It's June in Montreal, and Dr. Temperance Brennan, who has left a shaky marriage back home in North Carolina to take on the challenging assignment of Director of Forensic Anthropology for the province of Quebec, looks forward to a relaxing weekend in beautiful Quebec City. First, though, she must stop at a newly uncovered burial site in the heart of the city. The remains are probably old and only of archeological interest, but Tempe must make sure they're not a case for the police.
One look at the decomposed and decapitated corpse, stored neatly in plastic bags, tells her she'll spend the weekend in the crime lab. Something about the crime scene is familiar to Tempe: the stashing of the body parts; the meticulous dismemberment. As a pattern continues to emerge, Tempe calls upon all her forensic skills, including bone, tooth/dental, and bitemark analysis and x-ray microflourescence to convince the police that the cases are related and to try to stop the killer before he strikes again.
Told with lacerating authenticity and passion, Déjà Dead is both poignant and terrifying as it hurtles toward its breathtaking conclusion and instantly catapults Kathy Reich into the top ranks of crime authors.
©1997 Kathy Reichs (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Accomplished and chilling." (People)
"Kathy Reichs knows how to put all [of her] exotic experience into a novel....Quebec's own Southern gal give[s] Cornwell a run for the money." (Margaret Cannon, Globe and Mail)
"What makes Déjà Dead so compelling, in addition to the authoritative descriptions of how a forensic scientist 'reads' the story the bones tell, is the character of Brennan - smart, persistent, gutsy, ironic yet vulnerable." (Judy Stoffman, Toronto Star)
The book itself is great, but the narrator sounds like she's on a respirator. Her inspirations are so distracting. I don't know if she's a heavy breather, or the book is just poorly recorded, but I would have skipped this recording if I had known.
Holy heck, who is reading this? William Shatner? This is AWFULLY read, but appears to get better the more the person gets into the book...
The beginning was almost too painful to continue.
I am listening to this book as I write this review. I listen on my IPod while I garden or work around the house...using my headphones. I can't do that with this particular book, the narrator's swallowing and sucking throughout is thoroughly distracting and nauseating. So I pulled out my headphones, put the IPod across the room an listen from a distance to diminish the effect. As soon as I started listening, I realized the mistake I had made. I have never paid much attention to the narrator but recognized her swallowing from another book I bought in the past. From now on that will be the number one thing I check. She overacts a bit, as well.
This is the worst narration possible. Excellent to read but this woman narrator is the worst.
Seriously, she belches and sounds like she is chewing gum and gurgling water while reading. I was nauseous listening. Kathy has written an excellent book but you want earplugs to listen to this. I want my money back for this one!
Don't look for the Temperance Brennan character as portrayed in the television series, 'Bones'. Reichs' original version is not the slick, confident and cerebral character who works with the F.B.I., but a much more vulnerable and uncertain person. Enjoy this recording in it's own right, as I have, and root for Tempe as she works through her doubts, fears and limitations to solve a series of gruesome murders.
I didn't enjoy the narrator, nor the constant use of French (poorly in my opinion, being Canadian and accustomed to the mingling of the two languages in every day conversation.
The story didn't grab and hold me. Now i wasn't expecting BONES from TV but I was expecting to at least like the main character. Unfortunately I found the main character annoying and was put off by her.
The narration as I mentioned above was not to my liking. The woman's voice comes across as her being as bored with the story as I was.
The pacing dragged. Too much introspection of the main character with too little insight into the other characters.
A narrator who didn't attempt voices unnecessarily. Often what someone says in a story is quite enough to characterize them. Using an accent, or *voice* distracts from it. Sure there are times when emphasis is required and desirable but at other times it's nothing more than unnecessary.
I would remove the use of French words. While I understand the desire to immerse the reader into the culture of the city (And don't get me wrong Montreal is a wonderful and unique place to live) but for myself it was distracting from the story. Jarring in that everytime it came up I was reminded I was reading (hearing) a story and not able to just immerse myself in the action and dialogue.
I'd had the entire series as offered by Audible in my wish list.
They are now removed. I'm glad I didn't purchase a number of them at once.
I've been a serious fan and dedicated watcher of Bones, the Fox tv show, since season 1, but I had never before read the books that inspired the show. I sincerely enjoyed the book and story. It was an excellent mystery with a strong, engaging protagonist and interesting secondary characters. I must admit to Bones lovers out there, however, that this Brennan is not the same as the character from the show. She is older, and though abrasive she is more introverted than socially inept. Furthermore, she has a family, and there was no Booth... At least not yet!
Well read and worth a listen! I would certainly recommend this one, especially if you enjoy Bones.
The storyline was as expected, slightly predictable and detailed murder mystery.
Anyone with a less nasal voice.
If it were read as a book and not listened to would have been satisfactory.
At one point in this book the narrator intones
This is the first time that I felt that the book was NOT better than "the movie". I am a fan of the television series Bones, and looked forward to "reading" the book. I anticipated character development much better than the tv series, instead I was introduced to a middle-aged, whining, 12-step alchoholic meddler who "blunders" into crime solving and then blames others for the tragedies that ensue.
The narration was horrible.
Don't waste your credit.
A different narrator. I couldn't get past the second chapter.
I don't know.
Boring harsh voice.
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