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The Bone Collector

Narrated by: Jeffrey Harding
Series: Lincoln Rhyme, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
4 out of 5 stars (43 ratings)

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New York City is thrown into chaos by the assaults of the Bone Collector, a serial kidnapper and killer who gives the police a chance to save his victims from death by leaving obscure clues. The cops go to Lincoln Rhyme, an ex-NYPD forensics expert left paralysed after an accident on the job. Rhyme reluctantly postpones his ambitions towards suicide and puts together a forensic investigation team, enlisting as his eyes and ears young police officer Amelia Sachs.

©1997 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2006 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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Well Worth it.

I’ve always loved the movie and knew the book would be better but the performance of the narrator made it an incredible book.
Fantastic character distinction in his voice, I’ll listen to this again and again.

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great story great narration

I saw the movie a few years back but the book is soooo much better. don't go past this one.

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  • Ann
  • 12-12-15

Excellent performance

There are so many characters and the narrator had got a different voice or each and maintained them throughout. Did not particularly like his female voices but it did give them definition for their characters. Story was great.

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  • sayee
  • 12-21-15

Great book & great narrator

Great book & great narrator . First time to hear this book and worth every penny five stars

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  • Sally
  • 12-01-13

Cracking listen brilliantly read

This is the first Jefferey Deaver that I have either read or listened to, and it definitely won't be my last. If you like Greg Hurwitz and Michael Connelly, you'll love this. It is very fast paced and it ties all the ends up nicely. I do like the author to tell me the end and not leaving me guessing... after all it's the author's story and I am paying him, so I want a proper end.. even if I don't like it.
Jeff Harding narrates this brilliantly, (one of my favourite narrators and I often pick a story simply because he's the narrator.) I love all the voices, he does, especially the black policewoman who cracks me up... he's brilliant at getting the sassy edge.
This story really keeps you guessing ... and even when you think you know who did what and why.. there was a brilliant twist I didn't see.
I don't want to spoil the plot but I can honestly say it's one of the best listens for a while, it got me through a lot of teadious jobs...
Highly recommended, I didn't want it to finish...

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  • Gavingks
  • 11-21-13

Quadriplegic Ex-Cop in a fight. Fantastic

What a great book with a preposterous yet joyous storyline. This was my first encounter with Lincoln Rhyme and his cantankerous view on life.
I absolutely love this story and the characters were brilliant, Amelia was the perfect stooge to Lincoln and the supporting characters made for a high enjoyable yarn. It is a book where you just suspend any grip on reality you might have and just enjoy. Based on this book I will look forward to the rest of the series. Natation was perfect and built the characters extremely well
Very glad I read this as my first as it seems to set out its stall for future books

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  • I. D. Hall-white
  • 08-20-19

Don't want it to finish BUT you cannot put it down

No doubt the best thriller I have ever read. Unguessable and unputdownable. Brqavo Mr. Deaver

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  • Lex D
  • 03-12-19

Brilliant

Glad I finally added this to my list!
My wife has for years told me to get into this years, and thanks to this audio book I most certainly have.
Fantastic set up to explain the scenes as the story unfolds and the characters are well written in a relatable and fallible way.
Narration good, takes a bit to accept the “women’s voices” but you slip into it quickly.

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  • Matthew
  • 01-17-19

Excellent

The storage was well written and produced a variety of suspects throughout. The ending was well thought through and a great read. The audible recording was entertaining and the voice acting easily differentiated the characters, making it easy to follow the story. Definitely recommended.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-17-18

New Discovery

Having watched the film and really enjoyed it I didn't know how the book would compare. I have to say that the book was fantastic, it really proves that in most cases books are better than the film. I feel the Narrator Jeffrey Harding did a really great job, this is the first time I have heard him preform in regards to audio books and I really enjoyed it. Over all a great listen, well done.

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  • Mr Glenn Lloyd
  • 08-15-18

Great twist

I can't remember the last time I couldn't put a book down. This book is amazingly good. I'm usually very good at guessing and working out different aspects of the story. I was right once in the entire book and even when I was so sure about who the culprit was i wasn't even close. Best audio I've downloaded yet and I'm visually impaired so I listen to alot.

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  • Rufus
  • 06-19-18

The film is great...The novel/audiobook is excellent. Forget Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

The Bone Collector is one of my favourite movies. The novel/audiobook, however, has to beat even the movie. There are a few differences between the two, however minor they seem. Things such as Amelia Sachs (in the novel) becomes Amelia Donaghy, the nurse in the novel is Thom and in the movie he's become Thelma. As I've already stated though these are small things so don't let them put you off the novel or audiobook.

All in all it's a good read or listen, depending on your preference. Personally I got the Kindle book with Audible narration...possibly the best of both worlds.

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  • Ashleigh L. Farnham
  • 12-28-17

Loved the story but

I found the accents jarring but otherwise the performance was great and the story is one I keep coming back to.

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