It's just a boring slow book read in a boring slow way.
That's it. I finally learned my lesson. No more Scarpetta book. This series used to be quite good (I have read all the books, except for the later ones that were just too bad to finish) but I just couldn't finish this one. These books are just not worth my time and credits anymore. The characters are not likeable anymore.
The story was suspenseful as always. The reading reminded me of a college lecture. Professional and perfunctory.
The Cornwell style was originally ok with me because here story line was good but now I'm tired if her "chick=book" obscession. She beats Benton's insensitivity to her feminine needs to death!! I hear a "poor me" attitude pervading a good deal of the dialogue. I know that Merino is a diamond in the rough but he is a bit too rough for me. His foul mouth is offensive to me and I don't consider myself lilly white.
She does that but her inflections often hi-light the "chick-flick" impression I described above.
Narrow my scope ot audiobook authors.
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!