• Bones to Ashes

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Linda Emond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (1,098 ratings)

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Bones to Ashes

By: Kathy Reichs
Narrated by: Linda Emond
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Publisher's summary

When the skeleton of a young girl, not yet a teenager, is discovered in Acadia, Canada, Tempe Brennan is reminded of Evangelina, her best friend in her preteen years, who was mysteriously taken away when she was 12. Evangelina was from strange and faraway Acadia. She was named after Evangeline in the Longfellow poem, and loved poetry. Tempe found her exotic and glamorous, and then, suddenly, she was gone, and Tempe was told not to try to find her, that she was "dangerous".

Though Tempe tries to be rational, she is flooded by memories of her best friend, and wonders whether this skeleton, clearly of a girl who's been dead for decades, could possibly be Evangelina's. At the same time, Tempe's love interest, Ryan, is investigating the deaths of two young girls and the disappearance of another three. Are the cases related? Tempe uses the most recent advances in forensic linguistics to identify the old skeleton, while Ryan investigates the possibility of some kind of serial predator at work now.

Flesh and bone: investigate more of Tempe Brennan's forensic cases.
©2007 Temperance Brennan, LP (P)2007 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

Critic reviews

"With her usual blend of cutting-edge forensic science, nail-biting suspense and characters that pop off the page, Reichs, who's vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Scientists and the producer of Fox's Bones, has produced another winner in one of the genre's most satisfying series." ( Publishers Weekly)

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Riveting Stuff

New to Kathy Reichs, I was very pleasantly surprised by the richness of the mystery, the soundness of the forensic science, and her ability to build believable and knowable charaters. Good buy and excellent read (if you can say that about audio books?)

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

I've never READ her

But I've certainly enjoyed her in audio.

And this was a good one.

No artificial scary parts, for instance.

Mind you I don't mind getting a lecture on how skeletons age along the way.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Best at the end

Usual fare....but it finally gets good at the end. Fabulous narrative by the reader..that's the REAL plus.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Average All Around

This book has an average plot with shallow character development. Another downside is the heavy reliance on the French language which is then translated 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.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Poor beginning - good ending

I almost turned off my IPod. The first half was far too technical. When you have to define every other word, you bring the rhythm of the plot to a halt. We should have cared about the main character but for the first half I could not see the point. Then came the second half and this is when the author grabbed me. That is when you get the inkling that the crime(s) are the worst imaginable and you get into the who done it mind frame. Suffer the beginning and you might like how it ends.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Very entertaining

I don't usually write reviews but I had to throw in my two cents worth on Kathy Reichs. It seems like so many people that write reviews of her books parrot the phrases "Too Technical" or "Boring". It's the "Technical" stuff that makes her books so interesting. They are anything BUT boring. If technical isn't your thing listen to something else. I find Kathy Reichs very entertaining.

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  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

well read

I enjoyed this listen. The style of the author and the narrator work well together. The story moves well and kept my interest. It is a good book.

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Another great book

Once again Kathy Reichs hasn't disappointed me. Makes me want to plan a long trip so I'll have time to listed to it all at once. Would recommend it to anyone who has enjoyed her previous books.

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  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars

Not her best

It seems that the story drags on and on without reaching any real conclusions. Too technical - needs more explanation of the tech terms used. Found it boring in places. Hope the next one is better.

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  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Forensic anthropologist mystery

Hard to understand French accent - especially at first

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