Cruel and Unusual

Narrated by: C. J. Critt
Series: Scarpetta, Book 4
Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,163 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When an executed murderer’s fingerprints turn up at a new crime scene, Kay Scarpetta investigates. Prepare for the kind of riveting suspense this best-selling author delivers so well.

©1993 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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Not her best work

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The narrator was pretty bad. She had two voices so all the characters ended up sounding like one of the two voices so it got a bit confusing at times. Also, while most of the story was interesting, if not slightly reminiscent of some of the authors other works, the big disappointment was the ending. It seemed like the author just got tired of writing and rushed the ending without tying everything up and showing how the different threads tied together.

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Exciting

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend This book it was very exciting.

What did you like best about this story?

The story line was fantastice the charaters were very realistice and the book brought their human vulnerabilities

Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

I loved the character Benton

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

Neither

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to read the next book. I just started reading her books and each one I read I have a new appreaciation for her writing and the characters in the book.

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Unusual is right

What can I say, all Cornwell's books read or listen well. The series is a great series and well worth the listen/read.

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cruel and unusual

fun story! interesting plot. zero suspense but good none the less. reading next in line

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Serendipity

Synchronicity. I was reading this book, about the execution of a black man in Virginia, when Oklahoma death row inmate Clayton Lockett's botched execution hit the news. Kay Scarpetta, in the novel, solves the crime and saves the day. Where's my next Scarpetta book?

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Quick ending

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Slow start, fast finish. Characters lack development to make them real or at least so we imagine

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Loved the series

Loved all this series. I didn't want to stop listening. The narrator did a great job.

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Total waste of time. Narrator is annoying beyond words

Contrived to the point of idiocy. Reinforced by the delivery of the narrator all of whom seem to have either a speech impediment or possibly mental impairment. I am disgusted with myself for reading three quarters of the book.

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Scarpetta can cook!

For years now I have enjoyed the trials and tribulations and escapades of Kay Scarpetta and her cohorts. I have listened to CJ Critt’s audiobooks for years, too. Her voice is so easy to listen to. That makes a big difference in an audiobook for me. The Scarpetta books are always intriguing, interesting and entertaining. I can listen to them again and again.

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Title doesn’t match the story

It was a good book. It had a lot of intrigue and kept my interest. But why it’s titled Cruel & Usual I don’t understand because for its genre, it wasn’t that cruel or unusual.