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  • By: Arthur Herbert
  • Narrated by: Victor Warren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
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The Bones of Amoret

By: Arthur Herbert
Narrated by: Victor Warren
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Summary

In this enigmatic follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut novel The Cuts That Cure, Arthur Herbert returns to the Texas-Mexico border with this saga of a small town’s bloody loss of innocence.

Amoret, Texas, 1982. Life along the border is harsh, but in a world where cultures work together to carve a living from the desert landscape, Blaine Beckett lives a life of isolation. A transplanted Boston intellectual, for 20 years locals have viewed him as a snob, a misanthrope, an outsider. He seems content to stand apart until one night when he vanishes into thin air amid signs of foul play.

Noah Grady, the town doctor, is a charming and popular good ol’ boy. He’s also a keeper of secrets, both the town’s and his own. He watches from afar as the mystery of Blaine’s disappearance unravels and rumors fly. Were the incipient cartels responsible? Was it a local with a grudge? Or did Blaine himself orchestrate his own disappearance? Then the unthinkable happens, and Noah begins to realize he’s considered a suspect.

Paced like a lit fuse and full of dizzying plot twists, The Bones of Amoret is a riveting whodunit that will keep you guessing all the way to its shocking conclusion.

©2022 Arthur Herbert (P)2022 Arthur Herbert

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It took me a bit of time to adjust and get used to the narrator but as soon as I got used to his voice I settle and connected with the story. There’s some really beautiful wording/quotes to start this book off that really stood out to me. What got me intrigued to begin with was the ‘Amoret’ sign so I got excited to what will happen to fit the title of the book. I wasn’t aware that this was a follow up novel so this is probably why I initially got more confused about what was going on. Don’t get me wrong I loved the feel of the era and the character build up I just didn’t feel like I could connect straight away to the main character.

It’s really interesting when you reflect back in time to how people like doctors really came across they were town and villages lifelines and you get that impression from a few instances that occur early on in the story. I was taken back by the twists when they kicked in and how this turned around to the doctor becoming a suspect. I also felt a little bit silly when I realised Amoret was actually in fact a place. The mystery that occurred was adventurous and I did eventually fall for the Texas accent that was flowing through my ears. I did have to think twice with what El Paso was too.

Although I didn’t love this audio I did think it did a great job at attempting to catch my full attention it just wasn’t the right audio for me. I think this is a book I would’ve appreciated reading more than listening to. However I have to say the author is great with the detail and bringing the setting to life for you to visualise.

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  • ibjoy1953
  • 30-06-22

Very Good thriller and nice listening

MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK

The Bones of Amoret is the second book in this series. And what a thriller it is. Set in Amoret, Texas, 1982, and the disappearance of Blaine Beckett, Author Arthur Herbert gives his readers a roller coaster of a ride that will have you on the edge of your seats. With characters that develop perfectly as the story unfolds, along with the riveting twists and turns throughout, this whodunit thriller will have you guessing till the end.

I have read this book before, and now I had the honor of listening to the audio version of this story. Victor Warren does a very nice job of reading this book. At first I wasn’t sure about his voice but very soon, I realized it is perfect for this book. The Bones of Amoret comes alive as Warren uses his unique voice to tell this story. If you enjoy a good mystery thriller you will love this one. I encourage you to check out this audio version. You can listen as you drive and not spend any extra time, and enjoy your driving time as well.

A special thanks to the author/publisher for a copy of this audiobook. I am not required to write a positive review, the opinions here are mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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  • Janelle
  • 17-06-22

Loved the POV & Narration

I not really a audiobook "reader" most of the time, but the narrator was really interesting and pulled me into the book. I loved how I felt I was being talked to (but to a reporter in the book), as if we were just having a conversation about the things happening in his life. ​​​​​​​​
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It was suspenseful in all the right ways, and the scene/world building was fantastically descriptive. I felt like I knew Doc Grady and could see exactly what that small town life was all about. It was a mystery to end and I really enjoyed listening to it. ​​​​​​​​

*I received a complimentary copy for my honest review. All thoughts above are mine alone*

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  • Patrick Greiffenstein
  • 31-05-22

Great summer book, great road trip listen

Solid performance and believable characters, steeped in west Texas flavor with a well-crafted but not too ambitious surprise twist. This is almost as good as his first, if you like a bit of twisted suspense and colorful characters. Herbert does not disappoint.

