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 bre..Show More »ather, or the book is just poorly recorded, but I would have skipped this recording if I had known.
I like K Reichs books and this is my first audio. The story line is interesting and believable, but now that I think about it, I really enjoyed the na..Show More »rrator. She made Tempe Brennan come alive and gave her some personality. In any event, I like Reichs and I enjoyed this audio.
I am a fan of Kathy Reich and have read all her books and listened to all available too but this was a disappontment. No real suspense, the science w..Show More »as nothing new and the romance was boring.
I also dislike this new narrator. She does not have the same kanck for accents that the previous narrator Kateherine Borowitz does.
Having read Reichs' previous novels I was extremely disappointed with this book - the story is quite frankly poor and very predictable. The so called..Show More » climax is dull and boring and I was just glad when it finally finished, except that I wished I hadn't wasted my time. Most authors get better with time, but based on the evidence of her latest offering, it appears that Reichs is an exception. Not a patch on her previous novels. Use your credits on something else - this really isn't worth a listen.
I love Kathy Reichs, and the story is wonderful, but this narrator is the worst ever. There is absolutely no difference in the way she characterizes ..Show More »each person. She mispronounces common words (the Sioux Native Indians Tribe's name is pronounced to rhyme with shoe and not sooWEE, the way you'd call a pig.) The narrator has no sense of rhythm, blows the jokes, and has a voice that is somewhere between Shari Lewis (of Lambchop fame) and Kathleen Turner during a bad case of bronchitis. I wish I had read the other reviews before I downloaded this, because I could have saved myself a credit. I am going to have to buy the book because this narrator is just too awful to have to sit through. What WERE they thinking?
This book has an average plot with shallow character development. Another downside is the heavy reliance on the French language which is then translat..Show More »ed to English. Those who enjoy the scientific exploration of various forensics fields will love the technical aspects of the story; those who dont, will be extremely bored. Having lived in the Miramichi area; I found the Acadian stereotyping a bit ridiculous. In short, large chunks of this book shouldve been edited to make a tighter more suspenseful story line, the plot drags and the overall narrative is only mildly entertaining.
This book kept me fully engrossed from beginning to end. It is subtle and has unexpected humor. The characters make the book with their depth and fu..Show More »llness. As a recovering alcoholic, I recognize the disease in the heroine and find her brief but disastrous return to the bottle to be right on. The storyline winds around voodoo, witchcraft and overzealous religion. Add to that detectives, both homicide and forensic, that have appeared in the series before and some new ones, a new love interest and 2 old ones and it just gets better & better. I read a review of another book in this series that stated that the old characters were wearing thin but I totally disagree. The old characters develop and deal with new circumstances in interesting and in-character ways. I like them all and am beginning to really like Skinney Slidell, the detective. I thought of him as a stereotypical asshole cop but in this book I realized he is a good detective full of contradictions and humor. Great mystery!
This is by far my favorite book in the series. There was the usual science, the wonderful Brennan and Yeah, Andrew Ryan. This novel had more character..Show More » development than in other recent books in the series. I loved every minute of it. I rarely just listen for an entire weekend but I couldn't stop. I love the narrator who brought the characters to life. Sad that we'll have to wait another year for the next one.
I have been a fan of the TV version of Bones for years, but this is the first novel I have read. In many ways, I found the book Temperance Brennan to..Show More » be the person portrayed on TV and the character felt familiar. In this story she solves the puzzle of several bodies whose identities have been scrambled over a period of decades. She does not work with a 'team' as she does on the show but does collaborate with other antropologists. The 'Booth' character of the TV version is quite different in the book. If you are a fan of the TV series, you will likely enjoy this novel - which I recognize is backwards if you were first a long time fan of the novels.
I am a hard-core Bones fan, and last summer started reading the books that the series is based on. Her writing style amuses me and I love the mysterie..Show More »s... That said, this was probably the worst book in the series. That doesn't mean it's bad, but there's much less science in the book than normal; I learned more about NASCAR than I did about forensics (Ms. Reichs is a real live forensic anthropologist much like her Temperance Brennan counterpart). I really look forward more to the books set in Canada than the Charlotte, NC settings--I like Detective Andrew Ryan better than "Skinny" Slidell.
That doesn't mean you shouldn't read it if you like a good mystery, but I'd highly recommend some of her earlier books before this one... 206 Bones is spectacular (her first), Cross Bones is a wild ride, and Grave Secrets is wonderful.
If you like the TV show and you haven't read any of her books, start with those, as this one might turn you off the series if you start here, it's totally not up to her normal level. :)
The narrator has voiced other books in the series and does a great job with the southern accents.
I've read all of the Temperance Brennan books so far and this one is definitely sub-par. It seems as though Ms. Brennan spends way too much time ref..Show More »lecting about stuff. This isn't really a spoiler but it does tell something about the story. At one point she goes to Iraq and sees her Marine Corps daughter (someone that she also thinks about a lot). She manages to disinter two bodies, get buried by the debris of a bomb hit and dug out, do her forensic investigation, write a report, get debriefed and fly back to the States to testify at a military hearing about her findings. All this zips right along but then she's back home ruminating about her cat or why she doesn't have any food in the house. Really, no food, well here's a clue - buy some. Do I care about her food problem, not a little tiny bit. Does this have anything to do with the plot? No, but it seems to be a recurring theme throughout this book. Poor Tempe, no food in the house, oopsie, she forgot to eat for 3 days. I exaggerate, but that's what I remember from the book and I don't think that's what I should be taking away with me.
And then there's the ending...well, suffice it to say that if I hadn't already slogged through the rest of the book, I wouldn't have bothered with the last 75 minutes, I was that angry. I won't tell you how it ends, but I will tell you that I do not appreciate it when an author insults the reader and takes the lazy way out by suddenly pulling out the stupid stick and smacking the main character with it, not once but several times, just to "set up" the ending. Am I really supposed to believe that our heroine is so intelligent that she can figure out this rather complex mystery instead or ahead of the police and yet act so irresponsibly and brainlessly as does Ms Brennan at the end of this book? Is her inability to find a grocery store or restaurant supposed to be the ultimate excuse for her inexcusable behavior? Is lack of food a legal defense for trampling on the Constitution? Frankly if she behaved this way in most jurisdictions she would've been arrested and rightfully so.