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Postmortem Audiobook

Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel

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.
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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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    Theresa Columbus, OH, United States 08-01-13
    Theresa Columbus, OH, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Waste of money"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Postmortem to be better than the print version?

    The reader puts you to sleep. Reading the series is better.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Having a different reader to bring the story alive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Yasmin Dallas, tx, United States 06-20-13
    Yasmin Dallas, tx, United States 06-20-13 Member Since 2016
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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!

    1 of 1 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 2015
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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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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-23-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2015

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 13-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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ellen Stokes 01-19-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible quality recording"

    Skipping, blipping in the recording. Is the author always this racist and homophobic? Hideous homophobia laces this book, I don't recommend it at all.

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    Esther Wright 01-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Book"

    Always enjoy Patricia Cornwell stories...great plot...colorful and indepth characters and well researched forensic information... a great listen!

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    Amazon Customer 10-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Story:well worth it. Recording quality: horrible!"

    I liked her smoky voice, but the background doubling of her voice along with the quite audible swallowing and breathing were distracting and annoying. Spend a little more money on quality recording equipment because it really took away from her performance overall. Also, she was a little over the top with some character voices and some weren't distinct enough. Way outdated tech stuff for 2015, but story was good. Worth the listen. Looking forward to hearing the next story.

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    Sandra L. Holeman 10-22-15
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    "Kept Coming Back"
    Would you listen to Postmortem again? Why?

    You bet! It was intriguing and intricate. I would read it again to pick up on those intricacies. It was not only a good read/listen but insightful.


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

    Yes. Some of the story was too detailed for my liking, i.e. describing the details of the murders. However, the story line was wonderful. Just what I would expect from Patricia Cornwell. The ending in the Dr's bedroom was gripping. I kept looking out into the dark rooms of my home!


    What about C. J. Critt’s performance did you like?

    Her voices were great and so funny. She was able to stick to the right tone & accent for each of the characters. She really made the story come to life. I will say only one thing about these readers; whether it is male or female they, by nature, have a real challenge sounding female or male whatever the case may be and it's fun to hear how they manage to pull it off.


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

    The only extreme reaction I had was how horrible it was for the victims. It really makes you stop and think about your own and your families habits and the trust we afford others. It's really too bad that we have to be aware that there are people in our society capable of these acts of violence.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to stick with P.C. for awhile. Not so much bad language and not over the edge graphic. Just Goldilocks....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    cmoody 09-29-15
    cmoody 09-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story but slow to get going."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Good plot but slow to progress. If not for the interesting plot, I might not have finished it. Narrator does good with characters and voices. Climax of story ending felt rushed. Once it peaked, it was over in just a few minutes.


    Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did Postmortem inspire you to do anything?

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    Any additional comments?

    No

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    ashley zanoni 09-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not bad"

    I read the book when it was new and loved it. They story is good, but the time reference is abundantly clear. WOW! How things have changed from the early 90s!!!

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