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Brothers and Bones | [James Hankins]

Brothers and Bones

Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one.
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Audible Editor Reviews

With two words, a homeless man changes up-and-coming federal prosecutor Charlie Beckham’s life. He calls Charlie by a name that only Charlie and his older brother share, except Charlie's brother, an investigative journalist, disappeared thirteen years ago. Before Charlie can act, the homeless man disappears, and Charlie must begin a search that will lead him through the dark alleys of Boston's criminal underworld. Narrator John Rubinstein gives a vivid performance of this complex thriller, complementing the tense pacing of the story with his excellent comedic timing for its occasional moments of humor.

Publisher's Summary

Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one. So begins Charlie's search for answers, and for his brother, a search that leads him down Boston's darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and, finally, into its criminal underworld. But if Charlie wants answers he'll have to get them from some of the most feared and ruthless people in the city.

©2012 James Hankins (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"A complex, entertaining thriller, with a crackerjack cast...pitch-perfect dialogue...and action scenes poised exquisitely between menace and chaos." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 12-08-13
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 12-08-13 Member Since 2009

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    "Held my interest from beginning to end"

    Excellent. I haven't looked yet to see if this author has other books, but if he does, I'm buying them! I've already recommended this to other friends who are readers/listeners. And John Rubinstein is incredible. He did an outstanding job with this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 11-13-13
    Rusty Galloway, NJ, United States 11-13-13

    Avid reader for 45 years

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    "Maybe it's a guy thing"

    I just couldn't get into this book. The writing wasn't bad but I didn't care what happened to the main character. He was wasn't likable to me, so I gave up half way through.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Harper Wildwood, FL United States 09-09-14
    Harper Wildwood, FL United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unbelievable - literally."

    Good book - held my interest; however, just not believable, which, I understand, is maybe the point of fiction. But I kinda like my reading to be a bit more swallowable (!)

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    Diana ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 08-03-14
    Diana ponte vedra beach, FL, United States 08-03-14

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    "One of the best."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Highly recommend this one. I was not familiar with James Hankins, but this book made me a fan. Also John Rubinstein is one, if not one of my favorite narrators.
    That is the only reason I downloaded this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brothers and Bones?

    There are many memorable moments and characters in this book from the main character Charlie to understanding homeless man "Bones" who ends up becoming a heroe of sorts.
    It was about good versus evil and the nature and nurture of power.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Many moving moments and moments to replay.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was complete starting with story, twists and turns and the unflapable Charlie trying to understand the loss of brother and coming to terms.
    Charlie's sensability and sarcasm and humour make him a guy you wish you knew.

    But alas it is fiction and a good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    william Erie, PA, United States 02-14-14
    william Erie, PA, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2005
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    "An abslutely horrible novel"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps those do not read much


    What was most disappointing about James Hankins’s story?

    the author's voice was incredibly irritating.


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Rubinstein’s performances?

    maybe


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who recommended this book needs to be second guessed from this point on.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "does what it says on the side of the tin!"
    Would you listen to Brothers and Bones again? Why?

    No, but then I never listen or read a book twice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Brothers and Bones?

    Can't really say without spoiling the plot!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very well.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A level headed man of the law dragged into a violent world of crime.


    Any additional comments?

    There's nothing too complicated or surprising about the story. It jogs along at a good pace and is entertaining and I would thoroughly recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    OXFORD, United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "Fast paced detective writing from the get-go!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! Enjoyable fast paced plot, some great twists and turns, easy reading/listening.


    What about John Rubinstein’s performance did you like?

    The narrator doesn't have an irritating voice, hurrah!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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