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
Not really, but a male Reader would have been a better choice for this audio book.
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.
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.
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!
Maybe, I would definately give my opinion before recommending.
There was nothing the stands out.
I would not make a movie of the book.
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.
Not too much
It was the story line and how it jumped around.....boring
Worst Audible listen I've purchased
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,
Cornwell yes Kate no!
Yes but only because it is Cornwell.
It was too mundane
Yes wait patiently for Cornwell's next book
The Bone Bed was very slow moving at the beginning, then the story wrapped up quickly.
This and more recent books by Cornwell have been disappointing, not as good as her earlier works.
never should have been published!
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!!!!!
all of the above
don't want to continue to waste my time!
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.
See above - no real mystery and all the subplots were equally pointless.
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.
Professional female with little time for the fun things (cooking, reading and traveling)!
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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