It is very difficult to get through the book with this narrator, and, so far, I haven't been able to do it. She makes the story drag, and as much as I usually enjoy the Scarpetta series, I'm not sure I'm going to make it with this one. The narrator's attempts to change with characters would be laughable if it weren't so poorly done. Can you tell I have a one-track opinion at this point?
Never by Kate Reading!
The book was ok not Cornwells best but okay.
Her voice sounded like a computer and I only finished listening because I paid for the book. Her voice made it very hard to follow, I had to replay parts over a few times.
Maybe someone who has not read any of the Scarpetta books and has no expectations.
She reads too fast, does mispronounce some words but that's not the major issue. She's too proper and efficient with none of the earthy class of the real Kay Scarpetta. I lost my vision of Kay early on. Also, though the book is rich with descriptions, I dislike the way it portrays Benton. I sense early on a dislike of men, and a total disconnect with how they might feel and how those feeling are described. It seems like the author's passion for the characters is gone.....
I think I may have come to the end of my reading of Patricia Cornwell's books after reading almost all of the others.
I had to start and stop and restart this book. It was awful, boring, mundane, and the story line was hard to stay engrossed in.
This book had nothing but a complaining Dr. Scarpetta. I was disappointed.
I have read everyone of the books in this series. I am not sure I would order another book from this series.
A waste of time and money.
It was an engaging, well laid out story. I had a hard time getting of the car sometimes because I was hooked.
The other Scarpetta books I've listened to were narrated by Critt, and she made Scarpetta a character that was likeable and interesting. Something about the way this narrator's inflection sounded was tough to listen to and had it been my first such story, probably would have been my last.
She was good at differentiating voices of other characters, so perhaps she could listen to the other stories and take a page from that style.
Yes- it's a nicely paced listen, well read. If you like Cornwell's books- you'll like this one. I think I preferred Red Mist...but this one is good too...less personal to the characters. I really think the Cambridge location is the best by FAR.
I like the science and technical parts...such as Luke the Dental Pathologist. He is a great character. Also I love the Leatherback and descriptions of how marine biologists rescued him. I used to rescue manatees- so I can relate.
The Leatherback rescue and body recovery scene with the helicopters...I felt like I was right there.
Listening took a few days...but I listened every chance I got :)
It was kind of a weird solve. I actually missed it and had to re-listen to the chapter again because all the sudden I didn't know what was going on. The end is tied up with a convenient bow...
One BIG message to Patricia Cornwell and her editors: The first Iphone did not have VIDEO. That was a big No No on Lucy's infallable computer skills...
Narration for Lucy's character made her sound a little manly and bored. Narration was wonderful otherwise.
I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!
At the top!
Always interesting 2 c how the main characters grow & change in each book.
She is one of my Favorite narrators. She does Scarperra & other characters so well. Wouldn't b the same without her! She's amazing!
Loved it all!
Well worth the credit!
Very good read
I loved the beginning where Kay had 2 deal with the sea turtle and the body entwined. Then came the conflict with the people closest 2 her...Marino & Benton. I thought the FBI agent that likes Benton was a good part of the story. Her character shows us how wrong we can go if we let our flaws take over parts of our lives.
It's interesting that Patricia is showing Kay as more vulnerable. I just wonder if she is ever going write Marino a happier life.
Possibly, but not on my top list
First cornwell book
Voices were a bit strained. Some of the women were way to masculine
Sure. These days anything can be put on tv. I actually think this title would work better as an episodic series. With the dark haired actress from Cagney and Lacey as Scarpetti.
I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I've read all of her books and I believe this is my favorite. I was engrossed from the very first sentence. Poor Marino just seems to be in trouble all the time.