The reader puts you to sleep. Reading the series is better.
Having a different reader to bring the story alive.
NO ONE who enjoys a good thriller
A MUCH LATER BOOK IN THE SCARPETTA SERIES OF SOMETHING FROM PATTERSON, Lisa Jackson, or the Felix Castor series!
The narrator should learn to NARRATE. The book is read in first person of the main character, she should keep that in mind. This person has a voice and personality. She also could stand to be a little less animated with teh other characters, its cartoonish bordering on buffoonish for some.
BOREDOM, FRUSTRATION and disappointment
I really like Cornwell, but I started off on her later works. The first was Red Mist, which I read the actual hard copy of, and I have worked my way back from there on audiobooks. This time I tried to start with the 1st in the Scarpetta series. 1st off, many,many times, she spends WAY to much time discussing conversations between the characters that have nothing to do with the mystery but is more about their personalities and interactions with one another...and most is not even ineteresting subject matter. Spending pages on miscellaneous info that shouldn't take more than a few sentences, or paragraphs. Its like the director's notes for a script for a movie, as opposed to actual content. Its exhausting, when you think you are about to read a thriller! Furthermore, the horrid narrator does not make it much better. Many times she is over animated with the characters, but when reading as the narrator charactor in first person, she is drab, boring and monotonous. Many of Cornwell's earlier works, even the much better written ones, are read by this narrator and she's horrible. Thankfully she moved on to someone better for some of her others. Two hours in and I couldn't even finish this book, and I don't think I'm missing out anything. That's not something I ever do. HORRIBLE!
I enjoyed this story. However, the technology is very dated. There was also way too much "explanation" for every acronym, technological reference, etc. This was rather annoying.
I think this series has potential. The mystery was good, and the character development was good. I identified with the conflict and humiliation that the main character experienced in her working environment. I did "sort of" guess the perpetrator, but wasn't quite sure.
The narrator was good, though rather flat. This could be because of all the above mentioned explanations though! Perhaps it will get better in the subsequent novels. I'll give it another book or two to see.
Yes, I'd recommend the book - as long as the reader understands the dated information.
Couple of years on my to-do list, purchased in February, 2012, this audiobook is read by J. C. Critt and is about eleven and a half hours of listening. The story centers on Kay Scarpetta and her investigation into the brutal slayings of several women in Richmond, VA. First, I’m a fan of Kay Scarpetta. A great character, a bit saucy and supremely competent in her chosen profession as a medical examiner. She also shows a bit of vulnerability in her personal relationships, which is a nice, real-life trait. In Postmortem, there is a great deal of speculation on the part of Scarpetta and the lead police investigator, Marino. They ruminate, think, ponder, chat, argue, and Scarpetta has a load of internal dialogue. etc., to the point that I was a little anxious to get to the meat of the story … the serial killer himself. Some sections could have been a bit shorter, in my opinion, and some eliminated entirely as not having much, if anything, to do with the story. I drifted away from the audio, which forced me to either rewind or just let it go. Sadly, I let it go often.
There has been a bit of criticism of J. C. Critt, the narrator. Frankly, I disagree. I thought she did a great job, particularly with the voice of Marino. Very distinctive voices for both Marino, and Scarpetta.
If you like Patricia Cornwell, and in particular, the character of Kay Scarpetta, you’ll enjoy. You’ll get a kick out of the 1990 technology, i.e., no cell phones :-), and DNA is a questionable tool in the courtroom, but a forensics bonanza.
Personally, I believe other Scarpetta novels are better.
A great mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. The forensic and computer details are early 90's and brought back loads of memories. Listening at 1.25 speed was just right!
I had read some of the Scarpetta series and wanted to start at the beginning. It was nice to hear about the characters from book one.
I am currently listening to the next book in the series, but find her frequent gasps for air at the beginning of sentences to be very disconcerting. I like to listen for a while before I fall asleep and the sound of large gulps of air startles me. So, I may not finish the series on audio.
No. It was good, but not that good.
I still want to hear the entire series, but feel like I'd have to find a different narrator so I could relax while I listen.
as far as detective series, better than Patterson not as good as Crais or Connelly
Weird pauses. I think it was editing of narration
good start to the series I will continue to listen in order
If you like procedurals, this is a very good one. It is a little bit dated, but not in a way that detracted from my enjoyment of the story.
What I like about this plot is that it is always moving forward. Too many detective novels get overly sidetracked in ancillary plots about the protagonist's issues or there the investigation gets bogged down. This doesn't take too much time to linger on insignificant details.
The narrator is terrible at doing the other characters' voices. She does a particularly offensive job with the blue collar detective, the gay scientist, and the nanny. She also reads slowly, so if you don't like a slow reader, she isn't for you. I
I think it would look something like the UK's Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren, only Kay Scarpetta is a much softer character. It has that same well-paced but detailed procedural feeling to it.
I have read most of Patricia Cornwell's books. I loved her gift as a wordsmith . . . not an academic, but a person who has learned her craft well. I was surprised in this book to realize that it was a step way back in time . . . the characters were young and many of the "latest" technical developments are ancient history in the technological sense of the word. Having said that . . . Patricia Cornwell is a masterful story teller and this book is no exception. It is skillfully written and reflects the technology and environment of the day. (does anyone else remember the gritty powdered hand soap in public washrooms????). The story is certain to hold your attention - and the issues addressed (police scandal) are remarkably forward thinking.
I must however, take exception to the narrator. I gave her 2 stars only because she didn't mispronounce any words. Her accents were everywhere from the deep south to downtown Boston (and everything in between - sometimes in the same sentence). The volume of her voice ranges from very quiet to very loud - making it a difficult listen because of the variations in volume. Her narrating was a detraction from a very well written mystery!
For those medical mystery lovers, however, this is a great "read." Just hold disbelief in suspense when the accents for the characters are "off-putting" - and keep your hand on the volume control so you neither miss important passages nor blast your ears to an unhealthy jump in volume. It's well worth the effort.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
This wasn't a bad book but if you're looking forward to learning how a medical examiner uses forensic evidence to uncover the mystery behind crimes, you will be disappointed. The unraveling of the mystery had very little to do with forensics and more to do with generic detective work. Also, listening to this book 20 or so years after it was written might prove a little distracting because of the advances made in computing and investigative techniques. Get past all that and the book will provide some entertainment. Worth a listen if you can pick it up on a $4.99 sale.