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Postmortem: A Scarpetta Novel | [Patricia Cornwell]

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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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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    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 2015
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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 2014
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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 12-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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    TK Illinois 05-15-15
    TK Illinois 05-15-15 Member Since 2015

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    "loved it"

    very easy to follow, suspenseful and exciting, will continue to the next book in the series

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    Judy K. Simmons Franklin WV 05-15-15
    Judy K. Simmons Franklin WV 05-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "fantastic"

    loved it. 3rd time reading. love it on audible so i can read and multitask

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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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    Luana J. Porter Troy, NY USA 03-07-15
    Luana J. Porter Troy, NY USA 03-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A thriller!"

    I had actually read this book years ago. My sister introduced me to this author and I've been a fan ever since! I wanted to purchased it on Audible to add a voice to the characters... To see if what I heard matched what I pictured in my mind's eye. The narrator did a great job. I didn't want to stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Puckett Greenwood, MS, US 02-21-15
    Carol Puckett Greenwood, MS, US 02-21-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Disappointed But Willing To Go the Distance"

    The story was weak and the character of Lucy served little purpose, but overall the book was enjoyable. I understand this was the first in the Scarpetta series so I look forward to the author's development of the character of Kay Scarpetta.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    avid rita 02-02-15
    avid rita 02-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Guilty pleasure"

    Look, it's not "Ulysses" in the realms of the Great Books. It is an intelligent page turner. I enjoy the genre, but find many best sellers to have a lowest-common denominator quality, crank 'em out mass production. This writer takes her craft seriously, with entertaining and thought provoking results.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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