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!
Absolutely. I am a HUGE fan of the Dresden works, but I have to say that there have been some stark inconsistencies in story quality among the later works. They have either been mind-blowingly great, or boring and confusing. Unfortunately this book fell on the latter.
Cozy, sometimes too flat, strong
The fight scene prior to entering the Never Never was unecessary. Also the scene as he readied himself to test "little chicago" for the first time...
The story as a whole was too unorganized, and was missing some connectors. Many of the details of the plot made little sense. It seemed as if the author was just trying ot put together a story for the sake of putting one together. The charm of the main character as well as the other characters was as always well detailed and touching as always. That is where this author comes alive but as for the rest, this was certainly not one of my favorite works. Check out book 12 for an awesome example of a great Dresden book. Furthermore, I have my usual complaint with the narrator. He is EXCELLENT when voicing the other characters, but when it comes to narrating the story in first-person he becomes VERY monotone...if not bored...which leads to constant rewinding to capture the meaning in some of the phrases. Being that I listen to these audiobooks while I work, you can imagine how annoying and frustrating that is, even with a well-written book, but it's 10 times worse when the story itself is mediocre at best. I love the Dresden books and will continue to follow and read them but the stark inconsistency in the later works can be very frustrating. It leads me to believe some of the books in the series are just fillers...not a good thing
Someone loking more for comedy than thriller
I din't finish, but in all the fact that it started off about excaliber and didn't get much better, I was done before Chapter 1 ended.
When I listen at work I need something high intensity and fast-paced. This may be better reading in print...it starts really slow
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