• The Bone Collector

  • Lincoln Rhyme, Book 1
  • By: Jeffery Deaver
  • Narrated by: Kerry Shale
  • Length: 2 hrs and 20 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 27-11-06
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (23 ratings)

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. Rhyme digs deep into the only world he has left, his astonishing mind, and slowly begins to narrow the noose around the Bone Collector. But the kidnapper is narrowing his own noose - around Lincoln Rhyme.
©1997 Jeffery Deaver (P)2006 Hodder and Stoughton Audiobooks
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3 out of 5 stars
By Suzanne Martin on 28-03-11

Gripping but flawed

I have an air of dissatisfaction with this book. On one hand, the basic story of a race aginst time was very exciting, and did keep me interested until the conclusion. On the other hand, there was a lack of depth to the main characters, which meant I didn't feel like I knew them very well. Crucially, this meant I didn't really engage with the characters like I have with other books I have listened to, so it lacked the punch it needed to make it really memorable.

The narration was good, but not great. It was very easy to listen to, but some of the accents were a little overdone for my taste. I always prefer understatement to over-exaggeration.

I would gladly listen to other Jeffery Deaver books, as I did enjoy the basic plot and the momentum was maintained throughout. Hopefully book 2 featuring Lincoln Rhyme will have a little more substance.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Donn Edwards on 23-10-11

Abridged too far

It is a pity that this book has been abridged. The story is disjointed and doesn't flow properly, and a lot of important information has been hacked out. What remains is the bleeding corpse of a novel.

I sincerely hope that the publishers produce an unabridged version of this book. The author deserves better than what he got with this hack job.

Having said that, the pace and general plot seem to have survived somehow.

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