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Swamp Bones: A Novella Audiobook

Swamp Bones: A Novella

Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human.
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Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan returns in a chilling original short story from number-one New York Times best-selling author Kathy Reichs. In the prequel to Reichs’s upcoming thriller Bones Never Lie, Tempe takes a much-needed vacation - but murder follows wherever she goes.

Although a trip to Florida is supposed to be about rest and relaxation, there’s no such thing as a day off for Dr. Temperance Brennan. She has come to visit her friend, a dedicated ornithologist who’s researching the threat that intrusive Burmese pythons pose to indigenous bird species in the Everglades. While sorting through the stomach of an eighteen-foot specimen, they make a disturbing discovery: bones that are unmistakably human. And when Tempe spots the telltale signs of murder by a very different kind of predator, she’s drawn into a case with its roots in the darkest depths of the swamp.

©2014 Kathy Reichs (P)2014 Random House Audio

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    Amanda V. 05-23-15
    Amanda V. 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    If you could sum up Swamp Bones: A Novella in three words, what would they be?

    suspenseful well written


    What other book might you compare Swamp Bones: A Novella to and why?

    it is hard to compare another book to this story but maybe Reichs "Break No Bones" is close.


    Any additional comments?

    this was a great read. I really liked the humor in this one..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Me & My Girls 08-23-14 Member Since 2015

    Special thanks to Sasha, Stacy and Stef for sharing the Audible experience with me and being the best of company during my recovery.

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    "Florida Agrees With Tempe"

    Tempe Brennan heads to the Everglades and is drafted into service when human bones are found inside a dead python. This is a short novella; less than three hours and it keeps the story moving quickly; unlike many of the Bones series works which become mired in detail and make interest difficult to maintain. The events which lead up to the climatic scene strain credulity to some extent but so do a great many selections in this genre. Given the minimal cost of this audiobook it's an excellent choice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 10-14-15
    Melissa 10-14-15

    I am a 25 year old from the city of Vancouver, Canada; who just happens to be a certified bookworm, book hoarder and avid tea enthusiast

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    "Not Bad"

    Welcome to installment 16.5 of the Tempe Brennan series and Reich's second novella.

    In Swamp Bones, Forensic Anthropologist Tempe Brennan heads to the Florida Everglades where she meets up with her Ornithologist friend Dr. Lisa Robbins. Invariably work seems to follow Tempe so it is not surprising when human remains are recovered from the belly of a python.

    Having read many of the Tempe books - including the Bones on Ice novella - I thought I would pick up a copy from Audible as it was inexpensive.

    After listening to the book I can state that while this was a satisfactory story I felt that the writing wasn't up to Reich's usual snuff. I felt that the plot itself was set-up for a full-length book, yet it was condensed into a 98 page novella/3 hour audio book; it lost some finesse along the way.

    Nevertheless, I still appreciated this novella. As usual I felt that I walked away from this story having learned a few new tidbits of information. In this case, readers learned a bit about Pythons and the Everglades. Ultimately, its purpose was served which was to whet the appetite for the next full-length novel.

    Moreover, this short story was great in the sense that it provided a quick and entertaining read/listen for a 'one-afternoon' reading session. I would likely recommend this book to fans of the series. However, one must be aware that this is a novella; henceforth the quality is not the same as the novels.

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    Desert Crone 09-28-15
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    What did you like best about Swamp Bones: A Novella? What did you like least?

    Loved the premise, but I spotted the perps as soon as they were introduced. Very disappointing.


    If you’ve listened to books by Kathy Reichs before, how does this one compare?

    First one I've listened to but I've read lots of her books. This was not up to her usual standards.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Less drama in the voice.


    Did Swamp Bones: A Novella inspire you to do anything?

    The other novella has gone to the bottom of my reading list.


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    Debbie B. 07-28-15
    Debbie B. 07-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "predictable read"

    my first an last Reichs book. I hate mysteries where the killer is preditble and the heroine who doesn't trust her instincts.

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    S. French Tennessee 07-27-15
    S. French Tennessee 07-27-15

    S.French

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    "Very good!"

    Quick trip entertainment! Under 3hrs audio. Educational too! I loved the story line and the info on snakes was cool.

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    Amazon Customer 05-15-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Short but worth the listen "

    enjoyed it despite the brevity of the book there were plenty of detail to enjoy.

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    Lisa D. Litschi 03-17-15
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    "short but enjoyable"

    I listened to the "bones" series in order. this was not the best but was enjoyable and entertaining

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    Tina_t 02-01-15
    Tina_t 02-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Ok sample"

    Hopefully the longer books in this series are better. Very educational details about the snakes and the alligators. Nice, quick book.

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    James 10-19-14
    James 10-19-14
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    "A man eating python or is it?"

    Tempe Brennan is supposed to be on holiday in Florida, human remains are discovered in the stomach of a python, so I guess its swamp and snakes for Tempe. Katherine Borowitz's performance of the audio book is brilliant.

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