Body of Evidence

A Scarpetta Novel
Narrated by: C. J. Critt
Series: Scarpetta, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,617 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Late one night Beryl Madison turns off her burglar alarm, puts down her gun and opens her door to the man who has stalked and terrorized her for months. Hours later, her brutally mutilated body lies in the city morgue. As Scarpetta begins searching for the microscopic clues to the killer’s identity, one question keeps nagging her: why did Beryl let him in?

©1991 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1994 Recorded Books, LLC

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Well writen & performed. Kept me guessing .

Would you consider the audio edition of Body of Evidence to be better than the print version?

I think C.J. Critt is an excellent performer and draws me into the book more than if I were reading it from the written book.

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

Yes, the evidence that was presented kept me guessing about the motive and who was the culprit. Scarpetta is caught "off guard" and finds herself in a dangerous situation.

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

She does other character voices in such a way that the listener always knows which character is speaking.

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

Yes, but it wasn't possible. I like listening to books so I can perform tasks at the same time. It makes whatever task I am doing go much faster.

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Hooked on Scarpetta

With regards to the story - one question has been bugging me... how does the answering machine work if the electricity is out? I mean, I know a corded telephone will work with no electricity, but how can you listen to the voice on the answering machine by candlelight and then say the lights are still out?

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Worst Performance EVER!

Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or C. J. Critt?

I love Patricia Cornwell. I have read many of her books and have enjoyed them a lot. I would never buy another audio book narrated by CJ Critt.

What did you like best about this story?

I do truly enjoy the Kay Scarpetta books

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She read so slowly and with an awkward cadence. She took loud breaths every few words. It was so distracting and awful that I can't really even like the book as much as I could have if I had read it.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good story. Good story line.

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Annoying narrator

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

If the narrator was better!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Narrator kept breathing like she was gasping for air and she sounded like she had a stuffy nose!!!

Any additional comments?

Someone should give the narrator an oxygen mask and a nasal spray!!!!

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awesome

Just as good as I remember listening to and reading many,many years ago. I am looking forward to listening to more.

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Dark and Gritty !

A wonderful read The entire book kept me on the edge of my seat wondering what mighthappen. The story was fresh and memorable. 

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Edge of my seat. Marino is funny!

I love the narrator. She makes it very easy to listen. Very easy to follow. Every time I get to the end, I'm stunned at who the killer was.

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Love this series! Wonderfully done...

This series came highly recommended to me and I just love it! So wonderful!! Give it a try...

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Riveting

I Loved it so much I'm listening to it a 2nd time and I'm enjoying n the narration style.

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Too slow.....

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The performance/reading of the story takes away from the story line - it is slow and you can hear the intake of breath when the narrator is reading the story.

What other book might you compare Body of Evidence to and why?

I haven't had the experience with another book where the narration is so slow.

What didn’t you like about C. J. Critt’s performance?

Too long of pauses, sometimes I think my Kindle shut off, intake of breath very apparent when reading. And the overall reading is way too slow. As a result, the story line gets a bit boring.

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

Not really.

Any additional comments?

The performance of the book makes the story, even when it is a good story line, if the performance isn't great, it takes away from the book.

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