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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

What listeners say about Cruel and Unusual

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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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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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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.

6 people found this helpful

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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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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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The Narrator was distracting

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

It was but a struggle

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

Not really. It was rather predictible and the end was flat

Would you be willing to try another one of C. J. Critt’s performances?

Not at all.

Did Cruel and Unusual inspire you to do anything?

Check out the Narrator

Any additional comments?

I like Patricia Cornwell and was anxious to hear my first audiobook. Sadly, I was disappointed by the narration.

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awesome writing as usual from Patricia Cornwell.

loved it!! she is the best. awesome story line and love reading Lucy grow. she

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Not for me.

Could not finish though I tried valiantly. Managed three hours and gave up. Narrator has a nice, boring voice which might work for some stories, but left me wanting to nap - and this is a murder mystery which usually keeps me on my toes. I might try this book in ebook format and see if it is also the story that leaves me unimpressed.