Excellent listen. I enjoyed this book from start to finish, which is unusual. It dragged a bit in disc 9 but quickly recovered. Neat concept, cool beiExcellent listen. I enjoyed this book from start to finish, which is unusual. It dragged a bit in disc 9 but quickly recovered. Neat concept, cool beings, lots of plot twists. I was so anxious to see how it ended that I took my ipod to work and listened to the last 3 1/2 hours at my desk!
I would love to see this as a series. I would be buying book 2 right now....more
I regret the time I spent listening to this. A drug-addicted, alcoholic women in public service, and of course her husband is an ass an cheats on herI regret the time I spent listening to this. A drug-addicted, alcoholic women in public service, and of course her husband is an ass an cheats on her because how us could she be likable as her crazed, dependent self? My number one complaint (because there are several) is that the author began with a revelation about some traumatic, professional event. And then they reference it in ever section of the book, with every drink, with every bitter think, with every dose. But is the backstory revealed, as well? It just goes on and on and on. It was around disc 6 when I admitted to myself that I didn't like her or care what her story was. I listened to the last chapter and epilogue and happily deleted it from my iPod. I would like to point out that missing those 3 1/2 discs made no difference. Th ending made complete sense and I was left with no unknowns so I am kicking myself for not trying it around disc 4....more
Some authors are able to successfully change audiences and go back and forth between YA and adult books. Kathy Reichs is not.
The only reason I finisheSome authors are able to successfully change audiences and go back and forth between YA and adult books. Kathy Reichs is not.
The only reason I finished this was because I was on a trip and had few options.
First, the reader is annoying. Perhaps in written format the constant state of excitement or drama wouldn't exist. In audio, the endlessness of the voice inflections for exciting statements was enough to drive me batty.
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Second, the main character is a 14 year old freshman with enough smarts to have skipped a grade and still outperform classmates. However, she is to stupid to think, "Hmmm....felony. Maybe I shouldn't do this..." Nothing sounds fun like a young teenager that leads three older boys into criminal activity and dangerous situations. There is teenage rebellion and then there is this crap. They break into a locked research facility over a curiosity, decide to release a quarantined animal, steal medical supplies from the previously mentioned lab, lie to police and establish stories to cover the truth, hide the fact that people are shooting at them, etc.
Third, the conveniences that annoy me in the Bones series are present in this book. They happen to live in the one pocket of America without a cell signal. They lose every scrap of proof they collect. They have a bunker that the government has forgotten about that is completely invisible to passersby. The chasers happen to have monkey bones and can erase all evidence of gunshots. They know someone that can have prints run in secret. The main character, from reading a book by an aunt she's known 6 months, finds and identifies a human skeleton based on bone fusing and pelvis. It's like they stayed at a Holiday Inn and just work up brilliant and capable.
Fourth, if Brendan can write, he needs to stop letting mommy make him famous. If this is Kathy's writing, shame on her for giving him credit (and shame on him for taking it.) If this is Brendan's writing, I suggest he find another career.
This book is awful. I can't even give it 1 1/2 stars.
I've noticed that a lot of reviews include negative comments about authenticity and accuracy. Mine won't as that doesn't bother me in the least. I donI've noticed that a lot of reviews include negative comments about authenticity and accuracy. Mine won't as that doesn't bother me in the least. I don't expect authors to be actual serial killers before writing horror or have witnessed zombie attacks to write post-apocalyptic books. So if there are glaring inaccuracies in how to pilot large planes or a lack of real details about NTSB investigations, I'm still okay. The book had drama, intrigue, a misguided and deranged killer, Irish terrorists, other things that made for a good read. I will say that the last 20% of the book was completely over-the-top and only possible in blockbuster movies...but it was still fun to read....more
I've read (or listened to) several of the Tempe Brennan books simply because I like the tv show so much. Unusual for me, I prefer the show to the bookI've read (or listened to) several of the Tempe Brennan books simply because I like the tv show so much. Unusual for me, I prefer the show to the books. The forensic details are less involved, especially in this book. The characters are less interesting. The victims are less unique. Not that the books are bad...just lacking flair and drama. ...more
I like the tv show. I like the books. I wish I could love the books...but I can't. I have read enough of them to realize that the plot format is: 1. RaI like the tv show. I like the books. I wish I could love the books...but I can't. I have read enough of them to realize that the plot format is: 1. Random death that Tempe can't explain 2. Personal crisis in Tempe's life 3. Other related deaths magically discovered and they conveniently link together to prove Tempe's theory 4. At some point, Tempe will make a bad decision that could include going alone to a dangerous spot, keeping secrets from the police or trusting someone not worthy of trust 5. Case closed, everyone goes home
This one had enough forensic information to push it to 3 stars but the story itself is more of a 2 1/2 star....more