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  • The Body Farm: A Scarpetta Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (199)

    Little Emily Steiner left a church meeting late one afternoon and strolled toward home along a lakeside path; a week later, her nude body was discovered, bound in blaze-orange duct tape. Called by the North Carolina authorities, forensic pathologist Kay Scarpetta recognizes similarities to the gruesome work of a serial killer who has long eluded the FBI.

    DONA says: "Bones and all"
    "Missed it by THAT much!"
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    C.J. Critt's narration absolutely RUINS the listening experience. She reads too slowly and takes unnatural pauses. Every time Marino's voice joins the story, I hear a Jersey 'Soprano' saying "Fuhgetaboutit!"
    Critt's characterization of Benton Wesley is clearly a parody of Don Adams' comic characterization of 'Agent 82' in "Get Smart." WHY ON EARTH did Critt choose this voice for a serious (and major) character in a crime-mystery novel? It completely pulled me out and broke up the story for me each and every time Wesley appeared.
    Kept hoping it would get better, but finally had to stop listening.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The captivating story itself, sans narration, compelled me to get the Kindle version, which I read in one five-hour sitting. Could NOT put it down!!! One of the BEST in Cornwell's "Scarpetta" series!


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, I would LOVE to hear a *decent* narration of this book, which has become one of my favorites of Cornwell's.

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