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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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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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    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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    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13
    Amazon Customer BAKERSFIELD, CA, United States 04-30-13 Member Since 2012

    K. Hoover

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    "Great first in the series!"

    I have been wanting to read the Scarpetta books for a long time because I love the Bones novels and another series that is similar so I figured I would like these as well. Being OCD about the way I read books of course I had to read them from the first book in order. After I got back into the mindframe of pre-computers/laptops being on every surface of my house and a cell phone in my pocket, I was able to appreciate the story because the old style computers really play a part in the story. I am hooked on Scarpetta and just got the second in the series.

    This story is well told and I really enjoyed it all the way through. Sometimes with this type of novel it is easy to get bogged down by too many details but this book has a perfect balance of information vs. story. I can see that I will be a Patricia Cornwell fan from now on. The character, Kay Scarpetta, really grows on you and CJ Critt is the perfect voice for her. When I read this book in print that was not the voice I imagined but after hearing this book I realize that is the voice the author meant for her to have and now I can't imagine any other voice for her.

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    Carole Dubai, United Arab Emirates 02-24-13
    Carole Dubai, United Arab Emirates 02-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A little slow"
    Any additional comments?

    The plot was passable, but the characters were a little superficial and the some of the character development didn't seem to go anywhere. The narrator could have varied accents for the different characters. It was not "an on the edge of your seat" mystery.

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    Sharon United States 01-15-13
    Sharon United States 01-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Boring!"

    Bla,bla, bla. This one was painful to listen to. Sorry, but she is just not for me.

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    Greyson Smith SLC, UT USA 01-14-13
    Greyson Smith SLC, UT USA 01-14-13 Member Since 2012

    i'm a man without conviction

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    "not bad... a bit dated"

    lots of talk of mainframes which is a testament to the powerful 1970s technology. not a bad mystery. not a genre i love.

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    Colleen Shirley ANDOVER, KS, US 01-07-13
    Colleen Shirley ANDOVER, KS, US 01-07-13
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    "Edge of the seat excitement!"
    What made the experience of listening to Postmortem the most enjoyable?

    You can feel the apprehension, the tension and the excitement.


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

    Yes, trying to guess who the killer was and why he was killing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the ones with the main character and her niece. Such depth and understanding but still pivotal to the plot.


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

    No matter who you think the killer is, think again.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to more books from this author.

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    Rocky 12-25-12
    Rocky 12-25-12
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    "Good listen, unexpected turns!"

    Enjoyed the twist and turns this book took, it leaves you in suspense at different times.

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    Sandra M. Britton Goodyear AZ 11-29-12
    Sandra M. Britton Goodyear AZ 11-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Always a great read!"
    What did you love best about Postmortem?

    I like the way Patricia Cornwell writes and she tells a great story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All of it.


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

    She makes the characters come to life.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Great mystery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy San Clemente, CA, United States 11-18-12
    Cindy San Clemente, CA, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Captivating story!"
    Where does Postmortem rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book was great at describing the scene, character, and activities of each of them. The voice actor did a great job of picking voices that allowed you to visualize each character.

    Currently this is one of my favorite audio books!


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

    Yes. It kept dragging you in with new clues to who the killer might be and how they were going to catch him.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ms. Mamba 11-08-12
    Ms. Mamba 11-08-12
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    "A good older novel from Patricia Cornwell."
    Would you listen to Postmortem again? Why?

    I would listen to Postmortem because Cornwell writes smart novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Scarpetta because she has a heart. She approaches each case with sensitivity and dignity. Though the murders are horrendous and brutal and demeaning, she raises the victims' identity to that of an individual deserving respectful treatment both in life and in death.


    What does C. J. Critt bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    C.J. Critt's voice was a little less than inspiring since I began listening to Cornwell's Scarpetta novels with Kate Reading as the performer. Still, Ms. Critt delivers a quality experience clearly more enjoyable than if I'd only read the book.


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