Natural Causes

Narrated by: Natasha Richardson
Length: 2 hrs and 54 mins
2.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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“Reinvents the medical thriller.” (Library Journal)

Dr. Sarah Baldwin races to a Boston hospital with a young woman whose normal labor has suddenly become a matter of life and death. As she struggles to save both mother and baby, she doesn't know that two other women have already died under horrifying identical circumstances. And so begins Sarah's own nightmare, as she learns that the prenatal herbal vitamins she prescribed are the only thing these women have in common. Soon Sarah is fighting to save her career, her reputation - her life. For she's certain there must be some unknown factor linking these women, and as she gets closer to the truth, it becomes clear that someone will do anything - even murder - to keep a devastating secret.

©1994 Michael Palmer (P)1994 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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Bad a bridgement, worse recording

Author: Great
Story: Good
Abridgement: Confusing
Recording: Sounded like it was read over a string and tin can telephone
Conclusion: Save your money, pick something else!

Michael Palmer does great work, his books are riveting and Audible has a number of them, but Natural Causes has been poorly abrisged and I got lost half-way through. This confusion was augmented by the incredibly poor recording, it sounded like they transferred it from a scratchy vinyl record, not good. I understood format 2 was AM quality, but it was worse than that. Personally I'd like my money back on this one.

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Poor recording

A good story is marred by low-quality audio. It sounds as if it were recorded under water. The Natasha Richardson who narrates is not the well known British actress with a crisp clear English accent, but a woman who sounds as if she would be more at home working in a Boston fish market.

Also, you should be aware that this audiobook is a mere three hours long, not much time to get to know the main characters.

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Just terrible

The story was shallow. The narrator was garbled. The injected musical scores were scratchy. Waste of money.

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Awful sound

What would have made Natural Causes better?

Couldn't listen to this. First, didn't realize the only version was abridged. Second, sound very muddled, echoed.

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Gave up listening

This is maybe an OK book (I usually love Michael Palmer's books) but I will never know because in site of having downloaded it in enhanced format the quality is so bad I simply can't understand a word Natasha Richardson says. I think Audible should be ashamed selling an audiobook in such poor quality!

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Natural Causes

Would not recommend to anyone audio is aweful.SUCKS SUCKS SUCKS and SUCKS EVEN MORE. There 15 words

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Natural Causes

It was the worst recording I have ever listened to. The narration was poor and it sounded like listening to a recording of something recorded from the tv or radio. At times the music totally drowned out the narrative.

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Horrible Recording

This recording was horrible. It was muffled and at times background music completely blocked out the narrator. Don't bother.