with her friends from the pure side of town. They don't actually do murders, they solve fictional ones they crate for fun. But the fun ends when Nora makes her story a little too personal and creates the death of a fellow classmate, The next day Nora finds out that person has dies in just the way she wrote. Nora must handle the debate team, high school and the police in this who done it.
I had conflicting opinions on the narrator. I did not like her voice as narration. It was too hard for the content. But I did like how she read the parts for the other characters. It was some good voice acting.
The story set up is good and I had high hopes. But they were probably too high. I didn't expect the most exciting parents just to be told to me instead of shown. The book spends most of the time obsessed with the sister's mental illness and many a flippant comment about being "crazy" and "insane." I assume that this was too take a deep look at psychopathy and murders but all it did was continue the idea that those with mental illness are violent and worth being afraid of. This is where the story lost me.

A good set up but poorly excited, Murder is a Debate has no true depth and an unsatisfying ending.
I received a copy from the author for review; all opinions are my own.

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Wow

Good book to listen to. Couldn't put it down. Loved it so much. Highly recommend it. Five star audio book.

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a clever whodunit

Clever murder-mystery that also touches on anxiety, siblings, first loves and social circumstances in this coming of age story.

A refreshing protagonist, a murder club, awkward firsts and plenty of suspense. The author kept me guessing as someone tries to frame the protagonist for the murders.

Narrator Jennifer O'Donnell did a fantastic job of capturing these young characters and their emotions. Her tone and inflections added to the suspense.

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  • S. Cole
  • OKLAHOMA CITY, OK
  • 09-28-19

Murder Mystery Club

Wow this book kept me on my toes the entire time. I can't believe how it ended. This was a great murder mystery. I liked how it started as a club. Then someone committed the murder in real life. I recommend this book.

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A fun romp with the debate

I really enjoyed this book. The main character had an interesting view on the world and her classmates. Her family dynamic was definitely present and you could see how this affected her. Though I liked how close she was with her sister and the fact she did struggle with loving her sister but hating the mental illness and how much of a struggle it made her sisters life. There were times when I wanted to shake some sense into her about who she doubted but I could understand why it was so hard for her to trust people. I loved her friends in the. Murder club and seeing how much they were fascinated by it and how they used their passion to try to understand what had happened. And I enjoyed getting to watch her get closer to people as time went on and she came more of her shell becoming more confident in herself. I didn’t see some of the twists coming which made this even more fun more me. I am curious to see what might happen next for these characters. There is no debate about the fact that I enjoyed this audio book.

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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Whodunnit

Well, I binged that in two days.

This is a murder mystery story with some classic elements. Namely, the main character is innocent, but the evidence seems to point to them to the point that the main character starts to question themselves.

Nora and her friends Liv and Nina run what they call The Murder Club. Each week one of them creates a fictitious murder that the other two must solve. It's all fun and games, until someone starts turning Nora's "murders" into reality.

Certain the murderer is trying to frame her, Nora starts on her own personal investigation to unmask the killer.

I found the narrator to be very good. When it comes to audio, the narrator can make or break the story for the listener and this one made it. Every character has a distinct personality that you can hear in both the writing and their voice.

The author gives you just enough information that you can start guessing at who's the murderer, but I'm telling you right now, unless murder mysteries are your passion, you probably won't guess who it is before the big reveal. I certainly didn't.

And if The Murder Club were a real thing, I'd love to join. Just, maybe with less actual murder.

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Wow

What a ride! We didn't know who was behind it all until right at the end. The not knowing was gripping for sure! It could have been any number of people. I was on the edge of my seat for sure!

Jennifer O'Donnell did an amazing job with narrating. Her voice was perfect for this part.

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  • AS
  • 10-08-19

I’m Not The Target Audience, So Maybe It’s Just Me

This book didn’t do it for me. There’s nothing wrong with the writing or the storyline, but I couldn’t deal with the main character. She seems to be almost hyperventilating every five minutes, and it is exhausting. I know what it’s like to have some anxiety and panic, but this was too dramatic and sometimes caused her to do things like leave home for several hours without taking her phone. I have never known a teenager that would go anywhere without her phone, but it’s been a long time since I was a teenager myself. I would be happy to listen to any other books by this author, just not one with the same main character.