I listened to this book on the basis of other reviews. They are right! Homicide has a terrific reader, is well written, and is a blast to listen to. This is a fun, interesting listen that should make us all appreciate detectives and policemen even more.
As a Wire addict I was excited about this book. It never occurred to me that anyone would do as something appalling as abridging David Simons wonderfully realistic textured words. So this was very frustrating to listen to this Readers Digest version.
The reader was way too dramatic and got in the way of the material.
Really disappointing production of what must be a great book.
Too many books to compare...although, this rating is rare and I really don't do true crime
Two memorable moments for me 1) Juror's explanation of deliberation results in the case of an officer shot while on duty, (times they aren't a changing! ) 2) The epilogue, as seen through the eyes of a murderer - sums up the tenacity, cunning and hearts of the homicide detectives being profiled by the reporter/author.
First listen to Diamond and he's just plain good.
The dogged tenacity of a homicide detective to identify the body of a 49-year-old black female...way above and beyond.
Wish it was unabridged...wanted more!
Interesting listen. Can see the motivation/inspiration behind Simon's later works (mostly screen). Recommend to anyone interested in law enforcement, criminal psychology, sociology, crime reporting, etc.
Say something about yourself!
I like the TV series Homicide and The Wire but they do not compare to the way the characters came alive in the audio version I wish there were more books available by David Simon on audible. I actually laughed out loud while listening I recommend to anyone with a tough skin.
I would get another book by David Simon based strictly off of his track record, but maybe not because of this particular title.
There wasnt really an ending per se. It's just a collection of short stories that all involve the same sets of characters, roughly
He was able to distinguish characters by voice affectations which was nice.
I believe its been made into a tv mini series. So, maybe.
The book is really light on suspense. It does give you a little more insight into the BPD and The Wire, but I wouldnt call it in depth, page turning, or particularly riveting.
This book gives an inside perspective on the workings of the Baltimore homicide division. It is a low-key story of the relationships and experiences of cops.
No. I love cop stories, but they must have a compelling story and an interesting protagonist.
The performance was flat. My mind kept wandering.
The scenes did not even stay in my head.
Too bad this did not stand up to David Simon's later writing.
The scene where they advised the patrol office that a murder vistim had apparently "Sprung a leak"
David Simon has written a book that has served as the basis for any decent police drama for the last 10 years.