Because each chapter was from the perspective of either the male or female protagonist, the male or female narrator read that chapter. This caused the odd situation that "conversations" sometimes had the male narrator doing both the male and the female parts, sometimes the female narrator did both the male and female parts, and sometimes both narrators conversed. It was particularly confusing that each narrator had a different voice for Holmes.
Yes, I have enjoyed books by both authors in the past and this book was actually a good beginning for a series.
Better continuity of voices for the characters; either by having only one narrator or having each narrator assigned the same characters throughout the book.
A big part of the plot hinges on something that is repeated a few times, but is not true, as though saying it more than once would make it true. Most authors do enough background research to know something as basic as the fact that a child with Type AB blood can not have any birth parents with Type O blood, because one parent contributed the A gene and the other contributed the B gene. So one parent was A or AB and the other was B or AB. If the mother was Type O, the child was adopted.
The books are generally good.
Actually, I'm not a huge fan of the way this book was read, because sentences tended to have the same tempo and emphasis, regardless of the content. Also, the communicative style chosen for Deepal makes him sound continuously sly and sarcastic.
Yes. It was a good story and after a couple of chapters the new narrator (Ms Maron) improved her pacing and inflection.
It was similar to the other stories in the series, but the narration was different.
There wasn't really a variation in "performing" characters. However, after a couple chapters she paced her narration well, allowing listeners to clearly tell when there was a change of speakers.
Not really, but the usually amusing parts of the series (Ping!) carried through to this book.
Series change narrators all the time. I've listened to hundreds of audio books and I admit that I prefer those narrated by skilled performers who provide identifiable characters' voices and personalities through the well structured plot and wording of the author. However, while a terrible narrator (mispronounces words often, poor pacing and inflection, etc.) can make it impossible to listen to a book, they are really extremely rare AND Ms. Maron was not a poor narrator. She was just a different narrator and took a couple of chapters to get the pacing and inflection smoothed out.
I have enjoyed past Scarpetta novels. However, I feel that while clinical accuracy gives the character credibility, extreme amounts of detailed clinical information that neither aids in character development nor moves the story forward is merely tedious and suggests that the author's desire to demonstrate their own knowledge in the specified clinical area greatly exceeds their desire to write a good novel. That unfortunately was the case with Port Mortuary.
At the same time, the best thing that can be said about the main character is that she has become quite self-indulgent, spending a great deal of the (too long) time dwelling in the past, while distrusting those closest to her, even though they are the people she has repeatedly chosen to surround herself with and the people she has helped them to become.
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