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The Bone Bed Audiobook

The Bone Bed: Scarpetta, Book 20

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Publisher's Summary

A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over 2,000 miles away, in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes - much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age.

When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.

This is Kay Scarpetta as you have never seen her before. The Bone Bedis a must-listen for any fan of this series, or an ideal starting point for new readers.

©2012 Patricia Cromwell (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    E. Tilman Sunny Florida United States 11-25-12
    E. Tilman Sunny Florida United States 11-25-12 Member Since 2016
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    "If You Like Kay Scarpette, This Book is For You"
    Would you listen to The Bone Bed again? Why?

    I don't listen to books twice but I am a "rewinder" as I love details as I like to picture the scene and there was a fair amount of description of scenes.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Not on the edge of my seat but entertained


    Did Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She did do a good job of differenetiating the characters but in my mind, Scarpetta has a different, more "attractive" voice


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

    If you like Lucy and have followed her in the prior books, the part where she is happy in the end made me feel good. Also the relationship between Scarpetta and Benton seems real to me.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Cornwell's Scarpetta series, you will enjoy this. I did.

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    Angelique 11-25-12
    Angelique 11-25-12
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    "Awful Narration"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Change the narrator, she was terrible and made the story hard to listen to. I am very disappointed in this one...the voice - terrible for story telling.


    Would you recommend The Bone Bed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not the audio version, it was horribly done.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A two year old could have done better.


    Do you think The Bone Bed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I hope there are more Scarpetta novels, but the audio version read by someone else!


    Any additional comments?

    Redo the audio version and give those of us who hated how it was read a chance to listen to it again by someone who can actually do the story justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Loraine KAYCEE, WY, United States 11-24-12
    Loraine KAYCEE, WY, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "just "OK""
    What made the experience of listening to The Bone Bed the most enjoyable?

    I love the Scarpetta books, but this one was a bit disappointing and slow. I still gave it a pretty high rating as I'm so picky that even a not so great Patricia Cornwell novel is a lot better than so many other authors.


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    Ann Chandler, AZ, United States 11-22-12
    Ann Chandler, AZ, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2011
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    "The Bone Bed . . . very disappointing."
    What disappointed you about The Bone Bed?

    I loved the earlier Kay Scarpetta novels, but have not enjoyed the last couple. This one was just awful. It was just all over the place, and never really fleshed anything out completely. There was too much about Kay's feelings, and not enough about the other characters, and how they related to the plot. Lucy seemed a little more human this time, but poor Marino ends up looking stupid, as always. I had to listen to some of the last parts again to see if I missed something, or if it really was that dumb.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    This hasn't turned me off from other books in this genre, but definitely turned me off from Patricia Cornwell.


    What didn’t you like about Kate Reading’s performance?

    The narration was awful. She makes Kay and Lucy sound like robots, and her male voices are just silly.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-20-12
    Rebecca MIDDLEVILLE, MI, United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Not like the "older" Scarpetta Novels"

    I was hoping for a substantial "older style" Scarpetta mystery - but again was disappointed. The story seems to have no plot, jumps around to different random murders that seem to be connected, yet we can't imagine why and has no more character development. I think it is time to be done with Kay Scarpetta.


    I found the narrator to be slightly irritating and her character voices to be odd. She did not add to the books enjoyment, in fact, detracted from it.

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    ed PACIFIC JCT, IA, United States 11-19-12
    ed PACIFIC JCT, IA, United States 11-19-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not worth the time"
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    It took to long to get to the story plot. Almost stopped the story.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes I will not read or lissen to any more by the outher. See need to change her story line.


    How could the performance have been better?

    It seemed the the reader was not into the book shile she read it. I can see why.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Bed?

    The whole first half of the book. It took way to long to get to the story line.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 11-18-12
    Sara Memphis, Tunisia 11-18-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Not like 15 years ago"
    What would have made The Bone Bed better?

    Nothing. I loved Patricia Cornwall 10+ years ago and decided to give her another shot. The characters were the same but the story was mundane. Too many details about the coffee machine in the bathroom. The story didn't grab me. I stopped listening about ten minutes in.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm done with Patricia Cornwall.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from The Bone Bed?

    All of them. Lucy especially.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 11-16-12
    loretta fort myers, florida, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Gottcha....again"

    I was hoping this would be a Patricia Cornwell come back....it was disappointing.....It was a chore listening......I found that the beginning was a tedious long and boring dialogue with much to much description of things that did not really matter....did not enhance the story line, or encourage one to continue the book......it was really hard for me to continue, but I kept hoping it would get better.........
    The monotone of the narration did not enhance the experience......
    I will not get caught again !

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    Judy 11-16-12
    Judy 11-16-12
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    "Not one of her best"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Story fell flat in the middle and I felt that the ending was abrupt.


    If you’ve listened to books by Patricia Cornwell before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as her previous novel Red Mist.


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    Lynda South Bend, IN, United States 11-13-12
    Lynda South Bend, IN, United States 11-13-12
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Patricia Cornwell and/or Kate Reading?

    I have read all her books but this one just wasn't up to standard.


    Has The Bone Bed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will read new books that she writes


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kate Reading’s performances?

    Yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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