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
The narration on this book is absolutely horrible. I’ll never get to know if the book is good because every time I try to listen, and the narrator tries to create a male voice, I’m turned off by the most irritating sounds I have ever heard. Next time the publisher needs to spend the money to hire both a male and female reader when the parts call for 2. There is nothing professional about this recording, it is pure amateur.
Kate was OK in female voice rolls but needed a male to do the male voices.
Don't know - could not finish
To the publisher - spend the money to do a professional job
This story seems almost one dimensional without sufficient character development of the important (most interesting) characters (the villan, the suspect) and ends with so many threads dangling you could feel the author rushing to the publisher to meet the deadline. Then, at times in the middle, there is such a depth of analysis and description of a peripheral character you want to scream as the details go on and on and on... Sorry, but I'm afraid I do not recommend it.
If you're a fan of patricia cornwell (and Kay Scarpetta) then you will enjoy this book. The narration is done by the same reader as many of her audiobook renditions, her voice is calm and easy to listen to.
I don't listen to books twice but I am a "rewinder" as I love details as I like to picture the scene and there was a fair amount of description of scenes.
Not on the edge of my seat but entertained
She did do a good job of differenetiating the characters but in my mind, Scarpetta has a different, more "attractive" voice
If you like Lucy and have followed her in the prior books, the part where she is happy in the end made me feel good. Also the relationship between Scarpetta and Benton seems real to me.
If you like Cornwell's Scarpetta series, you will enjoy this. I did.
Change the narrator, she was terrible and made the story hard to listen to. I am very disappointed in this one...the voice - terrible for story telling.
Not the audio version, it was horribly done.
A two year old could have done better.
I hope there are more Scarpetta novels, but the audio version read by someone else!
Redo the audio version and give those of us who hated how it was read a chance to listen to it again by someone who can actually do the story justice.
I love the Scarpetta books, but this one was a bit disappointing and slow. I still gave it a pretty high rating as I'm so picky that even a not so great Patricia Cornwell novel is a lot better than so many other authors.