I definitely won't listen to this reader again. The voices were awful, and she emphasized unimportant words and syllables
The story was pretty good, though a little slow-moving for audio. As a full on geek, some of the computer stuff had me rolling my eyes. The technology inaccuracies could be forgiven, considering the book was published so long ago.
Part of the time. A few plot holes, but nothing major.
The voices were awful, and she emphasized unimportant words and syllables
Not on audible version
Not really,but may have been lack of talent of narrator
Totally missed proper inflections - a grade schooler learning to read might have done a better job! This woman should not be allowed to ruin another book for anyone!
Have always enjoyed Cornwell's books, but will never listen to another narrated by C.J.Critt- what a shame:(
I expected much more. The characters are well designed, and it is nice to follow them through the series. However, the story got bogged down with - I'm not sure what. But at times I was just waiting for it to get going. Then the ending was extremely disappointing. It was just 'there'. Oh well, I will try again, I usually enjoy her work.
No - it dragged on and didn't seem to get anywhere.
I love the Scarpetta series, but couldn't hold out to the end on this one. Very little substance.
narrator just didn't cut it first of all. Just not believable and voice didn't do justice to the characters. I think the author is either a failed or former doctor/ME. She seems to have a love of the subject and therefore insists on inflicting upon readers endless technical details that aren't entirely germane. Just too many details. This issue plagues most of these Cornwell "bones" books. The story lines sound really interesting but then just frustrate me with bad narrators and/or excessive technical detail, medical jargon, extraneous info. I understand some background is necessary. But the author is either desperate to let us know how learned she is or just boring. Harsh i know. But I've given her several reprieves and each time I've had to seriously labor through her books. If I hadn't used a credit and the story line weren't so intriguing i probably would have just called it quits.
And characters may bring out range of emotions but I really just wanted to smack Kay Scarpetta character this time around. She is simply just irritating, whiny and annoying - and not in an endearing "character-in-a-book" way. Just beware. If you don't love this author, this series may be trying.
If this had been my first exposure to the Kay Scarpetta stories or to Patricia Cornwell, it would have been my only exposure. I had read (on paper) some of these stories years ago, and remembered the main character fondly. I wish I had read the other reviews before I bought this one. As others have stated, the narrator was more distracting and even annoying than any failings in the story. I wondered how the publishers even let this get past their quality control people. But, I was determined to get through it. Unfortunately, I found the author just as distracting and annoying. This was written many years ago, when the technology in computers and the Internet were still quite limited, so much of her descriptions can be attributed to the passage of time and growth of the industry. But, it is very clear now, with the audience having a much better understanding of it, that when this book was written the author was not as knowledgeable as we were supposed to believe. Like so many other authors, Ms. Cornwell did a lot of technology "name dropping", and then had to take the time to explain to the presumably ignorant public what she was referring to. After a bit, I found this just grating, condescending. It tended to use up a lot of words, which I suspect was part of the intent. The story was not convincing at all. In what world do we live where a state-level medical examiner can become so deeply involved in the workings of federal agencies? Those turf wars are fierce. It just came across as not credible. In fact, I found myself distracted so much by these incongruences that I could not find the time to be annoyed by the narrator and certainly not to find anything in the story to be able to say I enjoyed it. I suggest that IF you want to "read" this book, you do it from a paperback. At least you will be able to judge the author's success or failures based on HER work alone. As for me, I will probably not bother with Kay Scarpetta any longer. That well has been poisoned for me.
I started listening to this one today and I just don't think I can stay with it long enough to finish, there is just too much verbiage. The story seems slightly forced and the performance by CJ Critt is too 'prissy'. So far her delivery is nowhere near a comfortable pace and at times the tone is vaguely inappropriate for the action she's narrating. Some of the earlier Scarpetta novels benefitted from a 'narrator' with a smoother delivery
The flashbacks are a little too frequent. Even though I know the stage is being set for the current story some of what is presented is just superfluous. In my opinion this is a book that will benefit from an abridgement. I truly enjoyed the rhythm and stories of Patricia Cornwell's first books but this one and the last one I listened to just didn't seem to pull things together enough to interest me.
Classic early-Scarpetta, when she was fearless and had grit and drive. I'm a fan of Scarpetta stories told in first-person -- as most of the early books were -- rather than the remote third person of the more recent novels. Great character development, edge-of-the-chair thriller.
Okay.... Cornwell fans... if you'd like to read a book that talks about a series of murders, then changes completely, talks about a smart aleck detective that doesn't get what's coming to him, and a "solving" of the case by accident - by all means, read this book. I thought a great idea for a plot, poorly executed. I have read many of her books, also Baldacci, Child (the genius, as I like to call him), DeMille (the GREAT genius :)), but to me, this book falls wayyyy short of my expectations.
Its possible there is a sequel like book that addresses the detective, but I'm not sure I want to find it.