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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (609 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Matthiessen Narrator: Mark Hammer, Norman Dietz, George Guidall, Barbara Rosenblat Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN:
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One of a very few National Book Award honorees to be nominated for fiction and nonfiction, Peter Matthiessen creates a curious blend of both in this tragic prequel to Killing Mister Watson and Lost Man's River. An amazing novel in its own right, Bone by Bone caps the trilogy featuring the enigmatic E.J. Watson.

During the Reconstruction Era, Edgar Watson grew up in the South at the mercy of a brutal alcoholic father and a vindictive mother. Witnessing the horrors of slavery, bilked out of his inheritance, and blamed in his youth for a murder he didn't commit, E.J. developed a reputation for violence that preceded him everywhere he went. Finally, it brought him to a tragic and bloody end as his family watched in helpless horror. Borrowing an old local tale about a man who was killed by his neighbors, Matthiessen creates a powerful character. George Guidall's excellent reading brings this moving tragedy home to us with a passion.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danielle | 2/16/2014

    " I love the tales of old Florida... "

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

    " Interesting tale about rough life in the Everglades early in the 20th century and some of the characters that defined the time "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jitte Van | 1/26/2014

    " This is a great read... part fact, part fiction... about life in the Keys in Florida, in the late 1800s. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 1/20/2014

    " I'd say zero stars but then you might think I never finished this piece of tripe. Just because someone has a pen and some paper and lots of time doesn't mean he can write. This was poorly written, poorly edited, and devoid of any true interest. I slogged through it our of determination but this is living proof that you don't need to buy a book because you saw it promoted at a half-ass museum in the Everglades. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsey | 1/19/2014

    " I loved this book. Not only does the frontier of South Florida come alive, so do the "types" of people who lived there during the turn of the centry, people who are truly relegated to such a harsh climate. Watson's story is told by the people with whom he's interacted- their varying perspectives showing that the truth lies within each of us, as we all will wield our own stories about every person and every event. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Russell | 1/18/2014

    " One of the best novels I've read in years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jay | 1/7/2014

    " I had a hard time with this book. For historical content it was very good. Life in the Ten Thousand Islands of southwest Florida was very hard, like frontier hard. The author did a great job or research on the area. What I didn't like and had trouble with was the characters. I could look past the racism of the times, but the people themselves had no substance. "

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

    " First part of a trilogy "

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

    " Exciting to read about locations right here. But a lot of characters, so kind of confusing. Great, scary story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikolai Klein | 11/24/2013

    " A mind-blowing study of the American psyche. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Taylor Bright | 10/30/2013

    " Technically superb, though some of the voices tend to sound the same. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 10/26/2013

    " Excellent book! Takes place in the Florida everglades in 1910. A fictionalized telling of the death of Edgar Watson. Makes you feel like you are right there in the everglades back in 1910. It's told by several different characters but never Mr. watson himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 8/10/2013

    " Brilliant. Scary. Smart. Heartbreaking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tenderfoot | 7/14/2013

    " This is great book for people who like brilliant writing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry | 3/12/2013

    " This is a hard book. Don't get those who think Matthiessen is wonderful. It was intersting and the environmental aspects are good but was a hard read. Was not interested in reading other parts of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Still | 11/23/2012

    " The copy I had did not have a map, which would have helped greatly "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve Clason | 7/31/2012

    " Killing Mister Watson by Peter Matthiessen (1990) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 6/3/2012

    " A journey into the heart of darkness. "

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

    " I liked this book. It's a slow read because it is a nuanced picture of a man - good and evil - told in the vernacular of late 19th century "frontiersmen" in Florida. Also there are many characters and it gets a bit confusing. Writing is brilliant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Theresa Sivelle | 4/18/2012

    " I actually listened to this on CD in my car. Wasn't real impressed with it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kc | 2/28/2012

    " Anything by Peter Matthiesen is worth reading and this deep dark book will take you to world you know is real but a place you'll never go or want to. It may take a few pages to get to the rhythm of the prose but once you're hooked, you'll never forget it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff Tucker | 11/24/2011

    " I really liked this book but it's probably because I live in south Florida. It would be a tough book to get through if you don't have any interest in the region. "

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About the Author
Author Peter MatthiessenPeter Matthiessen was the cofounder of the Paris Review and is the author of numerous works of nonfiction, including In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Indian Country, and The Snow Leopard, winner of the National Book Award.