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  • 1st to Die

  • The Women's Murder Club, Book 1
  • By: James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Pat Star
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (491 ratings)

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1st to Die

By: James Patterson
Narrated by: Pat Star
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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.

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

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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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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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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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Appallingly narrated

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

I love James Patterson's books, but who on earth choose this woman to narrate it? She constantly makes wet noises with her mouth, takes deep breaths and runs out of breath in the middle of sentances. I am only 2 hours into it, intrigued by the story but don't know if I can put up with the cringe-worthy speech. Totally unconvincing character voices too. I am astounded that such a popular novelist allowed his book to be so mangled! As one of your many visually impaired readers I don't even have the choice of reading it any other way.

What did you like best about this story?

The story

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

NEVER

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

I don't watch films

Any additional comments?

Re-record it with a better narrator - please

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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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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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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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  • Nikki
  • 29-08-12

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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  • Corliss
  • 18-05-16

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-22

Irritating narrator

The story is good and quite gripping but unfortunately the narrators swallowing is really irritating. Otherwise worth listening to.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-08-22

Great story spoilt by awful narration

I think I'm going to love this series but will probably not use audio. The narrator was the most distracting narrator I have listened to. Totally spoilt the story for me

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  • Charles
  • 06-01-22

Great story poor narration

The narrator must had a cold or something because her breathing was pronounced, laboured and nasal. The story is great so I sped the narration up and couldn’t wait to see how it finished.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-03-19

Reding were terrible

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

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  • Samantha Jones
  • 30-12-18

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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  • Suzie
  • 20-10-18

gripping story

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