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Brothers and Bones Audiobook

Brothers and Bones

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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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What the Critics Say

"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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    W. Swore 05-06-15
    W. Swore 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The ending is the best part"

    This story alternately entertained me and drove me crazy. The internal monologue was maddening at times--reiterating what the reader already knew. But the story itself was intriguing and fun with a wide variety of interesting characters. The end was worth the wait.

    38 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Kelley 12-17-14
    Kelley 12-17-14
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    "Farfetched even for fiction."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anyone who doesn't mind having things explained to them. Every. Single. Thing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Hankins again?

    Maybe. It was a good basic story, just all the explanations (especially in regard to the main character's own thought process) almost made me give up and I certainly would have skipped those pages in a printed form. The fact that the main character was a serious wimp and not that bright made all the embellishments to the story seem even more unbelievable, even for fiction.


    How could the performance have been better?

    For the narrator, I liked his voice but some of the character voices were just annoying, like Uncle Carmen's speech impediment. Really could have used some better editing.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Brothers and Bones?

    Almost all of the explanation in the last couple hours. Let the reader do some of the thinking. That's why we listen to this kind of book.


    55 of 57 people found this review helpful
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    Whiplash 11-04-14
    Whiplash 11-04-14
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    "This book is absolutely tedious.."
    Any additional comments?

    I really wish I would have read all the reviews on this book before I wasted a credit on it. The writing of this book was absolutely awful. The over description of EVERYTHING that didn't matter was incredibly frustrating. It seemed like the author thought everyone had short term amnesia and forgot everything he said 5 minutes previously because he seemed to feel the need to repeat everything over and over and over & that didn't change throughout the whole book. It didn't help that the narrator's voice matched the boring tone of this book either. When I listen to a book and it's absolutely horrible because of the narration I wonder to myself "would this book have been better had I just read it myself?" There are some that I know without a doubt only seem so awful because the narrators are so bad but this book, would have been horrible regardless of the narrator. I would never recommend this book.

    64 of 69 people found this review helpful
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    Harper Wildwood, FL United States 09-09-14
    Harper Wildwood, FL United States 09-09-14 Member Since 2017
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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 (!)

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Gardnerville, NV 05-26-15
    Erin Gardnerville, NV 05-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Predictable but still a good listen"

    Pretty good book. The ending is totally predictable but it kept me entertained. The narrator did a nice job getting into each character's role.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-21-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 02-21-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun thriller"

    This audiobook does not offer great writing or great narration. The story is not even credible. But listening to it was fun and the ending chapters did offer an interesting twist. It managed to keep my interest.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rusty 11-13-13
    Rusty 11-13-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Maybe it's a guy thing"

    I just couldn't get into this book. The writing wasn't bad but I didn't care what happened to the main character. He was wasn't likable to me, so I gave up half way through.

    29 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-10-16
    Gudrun Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories, Canada 06-10-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Hard to suspended disbelief"

    I read reviews that said you really had to suspended disbelief, I thought that I would be ok as sometimes I like stories that take you out of yourself. But I could not have been more wrong. This was so far fetched in the timeline of the characters the way they action was handled ect. I did not return this book as I felt it was my own fault. Because I should have listened to others.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 04-28-16
    Patricia 04-28-16
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    "This should have been good..."

    This isn't about suspension of disbelief, which I'm pretty good at, although there was a lot of belief to dis -- it was putting up with a character who piled stupid decisions upon stupid behavior; whined a lot; and who it finally became too much energy to want to follow.

    Many good mysteries rely on a protagonist's stupid decisions - but in a good mystery ((Kill the Messenger, for example) the protagonist's character and background provide a background for these - sorry, a hard-working professional's long-missing brother just didn't do it for me.

    Sometimes there are books that just work better in print that audio because you can leaf through the annoying parts, but it didn't get any better on my Kindle. I'm sorry to have to write this since the author's sense of wanting to put a story across was very evident, but it just isn't good enough.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LJA 12-20-15
    LJA 12-20-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Almost fell asleep driving"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I listened to over a hour of this and just couldn't go further. It maybe that I didn't listen long enough but it was off to a mind numbingly slow start. I was sure soon I'd hear John Rubinstein start to snore.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Hankins again?

    I won't hold just one book against him, but I will buy more with caution.


    Have you listened to any of John Rubinstein’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, from the part I listened to he was doing a fine job. He couldn't help that the story was a snoozefest.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    OXFORD, United Kingdom
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    "Fast paced detective writing from the get-go!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely! Enjoyable fast paced plot, some great twists and turns, easy reading/listening.


    What about John Rubinstein’s performance did you like?

    The narrator doesn't have an irritating voice, hurrah!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • C
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    4/24/15
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    "Utterly unbelievable thriller"

    What starts out as an intriguing story soon degenerates into complete farce. The characters are two dimensional and clichéd. By the time I got to the final act I was thinking, 'how much more ridiculous can this get?' The answer - very.

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  • Stephen
    Godalming, United Kingdom
    4/7/14
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    "does what it says on the side of the tin!"
    Would you listen to Brothers and Bones again? Why?

    No, but then I never listen or read a book twice.


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

    Can't really say without spoiling the plot!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, very well.


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

    A level headed man of the law dragged into a violent world of crime.


    Any additional comments?

    There's nothing too complicated or surprising about the story. It jogs along at a good pace and is entertaining and I would thoroughly recommend it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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