Old Broad with Keyboard
This may be the inspiration for the TV Series "Bones" but other than names, sex & occupation, it bears no resemblance to the bland fare on the Tube. Kathy Reichs writes with knowledge & details which make the listener part of the investigation. The characters are real & the dialog believable. The Reader is able to bring the characters to life with credible accents & even hostility! I love this series & recommend it to anyone who loves Cornwall's Kay Scarpetta. Tempe Brennan is not as angry as Scarpetta but every bit as committed to her 'clients'. A good listen.
The reader for this book makes it much too easy to daydream and NOT CARE. I can imagine the book being a bit more intriguing or interesting if presented by a better reader, but it is NOT one of the best I've listened to and would definitely consider avoiding other books by this reader. She lacks a range of vocal characteristics so everyone sounds the same .. her "best" feature is the fact she can read french .. but since I am listening to a book in English I don't care about that .. I want an audiobook to capture me totally, and this one just made me grumpy that I spent my $ on it.
I am a Reichs fan, and have listened to all of the Tempe Brennan series. I could not get through this book. The story is good, but the narrator was impossible to understand. The enunciation was garbled and/or muffled to the point I could not comprehend most of what was said. Her delivery was flat and made it difficult to follow the dialogue of individual characters. After restarting several times, I finally gave up.
A REAL DISAPPOINTMENT AND WASTE OF BOOK CREDIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The story was great. Nothing more needed there.
However, this the ONLY reichs novel that I have listed to, and I have heard them all, that I STRONGLY dislike the narrator. They need to go back and find some of the others they used because this one was very poor and nearly ruined the book for me. They need somebody that sounds like TEMPE. She is a young, emotional and very powerful character, this reader represented these not at all. Particularly, the reader made tempe sound a little old, and that bothered me throughtout the whole book.
The narrator's constant breathy production made me want to pull my hair out not even 5 minutes into the book. I can't tell you about the book. I had to stop.
No, I couldn't even make it out of Part 1, the narrator is awful. The storyline seems okay though...going to get the eBook to read.
didn't get there, going to read the eBook
Horribly thick voice that is difficult to understand at first. Narrator cannot make different voices, so you can hardly tell what characters are speaking. After listening to the narrator of the last book, Cross Bones, this one is HORRIBLE. Makes Brennan sound like she is 80 years old, hardly any emotion comes across in the voice. AWFUL AWFUL AWFUL...and I am usually able to adjust to different narrators quite well. GET THE eBOOK!! This audio narrator sucks...luckily she only did one book!
Of course, and there are follow-ups...<3 Kathy Reichs :)
Go with an eBook or hard copy on this book...audio version SUCKS.
This book is the usual excellent story from Reichs but the narration distracts from full enjoyment, as Ms. Berryman has a slight French accent. The style of narration varies enough to have made me question whether there was one or two narrators. Sometimes Ms. Berryman was too breathy, almost whispering, sometimes lacking vocal warmth, while other sections flowed informally. However,the southern accents were very well done. Since this book was set in Carolina rather than Quebec, a narrator with French language skills wasn't as necessary. Other audio versions of Temperance Brennan have had narrators (3 different ladies)who could handle French, but had American accents in the US segments.
I've enjoyed all of Reichs' novels, almost all of which I've "read" via audio. Like others, I find the new narration a major distraction from an otherwise fine work.
Curmudgeon but fan of mysteries
This latest offering from Kathy Reichs is wonderful book but this new reader makes it very hard to make it through. Having started with the dynamic style of Barbara Rosenblat reading the earlier books this reader has a too flat delivery style and not enough differences in the vocal characters. I still enjoyed the book but not sure I would get the next one if they use the same reader.