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  • The Bone Bed

  • Scarpetta, Book 20
  • By: Patricia Cornwell
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,428
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,217

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A tedious disappointment - Don't Bother!

  • By GH on 10-25-12

Two many male characters for the female Reader.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-07-13

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not really, but a male Reader would have been a better choice for this audio book.

What was most disappointing about Patricia Cornwell’s story?

The book really wasn't about a Canadian "bone bed" where a paleontologist's ear was severed and emailed to Scarpetta, and then was later abducted and murdered.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

NO.

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

I have read a number of Cornwell books. However, listening to a Cornwell book is a new experience. The audio version of The Bone Bed did not invoke intrigue nor did the story line come close to the book's title. The number of male impersonations by the Reader was a distraction.