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There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had accompanied the recently discovered remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue. Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy -- and the case. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman was found in the woods, and then a third.

Seamlessly weaving between Tempe's present-tense terror as she's held captive and her memory of the cases of these murdered women, Reichs conveys the incredible devastation that would occur if a forensic colleague sabotaged work in the lab. The chemistry between Tempe and Ryan intensifies as this complex, riveting tale unfolds. Reichs is writing at the top of her game.

©2009 Kathy Reichs (P)2009 Simon & Schuster

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  • Marie C
  • Southern Oregon USA
  • 08-30-09

Wow, pretty sure this is the in the series

This is by far my favorite book in the series. There was the usual science, the wonderful Brennan and Yeah, Andrew Ryan. This novel had more character development than in other recent books in the series. I loved every minute of it. I rarely just listen for an entire weekend but I couldn't stop. I love the narrator who brought the characters to life. Sad that we'll have to wait another year for the next one.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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Did I read a different book?

I listened to this book of Reichs' despite several ho-hum reviews. All I can say is I found it engaging although a little predictable. I thought other reviewers comments were way off base. First the story is of a forensic anthropologist being gaslighted by someone, so there has to be some level of detail about the situation explained to the reader. I thought that she did a good job in doing that and potentially educating the public about good and bad forensics. As for the French, well merde, it does take place in Quebec, and I guess it was excessive, if you're a second grader. No greater than one word in 1000 was in French, and most were immediately translated. Probably would raise complaints from the native Quebecois about not having enough to make it authentic! I like this for the light escape that I expect from Reichs' books. I would rate it better than many of her others.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ted
  • Weimar, CA, United States
  • 04-29-10

best bones novel

I love the bones books. I have listened to them all. Like its tv counterpart, the down side; 1, the main character rarely or never has fulfilling relationships, or sex. 2. The stories have a similar plot. The good, the Author really draws you in. after reading one of her books, you feel that you are the main character, you feel that you have been where she has been, tasted what she has tasted and been hurt (without actually getting hurt). The science woven in is my favorite part, and much of it is probably the real kind of science, not sci fi. My other favorite part is the rich culture. The sometimes French phrases, or Spanish phrases, or the descriptions of a persons French sounding contrived. I generally only listen to a book once, but it has been about 6 months and I am lonely for a good novel, so, I am going to listen to it again starting today. Btw.. if you listen to it, you will be done in a day, because you will not be able to stop listening to it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Loved it!

I think this is one of Kathy Reichs' best. Even when I figured out what had happened (in the last hour of the "read") I was still thoroughly engaged in finding out how things would resolve. There is NOT too much French. What little there was, was appropriate and did not detract from the story if you didn't understand it. Linda Emond's narration is, as always, excellent.

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  • Jamie
  • Alva, OK, United States
  • 10-04-10

Too much scientific jargon

Took me forever to get half way through audiobook. I am a nurse & had a hard time following. After 1/2 way through, much easier to understand & listen to. If you can make it to the 2nd half you will enjoy the book, I wish someone would have warned me.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 04-24-15

Excellent narattor; boring book

Would you try another book from Kathy Reichs and/or Linda Emond?

The subject matter, forensic anthropology, is very interesting, but this author found a way to write a boring story about the subject.

What was most disappointing about Kathy Reichs’s story?

The subject matter is interesting, but this author writes a poor mystery book.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were no good scenes.

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

The narrator was wonderful.

Any additional comments?


5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Easy to see

It took Tempe way too long to figure out who was attacking her. It was pretty obvious to the reader. Still a good story, well paced.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Makes you want to hold your breath!

If you could sum up 206 Bones in three words, what would they be?

Rivoting, Classic, typical

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course Brennan herself

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

Yes, I really think that you need to since there was some flashbacks and if you listen and then stop, takes a moment to recap in your head where you are.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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very good!

I loved this book. the sound of her voice. all of it
Great Read(listen)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Cindy S
  • Eugene, Oregon, US
  • 09-16-09

Little story; a lot of science

I have enjoyed books by the author in the past, but this one seemed like a short story padded out with multiple lessons on forensic science and the need for properly qualified forensic scientists. The book lacked suspense and had no discernible plot twists. I felt like I knew where it was going before I was even halfway through and, sure enough, that is where it went.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful