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A Room Full of Bones Audiobook

A Room Full of Bones: A Ruth Galloway Investigation, Book 4

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Publisher's Summary

It is Halloween night, and the local museum in King's Lynn is preparing for an unusual event - the opening of a coffin containing the bones of a medieval bishop. But when Ruth Galloway arrives to supervise, she finds the museum's curator lying dead beside the coffin. It is only a matter of time before she and DI Nelson cross paths once more, as he is called in to investigate. Soon the museum's wealthy owner lies dead in his stables, too. These two deaths could be from natural causes - but Nelson isn't convinced.

©2012 Elly Griffiths (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Jennifer L. Wilson Clinton, MS 05-28-16
    Jennifer L. Wilson Clinton, MS 05-28-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Keeps getting better..."

    Her mysteries are wonderfully detailed. Her character cast grows broader and more real with each book in the series. They are very realistic people facing real problems, people that you like and want to see succeed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Janet H. Maddox 06-20-14
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    "Outstanding Characters"

    The mystery in this book is an intriguing one, as are the others in the series. But what makes Griffiths books most enjoyable are the very real - warts and all - characters who make up her cast. In the ability of these flawed people to face the issues in life with dignity and just the right touch of humor lies the real charm of these stories. Hooray for Grffiths. She has provided me many hours of enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-24-13
    Heather Seattle, WA, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Not really investigated by Ruth"

    I started the series with this book. And I will give it a go with book one, but I was disappointed. It's called a Ruth Galloway investigation, but she barely investigates anything, and doesn't know what is going on outside her egocentric world most of the time. it's generally accepted that the title character in a mystery book is going to be in the middle of all the action, or fully immersed in finding out what happened, but you're not going to get that with this book. I am hoping that this is an abberation in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    vancouverquilter 12-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the money and the time....."

    I love Ms. Griffith's writing style. She continually moves the listener through the story by maintaining a present tense narrative. She has also given us a gifted heroine who is not gorgeous or self-assured, but who has a fulfilling life in each stage she grows through. Ruth Galloway is quiet, reticent, caring and respectful of her friends and associates who, in turn, are quick to help her with her investigations and sometimes her personal life. I've enjoyed all 4 books in the series and am now required to wait for the 5th to be published.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 04-18-17 Member Since 2016

    I like to read, but I am too often too tired. Audiobooks give me the chance to listen to stories on my way to work or on my break.

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    "Excellent, entertaining!"

    I highly recommend this series because the protagonist seems very real with flaws, hopes, dreams, and fears like the rest of us.

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    Amazon Customer 12-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed it but too much paranormal"

    I like the hints of spiritual manifestation in the Ruth Galloway series, but this one went over the top with the Dreamtime journey. The murder mystery was complex enough to be enjoyable and the characters continue to be just neurotic enough. But more archaeology, less paranormal.

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    Micky Butler 10-04-13
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    "Disappointing!"
    Would you try another book from Elly Griffiths and/or Jane McDowell?

    No. I have not read Ms Griffiths previous books, nor could I finish this one. It is rare that I will put a book down before completion, but there was nothing - not the characters, nor story, nor narration, that held my interest. I selected this book because the prior reviews were positive and the Audible Summary was intriguing and similar to other favorite series of the mystery genre by Louise Penny and Jacqueline Winspear. Those series feature principled and cerebral protagonists tackling misdeeds and wicked acts in rural and picturesque settings populated with sympathetic and quirky characters. This novel disappointed on all counts.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I have already started Secret Daughter by Silpi Samaya Gowda. This is a totally different, but favorite genre - the complex, sweeping historical fiction set in distant and mysterious locales. I am hoping it lives up to other favorites including Kite Runner, Cutting for Stone and Shantaram.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jane McDowell’s performances?

    No, I do have and follow favorite narrators: Orlaugh Cassidy, Anna Fields, Ralph Kosham, Joe Montegna, Scott Brick, Dick Hill and others.


    What character would you cut from A Room Full of Bones?

    Sadly, I connected with none of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Davis Hammond, LA United States 10-03-13
    Janet Davis Hammond, LA United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2001

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    "Tired of the character"

    I am giving up on this series. I had high hopes with the first book, but for me, Ruth Galloway has become too much of a silly, weak, insecure character. One wonders how she managed to complete a terminal degree. I would have stopped after book 3 but had already bought #4. We spend entirely too much time in Ruth's head and she has really ridiculous imaginings and flights of fancy. Ridiculous moments of idiotic panic over nothing. A little is fine, but there is too much, almost like filler for filler's sake.
    The reader (McDowell) does a fair job with general narration and most of the female voices. But in dialogue and if she has to use emphasis for any of the characters or be forceful/gruff for a male character, it just does not work. They sound hollow.

