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A Book of Bones

Charlie Parker, Book 17
Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Charlie Parker, Book 17
Length: 22 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The new thrilling instalment of John Connolly's popular Charlie Parker series. 

He is our best hope. 

He is our last hope. 

On a lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull. 

Each is a sacrifice, a summons. 

And something in the darkness has heard the call. 

But another is coming: Parker the hunter, the avenger. From the forests of Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border, from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London, he will track those who would cast this world into darkness. 

Parker fears no evil. 

But evil fears him....

©2019 Bad Dog Books Ltd (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Everything about this story and narration is excellent... except for the UK accents. Every other accent is on a scale of decent to good. The UK accents are mostly rubbish.

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  • Len
  • 24-06-2019

Not up to earlier Charlie Parker books by a mile

22 1/2 hours? This book lost its way, needs much more Angel and Louis, and the humour that comes with them, and although this is part of a series, having this book carry over the same set of baddies from the previous book does not work for me. I prefer each book to stand alone sort of, with the same heroes and different baddies. The book was padded out to almost twice as long as previous Charlie Parker books and became tedious and repetitive to listen to. So sick of the two children, I would like to see Charlie become what he is meant to be (Angel, Alien or whatever) and move the series along or go back to stories like one of his best in the series "The Lovers" as well as many of the early books. Not impressed at all despite waiting with anticipation for this book.

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Confession - I'm a massive Charlie Parker fan

Another solid entry into the Parker mythos. What I like the most about this entry is how Parker, Angel, Louis leave the well-worn shores of the Pacific Northwest and travel abroad, all the while hunting an old enemy. Book Of Bones ties up a lot of loose ends from previous novels, as well as incorporating Connelly's world building from Night Gallery: Noctures 2 (which I'd suggest reading first). The only major issue I have - and have had - is the narrator's voice. I'm not sure what it is; perhaps too nasal? I personally find it jarring and would like someone else to have a crack.

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  • nohatjim
  • 22-04-2019

Great book but a little hard to listen too

I have read and listened to all the books by John C. The narrator normally does an excellent job but an English ear his English accents are awful. It make it hard to listen too. I also noticed a couple of anomalies in the English location. For example the lead police officer is a deputy inspector— a rank that doesn’t exist. Also the pathologist report included inches instead of cm. I will check my English written copy to see if this is just a case of the US version of the book being read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-2019

Really conflicted...

I wanted to love this book I waited so long for.

It was great to have another instalment of Charlie Parker and I thought I could listen to Jeff Harding read from the phone book because earlier books have been so good.....BUT...this story has so many plotlines set in so many places that two frustrating things happen.

First we don’t get enough time with Parker, Louis and Angel. Second Jeff Harding, great though he is, is TERRIBLE at the range of UK accents he is forced to tackle. Both things were seriously upsetting to a diehard fan.

So. As I said. Seriously conflicted. I’ll keep listening, but it won’t be the highlight of the Audible year anymore, unless Parker loses his passport maybe?

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  • Ian Robinson
  • 25-04-2019

I was enjoying the book until it arrived in England.

I love John Connolly. He does not deserve for his books to be ruined by such a terrible English Accent. I had to stop listening and returned the book. I will go and buy a hard copy to add to my collection and read it. Such a shame. I have a mix and much of audible and paper Parker books and the previous audible books have worked. Would have worked better with an English reader for the English characters. I think the accent was supposed to be Geordie, my wife thought he was Scottish. As always Audible refunded without a quibble, so thank you. But feel I still need to give an honest review.

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  • J. V. Knight
  • 10-06-2019

Hard going!

Found this hard going, story line going off on another track for far too long. No way near enough of Parker and co and lastly the "British" accents were dreadful 😪 shame. Still trying to finish it but close to giving up sadly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-05-2019

Not enough Charley, Louis and Angel<br />

Boring in places, nowhere near as good as any of the previous books.
Not a Charley Parker book.

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  • Alan Hughes
  • 02-05-2019

The best one yet

an excellent series of books, funny, intelligently written and captivating from start to finish. The only problem with this book is that it ended.

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  • Martin
  • 18-07-2019

Really poor effort this time

I do love the Parker books and Jeff Harding could read me his shopping list and I would happily listen to it but the English accents are honest to god awful I mean 1 out of 10 awful and kept throwing me out of the book..
I do hope that this book was just a setting things up to make the next couple more Parker centric because if this is how the Parker series is going to be from now on then I think I'm done with it as it wasn't a very enjoyable chapter in the series for me.

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  • MICHAEL D WHITESIDE
  • 18-07-2019

Disappointing

Too long. Too much waffle. Not enough of the main man and his usual entourage. Frankly boring. I kept tuning out.
I’ve loved all the others in the series but think this may be where I bow out.

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  • Mrs Nadia Thomas
  • 15-07-2019

Excellent story as always

As always this was an excellent story. However the narration was not great. As an English person listening to an America attempting a variety of English accents badly it just made me want too wince.

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  • Dr
  • 14-07-2019

very good made even better by Jeff Harding

the story was long and co.plex do o listened to it twice and got the jist of it. I thoroughly enjoyed it but there are still a few in answered questions so I might have to read it again