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Brothers and Bones

By: James Hankins
Narrated by: John Rubinstein
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With two words, a homeless man changes up-and-coming federal prosecutor Charlie Beckham’s life. He calls Charlie by a name that only Charlie and his older brother share, except Charlie's brother, an investigative journalist, disappeared thirteen years ago. Before Charlie can act, the homeless man disappears, and Charlie must begin a search that will lead him through the dark alleys of Boston's criminal underworld. Narrator John Rubinstein gives a vivid performance of this complex thriller, complementing the tense pacing of the story with his excellent comedic timing for its occasional moments of humor.

Publisher's summary

Charlie Beckham is a rising star among federal prosecutors until, on the morning of the most important court day of his career, a deranged homeless man turns Charlie's life upside with a single word. He calls Charlie by a secret nickname known by only one other person in the world - Charlie's brother Jake, who went missing thirteen years ago. Charlie has a hundred questions but the homeless man disappears before Charlie can ask a single one. So begins Charlie's search for answers, and for his brother, a search that leads him down Boston's darkest streets, into its blackest alleys, and, finally, into its criminal underworld. But if Charlie wants answers he'll have to get them from some of the most feared and ruthless people in the city.

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Critic reviews

"A complex, entertaining thriller, with a crackerjack cast...pitch-perfect dialogue...and action scenes poised exquisitely between menace and chaos." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Don't understand the negative reviews...

While I wouldn't call this literature, it was a really well written story - nicely paced, characters were completely sussed out, plot was well formed and thoroughly enjoyable. If you're into the genre, then I wholly recommend this book! I have no idea what the nay-sayers are complaining about!

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Fun mob book!

I loved this book. It had a main character that was at times a little naive but still you could relate to him. This book grabbed my attention from the very first line. It was full dry humor and action. Overall a fun book.

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Love it!!!!.

Perfect, simple story with a twist and a very good narrator. Wish they can make a movie about this book.

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Suspensful

This book keeps you guessing. I usually guess a books ending but this one surprised me.

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Outstanding

Outstanding characters, plot, performance. The writing was fascinating with little seasonings of humor however dark.The performer is a genius. an addicting read.

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Am I my brother's keeper?

What did you love best about Brothers and Bones?

The mystery of what really happened to the brother.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brothers and Bones?

When the younger brother found out the truth about the death of his older brother.

Which scene was your favorite?

Confronting the district attorney about his involvement in the murder.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The unconditional love of siblings.

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Good story of brothers' relationship

If you could sum up Brothers and Bones in three words, what would they be?

Complex, Complicated, Realistic

What did you like best about this story?

I like the idea that a seemingly homeless man is a vital part of the plot. It is a reminder that people's circumstances can change causing them to lose the things in life that we sometimes take for granted. The bond that Bones forms with the main character is heartwarming.

What about John Rubinstein’s performance did you like?

I liked the emotions that his voice added to the story.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I wanted to listen more but since it is as long book I had to get to a stopping place in the story.

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Unbelievable - literally.

Good book - held my interest; however, just not believable, which, I understand, is maybe the point of fiction. But I kinda like my reading to be a bit more swallowable (!)

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