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Unnatural Exposure | [Patricia Cornwell]

Unnatural Exposure

The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.
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Publisher's Summary

Filled with tension and continual surprises, Unnatural Exposure is a thrilling chapter in Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta's life, and a triumph for #1 New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell.

The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.

When the killer contacts her via e-mail, Scarpetta enlists the aid of her computer-savvy niece, Lucy, to help track this monster through cyberspace. Learning that the Virginia victim was exposed to a high-tech virus that might unleash an epidemic, Scarpetta realizes she's dealing with a sophisticated mind.

Her investigation leads her from the government's biological defense facility in Utah, to Atlanta's Center for Disease Control, and eventually to quarrantine, when it is discovered that Scarpetta has been exposed to this fatal virus. Along the way, she's forced to deal with the unscrupulous ambitions of a slick FBI agent, Lucy's problems, and her own turbulent feelings for Agent Wesley Benton.

Unnatural Exposure is the 8th book in the Kay Scarpetta series.

Don't miss the other titles in Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta series.

©1997 Patricia Daniels Cornwell; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Cool, abrasive, with an edge sharper than a Stryker saw." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In this return to the luridly fascinating world of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell delivers the goods." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 07-17-10
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 07-17-10 Member Since 2007

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "Interesting Story Ruined by Narrator"

    This is the first time I have written a review on a book before I have finished it. I can't WAIT to finish this one! Not to see how it ends, but to put myself out of my misery of listening to this awful narrator who is ruining an otherwise potentially interesting mystery novel.

    I like the Kay Scarpetta character, and enjoy forensic mysteries, and Patricia Cornwell's novel could very well be a very good book. However, C.J. Critt is butchering the experience of listening to the story so thoroughly, that one many never know how good it could be.

    The voices she gives to all the characters, especially to Kay's love interest Benton Wesley, would be laughable if it wasn't so annoying. I found myself wondering what she could possibly find attractive about a man who talkes like he does, until I remind myself that it is narrator botching the voices so badly that they are unlikeable. Frankly, I don't even like her "regular" voice that she has given to Scarpetta. The visual of the Scarpetta one gets from her voice is one of a hard, rather unattractive, difficult, impersonal character. I would like to like Kay, but Ms. Critt is making it very difficult.

    I noticed that Kate Reading reads the rest of Cornwell's unabridged novels, and in the brief listen she sounds like an improvement. In "The Scarpetta Factor" the narrator changes again, to Kate Burton, who has a lovely voice, but it is difficult from a small clip to know how she handles the male characters. Hopefully, both of these two narrators will do better than Ms. Critt, and make the listening of Cornwell's novels more enjoyable. One thing is for certain... they couldn't possible make them worse.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Beaumont, TX, USA 05-13-08
    Brenda Beaumont, TX, USA 05-13-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Stilted Narration"

    While the story was exciting and full with deep characters the narration by C.J. Critt was stilted, awkward and distracting. Very un-enjoyable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Antioch, CA, United States 07-12-07
    Donna Antioch, CA, United States 07-12-07 Member Since 2007
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    "narrator"

    I like the story a lot but the narrator is awful. She sounds mad, and when reading the part of Kay she sounds like she is talking down to everyone.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Michele Northridge, CA, United States 11-22-09
    Michele Northridge, CA, United States 11-22-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Disappointed"

    I purchased this audio book because I have liked reading this author's books in the past, but I couldn't get through the first few chapters of this recorded book. The narrator's style is flat, slow and dull. I even tried moving my ipod to a faster rate of delivery for the book, but it still didn't work for me. I am very disappointed and will not be finishing the book in this recorded format.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Phyllis Dallas, OR, USA 12-28-05
    Phyllis Dallas, OR, USA 12-28-05
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    "Unnatural Exposure"

    A good Kay Scarpetta story. It had enough depth of character and plot twists to keep my rapt interest. And, for series readers, relationships change and natural aging happens with the familiar characters.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 12-22-11
    karen United States 12-22-11 Member Since 2004
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    "A worthy listen...."

    I loved the early Kay Scarpetta books, and this one, Unnatural Exposure, is just about the last good one. I stopped reading them when the dreadful "Lucy" character hijacked -- and destroyed - the series, but here in this book, Lucy is enough in the background that the story is still entertaining. The theme -- "saved" deadly viruses such as small pox -- is interesting, and the narrator deserves a zillion kudos for her ability to speed right through all the medical and biological words and phrases, terms I would have skipped entirely if I'd been reading it.

    Reading or listening to an older book is always interesting in showing human progress -- or regress -- since the book was written. In this one, in one scene Kay arrives at the airport carrying a cooler packed with deadly viruses. As she enters the airplane, the stewardess tells her the plane is overbooked, and she'll have to check the cooler, since there isn't room for her to keep it in the cabin. Kay objects, telling her what's actually in the cooler, at which point the stewardess doesn't have Kay arrested for potential terrorist activity, but rather clears a whole row for Kay to sit in, alone. Boy, those days are long gone....

    Bottom line: not my favorite audiobook of all time, but all in all, a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chong Atlanta, GA, United States 11-03-11
    Chong Atlanta, GA, United States 11-03-11

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    "terrible narrator"

    Have been trying for weeks to get through this book on my ipod no less. Narrator is so bad that I can barely listen for a couple of minutes at a time even though the plot is fairly interesting and I should want to find out what happens. total waste of money and time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy's Mom Southeast Alaska 10-18-11
    Teddy's Mom Southeast Alaska 10-18-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Really odd narration by C.J.Critt"

    The story is great, as most Cornwell books, but the narrator makes me feel as though she believes I am either a small child or have an IQ under 60. She speaks VERY slowly and deliberately, pausing in odd places, and seems to think that commas need long pauses, periods longer, and chapter breaks a long dead air space. It detracts considerably from the story and is hard to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dionne marrero, LA, USA 03-22-08
    Dionne marrero, LA, USA 03-22-08 Member Since 2007
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    "boring"

    This book is way too complicated. The narrator’s style of reading does not inspire me to continue to listen. I have yet to get to the end of the book. The book is written as if the reader has some experience in the medical field or law enforcement. I did not like this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Tallahassee, FL, USA 03-06-04
    Steven Tallahassee, FL, USA 03-06-04
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    "Excellent story!"

    I've never met a Kay Scarpetta book I didn't like (except her cookbook).

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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