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
NO ONE who enjoys a good thriller
A MUCH LATER BOOK IN THE SCARPETTA SERIES OF SOMETHING FROM PATTERSON, Lisa Jackson, or the Felix Castor series!
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.
BOREDOM, FRUSTRATION and disappointment
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!
About in the middle
I enjoyed all the physical science parts of it. Making sense out of chaos.
I got a little tired of the voice over the hours.
Science saves lives
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 14-year-old daughter.
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.
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.
Yes, but would recommend listening to this particular reading before listening to another artist's reading
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.
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.
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.
Tell us about yourself!
I loved the pace of the book and the narrator was excellent as well.
I loved the introduction of Marino to the story line.
I loved the performance as it was produced.
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.
It's slow to start but weaves a nice intrigue
The narrator was completely off base with the character. Needs to be a totally different reader.
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