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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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    William Jackson, Wyoming, United States 01-07-13
    William Jackson, Wyoming, United States 01-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Two many male characters for the female Reader."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not really, but a male Reader would have been a better choice for this audio book.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    The book really wasn't about a Canadian "bone bed" where a paleontologist's ear was severed and emailed to Scarpetta, and then was later abducted and murdered.


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

    NO.


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

    I have read a number of Cornwell books. However, listening to a Cornwell book is a new experience. The audio version of The Bone Bed did not invoke intrigue nor did the story line come close to the book's title. The number of male impersonations by the Reader was a distraction.


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    Tammy Hernando, FL, United States 01-01-13
    Tammy Hernando, FL, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good Scarpetta Book, Horrible Listen!"

    I could not get past the talk radio announcer style of this reader. I hated listening to her even though I enjoyed the book itself. Scarpetta books are getting a bit too confusing. I liked it better when she just dealt with a dead body and solving a crime. The connections to the government are getting monotonous and over-bearing. Give me a good crime scene and a crazy killer and Pete Marino's antics!

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    Donna Taylorsville, GA, United States 12-24-12
    Donna Taylorsville, GA, United States 12-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Maybe, I would definately give my opinion before recommending.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bone Bed?

    There was nothing the stands out.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I would not make a movie of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    This reader makes Kay Scarpetta sound hateful all the time. I have read every Scarpetta book and this reader has changed the basic personality of Scarpetta.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    LeeAnn Fry Conroe, Texas 12-24-12
    LeeAnn Fry Conroe, Texas 12-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Poor listen...."
    What did you love best about The Bone Bed?

    Not too much


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was the story line and how it jumped around.....boring


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

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Worst Audible listen I've purchased

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    Christine United States 12-23-12
    Christine United States 12-23-12
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    "Faithful fan"
    Any additional comments?

    I read the first 18 Scarpetta books and listened to the last two. While I thought the story here was weak, the narrator was terrible. Good thing this is fiction or Lucy might have shot you for your protrayal of her. If you share my love for Kay, my advice to you is buy the book. And my advice to Patricia Cornwell and the publisher is go back to Kate Burton,

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    Barbara Sun City, AZ, United States 12-23-12
    Barbara Sun City, AZ, United States 12-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "not as good as most!"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    Cornwell yes Kate no!


    Would you recommend The Bone Bed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes but only because it is Cornwell.


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

    It was too mundane


    Did The Bone Bed inspire you to do anything?

    Yes wait patiently for Cornwell's next book


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    LouAnn COLUMBUS, OH, United States 12-19-12
    LouAnn COLUMBUS, OH, United States 12-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Slow Moving"
    What did you like best about The Bone Bed? What did you like least?

    The Bone Bed was very slow moving at the beginning, then the story wrapped up quickly.


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

    This and more recent books by Cornwell have been disappointing, not as good as her earlier works.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s voice?

    Average


    Was The Bone Bed worth the listening time?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    joseph Tempe, AZ, United States 12-17-12
    joseph Tempe, AZ, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2007
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    "worst book in a long time"
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    never should have been published!


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    excessive meaningless conversations with too many thoughts thrown in that are obviously meant to take up book space. unfortunate that this book ever got published. very disappointed!!!!!


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

    no


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

    all of the above


    Any additional comments?

    don't want to continue to waste my time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff McLean, VA USA 12-14-12
    Jeff McLean, VA USA 12-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Cornwell's answer to running dry is running on"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    While there's some mystery about who the main villain is, there's little reason to care. Perhaps someone who likes verbose descriptions of incredibly self-absorbed people would be drawn to this narrative of how great thou art and how lacking everyone else is...it wasn't for me.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    See above - no real mystery and all the subplots were equally pointless.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    OMG - this woman's diction was like Peggy Noonan speaking English as a second language. There were odd pronunciations of relatively common words, and a bizarre cadence that was somewhat hypnotic in is arhythmic hautiness. Listening was a chore driven my curiosity to see whodunnit...a waste of time in the end due to the ho-humness of it all.


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

    No.


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    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 12-13-12
    Lynn MARIETTA, OH, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!

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    "Love Scarpetta, but who was that woman on the tape"

    This is a hard review to write because I really enjoy Kay Scarpetta books. But there were times when the narrator's condescending tone was truly annoying because that's not how I see Ms. Scarpetta. The tone was just plain wrong in places. Maybe it is because I'm a professional myself and idenify with Scarpetta. When others around me don't understand what I'm doing or why I'm doing it, I know I don't "look down my nose" at them. The annoying tone abated as the book went on, but it really was a serious problem for me. Perhaps others disagree.

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