Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
I've read every other Michael Connelly book and loved them all. This one is the exception. The protagonist is such a moron I found myself yelling, "No! No!" when he was about to make one of his uncountable horrible decisions. The writing style is different than other Connelly books - almost like someone else wrote it, or he was trying to intentionally create a different style. The narrator doesn't help either - his tone makes most of the characters sound like hip, arrogant, self-absorbed jerks. What a disappointment. But don't let this review stop you from reading other Connelly books - they are VERY good.
Connelly lost this one in an effort to make sufficient plot twists. The story had such a good chance, but his final twist relies on an implausible level of conspiracy theory... well, let's not give it away. There were some errors also that defied common sense and most are related to the final, flawed twist. They're not easy to miss: how did the transmitter penetrate the copper walls in the lab?
This is truly bubble gum reading at its best...or worst. Poor character development surrounding a weak and unrealistic plot. I was also distracted by the fifth grade writing level replete with poor scene descriptions and comic book diologue with gratuitous potty-mouths. This Audible is not worth a dime.
I just discovered Michael Connelly. OK, I've been under a rock! His audio books I eat up like candy. There's never a dull moment and the setting in L.A. is so real. What a great writer!
Great storyline. I found Connelly after Lincoln Lawyer movie and have gotten all his books going through them chronologically. This is a departure from the Bosch character and his half brother, however it is an absolutely great listen. Great character development.
No..during several car trips.
Overall, the story wasn't terrible but I feel the narration held it back. I jumped from the audible version to the kindle version near the end because i just wanted to skip through and find out who did what, as it was getting so frustrating.
It just wasn't his usual awesome story. It reminded me a lot of Void Moon: it was just a downer. The story was a bit convoluted and it bugged me how stupid Henry was, even though it's kind of explained near the end why he's like that. It was flat and left me flat. I love Michael Connelly's writing and descriptions - it just didn't come together as a whole for me.
He READ the book, he didn't LIVE the book. I'd love to hear Peter Giles narrate it. I'm sure it would improve things 100% and make my score come up to a 4!