• Bones on Ice

  • Temperance Brennan, Book 17.5
  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (852 ratings)

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Bones on Ice

By: Kathy Reichs
Narrated by: Katherine Borowitz
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Publisher's summary

Featuring a preview of the highly anticipated new thriller Speaking in Bones, this eBook original novella showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs at the peak of her powers. In Bones on Ice, forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan gets wrapped up in the ultimate cold case: a death on Mount Everest.

It is called the “death zone”: the point on Everest, nearly five miles high, above which a climber cannot be rescued. More than 250 souls have lost their lives there. Most of the bodies remain, abandoned, frozen in place. When an earthquake leads to a miraculous recovery, Dr. Temperance Brennan is hired to identify the frozen mummified human corpse. The victim is the daughter of a wealthy Charlotte couple who never got the chance to say goodbye. But far from offering solace and closure, Tempe’s findings only provoke more questions. What happened on Mount Everest? Was the young woman’s death an accident? Why aren’t the other climbers talking? And how far will those hiding the truth go to make sure the past stays buried?

Praise for Kathy Reichs and the Temperance Brennan series

“A genius at building suspense.”—New York Daily News

“Kathy Reichs writes smart—no, make that brilliant—mysteries that are as realistic as nonfiction and as fast-paced as the best thrillers about Jack Reacher, or Alex Cross.”—James Patterson

“Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, makes her crime novels intriguingly realistic.”—Entertainment Weekly

“One of the most distinctive and talented writers in the genre.”—Sandra Brown

“Every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden.”—The New York Times Book Review

“Each book in Kathy Reichs’s fantastic Temperance Brennan series is better than the last.”—Lisa Scottoline

“Reichs always delivers a pulse-pounding story.”—Publishers Weekly “I love Kathy Reichs‎—always scary, always suspenseful, and I always learn something.”—Lee Child

©2015 Kathy Reichs (P)2015 Random House Audio

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INTO THIN AIR

Fans of mountain climbing and fans of INTO THIN AIR, which is mentioned in the book, will like this short story. The book is full of mountain climbing facts and some Southern characters along with their food. It has some twists and was a very pleasant read. I would give the book a B. It didn't have any emotional string pulling in either direction, high or low, it was just a pleasant, simple read.

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Great story with interesting twists.

This story is about an autopsy on young woman's frozen body. She died 3 years earlier while climbing Mount Everest and her body was recently recovered. There is an interesting twist concerning her identity along with other twists.

Kathy Reichs writes better novellas than novels. Her novels are excessively wordy. Narration of this novella is superb.

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She Should Always Keep it Short

As the title suggests I prefer the two novellas by Kathy Reichs to her more traditional length stories. The novellas; for the most part, avoid the long rambling monologues and some of the intricate plot twists that characterize the majority of her works. Though even within the confines of her shorter works she still has the unfortunate habit of turning Tempe into a silly adult version of an impulsive adolescent. Unfortunately many female authors in mystery have what we refer to as the teenage slasher victim syndrome. They are always going into places and pursuing hunches into places, without weapons of course; that no one with a functioning cerebral cortex would get anywhere near. The author is obviously spending way too much of her time as the the executive producer of Bones because of most these activities come off as pure TV. Still the author's great knowledge of forensic anthropology and the medical examiner's office make up for the weak and repetitive plots she churns out; particularly when the story isn't a long one.

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Not Barbara Rosenblat, But Borowitz Does Well

What made the experience of listening to Bones on Ice the most enjoyable?

Novella was fun because I usually listen or read her novels, and it was a joy to listen through it quickly.

What did you like best about this story?

It followed the same pace and formula as the novels, but a microwave version.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Well, I'm a HUGE Barbara Rosenblat voice over fan, so I'm very biased. Katherine Borowitz did a good job once I got used to her voice.

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Exactly the roller coaster I wanted and expected! In cute little niblet form!

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Good for a short "read"

While I liked the plot and the characters, I guess I am just used to Reich's books that go into more depth. By the time I felt like I was just getting to know about each character, it was time to wrap up the story and I felt a little cheated.

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more ryan.

needed more of ryan in the story. it was interesting and a good story otherwise.

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Tempe is so arrogant and judgemental

In her own mind, Temperance is a genius and everyone else is a moron. The stories are good but she is getting more difficult to like.

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MT. Everest & Death

A great quick listen to get your feet wet with a Kathy Reichs novel. This is a favorite of mine and I’ve listened multiple times. Great narration as well by Katherine Borowitz.

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Nope!

I could NOT get through this audiobook even though it's a novela. Super slow and absolutely boring. I love Temperance stories, but not this one.

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Excellent story

Kathy Reichs delivers the quality of a full-length novel in this novella. It's remarkable to find by the end that you've experienced all the elements of one of her classics. Perhaps this shows how much time is normally spent on the boyfriend...

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