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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,047 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathy Reichs Narrator: Dorothée Berryman Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Temperance Brennan Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743564595
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New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs’s Break No Bones is now available on audio for only $14.99.

The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today’s headlines—in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme. Summoned to South Carolina to fill in for a negligent colleague, Tempe is stuck teaching at a lackluster archeology field school in the ruins of a Native American burial ground on the Charleston shore. But when Tempe stumbles upon a fresh skeleton among the ancient bones, her old friend Emma Rousseaus, the local coroner, persuades Tempe to stay on and help with the investigation. When Emma reveals a disturbing secret, it becomes more important than ever for Tempe to help her friend close the case.

The body count begins to climb. Tempe follows the trail to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. Clues abound in the most unlikely places as Tempe uses her unique knowledge and skills to build her case, even as the local sheriff remains dubious and her own life is threatened. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A brilliant novel in the tradition of the best Southern gothic writing!…Reichs’ seamless blending of fascinating science and dead-on psychological portrayals, not to mention a whirlwind of a plot, make Break No Bones a must-read.” 

    Jeffery Deaver, New York Times bestselling author

  • A brilliant novel in the tradition of the best Southern gothic writing! What a pleasure it is to watch Tempe Brennan on the job once again, this time in the perfectly realized world of South Carolina. Reichs's seamless blending of fascinating science and dead-on psychological portrayals, not to mention a whirlwind of a plot, make Break No Bones a must read."

    -- Jeffery Deaver, author of The Cold Moon and The Twelfth Card
  • A rare treat indeed for the discerning mystery reader! Kathy Reichs is a working forensic anthropologist who can also write! She combines her brilliance in both arts in her mesmerizing novels, and Break No Bones is the best yet! I am awed by its power and her ability to demonstrate what I call 'the silent secrets in the bones.' Once again, I am so impressed with the wealth of knowledge Reichs draws on, her suspenseful plotting, and her marvelous ear for dialogue and sense of place. Temperance Brennan rides again in this compelling tale of a suspenseful murder probe. Reichs' fans will be delighted; I predict an overnight bestseller! Reading Break No Bones kept pulling me away from my own deadlines, but I loved it!"

    -- Ann Rule, author of Green River, Running Red; Worth More Dead and the forthcoming Too Late to Say Goodbye
  • “A rare treat…mesmerizing…Reading Break No Bones kept pulling me away from my own deadlines, but I loved it!” 

    Ann Rule, New York Times bestselling author

  • “This novel confirms the series’ place in the front rank of the ever-expanding forensic thriller subgenre.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Readers…will appreciate the forensic detail here, and more character-oriented readers will respond to Reichs’ likable and well-developed cast…An engrossing entry in a widely read series.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Kelosiwang | 2/11/2014

    " A slightly edgier Brennan adventure with a lot of links and crossovers that keeps the brain working throughout. Always nice to be surprised at the end of a thriller! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Barber | 2/10/2014

    " I've enjoyed most of these books, and this one was entertaining as well. I think they compare well to Patricia Cornwell's Kay Scarpetta books. One issue I have with both these books and the Kay Scarpetta books is that the supposedly intelligent women in the books are constantly getting themselves into physical danger, and being rescued by the men. In response to the earlier review comparing one of the books unfavorably to the series, I think the books seem much more realistic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kaye | 2/3/2014

    " This is the woman who originated the character on Bones (the TV show). It is a good mystery novel with a good character (Temperance Brennan). "

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

    " I let myself read one Kathy Reichs book at the beginning of each year. I keep myself several books behind in the series so that I don't "run out." This was my annual Christmas vacation book of the year. Great story. Read it in less than two days. "

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

    " This story is set in Charleston so I loved the local references. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sita | 12/30/2013

    " Standard Tempe Brennan stuff. But, what can I say, I love Bones the series and when I read the books I picture Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz as Tempe and Andrew Ryan. So yeah, I'll probably keep reading the series as reading this makes me enter that TV Bones world ;) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hope | 12/29/2013

    " This is the best one of Kathy Reichs books I have read so far. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 12/28/2013

    " Another excellent boom from Kathy Reichs which I couldn't put down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara Ansary | 12/28/2013

    " Another great book by Kathy Reichs. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/23/2013

    " This is a good mystery, except that the main character tends to be a little shrill and freaks out too much. A tad annoying, but overall a good book. I like the t.v. series Bones better. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Nesbit-comer | 10/23/2013

