While there's some mystery about who the main villain is, there's little reason to care. Perhaps someone who likes verbose descriptions of incredibly self-absorbed people would be drawn to this narrative of how great thou art and how lacking everyone else is...it wasn't for me.
See above - no real mystery and all the subplots were equally pointless.
OMG - this woman's diction was like Peggy Noonan speaking English as a second language. There were odd pronunciations of relatively common words, and a bizarre cadence that was somewhat hypnotic in is arhythmic hautiness. Listening was a chore driven my curiosity to see whodunnit...a waste of time in the end due to the ho-humness of it all.
Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!
This is a hard review to write because I really enjoy Kay Scarpetta books. But there were times when the narrator's condescending tone was truly annoying because that's not how I see Ms. Scarpetta. The tone was just plain wrong in places. Maybe it is because I'm a professional myself and idenify with Scarpetta. When others around me don't understand what I'm doing or why I'm doing it, I know I don't "look down my nose" at them. The annoying tone abated as the book went on, but it really was a serious problem for me. Perhaps others disagree.
This book would be good for anyone unfamiliar with the series
I would sample the book first.
Way too much regurgitation of the same facts.
Thrilling, real feelings, fast
I generally like all of Cornwell's ending ... I like it when there are NOT details left hanging.
Readings one of my favorites ... brings all to life
No NEED ... but always enjoy more Scarpetta
Now there's gotten to be so many I've find myself wanting to go back to reread to see what I missed or mixed up or just totally forgot!
about two of them
the connectivity between all the characters was too confusing and often uninteresting. The author used the first person way too many times
I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.
No! The story does not start untill past half of the book.
XO by Jeffery Deaver
She adds a certain feeling that makes Scarlett's come to life. Even when she only seems to wake up untill past half of the audio.
Cornwell needs to concentrate on a story…not the soap opera of past events.
Ranks in top 10 and I've listened to probably 500 audiobooks over the last 20 years. Best audio book was "Hunt for Red October", then Cornwell's "All that Remains." Brillant piece of writing. This is a great book too but not my all time favorite.
Just when you can't imagine how Patricia Cornwell can come up with a new fresh angle for Lucy, Benton, Marino and Kay -- Cornwell blows you away with a whole new interesting plot with twists and turns. Love the complexity of Scarpetta and how Cornwell always has a way of making you feel what Scarpetta feels. Story comes to life.
No. She's good but I've heard better.
Beginning drags -- too much flowery description at the very beginning. Wasn't necessary. Once that stops and Patricia Cornwell gets into storyline -- story is gripping -- true Cornwell style. I sat in my car for 30 minutes once in a parking lot while out and about because I didn't want to miss the next part or stop listening! This is what I like about her writing -- she pulls you in and you feel like you are there, part of the action -- part of the intrigue!
I love Kate Reading and I love Scarpetta novels. The worst part of the audio edition is that I can listen to it while I cook or clean and that just makes the listening experience not last as long.
In comparison to the other novels I would have to say this one is the middle of the road. If I'd have had a hard copy, I doubt that I would have spent late hours reading. But, with that said, I loved it.
I would definitely recommend it to other fans of Patricia Cornwell and Scarpetta.
I would make it a story and not a repeat of her last 5 or 6 books.
Kate Reading did a good job but there wasn't much she could do for the same old same old.
No but a brand story with new characters and not an outline with words filled in would be wonderful.
I am tired of authors who have made it big ie; Cornwell, Patterson,James, counting on their name to sell a book. write a story or give it up. The way their books are now you can read the first chapter (or listen) and perdict the rest of pretty much knowing how it will end.
Perhaps Patricia Cornwell's style holds more appeal for new fans. I miss the excitement and intensity of her earliest works, such as "All That Remains", "Postmortem", or "Cruel and Unusual". In these books, her characters evolved and had dimension, passion. Very different from Bone Bed.
I love the genre, with its blend of police procedure and medical technology.
I would have cut the conflict between Kay and Benton - its gotten predictable and they get through it, and it just adds to the frustration of trying to find something to like about her books. I would also resolve and never mention again the conflict between Benton and Marino. Lucy and Marino have become one dimensional in their messed up lives, and add to the bitter, dour flavor of Cornwell's books.
I found this narrator to be pedantic and melodramatic, envisioning her pacing dramatically with her hand to her forehead as she carefully enunciated words like she was reading to idiots. I realize this is harsh, but it was awful. I may not be done with the genre, but I am done with Patricia Cornwell