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The Bone Bed Audiobook

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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    Thomas L. Evans Reston,VA 12-10-12
    Thomas L. Evans Reston,VA 12-10-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Scarpetta Trumps Again"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Thrilling, real feelings, fast


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I generally like all of Cornwell's ending ... I like it when there are NOT details left hanging.


    What three words best describe Kate Reading’s performance?

    Readings one of my favorites ... brings all to life


    Do you think The Bone Bed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No NEED ... but always enjoy more Scarpetta


    Any additional comments?

    Now there's gotten to be so many I've find myself wanting to go back to reread to see what I missed or mixed up or just totally forgot!

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    spike 12-10-12
    spike 12-10-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Too wordy, too much detailed description of everyt"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    no


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    no


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

    nothing


    What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

    about two of them


    Any additional comments?

    the connectivity between all the characters was too confusing and often uninteresting. The author used the first person way too many times

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    Teresa 12-02-12
    Teresa 12-02-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "Drama! Cornwell's worst!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No! The story does not start untill past half of the book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    XO by Jeffery Deaver


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    She adds a certain feeling that makes Scarlett's come to life. Even when she only seems to wake up untill past half of the audio.


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

    No!


    Any additional comments?

    Cornwell needs to concentrate on a story…not the soap opera of past events.

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    L ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 11-29-12
    L ALEXANDRIA, VA, United States 11-29-12
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    "Another thriller"
    Where does The Bone Bed rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in top 10 and I've listened to probably 500 audiobooks over the last 20 years. Best audio book was "Hunt for Red October", then Cornwell's "All that Remains." Brillant piece of writing. This is a great book too but not my all time favorite.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Just when you can't imagine how Patricia Cornwell can come up with a new fresh angle for Lucy, Benton, Marino and Kay -- Cornwell blows you away with a whole new interesting plot with twists and turns. Love the complexity of Scarpetta and how Cornwell always has a way of making you feel what Scarpetta feels. Story comes to life.


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

    No. She's good but I've heard better.


    Any additional comments?

    Beginning drags -- too much flowery description at the very beginning. Wasn't necessary. Once that stops and Patricia Cornwell gets into storyline -- story is gripping -- true Cornwell style. I sat in my car for 30 minutes once in a parking lot while out and about because I didn't want to miss the next part or stop listening! This is what I like about her writing -- she pulls you in and you feel like you are there, part of the action -- part of the intrigue!

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    Lisa Chretien Hermiston, OR United States 11-28-12
    Lisa Chretien Hermiston, OR United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2014
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    "It's Scarpetta what more can I say"

    I love Kate Reading and I love Scarpetta novels. The worst part of the audio edition is that I can listen to it while I cook or clean and that just makes the listening experience not last as long.
    In comparison to the other novels I would have to say this one is the middle of the road. If I'd have had a hard copy, I doubt that I would have spent late hours reading. But, with that said, I loved it.
    I would definitely recommend it to other fans of Patricia Cornwell and Scarpetta.

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    Amazon Customer tennessee 11-28-12
    Amazon Customer tennessee 11-28-12
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    "Authors who take readers for granted."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make it a story and not a repeat of her last 5 or 6 books.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Michael Connelly


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Kate Reading did a good job but there wasn't much she could do for the same old same old.


    Do you think The Bone Bed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No but a brand story with new characters and not an outline with words filled in would be wonderful.


    Any additional comments?

    I am tired of authors who have made it big ie; Cornwell, Patterson,James, counting on their name to sell a book. write a story or give it up. The way their books are now you can read the first chapter (or listen) and perdict the rest of pretty much knowing how it will end.

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    kelly los gatos, CA, United States 11-28-12
    kelly los gatos, CA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dour, predictable plot made even worse by narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Perhaps Patricia Cornwell's style holds more appeal for new fans. I miss the excitement and intensity of her earliest works, such as "All That Remains", "Postmortem", or "Cruel and Unusual". In these books, her characters evolved and had dimension, passion. Very different from Bone Bed.


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

    I love the genre, with its blend of police procedure and medical technology.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    I would have cut the conflict between Kay and Benton - its gotten predictable and they get through it, and it just adds to the frustration of trying to find something to like about her books. I would also resolve and never mention again the conflict between Benton and Marino. Lucy and Marino have become one dimensional in their messed up lives, and add to the bitter, dour flavor of Cornwell's books.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this narrator to be pedantic and melodramatic, envisioning her pacing dramatically with her hand to her forehead as she carefully enunciated words like she was reading to idiots. I realize this is harsh, but it was awful. I may not be done with the genre, but I am done with Patricia Cornwell

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    J. Donovan St. Augustine, FL. United States 11-27-12
    J. Donovan St. Augustine, FL. United States 11-27-12

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    "Horrible narration"
    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    The narration on this book is absolutely horrible. I’ll never get to know if the book is good because every time I try to listen, and the narrator tries to create a male voice, I’m turned off by the most irritating sounds I have ever heard. Next time the publisher needs to spend the money to hire both a male and female reader when the parts call for 2. There is nothing professional about this recording, it is pure amateur.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    Kate was OK in female voice rolls but needed a male to do the male voices.


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

    Don't know - could not finish


    Any additional comments?

    To the publisher - spend the money to do a professional job

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    Karen Thompson 11-26-12
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    "Weak Story, Weak Narration for a suspense novel"

    This story seems almost one dimensional without sufficient character development of the important (most interesting) characters (the villan, the suspect) and ends with so many threads dangling you could feel the author rushing to the publisher to meet the deadline. Then, at times in the middle, there is such a depth of analysis and description of a peripheral character you want to scream as the details go on and on and on... Sorry, but I'm afraid I do not recommend it.

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    Lanie Louisville, KY, United States 11-26-12
    Lanie Louisville, KY, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "standard patricia cornwell"
    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of patricia cornwell (and Kay Scarpetta) then you will enjoy this book. The narration is done by the same reader as many of her audiobook renditions, her voice is calm and easy to listen to.

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