• The Bone Box

  • Waterman and Stark, Book 0.5
  • By: Gregg Olsen
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 2 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (271 ratings)

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The Bone Box

By: Gregg Olsen
Narrated by: Karen Peakes
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Publisher's Summary

If you are eager for more of number-one New York Times best-selling author Gregg Olsen's harrowing and heartrending prose, dig into this thrilling short story that will chill you to the bone....

They call it the Bone Box. A collection of old cases, solved and unsolved, that continue to haunt forensic pathologist Birdy Waterman. None is more disturbing than the first. After two decades, Birdy still remembers the screaming. The blood on the boy's hands. The body of a girl, butchered in the woods.

Birdy's testimony helped put her own cousin behind bars. It was a sacrifice for what she thought was right - but now, 20 years later, she wants to reopen the box. Reexamine the evidence. And rekindle her fears that a killer walked free - and is closer than ever.

Contains mature themes.

©2012 Gregg Olsen (P)2021 Tantor

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narrator is fantastic!

The story was interesting though short, and left me wanting more from the characters and the narrator. Karen Peakes did a phenomenal job speaking the parts of the native characters. Being married to a Native American man and speaking with his family, I appreciate the way with which she captured the dialect.

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Great series beginning!

The story pulled me in right from the beginning and held me there. Interesting and suspenseful. Excellent narrator as well.

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Great short story

I don’t typically listen to short stories but this was written very well.

I enjoyed the twists and turns and didn’t figure out the ending beforehand.

Karen Peakes did a FABULOUS narration.

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Short but great

For a very short story it was excellent. It kept my interest throughout,the narrative performance was great. I've always like Gregg Olsen book's very gifted writer. This by far the shortest one written. Very interesting on what the bone box included never thought it would be so interesting.

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3.75 Stars 🌟

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I have read a couple of books by this author before so I was interested in this short "prequel" into a new series that he was starting. It takes us back to when the Dr. was young (13/14 years old) and her testimony helped to send her cousin to prison for the murder of his girlfriend.

There is a lot of background given out in a short amount of time. We are told that she comes from an Indian reservation and that there are many issues that that entails. Also, she is made to feel guilty for becoming a success story as not too many people make it out of that life.

Regardless, she receives a letter asking for help and she realizes that there HAVE been things that never seemed to fit with this case.

Once she decides to look into it again, the story takes off from there. It was short, but it held my interest and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. Now, I think I may have to go back and find the first book in this series because Dr. Waterman seems like a pretty awesome character.

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performance perfection!

I loved the narration! the cadence of accents. the story was so well written, together, it brought the tale to life perfectly.
l am amazed at how, although it's a short story, it feels rich and layered and as deeply satisfying. as a full length novel. would love to here more from this character's cases in the future.

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Hours do not match

I feel like I was swindled. the info said the book was over 9 hours and it was really less than 4

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Great story

This story is about fear and perception, love and betrayal, and truth and integrity. We need more stories like this. Cautionary tales of our human frailty and how some can be bent, but not broken. It was very moving. A great listen. Enjoy!

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just okay

I thought it was simply okay but not an attention grabber. Took 3 chapters before generating any interest. Might have been 4 stars with a better narrator.

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Interesting plot with a few holes

3 of 5 stars.

Gregg Olsen is a good writer who can keep the listener engaged as a mystery unfolds. Unfortunately, the payoff, while interesting, has holes that reduce the satisfaction of the overall story. This introductory installment seems to have the right length for development and resolution while introducing Birdy Waterman, a forensic pathologist trying to solve a 20 year old murder involving a family member. An acceptable start to what could be an enjoyable series.

Karen Peakes gives solid and nuanced performance.