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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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    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 Way outdated tech stuff for 2015, but story was good.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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    Mary 04-26-15
    Mary 04-26-15 Member Since 2011
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    "narration....not so much"

    if I hadn't already read the book I'm not sure if I could have finished it. she just doesn't bring the story or characters to life for me.

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    Pamela United States 02-15-14
    Pamela United States 02-15-14

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    "Good story, disappointing narrator"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you like procedurals, this is a very good one. It is a little bit dated, but not in a way that detracted from my enjoyment of the story.


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

    What I like about this plot is that it is always moving forward. Too many detective novels get overly sidetracked in ancillary plots about the protagonist's issues or there the investigation gets bogged down. This doesn't take too much time to linger on insignificant details.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is terrible at doing the other characters' voices. She does a particularly offensive job with the blue collar detective, the gay scientist, and the nanny. She also reads slowly, so if you don't like a slow reader, she isn't for you. I


    Could you see Postmortem being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think it would look something like the UK's Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren, only Kay Scarpetta is a much softer character. It has that same well-paced but detailed procedural feeling to it.


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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.


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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.


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    Kay United States 07-02-16
    Kay United States 07-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator kills the story"

    Do yourself a favor, if you are starting the series READ this book. The narrator makes some key characters extremely difficult to listen to.

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    Emily 06-21-16
    Emily 06-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator could be better!"

    Love Patricia Cornwell and the story and I will continue to listen to the whole series. The narrator could definitely had been better. I think more would like this if the narrator was better!

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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

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    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13
    J. Stafford FL 11-28-13

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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


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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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