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The Bone Thief Audiobook
The Bone Thief
Written by: 
Jefferson Bass
Narrated by: 
Dan Woren
The Bone Thief Audiobook

The Bone Thief: A Body Farm Novel

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Jefferson Bass delivers an authentic and knuckle-biting thriller in which forensic anthropologist Dr. Bill Brockton must confront a crime of unimaginable proportions on his own doorstep.

Dr. Bill Brockton has been called in on a seemingly routine case, to exhume a body and obtain a bone sample for a DNA paternity test. But when the coffin is opened, Brockton and his colleagues, including his graduate assistant Miranda Lovelady, are stunned to see that the corpse has been horribly violated. Brockton’s initial shock gives way to astonishment as he uncovers a flourishing and lucrative black market in body parts. At the center of this ghoulish empire is a daring and prosperous grave robber. Soon Brockton finds himself drawn into the dangerous enterprise when the FBI recruits him to bring down the postmortem chop shop—using corpses from the Body Farm as bait in an undercover sting operation.

As Brockton struggles to play the unscrupulous role the FBI asks of him, his friend and colleague, medical examiner Eddie Garcia, faces a devastating injury that could end his career. Exposed to a near-lethal dose of radioactivity, Dr. Garcia has lost most of his right hand and his entire left hand. Out of options, he embarks on a desperate quest: both of his ravaged hands will be severed at the wrist and replaced with those from a cadaver. But unless suitable ones are found soon, the opportunity will be lost.

As Brockton delves deep into the clandestine trade, he is faced with an agonizing choice: Is he willing to risk an FBI investigation—and his own principles—to help his friend? Will he be able to live with himself if he crosses that line? Will he be able to live with himself if he doesn’t? And as the criminal case and the medical crisis converge, a pair of simpler questions arise: Will Dr. Garcia survive—and will Brockton?

Flesh and bone: listen to another Body Farm Novel.

©2010 Jefferson Bass, LLC (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

“Fans of forensic fiction will want to add this author to their list of favorites." (Booklist)

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    Susan A Foreman 06-17-16 Member Since 2013
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    "love this book, wish audible had entire series"

    I love this book, wish audible had the entire series. The story line was good without being too dark and narrator was excellent.

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    Amazon Customer 08-19-15 Member Since 2013

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    "When Will They EVER Get to the Mystery?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author spends too much time rehashing what went on in a prior book. I never read that book, but I had a good idea what it was about long before the author finished retelling it. I'm halfway through and I don't know if I'll make it to the end.


    Would you recommend The Bone Thief to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I don't think I'd recommend it. A lot of other readers loved this book, but maybe it's an acquired taste. I really wanted to like it and I'm trying to finish it, but I don't know if I can.


    What does Dan Woren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think he's good at Southern voices and I liked that he read the exposition in a different voice than that of the main character. I had no problem with the reader's performance.


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

    I have no opinion on this. There are follow up books, but I doubt I'll read them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 06-04-13
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 06-04-13 Member Since 2012

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

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    "Great forensic mystery!"

    I had a very , very long drive over a too short weekend, and I wanted to find a book that would keep me interested and awake. I'd found "The Bone Thief" by 'Jefferson Bass', and it was even more than I hoped for.

    'Jefferson Bass' is the writing partnership of Jon Jefferson, a science writer and Dr. William Bass, the forensic anthropologist who founded the University of Tennessee'a 'Body Farm'. The Body Farm studies donated bodies to learn about decomposition to help solve crime. I've been reading non-fiction books mentioning Bill Bas and his work for years (like Mary Roach's Corpse), and fiction too (Kathy Reichs' Temperance Brennan series).

    I expected some serious forensic anthropology in "The Bone Thief", and it was there. What was unexpected and fascinating was the through discussion of transplants and body donations. A great deal of the discussion was true, as the afterward explained

    The story started out strong, but the mystery and solution was pretty formulaic, so that was disappointing.

    The narration was good, and Dan Foren did a good job distinguishing the characters. I liked the southern accent he used for the main character, Dr. Bill Brockton.

    This forensic mystery was good company for the long drive.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Homertax 04-21-12
    Homertax 04-21-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Well Read, Poorly Written"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Half way through I stopped listening because a) nothing happened and b) I could care less about any character.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    Jefferson Bass could have kept the manuscript at home rather than seeing fit to share it with the rest of the world.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No, but this performance was good.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Only the main and supporting characters and the minor characters. I liked the backhoe operator, but otherwise no one was of interest.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Hey audible, I want my $5 back.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 04-15-12
    jacques otterburn park, QC, Canada 04-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Pretty bland fare"
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    The inane banter got on my nerves after half an hour. Pretends to be clever, doesn't make it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 08-20-12
    Mary-Ann PUEBLO, CO, United States 08-20-12

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    "Definitely not recommended"

    There was nothing about this story that stood out and made me want to continue to listen. Usually I am looking for a little time throughout my day to listen to a chapter of whatever book I am currently listening to. With this book, I had to make myself go back. I kept hoping it would get better, but it just slogged along at a slow, rather boring pace. The mystery here really wasn't, the narrator wasn't good, and throughout I felt like I was being lectured to. While some may enjoy this, when I finally got to the end I was glad it was FINALLY over.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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