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Postmortem Audiobook

Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

©1990 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Yasmin Dallas, tx, United States 06-20-13
    Yasmin Dallas, tx, United States 06-20-13
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    "LONG DRAWN OUT - NOT HER BEST WORK"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    NO ONE who enjoys a good thriller


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A MUCH LATER BOOK IN THE SCARPETTA SERIES OF SOMETHING FROM PATTERSON, Lisa Jackson, or the Felix Castor series!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should learn to NARRATE. The book is read in first person of the main character, she should keep that in mind. This person has a voice and personality. She also could stand to be a little less animated with teh other characters, its cartoonish bordering on buffoonish for some.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    BOREDOM, FRUSTRATION and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Cornwell, but I started off on her later works. The first was Red Mist, which I read the actual hard copy of, and I have worked my way back from there on audiobooks. This time I tried to start with the 1st in the Scarpetta series. 1st off, many,many times, she spends WAY to much time discussing conversations between the characters that have nothing to do with the mystery but is more about their personalities and interactions with one another...and most is not even ineteresting subject matter. Spending pages on miscellaneous info that shouldn't take more than a few sentences, or paragraphs. Its like the director's notes for a script for a movie, as opposed to actual content. Its exhausting, when you think you are about to read a thriller! Furthermore, the horrid narrator does not make it much better. Many times she is over animated with the characters, but when reading as the narrator charactor in first person, she is drab, boring and monotonous. Many of Cornwell's earlier works, even the much better written ones, are read by this narrator and she's horrible. Thankfully she moved on to someone better for some of her others. Two hours in and I couldn't even finish this book, and I don't think I'm missing out anything. That's not something I ever do. HORRIBLE!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah hrris 05-18-16
    Sarah hrris 05-18-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok"

    Good story/ not fan of the narrators voice.. Hope other book have a different narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13
    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13

    safe in FL

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    "Science saves lives"
    Where does Postmortem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    About in the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Postmortem?

    I enjoyed all the physical science parts of it. Making sense out of chaos.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I got a little tired of the voice over the hours.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Science saves lives


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-23-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-23-13 Listener Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.

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    "Very little forensics"

    This wasn't a bad book but if you're looking forward to learning how a medical examiner uses forensic evidence to uncover the mystery behind crimes, you will be disappointed. The unraveling of the mystery had very little to do with forensics and more to do with generic detective work. Also, listening to this book 20 or so years after it was written might prove a little distracting because of the advances made in computing and investigative techniques. Get past all that and the book will provide some entertainment. Worth a listen if you can pick it up on a $4.99 sale.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Karyn 08-18-13
    Karyn 08-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow again another one."

    This one gives a great story. As usual Cornwell delivers a forensic great, with understandable workings of the systems.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 06-03-13
    Nancy St Charles, MO, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable listen"

    I enjoyed this story. However, the technology is very dated. There was also way too much "explanation" for every acronym, technological reference, etc. This was rather annoying.

    I think this series has potential. The mystery was good, and the character development was good. I identified with the conflict and humiliation that the main character experienced in her working environment. I did "sort of" guess the perpetrator, but wasn't quite sure.

    The narrator was good, though rather flat. This could be because of all the above mentioned explanations though! Perhaps it will get better in the subsequent novels. I'll give it another book or two to see.

    Yes, I'd recommend the book - as long as the reader understands the dated information.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pastor Allentown, PA, United States 06-25-12
    Pastor Allentown, PA, United States 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Gotta Love Scarpetta"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but would recommend listening to this particular reading before listening to another artist's reading


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kay Scarpetta is more than likely my favorite character. I enjoy the fact that this book and that Ms. Cornwell's first few and last few books have been written from the perspective of Kay Scarpetta. It allows you the ability to get inside Kay's head. The books in the series that are written from the third person allow you to be an observer in the action of the book but the ones that Ms. Cornwell wrote from Scarpetta's perspective get you really into the action of the book. I also enjoy Pete Marino, from the perspective that, I am a man and he really portrays that male bravado that you might expect from a NYC police officer.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't say that I had a favorite scene but I do enjoy how Ms. Cornwell brings the action to a close, keeping you on your seat. I often find that I am trying to guess "whodunnit" and have yet to get it right.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but I listen to my audiobooks in the car on my drive to work. The books are definitely long enough to keep you interested but not saying, when is the next exciting thing going to happen. I would have loved to been able to listen all in one sitting.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sunshine 08-18-12
    Sunshine 08-18-12 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Excellent Read..."
    What did you love best about Postmortem?

    I loved the pace of the book and the narrator was excellent as well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Postmortem?

    I loved the introduction of Marino to the story line.


    What aspect of C. J. Critt’s performance would you have changed?

    I loved the performance as it was produced.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amy L. Ward Warren, PA 05-23-13
    Amy L. Ward Warren, PA 05-23-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Slow start and narrator is horrible"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or C. J. Critt?

    Yes I will try another Cornwell novel. The character development is decent but a little too background intensive regarding the technical details. I believe this may be due to the fact that this book was written several years ago. I will never listen to another book narrated by CJ Critt. She takes a deep breath at the beginning of most paragraphs and it is very distracting. She doesn't seem to be able to grasp the characters personalities and makes Scarpetta seem like a delicate flower that is afraid to speak.


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

    It's slow to start but weaves a nice intrigue


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was completely off base with the character. Needs to be a totally different reader.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    George 02-01-17
    George 02-01-17
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    book was OK, will have to see how follow up books compare. not in a hurry....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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