Details and action
It got better and better after a bit slow beginning with a lot of details.
Hedid a good job
Well written story.
Void Moon is a story about Cassie Black, an ex-con who decides on a caper after nearly a year of going straight. As expected, the unexpected happens. The rest of the story is almost entirely about the duel between Cassie and Karch, the man who gets after her to recover the stolen money.
The plot is clearly above average; perhaps even above Connelly's usual great plots. The speed is at least at the legal speed limit, and often crosses the limit. Yet it is very easy to understand the story, which is more than I can say for several convoluted action books that I have had the misfortune to read. Connelly develops the characters well. As always in his stories, it's not just "possible" to get into the minds of the players -- it's almost impossible not to. This story also has an emotional mother-child angle, balanced just right.
Connelly's writing style in this book is a little nasty. There are sub-stories within this story, and Connelly almost never reveals the entire sub-story at one go. The effect is to tantalize, tease, frustrate and annoy you to a degree, yet there is equal satisfaction when the pieces finally fall into place. A masterpiece!
I've always loved the Bosch stories, but I think this one was better than almost every Bosch novel. If I have any grudge it is this: Connelly almost literally gripped me by the the trachea just below the larynx, and pinched to narrow the airway to 50%. Till I finished the book I was tense, palpitating, and slightly breathless. Is there such a thing as "too thrilling" at my age? (I am severely on the wrong side of fifty.)
The narrator is excellent.
Michael Connelly's characters are all compelling. I prefer the Harry Bosch series and offshoots. This Kind of bittersweet and sad story didn't seem as good as he usually is. .
I am a Michael Connelly fan and while I found this book an easy read like most of his writing, the storyline just did not grab me as much as some of his other works.
The plot involves a woman who gets out of jail for a "cat burglary" in which the love of her life died - and she decides to do one last job so she can start a new life with... (I will leave that plot line for you to find)
The narration was great - clear and characters were distinctive - but the story was just not as good as a normal Connelly that keeps me wanting to come back to finish the book. For some reason, I just did not connect with the characters in the way I have done with other books. The technical details of surveillance equipment was plausible but there were a couple of areas of the plot where it stretched the imagination a little... and it did not flow and just did not ring true.
I gave it four stars (just) because it is still a good read and will not really disappoint Connelly fans.
I have thoroughly enjoyed listening to just about all of Connelly's books, especially on frequent long trips I take. The miles just glide by as I get engrossed in another of Connelly's thrillers. His Harry (Heironymous) Bosch collection are my absolute favorite, with Mickey Haller, ace attorney and smart ass, as a close second. VOID MOON, however, stars a different character, a convicted felon, Cassie Black. She is a smart, likeable, bad girl who has spent much of her recent life looking for thrills attainable only through pulling off rip-offs or scams of rich men. Connelly has mastered writing about flawed characters who are nevertheless very likeable. Bosch, Haller, and Black all fall into that catagory, though Cassie Black certainly leads the pack in outright dishonesty. You root for Bosch and Haller because they are basically decent and are dedicated to their police and attorney professions. Cassie Black falls outside the bounds of common morality. She knows she is doing wrong, yet her reasoning is one most of us can accept, or at least tolerate: she only rips off deserving filthy rich guys. And her heart is in the right place as she also deals with a family situation that I won't say any more about (so as not to give away its significance.) Suffice it to say that Connelly puts her through her illegal paces and involves her with a brilliant accomplice or two along the way, making for an enjoyable listen over many twisting and turning hours. You gotta root for her in spite of what she is doing! We all love capers to some extent, and this is one of the best. Connolly has done it right, again!
Didn't read the print version but thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Couldn't be worse.
Void Moon is not your typical book nor is the main character a typical character. First of all, she is a known thief and con artist so would not be thought of as a hero and yet, if she is not a hero, she becomes one. No book for comparison immediately comes to mind.
I really like both Len Cariou and Dick Hill so I was not familiar with L. J. Ganser. However, I kept an open mind and was not disappointed. While I can easily remember the title of the book and author, the narrator's name is not so memorable. But when I just looked him up while writing this, his voice was once again very familiar so I will try to remember him in the future. He grew on me.
I think when Cassie was talking to Jack toward the end and he was telling her the history about Max, I really felt for her. But I drew my own conclusion in the end, as must have Cassie, that Jack was not telling the truth. Also, her relationship with Max was very moving -- apparently two lost souls who found each other, only to lose each other again.
A book by the Harry Bosch author with no Harry Bosch? I was reserved before reading this book as I couldn't imagine better characters than Harry Bosch, Jack McAvoy, Mickey Haller and Terry McCaleb, but he's done it again! Loved Cassie like his others! Keep 'em coming!
It was exciting & mesmerising i couldn't turn it off
All of it. I've read all Michael Connelly's books over the years & when I bought my iPad & started to listen to books while I crocheted, I found I'd forgotten some of the stories & so, decided to read them again. I was not disappointed. This one I particularly enjoyed as it had me on the edge of my seat many times - I finished it in 1day & evening as I couldn't turn it off.
Nothing this reader was fabulous, he made it exciting but plausible. I would always read anything he narrated.
This was definately one of my favorite audiobooks
The plot was great, I loved that things were unexpected.
I could not believe that I actually finished this book. It was awful. I have enjoyed Connelly books in the past but this was horrible.
I listen to different books, some with interesting twisting plots, others just for an easy, enjoyable listen. I would put this book smack in the middle of that. It has an excellent plot with interesting characters. But while it is certainly an easy listen, I thought it was better than most other books of this genre. I enjoyed it and it has caused me to seek out more Michael Connelly books -- now I'm listening to the Harry Bosch books. So I highly recommend it to those who have listened to Baldacci, Berendson, or DeMille. It may be a bit more straightforward, but it is a good read (listen).