We have excitedly awaited each release of the Scarpetta series books and Book of the Dead turned out to be a huge disappointment. We also found it odd to receive an e-mail from Cornwell’s mailing list that a political group is trying to sabotage her ratings. Well darned, they must have suffered through the bloody thing as much as we did. Do not always agree with other authors political points of view but in most cases, the story keeps your interest in the book. Sorry Patrica it does not matter if you did the photo op on the carrier or not the book wanders endlessly and the characters who were a former team is a hateful band of back stabbers. We have suffered through ¾’s of the book, have thrown the towel in, and will definitely read the reviews before purchasing another Cornwell novel.
I can't understand why the previous negative comments were made. This is a very typical Patricia Cornwell book and I enjoyed it the same as ever. The reader has read all of her other books and after listening to her for so long, it is hard to imagine anyone else reading her books!
I read the reviews and decided to listen to it anyway. There are some may things wrong. The book jumps around to much. She toatally changed the Mario charater and the voice on the audio was awful!
Save yourself and your money.
My first and last book by this author.
It was so bad I couldn't even finish it.
Every bit of it was bad. Lanuage, characters, and plot though I couldn't even see one developing. Really what can one say about the worst book ever read or listen too.
Felt sorry for the reader that had to read this through, and couldn't just delete it.
Which I did before even getting through part one.
The story was very confusing, switching back and forth between storylines and characters who weren't properly introduced to the listener. At some point I wondered if my player had scrambled the order of the chapters (but it hadn't!). The entire story was based on the previous book (which I haven't read), so all the references to the bad deeds of Dr. Self were absolutely lost on me. Up until the point I stopped listening to the book, the story failed to come back to the actual crime but was circling around the different characters' problems. I am sorry I spent money on this audiobook.
Unfortunately, I listened to Scarpetta first since I figured the Scarpetta series would start with the namesake book, but found I was wrong. If I had listened to this one first, I probably would not have continued the series. I found the plot lost with the endless explanations of all the technology and all the machinations of what all of it does and how. I also found myself wanting more in the way of explanations of the ancillary characters, but apparently these characters just provided fluff to fill pages. "Scarpetta" continues where this one left off, it's a far better listen than this book. It doesn't take much to figure out what happened with the characters in this book to allow Scarpetta to succeed.