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The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20 | [Patricia Cornwell]

The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.
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Publisher's Summary

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bedis a must-listen for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.

©2012 Patricia Cromwell (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-12-12
    Francine Toronto, Ontario, Canada 11-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Scarpetta no more"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    It's just a boring slow book read in a boring slow way.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Hobbit.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Yes.


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

    That's it. I finally learned my lesson. No more Scarpetta book. This series used to be quite good (I have read all the books, except for the later ones that were just too bad to finish) but I just couldn't finish this one. These books are just not worth my time and credits anymore. The characters are not likeable anymore.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda Lowell, NC, United States 11-12-12
    Brenda Lowell, NC, United States 11-12-12
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    "Well thought out plot as always."

    The story was suspenseful as always. The reading reminded me of a college lecture. Professional and perfunctory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Sparta, IL, United States 11-07-12
    Carl Sparta, IL, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Cornwell's style"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The Cornwell style was originally ok with me because here story line was good but now I'm tired if her "chick=book" obscession. She beats Benton's insensitivity to her feminine needs to death!! I hear a "poor me" attitude pervading a good deal of the dialogue. I know that Merino is a diamond in the rough but he is a bit too rough for me. His foul mouth is offensive to me and I don't consider myself lilly white.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    AS above


    Did Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She does that but her inflections often hi-light the "chick-flick" impression I described above.


    Did The Bone Bed inspire you to do anything?

    Narrow my scope ot audiobook authors.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pat Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-07-12
    Pat Los Angeles, CA, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2002
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    "The absolute worst narration of all time!"
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    It is very difficult to get through the book with this narrator, and, so far, I haven't been able to do it. She makes the story drag, and as much as I usually enjoy the Scarpetta series, I'm not sure I'm going to make it with this one. The narrator's attempts to change with characters would be laughable if it weren't so poorly done. Can you tell I have a one-track opinion at this point?


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    Never by Kate Reading!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    laura United States 11-07-12
    laura United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator was horrible and sounded like a computer."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The book was ok not Cornwells best but okay.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Her voice sounded like a computer and I only finished listening because I paid for the book. Her voice made it very hard to follow, I had to replay parts over a few times.


    Was The Bone Bed worth the listening time?

    not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-07-12
    Judith Walnut Creek, CA, United States 11-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprisingly disappointing!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Maybe someone who has not read any of the Scarpetta books and has no expectations.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    She reads too fast, does mispronounce some words but that's not the major issue. She's too proper and efficient with none of the earthy class of the real Kay Scarpetta. I lost my vision of Kay early on. Also, though the book is rich with descriptions, I dislike the way it portrays Benton. I sense early on a dislike of men, and a total disconnect with how they might feel and how those feeling are described. It seems like the author's passion for the characters is gone.....


    Any additional comments?

    I think I may have come to the end of my reading of Patricia Cornwell's books after reading almost all of the others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roxy Fruita, CO, United States 11-05-12
    Roxy Fruita, CO, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book was a very hard book to get through..."
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    I had to start and stop and restart this book. It was awful, boring, mundane, and the story line was hard to stay engrossed in.


    What could Patricia Cornwell have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    This book had nothing but a complaining Dr. Scarpetta. I was disappointed.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    I have read everyone of the books in this series. I am not sure I would order another book from this series.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    A waste of time and money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marc S. Haberman Vernon Hills, IL, United States 11-03-12
    Marc S. Haberman Vernon Hills, IL, United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great Story"
    What did you like best about The Bone Bed? What did you like least?

    It was an engaging, well laid out story. I had a hard time getting of the car sometimes because I was hooked.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The other Scarpetta books I've listened to were narrated by Critt, and she made Scarpetta a character that was likeable and interesting. Something about the way this narrator's inflection sounded was tough to listen to and had it been my first such story, probably would have been my last.

    She was good at differentiating voices of other characters, so perhaps she could listen to the other stories and take a page from that style.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie WATERTOWN, MA, United States 10-30-12
    Jamie WATERTOWN, MA, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "The first Iphone did not have VIDEO."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes- it's a nicely paced listen, well read. If you like Cornwell's books- you'll like this one. I think I preferred Red Mist...but this one is good too...less personal to the characters. I really think the Cambridge location is the best by FAR.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the science and technical parts...such as Luke the Dental Pathologist. He is a great character. Also I love the Leatherback and descriptions of how marine biologists rescued him. I used to rescue manatees- so I can relate.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Leatherback rescue and body recovery scene with the helicopters...I felt like I was right there.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listening took a few days...but I listened every chance I got :)


    Any additional comments?

    It was kind of a weird solve. I actually missed it and had to re-listen to the chapter again because all the sudden I didn't know what was going on. The end is tied up with a convenient bow...
    One BIG message to Patricia Cornwell and her editors: The first Iphone did not have VIDEO. That was a big No No on Lucy's infallable computer skills...
    Narration for Lucy's character made her sound a little manly and bored. Narration was wonderful otherwise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 10-21-12
    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 10-21-12 Member Since 2012

    I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!

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    "Cornwell never disappoints with Scarpetta!"
    Where does The Bone Bed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Always interesting 2 c how the main characters grow & change in each book.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She is one of my Favorite narrators. She does Scarperra & other characters so well. Wouldn't b the same without her! She's amazing!


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

    Loved it all!


    Any additional comments?

    Well worth the credit!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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