White Bones

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5 out of 5 stars
By Evelyn on 07-09-14

"I want more"

What made the experience of listening to White Bones the most enjoyable?

Mr. Masterton's imagination is full of darkness and he is not afraid to show it. Love it!

What other book might you compare White Bones to and why?

No comparison at all.

Which character – as performed by Caroline Lennon – was your favorite?

Kate Maguire

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4 out of 5 stars
By James on 12-30-13

Love Katie Maguire. Compelling if imperfect story.

Where does White Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Graham Masterton is a really masterful storyteller, and the twists come fast and furious. A few choices are more over-the-top than I like in my mysteries (prefer them slightly more real,) but I can't imagine he'd ever be a wasted listen. Love his ability to set up Cork as a place in time, and to draw a series of interesting characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Katie is a great character. She makes unique moral choices - more interesting than a lot of authors would allow- and her morality is very particular to her as a character. I like her doggedness. Masterton isn't afraid to let her screw up, either, which makes her all the more real. The ultimate villain of this piece is interesting too. Not entirely unexpected when revealed, but still worth it.

What three words best describe Caroline Lennon’s voice?

The narrator's voice is dramatic but also soothing with its Irish lilt. It's honeyed and unique. HOWEVER, I really feel that she hams it up awfully with the American characters. Their accents are SO BAD that it unfortunately ruins some really important scenes. Seriously. A suggestion of an accent often works better than when narrators try to fully do an accent (this must happen to British listeners all the time, but my ear is tuned to North American. Sorry, British listeners! Wow!) The end of the second book implies that there are more American characters to come so I hope this is fixed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Masterton shows his roots as a horror author - BOY is there some gore in here. Just a warning. I'm not squeamish by most measures, but something about listening to the torturous scenes in here was pretty difficult... He also likes supernatural subjects a lot.

Some lesbian stuff in both books so far has been kinda gratuitous from where I sit - much more a male fantasy than a true female experience. Not enough to wreck anything, just a little silly.

Any additional comments?

I listened to the second Katie Maguire book first. If you think you might listen to it, you might want to do this one first. It doesn't matter much in a lot of series, but there is some serious story arcing from book-to-book here, and the journey of this one was a little spoiled by listening out of order.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dany on 10-18-17

Interesting thriller!

Really enjoyed the twists + turns of the storyline! Unexpected ending! Learned about more folklore of the region! Am getting the next book in the series!

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5 out of 5 stars
By joan on 03-11-17

Dark thriller

Good read, but a bit gruesome in places. Story moves along at a good pace, with twists along the way and great main character. Keeps u guessing and is well narrated. Will definitely read more in the series.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Carole Wollard on 01-09-17

Disturbing content

I've read hundreds of murder mysteries but none of them disturbed me as much as this one. The torture and detail in which it was described was too much.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Nora on 12-27-15

Could be great book instead of great disapointment

What disappointed you about White Bones?

Sexual scenes and scenes of torture.are GRAPHIC. The sexual scenes are so detailed that that they could be used in an OBGYN text book. I needed a shower after reading one chapter. The scenes of torture including details of being skinned alive and legs amputated
in minute detail are stomach turning.

.I found myself skipping chapters. This is a well written book take out the scenes of torture and sadism I would be hooked if it turned into a series. Believe me I am NOT easily offended, I am not squeamish, sex, when its part of the story is just great. Torture in detail is another story.You need a strong stomach, not prone to nightmares and enjoy porn to enjoy this book

What other book might you compare White Bones to and why?

Broken Angels by same author.

What does Caroline Lennon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Excellent pronunciation of the Irish language. Caroline is great.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger and disappointment. Terrible ending great story, ruined by unnecessary scenes of sadism, crudity and violence

Any additional comments?

Dont buy this book if you are easily unnerved.

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