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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,269 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 2010 ISBN: 9781442304376
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Reichs, a producer of the Fox television hit Bones , returns with a riveting new novel featuring America’s favorite forensic anthropologist, Tempe Brennan.

The New York Times Book Review hailed the Tempe Brennan novels as a “cleverly plotted and expertly maintained series.” Spider Bones opens as Temperance Brennan is called to the scene of a drowning in Hemmingford, Quebec. The victim appears to have died while in the midst of a bizarre sexual practice. The body is identified as a man originally declared dead in 1968—the victim of a Huey crash in Vietnam. Tempe exhumes the soldier’s corpse from his grave in North Carolina and flies with the remains to Hawaii for a reanalysis of the bones. But it’s not long before another set of remains are found with the first victim’s dog tags tangled amongst them. There are now two unidentified bodies—both with strange connections. Meanwhile, the Honolulu medical examiner asks Tempe for help with remains found offshore—from yet another victim. Is it the victim of a shark attack? Or something much more sinister… Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Reichs, who once again uses her own scientific knowledge to enhance a complex plot and continually developing characters, delivers a whopper of a final twist.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Narrator Linda Emond proves to be a flexible narrator who is able to make the occasional flood of scientific jargon sound compelling. But the complicated plot requires the listener’s full attention. Emond is equally adept at bringing to life the car chases, shootings, and other exciting action that takes place outside the lab.” 

    AudioFile

  • Fans of the television series Bones, based on Reich’s life and career, will note plenty of differences between the show and the novels, but they will find that Brennan on the page still offers much to enjoy. Fans of the books, of course, will soon be stampeding to the library to secure their copies.” 

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabina Cazadd | 2/14/2014

    " First book I have read by Ms. Reichs thought I am a longtime fan of her TV show. This was a great read! Smart. Quick. Good social justice elements. Looking forward to going back and reading her first! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 2/10/2014

    " The usual Tempe adventure. I sort of missed the fun after this book, though I am still interested in forensic facts that she put on the details. Guess Tempe & Ryan are getting serious now, huh? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/1/2014

    " I enjoyed this book--a keeper. Believable characters doing difficult and technical jobs, with real families. OK not great literature but readable and enjoyable. I hate mystery writers where the detectives of whatever persuasion become the target but some danger is a necessary element. Any resemblance other than profession to the television character Bones ? None that I could see. But I am a fan of both Temperance Brennan's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johanne | 1/30/2014

    " A classic holiday read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/8/2014

    " I truly enjoy reading a good Kathy Reichs story, and this one did fit the bill. The twists, the turns, so much happening. I didn't see the ending coming. Looking forward to the next. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/8/2014

    " Spider Bones is not the best of the series by far but it was still good. The story is what held my interest not the suspense which was severly lacking in this book. The story is about a drowning victim they find in Quebec that is identified as John Lowery but this same person was supposedly killed in Vietnam 40 years ago. They then dig up said victim and are sent to Hawaii where they do the identifying of victims of war. The story then takes several more twists and turns and of course Ryan shows up. Tempe and Ryan's relationship or lack of one is seriously pissing me off. They need to get back together or move on because poor Tempe is not getting any!!!! I love Reichs books and I always learn a lot from each one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Calli | 1/1/2014

    " I always learn something new with the Bones books. This time it was about the JPAC and the identifying of bodies left behind in various wars. It's amazing that bodies from wars like WWII and Vietnam are still being found. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen | 11/20/2013

    " Ok, not her best work. Usually can't put her books down, so was disappointed a little. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Simpson | 6/30/2013

    " Another compelling read by Kathy Reichs. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 5/3/2013

    " I have read better Reichs books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ertia | 2/18/2013

    " Sadly, I didn't feel this one had the same twisty impact as others in the Temperence Brennan series. Still a great bathtub read, though! (With all the lights ON, thank you!) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 1/27/2013

    " Was pretty good, better than I expected since books so far into a series tends to become stale. Story was more fascinating than I thought it would be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marlyn | 10/9/2012

    " Good writer and story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl | 9/28/2012

    " I like everything I read from this author including this one. I even learn something new about forensics in everyone of her books. An excellent read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen Mcconville | 1/6/2012

    " It's a good book, but it seems like it was written to fit into a 1 hour time slot. I like a little more detail. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 12/13/2011

    " Interesting mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 12/11/2011

    " Actually listened to the audiobook while traveling, commuting, showering, etc. Typical Kathy Reichs. Entertaining, but not earth shattering. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Melendez | 6/5/2011

    " Reichs never fails to keep your interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/18/2011

    " A typical Kathy Reichs mystery, but somehow it feels more contrived than some of her previous works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jean | 5/18/2011

    " I will read anything Kathy Reichs writes "

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

    " This book was a fun read. I really like a murder mystery and this one didn't disappoint. There was some foul language...but there wasn't any sex. Great story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 5/8/2011

    " The TV show Bones is based on the books by Kathy Reichs. I have never seen the show, but I really enjoy her books about forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennon. All of these mysteries are intelligent, well written and entertaining. This is not a series that you must start at the beginning.
    "

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

    " It was ok...lots of big "medical-like" words, came together a little to "nicely" at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 5/4/2011

    " Kathy Reichs' books are always full of suspense and keep you turning pages. I found Spider Bones hard to put down and ended up reading it in a couple of days! "

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

    " Meh. After a good Temperance Brennan novel by Kathy Reichs a boring one must follow. Or so it seems.

    More back and forth between Temp and Ryan and the case didn't grip me at all.

    Oh well. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Geri | 5/1/2011

    " I figured out way too early that Reggie switched
    places with Spider. (I like the TV show Brennan much better) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/26/2011

    " Found it more confusing than her other books - too many characters and what was basically a simple mystery, made more complicated by artificial "cliff-hanger" endings to chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rayne | 4/21/2011

    " I'm still reading it, but I like it so far
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harry | 4/17/2011

    " Well-written, fast paced, good characterization. I thought the plot just a tad overly convoluted, but overall a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/16/2011

    " Good mystery as Brennan tries to identify a body of a man who supposedly had already died years ago in the Vietnam war. "

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About the Author
Author Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs is the author of more than twenty New York Times bestselling novels featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan, including her most recent The Bone Collection. Like her protagonist, Reichs is a forensic anthropologist—one of fewer than one hundred ever certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology. A professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she is a former vice president of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences and serves on the National Police Services Advisory Council in Canada. Reichs’s own life, as much as her novels, is the basis for the TV show Bones, one of the longest-running series in the history of the FOX network.
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.