What would have made the Bone Bed better? A better narrator would have been a good start but would not have saved the lazy effort put forth on the story. Kate Reading provided a barely acceptable Scarpetta, but her reading of the other characters was awful. As for the story, Cornwell once again drones on about past and personal details, yet gives the reader little to go on as far as "solving" the mystery. In the end a barely developed character steps in to provide us with the villian. I really miss the old Scarpetta.
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Her voices for everyone but Scarpetta were terrible.
Few, if any.
This book won't cause me to abandon Cornwell. She has disappointed in the past with a few of the stories I felt were mailed in, but I know one day there will be another Post Mortem and it will be worth it.
The entire cast of characters was a hoot.
I enjoyed Pratchett's sense of humor throught the entire book. After listening to a couple serious books in a row, this was just the perfect balance of Sci-Fi and humor that I needed.
The performance is very very good and entertaining. I will definitely be checking out some more Discworld titles.
Not only can this guy cook, he can write and narrate, as well. I did not have overly high expectations from this book, but I had just listened to 48 hours of "The Stand" and needed something from the other end of the audible spectrum. I could not have made a better choice. The writing is entertaining, witty, and informative on subjects I didn't even know I needed to know about. He comes off as very authentic, and his narration never, not even once, provided me with the opportunity to drift off and have to hit the - 30 rewind. If the word f--k offends you, you may want to pass on this one. While I found his generous smattering of profanity appropriate and funny, I do know people who would not.
If you are concerned that the time period in which this book takes place might make it kind of dated, please don't let that stop you from downloading and missing out on a great book. While technology may have advanced since this time period, the story is as relevant and compelling today as ever. I never once found myself thinking that the story was dated. The narrator is first rate and kept me involved from the start. Alas Babylon is worth the credit and deserves to be on this list. After I listened to it I turned my wife on to it who is a post-apocolyptic junkie, she loved it.
If you run you owe it to yourself to download this book. McDougall's account of The Greatest Ultra Race never seen and character profiles of those involved kept a smile on my face through several runs of my own. Through his eyes, you are given the chance to experience this race, and educated about ultra running enough along the way to appreciate every thing and everyone involved. The pacing of the book isn't fast, more like the pace of ultra race the author describes, but it is about perfect for this story. The second half of the book, takes a turn toward wonkiness as McDougall describes barefooting, nutrition, et all, but, when he finally returns to the story, the characters and the race, it makes for a very rewarding conclusion. I was very glad I found and listened to this book. On On.
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