Cross Bones : Temperance Brennan

  • by Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by Michele Pawk
  • Series: Temperance Brennan
  • 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged 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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What the Critics Say

"Such bloody good beach reading." (USA Today)
"There's nothing like a morgue mystery to brighten up a summer day." (Entertainment Weekly)
"Likely to leave you with the shivers of an ice storm." (People)

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Customer Reviews

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struggling to keep listening

If you could sum up Cross Bones in three words, what would they be?

Lots and lots and lots of education and research went into this book. You have to hand it to Kathy - she is indeed a smart cookie and will teach you something new with each book


Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

This is, unfortunately, a must better read than a listen. I have been at it for awhile and have to keep going back because I tune out.


Would you listen to another book narrated by Michele Pawk?

Probably not. She sounds angry or perhaps very confused about the characters she is mimicking. She has difficulty giving the characters depth or personality even. I found her attempt to sound like a certain ethnicity just terrible and confusing.


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- Kristi

Not what I am used to

I have promptly dived into Ms Reichs' stories and for the most part have come up for air only occasionally, being totally immersed in her stories. This one was different. There did not seem to be as much technical information and the stories seemed to be much more involved in the political situation.
I am not as absorbed in the socio-political atmosphere and so didn't appreciate this tale as much.
As for the narrator: PLEASE have an accent coach help this person!! She does quite well, and the narrative bubbles along quite well, and then
"SCREECH!" The resultant audible whiplash is most distressing!! Not all of her narration is like that, but enough that it is jarring to the ears.
In all, I have gotten used to this narrator and enjoy her work, but when the jolts come, they grab me by the neck.
I have accessed the list of books and their order; so now it's on to the next one..........tally ho!!!!!!!



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- T. Schram "I presently live in Central TX after spending 35 years in S FL. I was born and grew up in NW LA. I have been a reader my entire life."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2011
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio