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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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    Richard Houston, TX, USA 12-10-12
    Richard Houston, TX, USA 12-10-12
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    "Drudgery"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    The first half of the book was like a beach without water. I repeatedly threatened to stop listening, but stayed with it because of all the rave reviews I'd read before I purchased it. I kept thinking it's got to "get good" sooner or later. The characters, including the heroine, seemed entirely self obsessed with needlessly long dialogue that didn't help much in the telling of the story. This is the first Scarpetta story I've encountered and it will be the last.


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

    If I had encountered these characters in "real life" I would have walked away. Make me like at least some of the people I'm learning about. I thought the court grilling Scarpetta received was totally unrealistic. The lawyers behaviors were over the top, and I never did understand what their behavior had to do with the story.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The four plus stars this book rated when I first chose it make me wonder about the judgement of those writing the reviews. It has a lower rating now, so I guess I'm not alone in my reaction to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-31-12
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 10-31-12
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    "Time passing entertainment"

    After reading the first page of reviews, I figure I am again in the minority. I thought the story line was predictable. It was nice to see all the characters together again 2 books in a row. If it were still summer, I'd say it's a good weekend beach read. Where I'm really in the minority is my opinion of Kate Reading. I love listening to her. If it weren't for her, I probably wouldn't have made it to the end.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-28-12
    Barbara Phoenix, AZ, United States 10-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "So so story, awful narration!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    My first Cornwall audio book, bought because of interesting TV interview, but it was just so badly narrated and so full of meaningless detail that it was a turn-off.


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

    Yes, I won't waste my time on this kind of mind anesthesia again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    All ways.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I don't even think she is a very good cook...


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Warrenton, VA, United States 10-22-12
    Molly Warrenton, VA, United States 10-22-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Terrible Narration"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    I have read or listened to every book Patricia Cornwell has ever written. I will never listen to Kate Reading again. This is the worst narration I have ever heard. Ruins a very good book.


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

    Usual Scarpetta excitement.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Boring monotone. Poor characterization.


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

    With a better narrator telling the story.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Alexandra 12-22-12
    Alexandra 12-22-12
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    "Not as good a previous Scarpetta novels"

    I have read all the Kay Scarpetta novels and have enjoyed most of them. However, this last novel, Kay seems to be a complaining, somewhat souless character. Her attitude to Marino, who used to be a good friend is always angry, her relationship with Lucy seems somewhat disconnected, as wtih Bently. And when the villain is finally identified, it is almost as if Ms Cornwall had no idea who should be in this role, and quickly selected a character we had not met before in the story. So all in all this novel seems discordant and disconnected.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Houston, TX, United States 12-14-12
    Kim Houston, TX, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This book is wanting."
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    I usually don't read reviews on books. I find out for myself. How ever I will only read Cornwell books/listen if I see and excellent review. I don't ever have a problem with Kate Reading.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    It was more about disfunction with the characters than the store of a crime.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She is a good reader.


    What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

    They all are having break up type issues. This book is more about relationship problems than the story line of crime.


    Any additional comments?

    Very sad that Cornwell has lost the focus of her books which are the crimes.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    E. dec 11-09-12
    E. dec 11-09-12
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    "What happened!!! A refund is needed on this one."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Like the first few Scarpetta but they keep getting worse and this was dreadful - so many sub--'plots' - (it's hard to even consider them plots) - none came together and then the end just happened!!!!! Not a 'surprise ending" , just a "I've used up enough words and now time to publish" end).


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    A sensible plot just never developed.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    She made the best of what she had to read.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Initially good characters to draw from but absolutely no resemblance of a story plot.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer, Lorana 07-08-16
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    "Great Suspence , A Scarpetta novel Worth it"

    This novel, being one of the Scarpetta series can definitely stand alone. I am always learning as I listen, and this one does not disappoint. Great for a long drive. Just have company with you......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lewis Greitzer 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Narrator speaks VERY slowly"
    Would you listen to The Bone Bed again? Why?

    No (see above). Good story and characters


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

    Story was ok, a little predictable


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narration was painfully slow, especially when switching between character's voices


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne baldwinsville, NY, United States 04-22-16
    Dianne baldwinsville, NY, United States 04-22-16 Member Since 2014
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    "not crazy about the narrator"

    I have listened to several of these books, this narrator just didn't sound right to me. but loved the story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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