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Red Mist

Scarpetta, Book 19
Written by: Patricia Cornwell
Narrated by: Kate Burton
Series: Scarpetta, Book 19
Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (4 ratings)

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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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  • Rene
  • 2011-12-12

Too much dialog, too little story

What disappointed you about Red Mist?

The maddeningly endless dialog of worthless detail that has little to do with the story.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell???s story?

The basic story had merit, but the lack of action and the detail ruins the basic story.

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

The Kate Burton performance was excellent. She handled many voices, moods and nuances with interest and skill.

You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Excellent coveage of the pathology of death, poisoning, autopsy.

Any additional comments?

I considered the story a poor use of my time, but I found it hard to stop listening to the book. The listening activity was more of a challenge to finish then an intense interest in the story.

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  • kathy
  • 2011-12-08

What's up with the recording quality?

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

The book is typical Cornwell. Great plot, entertaining writing. But they clearly had problems recording, or went back and added words/sentences after the fact. Happens three times just in the first two chapters. Sounds like it was edited on someone's laptop. Thumbs down for technical chops.

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  • Chris
  • 2011-12-27

Book and narration not as good as hoped

I've been looking forward to the release of this book, especially since its release on audibles came at the same time as the printed book's release.

I found some issues with the book - as people have been saying for awhile with this series of books, the plots have been becoming less and less believable. This book is certainly no exception that that. Also, the book picked up where the last book left off, and it seems like there are some time table issues with it. There are references to the end of her nieces relationship, an attempted murder from the last book, and the goings on in this book that just don't add up. Not to mention the fact that Scarpetta acts like she has only been in a near death experience once, and of course it has happened many times. Suddenly, she is affected by it more than a year later? or was it less than a year? hard to tell!

Finally, I've really enjoyed the narration of Cornwell's books by C.J. Critt and Kate Reading, but Kate Burton's monotoned performance makes Scarpetta seem depressed and synical, at best. Scarpetta's sassiness and wittiness are lost when put in Burton's hands.

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  • Brenda
  • 2011-12-19

Not her best work

She should stick with Kate Reading to narrate her books. This woman puts me to sleep. She never changes her voice or the tone. I can't get into the story. This is worst Scarpetta yet and I'm soooooooooooo disappointed. I had looked forward to it for such a long time. It barely gets one star in my opinion. I've read all of her books and have never been this dsiappointed.

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  • Karen
  • 2011-12-29

Better than average Scarpetta, abysmal narration

Unlike some of the other reviewers, I found the plot and characterization acceptable, but not outstanding. After reading all of the other Scarpetta novels (but having never listened to one), I can say that there are some redeeming qualities to some of the characters, and the plot was intriguing, although sometimes confusing, as she is concerned with three different cases that span more than a decade.

The narration, however, is one of the worst I've encountered in any of the dozens, if not hundreds, of audiobooks I've enjoyed. The woman's voice is a monotone, and as another reviewer pointed out, makes Scarpetta sound depressed and cynical, with none of the bright features of her personality. She consistently mispronounces words, suggesting that she is simply reading the text "cold" and has not studied it at all. Barely worth a credit. I'll certainly not buy any more books by this narrator.

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  • Clark
  • 2011-12-15

A story that never starts

What disappointed you about Red Mist?

This story lacks any originality. It is a rewrite of bits and parts of other books with names and places changed. Only a 2 year old couldn't figure this story out in the first couple of chapters. The best sleeping pill ever written.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not a P. Cornwell book.

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  • Jean
  • 2011-12-31

A bit better than prior book

Kate Burton does a good job with the narration. The story was interesting and I must say the ending took me by surprise I had a different character line up as the killer. What bothered me the most was the constant repetition in the form of dialog through out the book. Repeating an item twice may be okay to make the point you are going back to re-evaluate your findings but to do it over and over again was annoying. I would like to have more about Lucy in the next story and more action. Overall I think this was a better book than Cornwell's last book "Port Mortuary".

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  • Carolyn
  • 2011-12-10

I liked it!

I like the books Pat's written in 1st person and I enjoy Kate Burtons way of reading. It makes me feel just like I am in Kay's head. The story is a continuation of her last book which helps give that one a nice finish.

I like when Lucy is a part of the story and Marino is not such an ass too.

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  • anita
  • 2011-12-28

Wordy

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

It started off well but died in the middle the author just did too much explaining and I kept losing interest.

Would you recommend Red Mist to your friends? Why or why not?

No not worth it.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator was fine.

Do you think Red Mist needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. The author pretty much explained everything.lol!

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  • Sandra
  • 2011-12-09

One more time

Any additional comments?

I will try this one more time, but if it's as bad as Port Mortuary...This will be my last time to donate my time and money to a once great writer. I hope she listened to the last reviews that were overwhelmingly horrible and made the necessary changes. Writers need to keep it fresh, make changes, keep it edgy, not NOT GO OFF THE DEEP END into a psychotic haze.

28 people found this helpful