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Summary

Former marine Maggie Riley has just set sail for the Caribbean, ready for a little R&R on her 40-foot boat before starting a work assignment in Dominica.

Then Cole Thatcher appears. Sexy, naked - and possibly nuts - Cole turns out to be an archaeologist searching for the wreckage from a World War II submarine that may hold millions in gold coins and classified documents from a powerful inner circle of the secret society Skull and Bones. Maggie has enough skeletons to deal with, but when she learns her own past may intersect the Bonesmen’s, joining Cole in the hunt for the sub may be the only course to uncover a hidden truth.

©2013 Christine Kling (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • 13-01-15

Narrator hits the wrong note

What did you love best about Circle of Bones?

I like the story very much

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

The plot was tense at times, and, this being a new author to me, I couldn't be sure the good guys and gals would survive to the final page.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

Sadly, just about anyone. The narrator started off with far too much tension so that suspense didn't have a chance to build. Her odd intonation didn't help, either.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No extreme reaction.

Any additional comments?

The second book in this series is also narrated by the same individual so I won't be purchasing it as an audiobook.

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  • C. Grote
  • 15-08-17

Couldn't get through the first chapter

I am sure the story is great - but just could not listen to the mechanical/robot-like narration. It was like listening to MapQuest/GPS trying to read me a story. Would definitely try another book/series from this author, as long as there was a different narrator.

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  • Dawn
  • 27-06-17

Such a Disappointment!

Full disclosure: I listened to 5 hours and couldn't go on.

I am a huge fan of Ms. Kling's Saychelle Sullivan series - huge - and expected this to be on par. The description of this book appealed to me for a long road trip; I thought my husband would enjoy the diving for sunken treasure. Five hours in, there was NO diving. The ONLY thing that happened in those 5 hours was a rising body count; and, boy howdy, did it rise! Plot development was further slowed by constantly switching back and forth between past and present, which added nothing to our understanding of just what the heck was going on. I am still asking myself if this is the same Christine Kling.

The main reason I quit after 5 hours (during a 6+-hour road trip) was this: Angela Dawe gave me a headache. As my husband described it, she was reading in all caps. I may have been able to get through the story had it not been the physically painful delivery.

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  • ALN
  • 31-03-16

Great story, but the narrator...

Fascinating story, yet it was difficult to get past the narrator. Her style is almost identical to my GPS tone - quite mechanical and intense. Too intense from the beginning. The only time she changes tone is when she changes accents. Worth the effort to continue, however. Don't let her voice stop you from purchasing :)

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  • Empress Karen
  • 30-05-18

Lady Indiana Jones Adventures

I purchased this series out of order and am just listening to this story, shame on me for missing out on a great tale. I listened to #2 first and didn’t realize when I wrote that review, that yes, these tales are linked together and really don’t stand alone.
There are a few authors, this one and e.g. Tiffany Snow’s Kathleen Turner series, my fave, that do link the adventures together. So many reviews say get the whole series or must read in order. I have been burned and had to return books based on that suggestion.
I now choose a summery and if the author gains my attention, then I purchase the series and force myself to listen at book #1. As you have already discovered #1 can be an author’s best work, and for other author’s their best work comes later and you rely on fellow reviewers to advise.
If you start this series, get this book first!!
I am a huge fan of reader Ms Angela Dawe, as I like all her male voices. Her Scottish accents, none better! Her children voices can warm your heart. In this tale, she nails the foreign speech patterns head on and you are right there in the limelight with our characters.
See Marcia Clark’s series for a great mystery series and Nora Roberts MacGregor for a great romance series read by Ms Dawe. They will not disappoint if you are a fan of hers.
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  • Laurie Croce
  • 01-10-17

Poor Narration

I have returned other books narrated by Angela Dawe, but never can remember her name until I hear that annoying voice inflection at the end of every single sentence. I was disappointed because the book seemed like it would be engaging. I wonder how the narrator keeps getting work, when there are so many delightful narrators available. I made it through about ten minutes before I had to stop listening. There are numerous reviews for other books she has narrated that say it gets better when she is narrating dialogue, but truthfully, I can never make it that far. So listen before you buy. I wish I could give a review of the story for the author, but I can't.

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  • Born Tired
  • 08-01-17

Can't stand the narration

I got this book via "Kindle Unlimited with Narration." I can never seem to get thru a book by this narrator. She has some very annoying distracting habits, usually in the narrative. Ending sentences her voice wavers and rises oddly & perhaps even her accent. It just distracts me too much trying too figure it out. Additionally, her character voices sound so much the same, regardless which book she reads. I find myself groaning when I realize it's her. Once again a book I can't get into.

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  • Anne Tisbert
  • 06-10-16

Great treasure hunt and mystery

I liked how the two different story lines came together. A missing french submarine and a Caribbean island sailor with a mysterious lover.

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  • Heather B Bean
  • 12-09-16

fun read

it took a bit to get into but worth it. very exciting ending and good set up for the next book

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  • rester725
  • 04-07-16

CIRCLE BONES

Would you listen to Circle of Bones again? Why?

OH, YES!

Who was your favorite character and why?

THE NARRATOR OF THE STORY.

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

VERY GOOD! WOULD LISTEN TO ANYTHING SHE PERFORMED.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

SUSPENSEFUL FROM BEGINNING TO END. FAMILY SAILING VACATION GOES TERRBLY WRONG! SHIPWRECKED, BETRAYAL, MURDER!

Any additional comments?

COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN FROM BEGINNING TO END IT KEEPS YOU ATTENTION RIGHT UP TO THE LAST PAGE!