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  • Bone Dry

  • By: Bette Golden Lamb
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

Imagine. You have cancer. You’ve been blasted and wasted with chemotherapy, along with every other poison the doctors could find to kill malignant cells. Most days you’re more dead than alive. Now there is one last chance for survival. Tomorrow you will be infused with your own, treated bone marrow frozen, stored, and safe in one of California’s most prestigious hospitals. Then comes the note: “We have your marrow.... pay or die."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, not great, it was OK"

  • By Laurie Carroll on 03-13-16

I tried hard to like it, but i couldn't finish it.

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Reviewed: 12-04-16

What would have made Bone Dry better?

I'm a lay person, certainly not in the medical field, but the way the medical jargon was over-explained, particularly by characters in dialog. Lamb may vastly knowledgable, but she misjudged the average reader's knowledge ability to comprehend. Also, it's tough for me to enjoy a book if I can't find any likable characters in it. I hope I am the only listener who found this audiobook stultifying, and that this review is the outlier.

What was most disappointing about Bette Golden Lamb’s story?

The prose was so tiresome and the dialog so labored that a few times I stopped what I was doing and actually found myself looking at my speakers, like that confused dog in the old RCA ads, "His master's voice."

What didn’t you like about Beth Richmond’s performance?

I feel she may have done a better job with good prose, at least I hope so. Although, I asked myself, "Would you like this book more if you read it yourself instead of listening?" The jury's still out on that one.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

My first thought was, "This HAD to be self-published." I know many self-published books are marvelous, and I don't know if this actually was self-pubbed, but it was my first thought.

Any additional comments?

Maybe this book gets really good after the first half hour. I put in a few hours on three occasions to get into it because the subject matter interested me. Perhaps if I'd forced myself to hang on for one more paragraph. Maybe Robin Cook has spolied me.