Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?
©1991 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC
I love Patricia Cornwell. I have read many of her books and have enjoyed them a lot. I would never buy another audio book narrated by CJ Critt.
I do truly enjoy the Kay Scarpetta books
She read so slowly and with an awkward cadence. She took loud breaths every few words. It was so distracting and awful that I can't really even like the book as much as I could have if I had read it.
Good story. Good story line.
If the narrator was better!
Narrator kept breathing like she was gasping for air and she sounded like she had a stuffy nose!!!
Someone should give the narrator an oxygen mask and a nasal spray!!!!
I think C.J. Critt is an excellent performer and draws me into the book more than if I were reading it from the written book.
Yes, the evidence that was presented kept me guessing about the motive and who was the culprit. Scarpetta is caught "off guard" and finds herself in a dangerous situation.
She does other character voices in such a way that the listener always knows which character is speaking.
Yes, but it wasn't possible. I like listening to books so I can perform tasks at the same time. It makes whatever task I am doing go much faster.
The performance/reading of the story takes away from the story line - it is slow and you can hear the intake of breath when the narrator is reading the story.
I haven't had the experience with another book where the narration is so slow.
Too long of pauses, sometimes I think my Kindle shut off, intake of breath very apparent when reading. And the overall reading is way too slow. As a result, the story line gets a bit boring.
The performance of the book makes the story, even when it is a good story line, if the performance isn't great, it takes away from the book.
My work prevents me from sitting and reading a good book, but Audible gave me that back!
I really enjoyed listening to this first in a series. It is amazing to me that just 20 years ago there was no such thing as a "cell phone". So much has changed in such a short number of years. I definitely will purchase the next two books and see if I enjoy these as much as I enjoyed this first book.
I will never purchase anything again that has been narrated by CJ Critt. It sounds like she is sucking on oxygen before every sentence. I couldn't even make it through 1 chapter of the book it was so annoying. And I love Patricia Cornwell.
Please listen to the narration. The women needs a sharp intake of air before every sentence. It is torture to listen to her.
I wish I could have made it through- a big fan of Cornwell.
Would love to get my money back for this download.
With regards to the story - one question has been bugging me... how does the answering machine work if the electricity is out? I mean, I know a corded telephone will work with no electricity, but how can you listen to the voice on the answering machine by candlelight and then say the lights are still out?
I really loved this as a follow up to a great start in this series. This second book was probably even better than the first, I was really intrigued by the story and couldn't stop listening. When I first started to listen to the series, after reading the first couple in print, I was a bit annoyed by CJ Critt's narration but I have realized that this is the voice the author heard when writing the books (I was the one who had it wrong). The book was detailed, but not so much that you got bogged down in the details of the crime. It was well written, and kept me interested all the way through. I loved the development of the recurring characters and the depth of the one's who are just for this book. I know that this series has been going on for a while and I am just reading something that came out a long time ago, but the series is fairly new to me and I love it! I have quite varied interests in my reading so about every 3rd or 4th book I go back to this and the Bones series and I love them both. I always look forward to reading the next book in the Scarpetta series.
Mark appearing in her hotel room in Key West and claiming to be Scarpetta's husband
It was comfortable. It was easy to put when necessary but it kept calling me back.
Just an enjoyable book.
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