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
I like Cornwell as an author and have read (paper) many of her works. This is the first Audible book from Cornwell I have purchased. I really didn't like the reader. I was constantly confused by her voices that many sounded alike and I couldn't relate to who was speaking.
Yes. I like her work, generally.
No, I thought the story was OK but contrived towards the end.
I would recommend this book if someone has been a Scarpetta fan all along. I would not recommend this book for a first time Scarpetta reader.
Same question as above and same answer.
The narrator was AWFUL! The worst narrator I've experienced since I started listening to books on tape. Her voice to character variation was embarrassing at best and down right terrible at worst. I would NOT buy a book narrated by this individual again.
It's just a boring slow book read in a boring slow way.
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.
The story was suspenseful as always. The reading reminded me of a college lecture. Professional and perfunctory.
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.
She does that but her inflections often hi-light the "chick-flick" impression I described above.
Narrow my scope ot audiobook authors.
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?
Never by Kate Reading!
The book was ok not Cornwells best but okay.
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.
Maybe someone who has not read any of the Scarpetta books and has no expectations.
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.....
I think I may have come to the end of my reading of Patricia Cornwell's books after reading almost all of the others.
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.
This book had nothing but a complaining Dr. Scarpetta. I was disappointed.
I have read everyone of the books in this series. I am not sure I would order another book from this series.
A waste of time and money.
It was an engaging, well laid out story. I had a hard time getting of the car sometimes because I was hooked.
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.
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