I listened to the audio book of Break No Bones, and my favorite part was the heavy Southern accents. I’ve never been to Charleston, South Carolina, where most of the book takes place, so I can’t vouch for the authenticity, but it was fun to listen to the reader (Barbara Rosenblat) tackle all the different characters with all their different accents. That’s not to say that the rest of the book experience wasn’t good, but this is one instance where the audio book really added to it.
Dr. Temperance Brennan is a forensic anthropologist who splits her time between the Carolinas and Quebec. She’s sponsoring a summer anthropology class when her students uncover a body too fresh to belong in the Native American burial ground they’re excavating. Though she was planning to head back to Canada as soon as the class ended, she soon finds herself ensnared in the case as the local coroner’s illness requires her to help out more than she intended. And then, of course, the bodies start piling up.
There are many different plot threads early in the book, and I think in that case the audio book didn’t serve me as well; I tend to follow things less closely if I’m listening instead of reading. So I got myself confused a time or two when she was working on too many skeletons at once. When the threads start coming together, though, the story crackles along enough to satisfy the most fickle of audio-booking motorists.
This must have been one of the earlier of the Dr. Temperance Brennan series, since she’s having conflicting feelings about two men and I’ve read later books where the choice has been made. Kathy Reichs is pretty reliable, though, and the series definitely doesn’t lose anything if you read them out of order. I hadn’t read one in a while, and I’d forgotten how different Book Brennan is from TV Brennan. I like the book version of her much better, but I did miss the lab Squints.