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3.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 53.33 out of 5 3.33 (39 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780743582483
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Includes a Bonus MP3 CD of Kathy Reichs' DŽj‡ Dead

The #1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the Fox television hit, Bones, returns with a spectacular new Tempe Brennan novel.

There are 206 bones in the human body. Forensic anthropologists know them intimately, can read in them stories of brief or long lives and use them to reconstruct every kind of violent end. 206 Bones opens with Tempe regaining consciousness and discovering that she is in some kind of very small, very dark, very cold enclosed space. She is bound, hands to feet. Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Tempe begins slowly to reconstruct...

Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had accompanied the recently discovered remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue. Suddenly, Tempe was accused of mishandling the autopsy -- and the case. Someone made an incriminating phone call. Within hours, the one man with information about the call was dead. Back in Montreal, the corpse of a second elderly woman was found in the woods, and then a third.

Seamlessly weaving between Tempe's present-tense terror as she's held captive and her memory of the cases of these murdered women, Reichs conveys the incredible devastation that would occur if a forensic colleague sabotaged work in the lab. The chemistry between Tempe and Ryan intensifies as this complex, riveting tale unfolds. Reichs is writing at the top of her game. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The science is fascinating, and every minute in the morgue with Tempe is golden.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “With her usual blend of cutting-edge forensic science and a stubborn, compelling heroine, Reichs manages to juggle several story lines without losing an ounce of momentum.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “For forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, the 206 bones of the human body are the vocabulary of her work, the building blocks of evidence amassed to ultimately convict. In this crisp narrative, her pride in her work is undermined twice; first, when she is accused of mishandling an autopsy; second, when she regains consciousness in a small, totally darkened, very cold enclosure. [This is] “Bones” at her best.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Linda Emond makes the frequent transitions from scientific jargon to intriguing murder mystery gracefully. The plot itself is also transitional and intriguing as well...Emond transitions from past to present and scene to scene adroitly. Her voice, unusually potent for a female reader, adds just the right touch to the several characters.”

    AudioFile

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 2/11/2014

    " Another good story from Kathy Reichs. This one keeps you tracking against several current realities. The ending is somewhat predictable but has a definite twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nissanmama | 1/27/2014

    " 206 Bones is the 12th book in the Temperance Brennan series. It is a little self-indulgent, going to lengths to explain the accreditation process for forensic board certification, but I guess by book twelve, Reichs has earned the right. I found the office intrigue to be more interesting than the actual crime Brennan was working which had too many names and too many suspects, but unlike many of her other novels where I didn't know "who done it" until Brennan did, this one was yawningly predictable. The ending was wrapped too quickly, mostly in an epilogue-type recap. I think as faithful readers up to this point, we earned the right to see the bad guys suffer in real-time, not just hear about it after the fact. Reichs has educated her readers with each book and we deserve more creative storytelling. Also, Detective Ryan should have had to do more sucking up to earn his way back into Brennan's good graces "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terrie | 1/26/2014

    " Solid addition to the series. I was apprehensive of the alternating timeline b/t the "trapped in a box" and the events leading up to it, but the trapped in a box sequences were minimal and could be skimmed. The last couple pages of them waxing poetic about the necessity of certification in forensics was off-putting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bayneeta | 1/25/2014

    " A solid, satisfying Temperance Brennan forensic mystery. Some of the earlier parts of the book take place in Chicago and Elmhurst, so the local flavor was good. The buried-alive parts of the story were creepy, and it all wrapped up a bit too neatly for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyl | 1/24/2014

    " Not a quick read with alot of forensic details but that is what makes Reichs interesting. Thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it - a very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 1/19/2014

    " Another excellent book by Kathy Reichs. You can't go wrong with her books. I like the amount of detail used for solving the murders. Of course it always seems authentic to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cherry | 1/8/2014

    " Didn't even have the courage to keep reading this book, got too boring about 2 chapters in. Even for a person who loves the medical detail in these books, even that detail wasn't enough to coer for the lack of a gripping plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scott Whitney | 1/2/2014

    " Nice mystery, The start drew me right in. There were a few cases of foreshadowing which seemed they could be a little more discreet, but the story line was very good and the science was interesting. I really liked the essay at the back of the book also. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arlene Richards | 12/19/2013

    " I do enjoy the pathopysiology that is explained in these murder mysteries. I do ge tired of the unhappy personal life that these mystrey-crime solvers all seem to have in common. In this novel, the love life was kept to a minimum compared to the TV series that has been generated from these novels. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy Smith | 11/20/2013

    " short story fleshed out with idle facts and info to make a novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffeny | 11/15/2013

    " Could not speed-read this one. So many facts to take in, you need to take your time. It is a bit slow at first, but gets good. I feel smarter after reading this book...haha.. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robert | 9/23/2013

    " Formulaic as hell, but I loved it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 April | 7/11/2013

    " I thought I was really going to like this book, this series is what the TV show "Bones" is based off of, and I love the show. However, the writing was sub-par and predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 6/9/2013

    " Good Tempe novel, enjoyed that Ryan was back and as the other books by Reichs, there is a lot going on on all her books. Keeps my attention yet is easy to read. If you like mystery with blood and guts you will likely like Temperence Brennan and Kathy Reichs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tia Jones | 2/5/2013

    " Meh. I had high hopes and they were dashed. Won't be reading another in this series, I'll just watch Bones and be happy with that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ReneeB | 10/14/2012

    " I was a little disappointed in this book. I finished it, but it really didn't keep my attention. I loved this series, but the last two books have been disappointing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mathilde | 10/5/2012

    " I haven't read/listened to all the books in the series, but this was my favorite so far. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lida | 5/5/2012

    " Typical, enjoyable Reichs novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 5/3/2012

    " Kathy Reichs is back on form with this book that I couldn't put down. As well as solving murders she has to deal with backstabbing by colleagues. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan | 2/24/2012

    " One of her better books in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Mcnab | 12/8/2011

    " You sure do learn a lot about bones in this book, which is interesting but gets a little more than you really want to know from time to time, other than when it obviously is a part of understanding the plot of the book. I like the characters in these Temperance Brennan books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Hayes | 10/13/2011

    " Very good book i thought it was predictable when reading it but once again i was surprised at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Machuga | 9/14/2011

    " Normal Reichs book. Better than average mystery maybe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 9/3/2011

    " Another good read from from Kathy Reichs. I find the medical/anthropology details FASCINATING! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Philipp | 7/30/2011

    " Really like the TV show Bones, but these portrayals are a bit different than the TV characters. Still a pretty good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 5/17/2011

    " I thought it was a great book! Very exciting, edge of your seat kind of read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rasier | 5/12/2011

    " I need to start at the beginning of this series. I had no idea what was going on in her personal life. All I understood was the forensics.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/3/2011

    " Not bad, but not the best mystery ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 4/30/2011

    " The repartee is witty and often very funny. However not the greatest plot. Not the worst either. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 tara | 4/27/2011

    " Another one day read. Not because it's awesome, but because it's filled with cliffhangers.
    Even so, it manages to be a little dull + I keep reading to find out if it gets better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peggy | 4/26/2011

    " Books by this author were the inspiration for the TV series, Bones. The main character is Temperance Brennen. Her tale is told in flashbacks as she lies in a pitch black enclosure, bound hand and foot after being abducted by a stranger. Very exciting stuff! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 james | 4/25/2011

    " This is another in the fine series featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. This character appears weekly on Fox in the TV series "Bones." Most of the action in the book takes place in Montreal and Quebec. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helaine | 4/20/2011

    " I love the "bone" book, this was really entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Becky | 4/12/2011

    " i like kathy reichs and am enjoying this book too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/11/2011

    " This was one of Reichs better Bones books. The plot was riveting, the romance hot and steamy, and the dead bodies gory full of sad mystery and suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jandblock | 4/11/2011

    " A little boring--too much forensic detail, not enough plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 4/7/2011

    " Always the first chapter is a thriller! Never bored with Kathy or Temperance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vicki | 4/2/2011

    " Pretty good...not as scary as some of her other books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristy | 4/1/2011

    " Mediocre at best. For once the T.V. show is infinitely better than the novels. "

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About the Author
Author Kathy Reichs

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist for the province of Quebec. She was vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, serves on the Canadian National Police Services Advisory Council, and is certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. Her debut novel, Déjà Dead, was a New York Times bestseller and won the 1997 Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Her work is the inspiration for the highly successful television drama Bones. Dr. Reichs divides her time between Charlotte and Montreal.

About the Narrator

Linda Emond is an award-winning actress of stage, film, television, and audiobook narration. Her performances on Broadway earned her nominations for the Tony Award in 2003 and 2012 and for the Drama Desk Award in 1997 and 2002. She was awarded the Joseph Jefferson Award for her roles in plays at theaters in Chicago. Her film credits include roles in Julie & Julia, Dark Water, and Across the Universe, among others. Her television credits include such series as Elementary, The Good Wife, and Law & Order: SVU, as well as movies such as A Dog Named Christmas. She has narrated dozens of audiobooks, winning three Earphones Awards and being named a finalist four times for the prestigious Audie Award. In 2011 she was named by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense for her reading of Flash and Bones.