I love Patricia Cornwell, Ann Rule and all true crime stroies. However my very favorite is The Help
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.
If you're a fan of the Wire you'll definitely recognize the mind behind this book. There's a similar feeling of authenticity that makes other cop stories seem silly. Simon's style of writing is extremely compelling to listen to. He describes a world that's strange, dark, funny, disturbing, sometimes depressing, and never boring.
The only real bad thing to say about this book is that it's abridged. I haven't read the full book so I don't know what was taken out, but I can't help feeling like I've missed out on some more great stories.
As other reviewers have pointed out, the music is a bit silly. Although it's made up for by a good narrator.
I loved "The Wire", and did not love this. Simon's is writing, rather than storytelling Homicide, and while a few of the vignettes are interesting, unless you are a die-hard fan, there are better things to do with your time.
I would not buy again, would not recommend this to a friend. It gets two stars rather than one because (a) some of the stories held my attention and (b) Simon's worst writing is still better than some other author's best.
Very entertaining book by the creator of HBO's phenomenal "The Wire" TV series. Unfortunately, the only audio version available is abridged, which I usually don't do, but it was better than nothing. The narration by actor Reed Diamond is flawless.