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
Kay Scarpetta continues solving grisly crimes and arguing with Benton. There are enough twists and turns in the plot to keep the reader interested, I just did not really enjoy the story as much as I have enjoyed other Scarpetta novels. The narrator, Kate Reading is also not an appealing element of the audible book. She has been the narrator of all the Cornwell novels I have listened to, so it must be because she is the preferred "voice" of the stories. Still, I find her reading affect flat and monotonous. She does do an excellent job of the Bronx accent of Scarpetta's colleague.
No. I've read several by Cornwell and they all start out the same. I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters of this one. The story line and narration were too tedious and boring. Cornwall needs to find another protagonist and fast.
Same basic story line as before, same basic beginning, horrible narration.
Get away from the Scarpetta characters and try something different. She's a good medical mystery writer and needs to try something different. I'm also not a big fan of women narrating mystery novels, not enough intrigue in their voices.
Don't waste your time with this one. It was very disappointing. The narrator's performance was phony and contrived sounding. If she had been a good reader, I might have rated it higher. A narrator can make or break a audiobook, and in this case, she broke it. Story line was only average to boring, so all in all, I did not like this book.
It was long and pointless. I am a long time fan of this series and had to start this book over several times to stay tuned in. I must say it didn't get any better.
The twists and turns.
No, but I thought she was excellent!!
It kept my interest the whole way through!
Can't recall, story plodded along
Narrator had boring monotone throughout entire story. Many annoying instances of character interactions where one character is participating in a conversation while at the same time going off into their own thoughts... Author interspersed these thoughts within the scene and it comes off weird and distracting hearing this read aloud in that mind-numbing monotone.
Advantage of audiobooks is being able to listen while having my hands free to do other activities (internet surfing,exercising, cleaning house, etc). Disadvantage is you are at the mercy of the narrator's reading. If you don't like the way characters are read, you must suffer through that character's part (e.g., Lucy sounding like a sterotypical deep-voiced lesbian that I can onlly imagine the narrator thinks must be appropriate when earlier narrator had a more innocent, sweet voice for the character I miss the "earlier" Lucy!)
Kay Scarpetta - logical, analytical, and rarely emotional, unlike other characters in the series. A heroine to admire.
Audiobooks makes it easy to close your eyes and mentally escape to somewhere else.Dislikes some of the voices by the narrator, particularly Lucy's.
Always hate to reach the end of the book, particularly this one. I spent the past year reading the entire Scarpetta series, and now I've reached the end (till the next book release).
The references to food in details seem over the top throughout all of the Scarpetta books series. It nearly made me want to hit the FF.
Well, I found the book dragging. I've read all 20 books and found them riveting and loved the characters. In this book I found the characters boring, even Kay herself didn't reach me. Maybe it was the reader but she sounded whiny and unsure of herself. The book spent too much time in Kay's head and she spent too much time theorizing about what it might be and why. Didn't measure up to earlier books BUT having said that, it is still better than many similar books published today. I'll wait for Book 21 to see what's next. I was happy to see that Kay and Bennett resolved their (her) fears.
I enjoyed the attention to the technical details but the story was darker than I remember the previous Scarpetta stories I listened.
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