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Cruel and Unusual | [Patricia Cornwell]

Cruel and Unusual

When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well.
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Publisher's Summary

When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well.

©1993 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Gloria United States 08-27-12
    Gloria United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Exciting"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend This book it was very exciting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line was fantastice the charaters were very realistice and the book brought their human vulnerabilities


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    I loved the character Benton


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Neither


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read the next book. I just started reading her books and each one I read I have a new appreaciation for her writing and the characters in the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert B. Birney 12-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Quick ending"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Slow start, fast finish. Characters lack development to make them real or at least so we imagine


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Topeka, KS, United States 10-02-13
    Joy Topeka, KS, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Not her best work"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The narrator was pretty bad. She had two voices so all the characters ended up sounding like one of the two voices so it got a bit confusing at times. Also, while most of the story was interesting, if not slightly reminiscent of some of the authors other works, the big disappointment was the ending. It seemed like the author just got tired of writing and rushed the ending without tying everything up and showing how the different threads tied together.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 08-18-13
    Karyn Three Forks, MT, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Unusual is right"

    What can I say, all Cornwell's books read or listen well. The series is a great series and well worth the listen/read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regina 05-15-14
    Regina 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "The Narrator was distracting"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was but a struggle


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not really. It was rather predictible and the end was flat


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Not at all.


    Did Cruel and Unusual inspire you to do anything?

    Check out the Narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I like Patricia Cornwell and was anxious to hear my first audiobook. Sadly, I was disappointed by the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 05-06-14
    George SANTA FE, NM, United States 05-06-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Serendipity"

    Synchronicity. I was reading this book, about the execution of a black man in Virginia, when Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's botched execution hit the news. Kay Scarpetta, in the novel, solves the crime and saves the day. Where's my next Scarpetta book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kate salt lake city, ut, United States 12-11-12
    Kate salt lake city, ut, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrater is bit slow, but the story is good"
    Where does Cruel and Unusual rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was somewhere in the middle. It was a good story, but the narrator and end/beginning of chapters editing drove me nuts! the breathing of the narrator was obnoxious and the chapter would end and you would here a snippet of the next one before they would edit in a (way to long) pause, then start the next chapter. Many times I thought my ipod had turned off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense and the forensics were interesting and the only thing that got me through this horrible performance. I will probably read the other books in this series rather than listen because of the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

    Not if I can help it. It was horrible and they obviously had not done any research into how the names of machines and procedures were said and pronounced. AFIS was not said as a word, but rather constantly spelled out and even just watching one episode of CSI would have told the narrator that it is never said as that way. The breathing and slow reading was really disinteresting and as a result I found myself zoning out instead of listening to the story in my ear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, Annoyance.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with the audio book of this. Read the hard copy or skip this series because of the narrator. I wish I could get my money back for this one.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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