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Dreaming of the Bones | [Deborah Crombie]

Dreaming of the Bones

Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help.
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Often compared to both Ruth Rendell and P.D. James, Deborah Crombie is internationally acclaimed for her deftly written mysteries that combine suspense, with lyrical prose. Sharply etched characters further enrich this story of tangled relationships and dark secrets. Twelve years after their divorce, Scotland Yard Superintendent Duncan Kincaid receives a phone call from his ex-wife Victoria asking for his help. While working on a biography of the late poet Lydia Brooke, she has uncovered information that has her convinced Lydia's suicide five years ago was really murder. As Duncan begins his investigation, another murder occurs closer to home. Now he finds himself frantically searching for clues in Lydia's complicated past to find the killer before he strikes again. Award-winning author Deborah Crombie has crafted a beautifully written, multilayered mystery that leaves you gasping with surprise. Jenny Sterlin's narration deftly creates an air of suspense while capturing every nuance of the language.

©1997 Deborah Crombie; (P)2000 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 08-13-11
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 08-13-11 Member Since 2006
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    "A subtle british procedural"

    Deborah Crombie weaves a complex and subtle tale, with many characters, some of which I lost track of at times but later recovered. A multiple murder occurring over several years unfolds against the backdrop of Cambridge and the wonderful poetry of Rupert Brooke. My only complaint would be the characterization of a 12 year child as an adult. Otherwise, this is a wonderful book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 09-19-12
    richard/sharon great falls, va, United States 09-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A story to satisfy"

    Listen to the sample, the narrator is fine - More than fine. She is good. The problem is she is new. You may start out a series and get attached to a narrator's voice and you feel let down when he/she is replaced. I felt that about the Bernie Gunther series because I adore John Lee's voice. This is a good book, kept me guessing and I enjoyed Ms. Sterlin's reading. It is harder, I feel, for a woman to do men's voices, but they can and do. Enjoy.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Edgar Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-16-12
    Edgar Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 09-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "The best so far"

    I'm listening to the Kincaid-James series in chronological order. This is the fifth of fourteen so far published, and, like each of its predecessors, it just gets better from book to book. At first I thought this one was rather slow, but it becomes riveting as the novel proceeds. I recommend it very highly, and if you have the time and money, I'd also recommend that your begin by listening to the books in order if you haven't done so already.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 12-27-13
    Dorothy 12-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "calling all English majors"

    if you studied English and loved poetry, you're in luck with this book. The story centers around a poet and there are frequent quotations from the poems of Rupert Brook. I almost gave up on it during the first couple of chapters, because English was decidedly NOT my favorite class in school, and I abhor artsy poetry in particular. I stuck it out only because once I find an author I like, I always read his or her books in sequence.
    I'm glad i didn't give up on this. The plot became more interesting as the story wore on. Around the middle of the book there is another death, and suddenly it became a page-turner. In addition, it contains essential background info concerning Kincaid's personal life, which I would have missed if I had given up and skipped to the next book in the series.
    The author has mastered the disdainful upper-class drawl of the cultured English snob.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth 11-27-10
    Ruth 11-27-10
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    "2 Stars for the plot and 1 star for the narrator"

    Listen to the sample narration - like me you might be intrigued by the initial lyricism of the reading - however then imagine the same dramatic and sepia tinted tones describing mundane tasks like answering the phone or a walk across a university lawn and you have the problem with Jenny Sterlin's narration in this audiobook - it lacks dramatic range and tends to be monotonous after the first 30 minutes. As for the plot, this is the first time I have listened to Deborah Crombie's work but I found the story tedious and explanation and understanding of the characters' actions was reliant on fortuitous discovery by the main characters rather than any careful thinking through of motive and evidence. In fact, the book seems to focus on romance far more than mystery, so - sample this book with caution if you like the mystery genre. It might of course be a much better read if you are already familiar with this author's style and are looking for a light romance focus in the storyline.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 11-12-14
    Anne 11-12-14
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    "Reader Not Recommended"

    I really hate to say this, but I think Jenny Sterlin has done Dreaming of the Bones a real disservice. It sounds like she's just reading the material for the first time and trying out different ways to present each character. The result is that none of the characters have an identifiable voice and sometimes the accent and the tone in any particular scene is just all wrong. She drawls a lot and sometimes has an arch tone so it sounds like the words she's reading were written by Noel Coward or Oscar Wilde. A mess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. West GA United States 05-09-14
    D. West GA United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Great story ruined by the narration"
    Any additional comments?

    I always enjoy the books in this series, but I had to stop listening to this one and read it instead. The background narration was fine, as was Gemma's dialogue, but when reading dialogue for the other characters she gave them all the same exaggerated accent that reminded me of Katharine Hepburn at her comic best. It was almost impossible to follow a conversation with everybody sounding pretty much the same. Ms Sterlin's voice is not unpleasant, I just think she was the wrong choice for this book. With so many characters, the book needed a narrator who could give them distinctive voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    susan 05-05-14
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    "The most annoying narrator!"

    I listened to 3 books in this series with Michael Deehy reading and really enjoyed the series. What a disappointment to listen to this insipid narration by Jenny Sterlin. It was awful, not worth even the 1 star I gave.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Chandler, AZ, United States 04-19-13
    Ann Chandler, AZ, United States 04-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Good book, wrong narrator."
    What did you like best about Dreaming of the Bones? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the first four books in this series very much, and was anticipating another great book, but I'm not sure about this one. Although I did like this story and characters, I had a really hard time getting past the voice of the narrator. I almost gave up listening until I found that if I double the speed on my ipod, it made Jenny Sterlin sound pretty normal. I think I will have to reserve judgement on the book until I get a copy from the library and read it myself.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 03-11-13
    Laura 03-11-13
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    "Couldn't get past the first 5 minutes!"
    What disappointed you about Dreaming of the Bones?

    Loved the first three books in the series, but the reader starting with this one is so bad that I can't stand to listen to more than the first 5 minutes. Wish I could return the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Certainly not any more books by Deborah Crombie unless the producers get rid of this reader and return to Michael Deehy or someone with a better voice and far better characterization.


    What didn’t you like about Jenny Sterlin’s performance?

    The basic voice is unpleasant to listen to at all. There is no performance about it. The timbre of the voice is harsh and strident. There is no distinctions between or among characters. She has a terrible "male" voice, little differentiation from the female and no difference among the females. Also the candence is entirely soporific.


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

    Other than great disappointment in the reader, never got far enough to determine anything about the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Is there any way to return a book?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Good book, spoiled by narrator"

    Book is well written, characters well drawn, spoiled by narrator who sounds like Mariella frostrup on tranquillisers, and who frequently misplaces emphases. At least her slow speed .leaves the listener time to work out the meaning before she moves onto the next sentence. Will avoid this narrator in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sandra
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    "Great book - awful reader"

    This was another excellent early story in this series. However the reader was awful. Slightly nasal and rather strangled vowels. Gemma sounded like Jamma. It has put me off any more by this reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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