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The Bone Garden Audiobook

The Bone Garden

Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil � human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.
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Present day: Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the rocky soil - human, female, and, according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner Maura Isles, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder.

Boston, 1830: In order to pay for his education, medical student Norris Marshall has joined the ranks of local "resurrectionists" � those who plunder graveyards and harvest the dead for sale on the black market. But when a distinguished doctor is found murdered and mutilated on university grounds, Norris finds that trafficking in the illicit cadaver trade has made him a prime suspect.

With unflagging suspense and pitch-perfect period detail, The Bone Garden deftly traces the dark mystery at its heart across time and place to a finale as ingeniously conceived as it is shocking.

Solve another case with medical examiner Dr. Maura Isles.

©2007 Tess Gerritsen; (P)2007 Random House, Inc.

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    Christine Coates Louisville, KY 10-03-07
    Christine Coates Louisville, KY 10-03-07 Member Since 2005

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    "Very Entertaining"

    I really enjoyed this book, though I'm a Maura Isles fan and she was just the bait to get me to buy I still loved it. The back story and history were really cool and interesting. I didn't want to put my Ipod down.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 07-24-11
    Lorri New Albany, IN, United States 07-24-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Juvenile"

    I've listened to about an hour of Bone Garden and can't listen anymore. I find the writing juvenile and written as though it were the first novel of a 17 year old. Tess Gerritsen is definitely not a Jane Austen who could write when she was 17. The narrator is no better however she does emphasize the "poor, poor me" attitude of the characters.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Monica Middletown, DE, USA 01-08-08
    Monica Middletown, DE, USA 01-08-08
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    "Loved It!"

    The author takes you on a journey through history that has you feeling as if you were there. You can appreciate the struggles of the working class during that era. The narator is good but sometimes had the same sounding voice for different characters which sometimes made it hard to follow. Overall a great read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 07-18-11
    Joanna SCOTTSDALE, AZ, United States 07-18-11 Member Since 2015

    Used to read classic lit for pleasure of well-written prose. Now, with MS, it's thrillers, courtroom/police dramas, and adventure to escape!

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    "Loved it!"

    This is right up there as one of my favorite Gerritsen thrillers. Loved the characters, the narrator was actually decent in this reading, and the historical aspects of present time characters searching to understand a mystery from another century through letters works flawlessly. It seems it would be a tricky thing to pull off to have the past and present jumping back and forth, but the historical elements are fascinating, and the transitions are smooth as glass. Great listen! Highly recommend this one!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 11-17-10
    Paul 11-17-10 Member Since 2015

    I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.

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    "Very annoying narration"

    This book was potentially interesting but the narrator's Irish voice drove me to stop reading. Why do narrator's think they have to "Irish" up the Irish. The rolling "R's" were so long I thought she would have to choke up phlegm. The modern day narration was good. She should have done the same with the historical part.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    John Rochester, NY, USA 06-21-08
    John Rochester, NY, USA 06-21-08
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    "Cant stop listening"

    I actually sat in the car after ariving home. Never a dull moment.

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    Lioness 04-03-08
    Lioness 04-03-08 Listener Since 2003

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    "Interesting Read"

    This was an interesting book. However the reader should understand that about 95% of the book takes place in the 1800's. I thought it would switch back and forth between the past and the present but it did not as much as I would have liked. Still the narration was absolutely terrific and the book very much worth reading.

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    Jody Austin, TX, United States 01-16-08
    Jody Austin, TX, United States 01-16-08 Member Since 2014
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    "Very glad I stuck with it"

    I was not impressed with this book at the beginning. The writing seemed simplistic and unoriginal, and the reader's flat, emotionless voice was not something I looked forward to hearing for a long time. However, I was "trapped" in my car, so continued to listen. Once the story moved to 1830's Boston, both writing and reader improved immensely - especially the reader. Susan Deneker's ability with voices rivals Barbara Rosenblat, and from me, there's no higher accolade. I admit I had to fast-forward through some of the more gruesome descriptions, but overall, I really enjoyed the book, especially that it still held some surprises for me at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 12-28-07
    Tony 12-28-07
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    "Fantastic!!!"

    I've listened to approximately 100 audible books and this one is in my top five recommendations. There are two stories in this book, one from long ago and one from the present. Yet both stories are closely (very) related. This book is one of only two in which I have listened to that catch me by surprise at the end. Please listen to this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Boston, MA, USA 10-31-07
    Jim Boston, MA, USA 10-31-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome Book"

    I lived in New England for five years+, I heard of the author, but never read any of her books. I signed up to Audible on a friends recommendation, when I checked out the variety of books, I came accross The Bone Garden in New Releases. The author's name caught my eye, so I figured I would select it..
    weeks later, I have referred the author/service to other friends.. I am so hooked on audible and this author's stories...it makes me sad when I get to work every morning, cause I know story time is over.
    If you like mysteries and history you will love the Bone Garden, the details are amazing...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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