I know that sounds like an odd title for any Cornwell book. This one is so intriguing on so many levels. Whose cause of death is Scarpetta going to discover next? The story moves from one tragic and ugly scene to another keeping the reader guessing and then getting things all figured out only to come to the next twist in the road. That's why reading PC"s novels is always a pleasure.
Cornwell does an excellent mystery again. I'll admit that I've skipped a few novels and I'm now "backfilling" the story with some of the earlier Scarpeta stories. I find the performance by CJ Critt easy to listen to and I enjoy her rendition of the characters. I recommend the story, performance, and production.
When I listened to the sample, I liked the lilt of the reader's voice. But a half hour into the book I wished I could make her read faster! I plodded along to the end of the story, but found that just not much was going on with the main plot. The story branched out into several mini-tales which were uninteresting to me and made me think I should have bought the unabridged version this time around. The forensics aspect was interesting enough which is why I'm giving this two stars, but I was never on the edge of my seat.
I always loved reading Patricia Cornwell, but listening to this story really turned me off. The narrator seemed condescending and I just didn't like her. I think I'll stick to reading these stories rather than listening to them.
I really enjoy the Scarpetta series. However I must say this wasn't one of my favorites. This is probably the worst one so far. I love CJ Critt as a narrator. I am sorry to see she doesn't narrate all of the books in this series. I have gotten used to the different characters voices and by bringing in a new narrator totally messes things up. I almost don't want to continue the series due to the changing of narrators. Hoping the next books are better than this.
I enjoyed the first five books in the series, didn't care for the sixth and don't care for this one. In the latter two books, the plots were just too ridiculous to believe. Not only that, but we don't really have a clue about the antagonists. I understand these books are being told in the first person, but we have to have some sense of who the bad guys are and why they do what they do. Also, they need to be interesting. I usually find cults fascinating. All I know about the cult here is they wanted to blow up the world (I think, I have to confess to zoning out at times).
It felt like the first five books were whodunits. While with the latter two, we know who did it and it's about a cat-and-mouse game between Scapetta and the baddies. Anyone who's read Day of the Jackal knows this can be done compellingly, but that absolutely has not been achieved with the sixth and seventh installments of Dr. Kay Scarpetta.
Too many other authors out there, too little time. Hopefully, over time, I'll remember the joy I got out of the first five books, rather than the disappointment I experienced with the latter two.
Btw, Mr./Ms. Editor, there's a Navy General in the book. General?
I have enjoyed all of the Kate Scarpetta stories so far -- the characters are well-developed, the dialogue is great, and they have a great storyline. However, C.J. Critt is not an appropriate narrator for this type of subject matter. She reads with the syrupy, sing-song voice of a grandmother reading a fairytale to a five-year-old, which just doesn't set well when Kate Scarpetta is providing vivid detail of making a Y-incision during an autopsy. I hope this is the last of the Critt-narrated novels in the series. If not, I'm going to resort to reading them via Kindle until the series starts with a new narrator.
Love the series, but this one seemed to lack the same thrill to keep listening.
Honestly? SNOBBISH. If the stories weren't so interesting, I might revert back to the paperbacks I also bought of the same series.
This plot was disappointing and implausible.
I have read several reviews mentioning the bad reader - I'm afraid it's true. The lady that reads this book I'm sure is very nice but does not do well as an audio book reader. The inappropriate voice inflections, mispronunciations and general dullness is very distracting.
The characters have always been written as very skilled and experienced professionals. In this particular story the main characters leaped to irrational and unwarranted conclusions several times during the story, which was disappointing. It's been a while since I have read a Kay Scarpetta novel, but I remember really liking them. In this story character Kay was overly emotional, selfish and irrational. Not the Scarpetta novels I remember - maybe I have moved past these? Not sure.
Nothing - I'm sorry but I thought she was a terrible reader. I would not get another book she reads.
What a great story line. Not one of her strongest endings but this writer continues to beguile her readers as we follow the body trail to the irresistible ending. I'm behind in the series and can't wait to read the next installment. In looking ahead I noticed that Point of Origin is not on the audible list. Please hurry and add this one. I'll be there by next week. :)
Compared to the rest this one is about a 7.
She does a pretty good Marino
When will Point of Origin be added?