Unnatural Exposure : Scarpetta

  • by Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by C.J. Critt
  • Series: Scarpetta
  • 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Filled with tension and continual surprises, Unnatural Exposure is a thrilling chapter in Virginia Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta's life, and a triumph for #1 New York Times best-selling author Patricia Cornwell.The body of an elderly woman is found dismembered in a Virginia landfill. Scarpetta initially believes the clues mirror that of a serial killer she's tracked before. But upon further investigation, she discovers puzzling pox-like erruptions on the woman's body that, perhaps, point in another direction.When the killer contacts her via e-mail, Scarpetta enlists the aid of her computer-savvy niece, Lucy, to help track this monster through cyberspace. Learning that the Virginia victim was exposed to a high-tech virus that might unleash an epidemic, Scarpetta realizes she's dealing with a sophisticated mind.Her investigation leads her from the government's biological defense facility in Utah, to Atlanta's Center for Disease Control, and eventually to quarrantine, when it is discovered that Scarpetta has been exposed to this fatal virus. Along the way, she's forced to deal with the unscrupulous ambitions of a slick FBI agent, Lucy's problems, and her own turbulent feelings for Agent Wesley Benton.Unnatural Exposure is the 8th book in the Kay Scarpetta series.

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What the Critics Say

"Cool, abrasive, with an edge sharper than a Stryker saw." (The New York Times Book Review)
"In this return to the luridly fascinating world of Dr. Kay Scarpetta, Cornwell delivers the goods." (Publishers Weekly)

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Excellent story!

I've never met a Kay Scarpetta book I didn't like (except her cookbook).
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- Steven

Interesting Story Ruined by Narrator

This is the first time I have written a review on a book before I have finished it. I can't WAIT to finish this one! Not to see how it ends, but to put myself out of my misery of listening to this awful narrator who is ruining an otherwise potentially interesting mystery novel.

I like the Kay Scarpetta character, and enjoy forensic mysteries, and Patricia Cornwell's novel could very well be a very good book. However, C.J. Critt is butchering the experience of listening to the story so thoroughly, that one many never know how good it could be.

The voices she gives to all the characters, especially to Kay's love interest Benton Wesley, would be laughable if it wasn't so annoying. I found myself wondering what she could possibly find attractive about a man who talkes like he does, until I remind myself that it is narrator botching the voices so badly that they are unlikeable. Frankly, I don't even like her "regular" voice that she has given to Scarpetta. The visual of the Scarpetta one gets from her voice is one of a hard, rather unattractive, difficult, impersonal character. I would like to like Kay, but Ms. Critt is making it very difficult.

I noticed that Kate Reading reads the rest of Cornwell's unabridged novels, and in the brief listen she sounds like an improvement. In "The Scarpetta Factor" the narrator changes again, to Kate Burton, who has a lovely voice, but it is difficult from a small clip to know how she handles the male characters. Hopefully, both of these two narrators will do better than Ms. Critt, and make the listening of Cornwell's novels more enjoyable. One thing is for certain... they couldn't possible make them worse.
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- Joanna "Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-04-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books