Cross Bones : Temperance Brennan

  • by Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by Michele Pawk
  • Series: Temperance Brennan
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When an Orthodox Jew is found shot to death in Montreal, Temperance Brennan is called in to examine the body and to figure out the puzzling damage to the corpse. Unexpectedly, a stranger slips her a photograph of a skeleton and assures her the picture is the key to the victim's death. Before she knows it, Tempe is involved in an international mystery as old as Jesus, a mystery that could rewrite 2000 years of religious history. Tempe learns that the stranger's picture shows bones uncovered during an archeological dig. She discovers the Montreal shooting victim ran an import business that might have fronted for the trade of black market antiquities. Along with Detective Andrew Ryan and biblical archeologist Jake Drum, Tempe travels to Israel to probe the origins of the skeleton and the ancient crypt in which it was found.
They make a startling discovery that raises radical questions about Christ's death and places them squarely in the middle of a swirling controversy. Could one of the tombs really be Christ's last resting place? Or, has someone concocted an elaborate hoax?

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Cross Bones

This is the eighth book in a series by Kathy Reichs, all about a forensic anthropologist by the name of Temperance(Tempe to her friends) and her adventures as she travels between Charlotte, NC and the province of Quebec, Canada. This is one of those authors that you wait for the next book to be published, and I have never been disappointed. As always, I could not put it down until the end, but I do wish the unabridged version was out as well. The reading of this novel by Michele Pawk is also a good choice, since she brings the characters to life. The bad news is - I'll probably have to wait another year before her next book is published. If you like reading stories about 40 something women who are professional and still "Have a Life", you will enjoy this.
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- Katherine D Day

How many languages can one reader mangle?

I've read and/or listened to all of Kathy Reichs's books and unfortunately they are getting tired. This particular book is so-so -- tedious and far-fetched at the same time. Raiders of the Lost Ark meets The Da Vinci Code, without the fun of the former. And it features offensive caricatures of Orthodox Jews dedicated to the preservation of human remains in Israel -- here, they are little more than gangs of thugs. But the worst part of this book is Michele Pawk's reading. She manages to butcher virtually every single French name in the Montreal scenes and makes some groaners with the Hebrew as well -- did no one think to consult a native speaker of either language for pronunciation guidelines? Started out as merely irritating but soon became offensive.
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- Barbara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-01-2005
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio