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Bone by Bone | [Carol O'Connell]

Bone by Bone

In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him.
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In the northern California town of Coventry, two teenage brothers go into the woods one day, but only one comes back. No one knows what happened to the younger brother, Josh, until 20 years later, when the older brother, Oren, now an ex-investigator for the Army CID, returns to Coventry for the first time in many years. His first morning back, he hears a thump on the front porch. Lying in front of the door is a human jawbone, the teeth still intact. And it is not the first such object, his father tells him. Other remains have been left these as well. Josh is coming home...bone by bone.

Using all of his investigative skills, Oren sets out to solve the mystery of his brother's murder, but Coventry is a town full of secrets and secret-keepers; the housekeeper with the fugitive past, the deputy with an old grudge, the reclusive ex-cop from LA, the woman with the title of town monster and, not least of all, Oren himself.

But the greatest secret of all belonged to his brother, and it is only by unraveling it that Oren can begin to discover the truth that has haunted them all for 20 years.

©2009 Carol O'Connell; (P)2009 Listen & Live Audio, Inc.

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    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2010

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    Sounded great but was very slow and boring. It took me forever to finish. I don't know if it was the story or the narrator but a wasted credit.

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    Tammy ENNIS, TEXAS, United States 03-11-12
    Tammy ENNIS, TEXAS, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2009

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    The most positive thing I can say about this book is that it cost $4.95 in the 'Win-Win Sale.'

    I did not enjoy this book, but that seemed appropriate because the reader did not seem to be enjoying it either. Go back and read that sentence in a monotone and then again as Gonzo the Great, and you'll get a pretty good idea of what this book sounded like.

    The book itself was repetitive and moved at a snail's pace. The characters were not fleshed out well and did not behave like real people with personalities that guided their behavior. None of them were likeable - not even the victims. Although the initial concept for the book is a promising one, the book does not live up to that promise.

    I would not recommend this audiobook.

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    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 03-13-10
    Celia Topanga, CA, United States 03-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    Mark Higganum, CT, USA 12-03-09
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    The plot line is sloppy with frequent inconsistencies. Many disappointing contrivances make the story unrealistic and unreadable. I'm not usually one to leave a book unfinished but I feared my frequent eye rolling was making driving unsafe. Spare yourself and pass on this one.

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    Guillermo Washington, DC, USA 07-29-09
    Guillermo Washington, DC, USA 07-29-09 Member Since 2006
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    I have listened to dozens and dozens of Audible.com books and this is the best one yet. The narrator is incredible. Every character is distinct and clear and the story is compelling and beautifully written/read. The book kept me enthralled and I never once felt like it was predictable. The book was so touching and I am not that much of softie but this one made me feel like a townie.

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    Kathy New Mexico 07-21-09
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    Once I got going into this book, it was enjoyable. It wasn't terrific but I was glad to read it. The ending was unexpected which was nice. I would recommend it with the understanding it isn't a thriller but it did keep you wondering how everything was going to turn out. Mr Harris did a good job articulating the various characters so you knew who and what with no problems.

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    Previous reviewers get it right; the narrarator could have been better and the story line is a stretch. I was doing garden work while listening; perhaps that's why the narration didn't bother me as much as it did others. This is also my first O'Connell book.

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    Amazon Customer Swannanoa, NC, United States 05-03-09
    Amazon Customer Swannanoa, NC, United States 05-03-09 Member Since 2006
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    I didn't think I would be on the edge of my seat throughout but it was a captivating listen. Every day when I arrived at work I thought "I'll just listen a minute longer".

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    "Slow start, worth completing"

    Now that the background of Oren Hobbs has been told in this story, I hope possible sequels approach the quality of the Mallory novels.

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    Marilyn Van Buren, MO, United States 02-05-09
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    disappointed in the ending.......it kept my attention but, as i said didn't care for the ending

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