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Four young women have been found murdered—tortured and strangled in their own beds—all victims of the same brilliant monster. Using a skilled hand and the latest technology in forensic medicine, Kay Scarpetta begins the process of gathering the microscopic clues the latest battered body has to give.

©1990 Patricia D. Cornwell (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC

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  • James
  • Oswego, IL, United States
  • 08-24-16

Great story, great narration

I'm very glad this is a continuing series as I greatly enjoyed it. I really liked the characters (with the exception of the niece Lucy who I wanted to smack) and it's nice to see a strong female protagonist. Moreno is also a wicked good character, just love him. The narrator was also excellent and she just heightened the suspense of the story.

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A STORY WELL TOLD

What made the experience of listening to Postmortem the most enjoyable?

C.J. Critt did a marvelous job with the voices. She made it entertaining and believable.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Kate Scarpetta - she a hard-working, driven woman who still find time for her irritating family.

Have you listened to any of C. J. Critt’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I believe she does the Janet Ivanovich books. Two entirely different writers/books yet she seems at ease with both.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A WOMAN AT HOME ALONE IS IN SERIOUS DANGER

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Good but not great

I really did enjoy listening to this book so much that I couldn't wait to get back in the car and finish it but once it was over I kept thinking did I really like it that much or was I just ready for it to be over. I am torn on this one. I just can't make up mind on this one which is why I gave it 3 stars.

I found the bad guy very amazing up until the end and then I found him to be very underwhelming. I did love the science (well my idea of science) on both sides -- the computer side and the medical side. I also found her niece very annoying and felt they were tiptoeing around her about everything so she wouldn't get upset.

The narrator did a good job on the book and the characters and I have to admit I have heard other books in this series but I felt the author kept the characteristics of the characters that I enjoyed in some of the later books. They sounded like the characters I already knew except the character of Benton which I found this version different than all the other versions I have listened to.

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  • Kay
  • United States
  • 07-02-16

Narrator kills the story

Do yourself a favor, if you are starting the series READ this book. The narrator makes some key characters extremely difficult to listen to.

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A+

what a good listen...have read and listened to many Patrica Cornwell and will listen to many more.

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Very enjoyable story that builds the characters

A Very enjoyable story that builds the characters for future Scarlett stories. Be sure to read or listen to more.

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Narrator could be better!

Love Patricia Cornwell and the story and I will continue to listen to the whole series. The narrator could definitely had been better. I think more would like this if the narrator was better!

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Could it get more graphic?

Somehow listening to the graphic descriptions is harder than anticipating it in the book and skipping over it.

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keeps you guessing

I have always loved reading Patricia Cornwell books. it's been awhile so now I'm listening to them with my husband. their still great.

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Postmortem

It was a great story, and I will definitely look for the next Dr. Scarpetta
Story!!! I loved being read to by Audible!!! Thank you!! :)