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Publisher's Summary

The new Kay Scarpetta novel from the world's #1 bestselling crime writer.

Determined to find out what happened to her former deputy chief, Jack Fielding, murdered six months earlier, Kay Scarpetta travels to the Georgia Prison for Women, where an inmate has information not only on Fielding, but also on a string of grisly killings. The murder of an Atlanta family years ago, a young woman on death row, and the inexplicable deaths of homeless people as far away as California seem unrelated. But Scarpetta discovers connections that compel her to conclude that what she thought ended with Fielding's death and an attempt on her own life is only the beginning of something far more destructive: a terrifying terrain of conspiracy and potential terrorism on an international scale. And she is the only one who can stop it.

©2011 Patricia Cornwell (P)2011 Penguin Audio

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Complicated.

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

Well, maybe I have read to many Scarpetta stories. Many parts I liked as I always like the way Cornwell writes but the details of the crime etc are becoming lengthy and technical and they drag on forever that the story gets lost. And, I lost interest as well.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I figured it out.

Was Red Mist worth the listening time?

I think it became tedious. I wanted more story line and less technical description. But, I always hope Cornwell will thrill me with each book. I think I will give it a rest for awhile.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Knatasha
  • NEW YORK, NY, United States
  • 01-07-13

Poor Editing

What made the experience of listening to Red Mist the most enjoyable?

I've read or listened to all of Cornwell's books. Somewhere along the line, I felt her story lines were lacking. I think I heard more of the original Cornwell in this book. I liked it a lot better then some of her other recent books.

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

I was shocked at one of the key deaths in the book. I won't say who, but I definitely wasn't expecting it. I put it together around the same time Scarpetta did.

Any additional comments?

I was disappointed in the audio. I could tell when the narrator's recordings were cut and pasted together. There was a difference in volume and "tone" (I'm not sure what else to call it). What I mean is that the narrator's voice sounded different on and off throughout the story. Sometimes she sounded closer to the mike or like she was recording in a fishbowl or something. I hate rating the Performance so low because I don't think it was Burton's fault, but more the way her recordings were edited and put together.

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  • claire
  • Cincinnati, OH, United States
  • 11-17-12

Favorites are returning

If you could sum up Red Mist in three words, what would they be?

The 1st book in several years that reminds us why we loved Scarpetta, not all the way back but well on the way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Red Mist?

The moment during an autopsy when Scarpetta realizes something is amiss with Jamie's failure to show up.

Which character – as performed by Kate Burton – was your favorite?

Scarpetta

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Stop complaining!

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

The old Kay. I just got sick of her niece and all her problems. Always complaining about Moreno, in the old days he saved her a lot of times and now he is some kind of enemy.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

I don't know.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator was just fine. Not exciting but fine.

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

I don't know I couldn't finish it.

Any additional comments?

Read her old books they were much better,.

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Not her best

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

I found the book slow to start & it never really picked up. Plot so so

What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The author should go back to the her first books when the case not the lead chacter was more importants.

Maybe time to give some of the secondary characters more emphasis as the lead seems to have allienated most of them from the start of these books

What three words best describe Kate Burton’s performance?

good

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

never

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  • Cindy
  • Collins, MS, United States
  • 10-05-12

I enjoyed this listen.

Where does Red Mist rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Typical Patricia Cornwell. The story line is wonderful, but "super Lucy" irks me in all her books. Thanks goodness she had a minmal part in this book.

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between The GA medical examiner and Kay. Colin was a true southern gentleman.

What three words best describe Kate Burton’s performance?

no too dramatic

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

Not really. I enjoyed it, but could put it down and pickup where I left off.

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Bitter, angry and paraniod

What disappointed you about Red Mist?

The main characters have become completely intolerable. Listening to Kay Scarpetta had me cringing and constantly thinking, then saying outloud "come on! ugh just shut up". I had forgotten why I had not read the book before this but was reminded within the first minutes. It sounds like the characters have all become paranoid with unrealistic-even with willing suspension of disbelief- interactions and ridiculous behaviors. Patricia Cornwell may want to get some therapy as her writing has completely deteriorated into a self loathing and repetive manifesto of psychosis. I hope she kills Kay, Marino, Lucy and Benton off to end their miserable existences and it sounds like they hope so too.

What a waste of time and money. Avoid this book!

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

I would listen to her earlier work.

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

Made me explore other authors.

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SCARPETTA HAS LOST IS CHARM

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you have never read a Scarpetta story, this might be great for you.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

I love the Scarpetta series, LOVE (even have the cookbook) but the last 4 or 5 books have been a big waste of time and money. I won't be purchasing any more. The story lines are predictable, the characters have no where to grow. Very sad.

Have you listened to any of Kate Burton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to this performer but I did like her very much.

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

Just the performer.

Any additional comments?

I love this website! I often travel in my vehicle and these books are wonderful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Very angry narrator

I vacillated between 3 stars and 4 because the narration was so filled with anger and hostility, even when not called for, that I almost stopped listening several times. I don't believe the lead character, Kaye Scarpetta, has actually become this hate filled, angry, hostile person but that's all you heard in this story. And all the other characters were also read with a sense of anger and hostility. It left ME feeling hostile and angry which my family members didn't appreciate! But the story itself had possibilities so I stuck it out and it was worth it. The narrator also read or performed very fast which added to the sense of hostility. I tried listening on 1/2 speed but that just deformed the words so had to go back to normal speed.
I'm not sure I'll listen to another book read by Kate Burton.

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Was there something wrong with my iPod?

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Unless you've read all the previous Scarpetta books, no sane person would be interested in trying to follow this one.

Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

Probably, if they went back to C.J. Critt or Kate Reading as narrator and Cornwell decided to put a real story in it.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not very exciting. I like most things I've seen Kate Burton act in, but her narration is not as good as others. I think she did the best she could after having been saddled with a dud book.

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

Not that I could tell unless you wanted to learn about Italian cooking.

Any additional comments?

There was far too much Kay talking to herself. I would pause the book and come back a bit later and thought there was something haywire with my iPod when certain phrases were repeating all over again. Very redundant. Then when I got to the end and the killer was revealed I thought maybe my iPod had skipped at least 3 chapters. Out of the blue came the ending and a wrap-up in a few short minutes whereas several hours of "droning" up to that point could have been eliminated. Sorry Patricia, but your stories are getting tired. Go back and reread books like Body Farm for a refresher course on how it should be done and drop all the cooking tips. I couldn't care less what or how Kay is cooking for dinner.

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