Lucky stupid geek.
The science was the most interesting. The protagonist was maddeningly stupid.
I really like Michael Connelly and the plot of this book represents his usual excellence. However the stupidity (or maybe mental illness) of the protagonist nearly drove me crazy.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
yes, this was a good book but it was more of a mystery/romance rather than the other types of stories this author has done i.e. Harry Bosch hence the core author's fan reviews before me.
I loved Hank as his curiosity made him who he was, successful!
I purchased this author only because J.D. was reading it. I am a devoted fan of his see:Sandra Brown's Mean Streak, his best.
I got angry over the greed of others.
Audible listeners, if you have trouble staying with a story, use the new 1.25X speed as it works wonders on a listen that was intended to have fast action pace.
I enjoy Connelly and this book is no exception. The main characters slow take on what is happening to him just gave me more time to figure it. The catalyst to the events was obvious very early on to me but not necessarily the mechanics. The interaction between the characters kept the story moving.
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What? Where? Who? Huh? My point is, the fun part of this book is paying very close attention and trying to keep tabs on every little and big thing(s) that is going on. Be careful or you may find yourself doing some rereading!
The Scarecrow by the same author is my choice, because basically, the world of high technology plays heavily in both books.
Well, all great narrator's like Jonathon, bring depth to the storyline or plot by accentuating each of the character's persona. They also provide a stage or movie like thrill or excitement by using their voices to help the listener paint that exciting, vivid picture in your mind.
I just really enjoyed it and didn't want it to end!
One of my favorite Michael Connelly novels!
Main character awfully hard to believe - makes great deductions occasionally, but most of the time makes really dumb moves, acts juvenile, and in general made me groan at his general handling of life. I love Michael Connelly's books and this is the only one I have not enjoyed a lot - the idiot main character is brilliant in the lab but a clutz in relationships and ability to live in the real world.
I'd been putting it off because of bad listener reviews, but I was finally out of Connelly fiction so I went ahead. I thought it was just fine. Not the best, not the worst. Why some people are so upset with this book, I don't know. True, if you've never read a Connelly novel, you probably should get to know Harry Bosch instead, but otherwise, it lives up to Connelly's normal high standards.
I have listened to all of Connelly's books and by far I found this one to be a radical departure from his other works. I loved the Lincoln Lawyer and the Bosch series is always enjoyable but this book failed to hold my interest. I look for a few things: Good plot development, good character development and hopefully enough twists and turns to hold my interest. This one didn't have any of those in my opinion. If this is the first book you have read (listened to) by this author don't judge him on this one. Try ANY of the others and you will more satisfied.
This book was not bad, but it was somewhat disappointing. I'm a real fan of Connely's "Harry Bosch" novels, and this just didn't live up to what I've come to expect from this author.
After having seen the reviews that some others have written, I do have to defend this book to some extent. A number of reviews talk about the fact that the main character is supposed to be a super intelligent person, and yet he keeps making stupid decisions that make the story unrealistic. I have to disagree. Have you ever made one decision that you were embarrased by, and then had to cover up for it by making another bad decision? The next thing you know you are in over your head, and looking for a way out. It happens. This is just such a story, and the author does a very good job of making the reader/listener feel very trapped and uncomfortable. I'd say that's pretty good writing.
So why did I only give this book three stars out of five? Than answer is that although the writing was pretty good, it just wasn't a story that I cared much about. The science is plausible and accurate. The mystery itself is pretty good. But for some reason I just kept looking for more.
Would I buy it again? I might. Can I recommend it? That depends on which day you ask.