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Summary

New York City is thrown into chaos by the assaults of the Bone Collector, a serial kidnapper and killer who gives the police a chance to save his victims from death by leaving obscure clues. The cops go to Lincoln Rhyme, an ex-NYPD forensics expert left paralysed after an accident on the job. Rhyme reluctantly postpones his ambitions towards suicide and puts together a forensic investigation team, enlisting as his eyes and ears young police officer Amelia Sachs.

©1997 Jeffrey Deaver (P)2006 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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Excellent performance

There are so many characters and the narrator had got a different voice or each and maintained them throughout. Did not particularly like his female voices but it did give them definition for their characters. Story was great.

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  • Sally
  • THEIL-RABIER, France
  • 01-12-13

Cracking listen brilliantly read

This is the first Jefferey Deaver that I have either read or listened to, and it definitely won't be my last. If you like Greg Hurwitz and Michael Connelly, you'll love this. It is very fast paced and it ties all the ends up nicely. I do like the author to tell me the end and not leaving me guessing... after all it's the author's story and I am paying him, so I want a proper end.. even if I don't like it.
Jeff Harding narrates this brilliantly, (one of my favourite narrators and I often pick a story simply because he's the narrator.) I love all the voices, he does, especially the black policewoman who cracks me up... he's brilliant at getting the sassy edge.
This story really keeps you guessing ... and even when you think you know who did what and why.. there was a brilliant twist I didn't see.
I don't want to spoil the plot but I can honestly say it's one of the best listens for a while, it got me through a lot of teadious jobs...
Highly recommended, I didn't want it to finish...

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  • Gavingks
  • Dunbar, United Kingdom
  • 21-11-13

Quadriplegic Ex-Cop in a fight. Fantastic

What a great book with a preposterous yet joyous storyline. This was my first encounter with Lincoln Rhyme and his cantankerous view on life.
I absolutely love this story and the characters were brilliant, Amelia was the perfect stooge to Lincoln and the supporting characters made for a high enjoyable yarn. It is a book where you just suspend any grip on reality you might have and just enjoy. Based on this book I will look forward to the rest of the series. Natation was perfect and built the characters extremely well
Very glad I read this as my first as it seems to set out its stall for future books

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Great book & great narrator

Great book & great narrator . First time to hear this book and worth every penny five stars

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Great book and storyline. Better Voice actor need

What disappointed you about The Bone Collector?

The desire to hand the reader a tissue was constant due to the irritating nasally sound of his voice.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I'm a huge fan of Lincoln Rhyme. I have the entire set of books - my favourite being the Vanished Man.

How could the performance have been better?

Different voice actor.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Bone Collector?

None

Any additional comments?

I'd purchased this audio book for a long road trip. It was a waste of money. I had to switch it off.

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New Discovery

Having watched the film and really enjoyed it I didn't know how the book would compare. I have to say that the book was fantastic, it really proves that in most cases books are better than the film. I feel the Narrator Jeffrey Harding did a really great job, this is the first time I have heard him preform in regards to audio books and I really enjoyed it. Over all a great listen, well done.

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Great twist

I can't remember the last time I couldn't put a book down. This book is amazingly good. I'm usually very good at guessing and working out different aspects of the story. I was right once in the entire book and even when I was so sure about who the culprit was i wasn't even close. Best audio I've downloaded yet and I'm visually impaired so I listen to alot.

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The film is great...The novel/audiobook is excellent. Forget Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie

The Bone Collector is one of my favourite movies. The novel/audiobook, however, has to beat even the movie. There are a few differences between the two, however minor they seem. Things such as Amelia Sachs (in the novel) becomes Amelia Donaghy, the nurse in the novel is Thom and in the movie he's become Thelma. As I've already stated though these are small things so don't let them put you off the novel or audiobook.

All in all it's a good read or listen, depending on your preference. Personally I got the Kindle book with Audible narration...possibly the best of both worlds.

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  • Lee
  • Aberdeenshire
  • 12-06-18

I tried and I tried....

Was going into hospital so wanted to fill my MP3 with decent books that would keep me occupied so I downloaded this as my first and I really tried with it. It just didn't grab me. I found the voices awful the scientific stuff boring and I didn't like the main character. Nothing gripped me. I've seen the film and that probably influenced my reaction to the book as well. The plot was just up my street though..

I realise I'm in the minority with my review but sadly I'm returning it.

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  • Judith
  • LYTHAM ST ANNES, United Kingdom
  • 04-06-18

Compelling

This is a very fast story with lots of twists and the first Jeffery Deaver book I have read . It is well researched and very well written with excellent descriptive passages . I met the author at a literary lunch and he was exceptional . Now about to start on the second book. Thank you Jeffrey .

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  • Danni Higgins
  • 04-09-18

Well Worth it.

I’ve always loved the movie and knew the book would be better but the performance of the narrator made it an incredible book.
Fantastic character distinction in his voice, I’ll listen to this again and again.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-17

great story great narration

I saw the movie a few years back but the book is soooo much better. don't go past this one.