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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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    Marion 02-20-13
    Marion 02-20-13
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    "More of the Same"

    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.

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    Mark Sykesville, MD, United States 02-20-13
    Mark Sykesville, MD, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Not worth the money!"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

    Same basic story line as before, same basic beginning, horrible narration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

    Everyone.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

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    Deborah United States 02-20-13
    Deborah United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    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.

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    Amazon Customer Indiana 02-18-13
    Amazon Customer Indiana 02-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Save your credits"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    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.


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    Donna Beavercreek, OH, United States 02-17-13
    Donna Beavercreek, OH, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Twisty Plot as Always"
    What did you love best about The Bone Bed?

    The twists and turns.


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

    No, but I thought she was excellent!!


    Any additional comments?

    It kept my interest the whole way through!

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    VictoriaS Concord, CA, United States 02-06-13
    VictoriaS Concord, CA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Okay but not great"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    Yes


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

    Can't recall, story plodded along


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

    No


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Scott 02-06-13
    Scott 02-06-13
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    "Excellent. Best Scarpetta in some time."
    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me captured from start to finish; couldn't pause until I had reached the end.

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    Pamela 02-04-13
    Pamela 02-04-13
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    "Return to First Person Narrative Improves Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bone Bed to be better than the print version?

    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!)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kay Scarpetta - logical, analytical, and rarely emotional, unlike other characters in the series. A heroine to admire.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


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

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 01-25-13
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Scarpetta Not Up To Form"

    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.

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    Tom Avon Lake, OH, United States 01-20-13
    Tom Avon Lake, OH, United States 01-20-13
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    "Depressing"
    What did you like best about The Bone Bed? What did you like least?

    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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