I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
This is a terrific plot and is nearly ruined completely by a horrible, boring narration. There are so many readers out there that are much better. Too bad one wasn't used for this book.
This is an interesting book in that there are no 'good guys' in the story. Thieves steal from thieves and then other thieves chase the first thieves. In that sense, I did not find any of the characters particularly likeable.
Connolley does provide some interesting looks into some of the details of how certain crimes might be committed, but the techology he describes in detail is not up to date. For instance, the surveillance cameras one thief uses have to conntected by wires - wireless technology apparently has not made it into his knowledge base.
If you like Connelly you will probably enjoy this book, but it does standout in any way and the ending is not surprising.
If you should be tired of reading stuff about Michael Connelly's favorite detective Harry Bosch, this is a book for you. This is abook about unexpected hero Cassie Black and her counterpart the grim Jack Karch. Both are criminals (at least ex-ditto) and both arouse sympathy (at least to a certain extent) in the reader. It's suspense all the way, and impossible to stop listening to. I would like to see a movie made out if this book. Hats off once more to Michael Connelly.
Slightly just slightly slow start BUT WOW then it hits the road running and packs a punch. And the bad guy, karch, omg you want to reach in and grab him by the throat. Not sure I have come across such a well written bad guy in a long time if ever. He is soooooo bad you are truly not certain if he will be defeated.
It really was a 'page turner' not sure what to call that when you are listening and not really turning pages. You really start to root for Cassie and with every page you are not sure if things will work out. She did 'wrong' things for right, heart wrenching, reasons
I think so, yes. Never listen to LJ previously but I would listen again
Would love a sequel but not sure how Connelly would pull it off. I guess its good to have a stand alone book every now and then!
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.
33 year-old pharmacist, organic chemist and musician.
You'd think Connelly has enough bread and butter by now to create new characters like Cassie Black and write novels he wants to write, just like Void Moon. It shows Connelly poured his soul into this one, but I guess it didn't sell as good as any Harry Bosch novel.
Well anyway, Void Moon very good storyline with some tasteful flashbacks, excellent strong characters, lively scenes, intense suspense, non-traditional bittersweet ending. I was susprised with this narrator too, his style fit the story quite well. All in all, a very good book. If you like Connelly but want to try something different than Bosch, than try Void Moon or Chasing the Dime.
I confess the majority of Michael Connelly's books I downloaded from the local library. It's amazing how generous his contribution is to free public access to his audio collection. I must also confess that crime novels aren't my first, second, of third choice of genres to read, but in between great historical fiction novels like Michael Connelly's The Pillars of the Earth series, his crime novels are still a lot of fun. The difference is, a year from now I'll barely remember the story and it will have had virtually zero impact on me - purely entertainment, whereas I'll remember The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End for a long time. They educated as well as entertained, and as such, had a measureable impact on my life. In other words, if you haven't read Pillars of the Earth, forget this book. You can always come back to it later.
I really like the bosch character and thought I would give this one a try. I just don't think that it was up to par or that rivoting, ok story with very little suspense, you could figure out what was going to happen way before the story got there.
Really in the middle of the book i had to start it over again i was a little bit lost with all the characters and with what was going on. you really have to listen in the beginning of the book because that is the key part to the whole story.
yes the plot did keep me on the edge of my seat, i never realized that there was a kid involved and once i did realize there was one i was so hoping that everything worked out right and that she didn't get hurt in the middle of all this. I knew from the beginning that Cassie did not kill the first man at the hotel i just had a gut feeling that something wasn't right.
the different voices that he used when performing the book
the ending i hated that she dropped her daughter off and she didn't know the truth about who her real parents were.
The story line. It was imaginative and very captivating, I could not put this book down. I felt like it was one of the most suspenseful books by Michael Connelly, even more than most of his Bosch books. I also really liked his character development.
Cassie Black - she was full of flaws but a very interesting and strong person - and very soon after "meeting" her did I want things to go her way.
The whole book. I would love to read a few more books about her - and find out for instance what she was doing and what adventure she was having when Bosch meets her in "The Narrows".
Yes - but I don't want to say because it would spoil the read/listen.
I did not like the voice of the narrator at all. Even though he had good timing and read the story well, the sound of his voice really bothered me and this is the reason I did not give the performance of the book 5 stars.