    " a solid mystery, but it didn't have as much of the geeky goodness of her other novels. This one read more like a straight out mystery than the bone lady coolness. I also was a wee bit peeved by the reapperance of the ex hubby. "

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

    " In #9 Tempe follows the trail of bones to a free street clinic with a belligerent staff, a suspicious doctor, and a donor who is a charismatic televangelist. I wish Reichs would either take a few lessons in how to write good erotica or else drop the romance between Tempe and Ryan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 9/15/2013

    " A little too predictable. At several points I wanted to yell at the characters when the solution seemed so obvious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 6/29/2013

    " Another good read from Reichs' Temperance Brennan series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette | 4/12/2013

    " I love all of Kathy Reichs' books. I like the imperfection of the characters and the settings because I love the Carolinas. Keeps you reading through the night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corrie | 4/4/2013

    " I was really disappointed with this book. I generally like this author, but this book was not a hit with me. The plot was not original, the writing annoyed me and the relationships were pretty boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 10/28/2012

    " Hardly earth-shattering or world view changing, but a good thriller. Perfect read for a summer afternoon on the deck "supervising" (read: getting splashed and tuning out shrieking) a bunch of little boys in the pool. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Livia | 9/18/2012

    " This book is excellent...I will definitely read more by Kathy Reichs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mysteryfan | 6/5/2012

    " Temperance is visiting the Low Country excavating a historic site when she finds a modern body. She helps the local coroner, has her boyfriend and exhusband visit, and finds multiple bodies. The motive is grisly but the whole thing is believable. I like this Temperance more than the TV one "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alto2 | 3/7/2012

    " The latest in the Temperance Brennan series is less satisfying than others. Reichs has settled into formulaic writing that suffers from a casual, colloquial voice not usually her style. Skippable except for those who've read everything Reichs has written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 suzi | 3/2/2012

    " I like Kathy Reichs Temperance Brennan series, but this one was predictable and over-written. I found the same sort of decline in the Patricia Cornwell Kay Scarpetta series; maybe they are just running out of fresh ideas? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 5/30/2011

    " A good book, though we went back a step with both threats and an attempted murder of Dr. Brennan. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kerry Khoo | 5/25/2011

    " Not a 5 because I'm a little turn off by the love triangle fiasco. Otherwise the whole mystery case is one you would not want to miss out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 5/23/2011

    " Better than the other one I read- less forshadowing although she could still use a good editor to remove those! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheryl | 5/7/2011

    " This book had me wondering who did who and the ending was great! The background city is so fascinating. I'm not sure if I read for the story or just to find more out about the city. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 4/15/2011

    " This was a great start to the Temperence Brennan series. If you're a fan of BONES, you're gonna love this novel. The story will keep you reading till the end. If you're looking for a Booth, you DEFINITELY got him as Ryan :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathy | 3/21/2011

    " Ticked all then boxes for me as a quick but satisfying crime thriller - I like the forensic detail in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katrina | 3/7/2011

    " Bad enough that it's the last one I'll read, but intriguing enough to finish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jayda | 3/3/2011

    " I think I'm going to give up on Kathy Reichs for a while. Her style of writing is really a drag at this point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 amberwytch | 2/22/2011

    " Thoroughly interesting and intriguing. Great characters and twist


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Laura | 2/10/2011

    " This book was just OK for me. The characters were a bit shallow and sarcastic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mom | 2/7/2011

    " Listening on audio tape I barely followed the story and didn't care enough to rewind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dad | 2/3/2011

    " Good "who done it" written in the same mold as the Patridia Cromwell forensic novels. I liked the story and the author is excellent at keeping your interest and moving you to the next chapter. If you like forensic pathology/anthropology stories, you should give this one a look. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/30/2011

    " This is the first book of this series I read and I picked it up because I like the tv show. It was interesting, but I wasn't always sure about the relationships (can't be helped since I came into the middle of the series). Interesting case though. "

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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

Dorothée Berryman is a singer, actress, and narrator. Besides her roles in television, she is known most for her film roles in The Red Violin and The Barbarian Invasions. She was nominated for a Genie Award in 1987 and then in 2011 won the Jutra Award, the annual Canadian cinema award, for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the comedy Cabotins. Born in Quebec City, Quebec, she is also a jazz singer who has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, released two albums, and hosted a jazz program on the Espace musique radio network.