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    Monnah SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-22-13
    Monnah SILVER SPRING, MD, United States 02-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Elly Griffiths' story lines r very interesting."
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Room Full of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I like both her print and listening versions.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Room Full of Bones?

    Her description of the salt marshes always fascinate me.


    What aspect of Jane McDowell’s performance would you have changed?

    I would not change anything.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Archeology and Australia come together in an intriguing mystery. Rituals as old as bones reach out from the grave.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Canada 08-27-12
    Tracy Canada 08-27-12 Member Since 2016

    A long time reader and listener - I just can't get enough of Audible! (Especially mysteries and Buddhist texts and history and ...etc!

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    "A Good British Mystery"
    Would you listen to A Room Full of Bones again? Why?

    Yeah, sure, it was a good listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked the archaeological bent, and the characterization of Ruth and her circle of friends.


    What aspect of Jane McDowell’s performance would you have changed?

    Well, I would have liked a less 'uptight' sounding narration.


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  • L. Lomax
    UK
    7/21/15
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    "I LIKED THIS"
    If you could sum up A Room Full of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Weird Norfolk crime.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ruth - she's always trying to do exactly the right thing.


    Have you listened to any of Jane McDowell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The Ruth Galloway characters are always very consistent.


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

    Tend to listen before I fall asleep at night.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • shona lidgey
    4/21/17
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    "As interesting and well read as always"

    Living in west Norfolk I love the setting and the thorough research that has gone into the book. I am enjoying the unfolding of characters and personal stories as well as the well crafted plot . Really good listen thanks. Lovely narration with good accents!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Learning is fun!
    Dorset, England
    4/18/17
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    "Somewhat disappointing, too much mumbo jumbo!"

    I love an interesting storyline with lots of twists and turns but the actual police investigation into an international drugs ring gets completely lost here in a plethora of mysticism and legend. While it is interesting to hear something of Australian history, the author gets totally lost in too many sub plots and when DCI Nelson is saved from a desparate illness by Cathbad entering a drug induced ''dream world' , well, it beggars belief!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steven
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    3/9/17
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    "Enjoyable story"

    Enjoyable listen and interesting story, not the best of the series but worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver
    5/20/16
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    "Love the series but this was a bit far fetched"

    I have listened to these white close together and I think that is a mistake. This one is still good but a bit too surreal for me.

    Love the series but time for a decent break before I listen to another one

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Anon
    7/20/15
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    "I love this series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the combination of strong woman protagonist and interweaving of whodunnit, the supernatural and the ancient elemental landscape of the Norfolk coast.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Good narration but as often happens the female narrator thinks she can only portray men by assuming a deep voice and that makes the male characters a little clumsy and two dimensional. She is excellent when it comes to the main character and the narrative flows beautifully.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ancient secrets, modern murder in the place where the sky meets the sea.


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all the books in this series and there is not a weak one amongst them. I rarely find a detective series that is top quality but I could listen to these end to end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serena Hale
    6/6/15
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    "Amazing write"
    What made the experience of listening to A Room Full of Bones the most enjoyable?

    Her attention to details is so good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cathbad


    Have you listened to any of Jane McDowell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He narration is excellent, they change readers on the later books which, although she is good in her own way, I found a bit confusing at first as the characters voices changed completely.


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

    I would have given the chance.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all of this series still to read the last one but started it last night. I love the way the characters mature and change throughout the book and listening to Kate grow up is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms Colligan
    6/6/15
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    "This narrator is great, dont bother with the next."
    Would you listen to A Room Full of Bones again? Why?

    Yes, all of these books up to this point and including have been great, why why why did they change the narrator ???????The rest of the series is narrated by Claire Corbett and she is not up to it.Sorry Claire.What a shame.So bad i returned the next one.


    What about Jane McDowell’s performance did you like?

    most things


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    Tenbury Wells, United Kingdom
    3/22/15
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    "Very enjoyable stories"
    What did you like most about A Room Full of Bones?

    The case is less important, the stories are about the characters, that's what make the books good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ruth is the main Character and she's my favourite all the way.


    What does Jane McDowell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I enjoy her Kate voice


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

    No, its not moving, fairly light and easy really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roderic
    Victoria Park, Australia
    5/1/14
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    "One of the most interesting books in the series"
    Where does A Room Full of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Ranks in the upper middle, but it is the best of the Ruth Galloway series I have read so far, as it uses mythology and dream in a neater more interesting way that the others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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