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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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  • Ray
  • Lawrence, KS, United States
  • 12-01-12

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Sarah Wade
  • GOLDEN, COLORADO, United States
  • 04-19-12

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.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • Kaneohe, HI, United States
  • 06-26-12

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!!!!

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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  • aplahue
  • Nanaimo, BC, Canada
  • 07-06-12

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Worst narrorator ever!

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

I will never purchase anything again that has been narrated by CJ Critt. It sounds like she is sucking on oxygen before every sentence. I couldn't even make it through 1 chapter of the book it was so annoying. And I love Patricia Cornwell.

How could the performance have been better?

Please listen to the narration. The women needs a sharp intake of air before every sentence. It is torture to listen to her.

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

I wish I could have made it through- a big fan of Cornwell.

Any additional comments?

Would love to get my money back for this download.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

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  • Pamela
  • ALGONA, IOWA, United States
  • 08-27-13

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?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Riveting!

I really loved this as a follow up to a great start in this series. This second book was probably even better than the first, I was really intrigued by the story and couldn't stop listening. When I first started to listen to the series, after reading the first couple in print, I was a bit annoyed by CJ Critt's narration but I have realized that this is the voice the author heard when writing the books (I was the one who had it wrong). The book was detailed, but not so much that you got bogged down in the details of the crime. It was well written, and kept me interested all the way through. I loved the development of the recurring characters and the depth of the one's who are just for this book. I know that this series has been going on for a while and I am just reading something that came out a long time ago, but the series is fairly new to me and I love it! I have quite varied interests in my reading so about every 3rd or 4th book I go back to this and the Bones series and I love them both. I always look forward to reading the next book in the Scarpetta series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Janice
  • Hendersonville, TN, United States
  • 02-12-13

Great listen!

Where does Body of Evidence rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Upper 80%

What was one of the most memorable moments of Body of Evidence?

Mark appearing in her hotel room in Key West and claiming to be Scarpetta's husband

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

Kay Scarpetta

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

It was comfortable. It was easy to put when necessary but it kept calling me back.

Any additional comments?

Just an enjoyable book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Lynn
  • United States
  • 02-05-13

Freaky killers

I like this audio version much better then the previous version that I rented from the library. Kay Scarpetta is suppose to be the main voice that you here, so at least this one has an American accent and not a British one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • simmi
  • Berwyn, PA, United States
  • 01-31-13

I forgot it quickly

Any additional comments?

This book left me not remembering anything after about a week. Doesn't that mean something? Critt is a great narrator, however.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful