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3.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 53.73 out of 5 3.73 (37 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Linda Emond Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: August 2009 ISBN: 9780743582469
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There are 206 bones in the human body—and one shattering secret hidden among them.

Cold and alone, bound hands to feet, Tempe Brennan regains consciousness locked in a dark cell—or is she buried alive in a tomb?—and begins to reconstruct the twisted chain of events that led her to this terrifying place. Tempe and Lieutenant Ryan had recently accompanied the remains of a missing heiress from Montreal to the Chicago morgue, and suddenly Tempe is accused of mishandling the autopsy. After an incriminating phone call and another shocking death, Tempe’s unseen enemy closes in—even as the corpse of a second, and then a third, elderly woman turns up in the woods of Montreal.

Who wants Tempe dead, or at least out of the way, and why? Who would resort to sabotage to destroy the secrets hidden in the bones? Only Tempe can uncover the truth—if she can escape the deadly fate someone has designed for her.

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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 

  • “Reichs has reasserted her supremacy in the field, and has stripped out any sense of cliché. All the things we read her for in those heady early days are back in force. 206 Bones—with its fresh plot involving the discarded bodies of dead women, and Tempe's own niggling self-doubt—is vintage Reichs.”

    Independent (London)

  • “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

  • “Enough forensic examinations, misidentifications, genetic anomalies and coincidences for a whole season of snappy Tempe’s TV adventures.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • ANew York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Roma Del | 2/17/2014

    " I have read better books by her "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rita | 1/23/2014

    " 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 Beth | 1/9/2014

    " Although a great mystery, I did find "206 Bones" to be a tad too easy to predict. Both the main and sub-plots where well wrtten. I was happy to see Ryan make it back into the main story! As always, I'm looking forward to Riechs next book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Autumn Amber | 1/5/2014

    " A good book for a lazy Sunday afternoon/evening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tkulvete | 12/29/2013

    " If you like the tv show Bones this book will take your interest. A bit too technical at times but still a great story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny Ramirez | 12/27/2013

    " Solid entry in the series. I liked the back and forth between the present day (Tempe trapped in a cold dark place) and the events leading up to that point in time. Nice twists! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vikki | 12/27/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christen | 12/14/2013

    " Another great book from Kathy Reichs. I love how she can just keep coming up with such original story lines. And her use of foreshadowing was great in this story; it just kept me glued to the book! (I even had to peak ahead one time!) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Melendez | 12/7/2013

    " 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 Sherri | 12/4/2013

    " I am seriously addicted to this series even though it is beyond cheesy! I think it's because it's partially set in Quebec, it's for sure the best part of the series. This particular book however, is so far the best in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffeny | 11/14/2013

    " 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.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Allison | 11/11/2013

    " I came away from this particular mystery with the feeling that all CRM archaeologists are evil. Now, I am a CRM archaeologist, and I don't think I'm evil. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vivian | 10/18/2013

    " Great read with interesting story lines. "

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

    " Had to finish before setting off down the M1, couldn't wait two hours to find out who it was. Looking forward to reading the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kendahl Ryan | 7/10/2013

    " The book is going very well. It started off giving me a foreshadowing scene. I am in the middle of the fourth chapter, and the book is in its rising action scene. I really look forward to finishing the book, and cracking the case. I personally like this book more than my other mystery book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jen Cloos | 6/24/2013

    " I love Bones, the TV show based on this author's life, but I only thought this book was okay. Not too many twists and turns and despite the great opening, it just didn't do it for me. I wanted to mindless beach read, and that's what this was. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phyl | 11/21/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 8/25/2012

    " Preachy at the end, but a fun quick read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 12/8/2011

    " One of my favorites. I loved the nod to Chicago immigrant families! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Claire | 10/27/2011

    " A solid installment in the Temperance Brennan series. Not the best, not the worst. The two plots are a bit meager and only make a book because they're fleshed together and not done wonderfully by themselves. Good for what it is--a quick, fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frances Stiles | 10/2/2011

    " Loved it .... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Crystal Falconer | 9/15/2011

    " We all know that I LOVE Kathy Reichs. 206 Bones is yet another successful mystery novel. These novels are good for mindless, quick pleasure reading...And Detective Ryan is back in the picture...YES! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krissy | 5/18/2011

    " Another great book. It feels like you can never go wrong with Kathy Reichs. "

  • 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.