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The Bone Bed Audiobook
The Bone Bed
Written by: 
Patricia Cornwell
Narrated by: 
Kate Reading
The Bone Bed Audiobook

The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

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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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    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-20-12
    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Not like the "older" Scarpetta Novels"

    I was hoping for a substantial "older style" Scarpetta mystery - but again was disappointed. The story seems to have no plot, jumps around to different random murders that seem to be connected, yet we can't imagine why and has no more character development. I think it is time to be done with Kay Scarpetta.


    I found the narrator to be slightly irritating and her character voices to be odd. She did not add to the books enjoyment, in fact, detracted from it.

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    ed PACIFIC JCT, IA, United States 11-19-12
    ed PACIFIC JCT, IA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth the time"
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    It took to long to get to the story plot. Almost stopped the story.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes I will not read or lissen to any more by the outher. See need to change her story line.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It seemed the the reader was not into the book shile she read it. I can see why.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    The whole first half of the book. It took way to long to get to the story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 11-18-12
    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 11-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Not like 15 years ago"
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    Nothing. I loved Patricia Cornwall 10+ years ago and decided to give her another shot. The characters were the same but the story was mundane. Too many details about the coffee machine in the bathroom. The story didn't grab me. I stopped listening about ten minutes in.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm done with Patricia Cornwall.


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

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

    All of them. Lucy especially.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 11-16-12
    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Gottcha....again"

    I was hoping this would be a Patricia Cornwell come back....it was disappointing.....It was a chore listening......I found that the beginning was a tedious long and boring dialogue with much to much description of things that did not really matter....did not enhance the story line, or encourage one to continue the book......it was really hard for me to continue, but I kept hoping it would get better.........
    The monotone of the narration did not enhance the experience......
    I will not get caught again !

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Judy 11-16-12
    Judy 11-16-12
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    "Not one of her best"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Story fell flat in the middle and I felt that the ending was abrupt.


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

    Not as good as her previous novel Red Mist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda South Bend, IN, United States 11-13-12
    Lynda South Bend, IN, United States 11-13-12
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    I have read all her books but this one just wasn't up to standard.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will read new books that she writes


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

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcia largo, FL, United States 11-13-12
    Marcia largo, FL, United States 11-13-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Good read, not her best."

    Enjoyed this continuing saga, but it's not one of her best. Will listen again as I start the series for the second time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 11-12-12
    Mary 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Narration Affected My Appreciation of Scarpetta"

    I've been a fan of Cornwell...and Scarpetta...for many years. I'm not sure if I can say the same after Bone Bed. It's hard to say how much the narrator's interpretation of Scarpetta and other key characters affected the way I experienced this story, but I found Scarpetta moved from flawed (but brilliant and admirable) to unbearable (inexplicably petulant, arrogant, and oblivious to much of what is going on around her).

    I may have to *read* this book myself to determine whether I can return for another Scarpetta novel. Perhaps I've misread the character of Scarpetta for years, but the narrator and I clearly have very different interpretations of her personality.

    I also hope that Cornwell allows the characters to grow a bit in the next novel. This was one of my favorite series, and I'm crossing my fingers that the next book brings something fresh to the table.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael H. Parker 11-12-12 Member Since 2015
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    "good but not great"
    Where does The Bone Bed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Worthwhile to listen but not one of my favorites


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

    Not fond of some of characters....superwomen n always weak men. Being a man....


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cnt remember any particular scene.


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

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terry 11-12-12
    Terry 11-12-12
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    "Good for a quick read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Marino is a favorite anytime


    Any additional comments?

    Not much about a bone bed. Should have developed that more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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