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  • Jessy Alvarado
  • 13-05-22

I loved the narrator!

This is definitely a whodunit mystery, with the author displaying a great sense of humor. The elderly Doctor Noah tells a reporter of the day he was a suspect in another man's murder. His storytelling and regression make the novel entertaining and unique. However, it takes away from the quick pace expected of suspense and reads more like a male version of a cozy mystery. Also, there's quite a bit of profanity in English and Spanish, but otherwise quite a delight.

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  • Dawn H
  • 10-05-22

Very engaging

I chose to listen to this book after receiving a free audio copy from iRead Book Tours. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I like the way this book is presented with Noah Grady recounting the story of crimes committed 40 years ago. He’s a doctor in a small Texas town and does his best to help everyone he can. As good of man as he is, he still has his secrets. I like how he is portrayed as a good man with flaws. His telling of the mysteries that occurred back then is engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It wasn’t a book I couldn’t put down, but it was a book I had to finish.

There are quite a few characters and even more plot twists! I didn’t even try to figure out how the story was going to end because I knew I’d be wrong. I was surprised at how everything worked out, which is what I expected.

The narrator does a fantastic job with the voice of Noah Grady. He sounds like an old-timer telling a story. He’s got great timing and a good pace. I’m sure the book is just as good, but I’m glad that I listened to the audiobook.

I definitely recommend The Bones of Amoret which is the first book I’ve read by Arthur Herbert but hopefully not the last.

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  • Amy's Bookshelf Reviews
  • 09-05-22

A Great listen!

What a great story in The Bones of Amoret by Arthur Herbert. This is the first book of this author's that I have read and then had the priveledge of listening to as well. I really enjoyed the characters, and how this author sets up the story, and then adds the element of mystery and suspense. It's a chilling story, taking place in a small Texan town, close to the border. I am a fan of this author. Noah is an interesting character, as he is there, being a charming, handsome doctor, yet he has secrets, secrets that he doesn't dare tell. He tries to keep himself as just an observer, and listener. He even knows the secrets of the town, and it something that could get him killed or just arrested. A missing outsider. Corruption, cartels and mystery surround this small town of Amoret. This author brings the story to life. The story brings the reader on a superb journey. This story was very unpredictable. The narration was deep and intriguing, bringing this story to life. The Bones of Amoret is a definite recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I hope to read more books by this author. The Bones of Amoret on audiobook is a definite listening recommendation by Amy's Bookshelf Reviews. I look forward to listening to many more titles by this author.

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  • Misty103
  • 09-05-22

Great

I personally found The Bones of Amoret - A Novel by Arthur Herbert to be a very well written book, and a simply amazing audio book. The narrator did a great job with the audio effect and I liked how the different voices were done. It really allowed me to create images of the characters in my head as I listened to the story!

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  • virginia winfield
  • 05-05-22

Very enjoyable

I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed it. The narrator used a great voice for the main character and good voices for the rest of the characters. This has a great story that is full of suspense and family drama. I love that it was an old man giving an interview about something that happened over 35 years before. This was very well done. The ending really surprised me. I received a copy of this book from ireadbooktour for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.

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  • Cover Lover
  • 23-04-22

The southern narration sets the tone

I’ve previously read the paperback version of The Bones of Amoret and enjoyed it. The writing is strong, with a first-person narration, so I couldn’t wait to hear the audio. Eighty-four-year-old Doc Noah Grady, with his down-to-earth personality and sometimes flighty thought process, is as crisp and genuine as I expected.

It’s effortless to sink into this story. The 1982 southern Texas border setting of Amoret is strong, and the narration and the storytelling is superb. I’m not a fan of some of the language used, but it fits this genre and the authenticity of the characters.

Noah tells his story to a reporter, and I was so engaged I felt as if he was speaking to me. If you enjoy reading a twisty, turny, unpredictable small-town mystery, this is it! It introduces you to unforgettable characters, transports you to the 80s, and keeps you turning pages. The audio version of this story is unique, told with a strong southern narration that sets the tone perfectly.

Disclosure: #CoverLoverBookReview received a complimentary copy of this audiobook.

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  • J.Leisure
  • 23-04-22

Outstanding!!!

A thoroughly enjoyable finely crafted gripping ten thousand mini piece puzzle worth completing again and again.