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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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    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


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    joseph Tempe, AZ, United States 12-17-12
    joseph Tempe, AZ, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2013
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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!

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    Jeff 12-14-12
    Jeff 12-14-12
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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

    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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    Maryellen 12-11-12
    Maryellen 12-11-12 Member Since 2016
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    "do not bother"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book would be good for anyone unfamiliar with the series


    Would you ever listen to anything by Patricia Cornwell again?

    I would sample the book first.


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

    Way too much regurgitation of the same facts.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas L. Evans 12-10-12

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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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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