I've been looking forward to the release of this book, especially since its release on audibles came at the same time as the printed book's release.
I found some issues with the book - as people have been saying for awhile with this series of books, the plots have been becoming less and less believable. This book is certainly no exception that that. Also, the book picked up where the last book left off, and it seems like there are some time table issues with it. There are references to the end of her nieces relationship, an attempted murder from the last book, and the goings on in this book that just don't add up. Not to mention the fact that Scarpetta acts like she has only been in a near death experience once, and of course it has happened many times. Suddenly, she is affected by it more than a year later? or was it less than a year? hard to tell!
Finally, I've really enjoyed the narration of Cornwell's books by C.J. Critt and Kate Reading, but Kate Burton's monotoned performance makes Scarpetta seem depressed and synical, at best. Scarpetta's sassiness and wittiness are lost when put in Burton's hands.
I'm sure I would have enjoyed reading this book. However, I really loved listening to it. The narration was spot on.
I've grown weary of the Scarpetta novels, because the most recent ones seem to ignore the previous years of the story line. Isle of Dogs was fresh and funny. Showed a different side of Cornwell.
Virgil Flowers is one of my favorite characters in this genre, and I was really looking forward to this book's audio release. It wasn't a terrific book, but I can't say I was very disapointed either.
First, I can't imagine anyone doing Flowers but Conger. And, Conger did an excellent job with this book just like he has with the other Flowers books.
This book didn't have the same gusto as the previous Flowers books, and it was dangerously teetering on the ridiculous. But the author pulled us back from the place called "ridiculous" just in time.
In the end, I love Flowers enough and the book was good enough to give it a thumbs up.
When can we get another Flower's book!?!
I enjoy fictional crime stories and I thought the
Its a struggle to listen to this book. Wanting to give the writer a chance, I had to make an effort to "forget" the voice of the narrator. But how can you? I am no linguist, but this guy has one of the strongest accents for a fiction book that I have ever heard - perhaps from the Boston area? The guy doesn't prenunciate his R's. The thing is, it makes every character in the book appear to be from the same area of the country. I can't explain the phenominon any better than that, and I don't have the same experience when a mid-western type 'non-accent" belongs to the narrator.
I do give the narrator credit for trying to show the feeling of the characters, but his delivery makes the book seem like some old cheesy dime store detective novel. And if you aren't wanting a cheesy dime store detective novel, the book is only worth two stars.
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