I enjoyed the story very much. Bosch is up to his usual self with his "one of a kind" detective work, but I had a hard time adjusting to narrator's voice... He didn't vary his voice enough. Everybody sounded too much alike. Like I've said before, Dick Hill is the voice of Harry Bosch and he can vary his voice enough so you know who's speaking. I think this might be the last of the Bosch novels that I will purchase. I think this narrator's age is showing in his voice. His voice sounds like he has to spit and that not a nice sound when you are wearing earphones!!
Knowledge is knowing the way. Wisdom is looking for an alternative, more interesting road to get there. Audiobooks are that road.
This was my second Connelly book. Unlike most people I work backwards. I read his latest book first "The Lincoln Lawyer" which was excellent. This book however moved a little slower. The plot was slow to develop and it wasn't till the last quarter of the book that I started to feel I couldn't put it down. That's a very long time to wait to feel that energy and excitement. It should have happened int he 1st quarter. As I did not know Harry Bosch from any of the other books, I can tell you from this book alone he is void of a personality. Perhaps he is tired and should have stayed in retirement. Maybe there is something to be said about reading an author's books in the order in which they were written. If you want to give this one a try, you'll get into it eventually and by the end you'll really enjoy it....be patient through this one.
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This one was a slow read. I found this story to drag on and on. The reference to the corrupt cops was weak and the storyline did not support the inference. Connelly is usually better than this.
When this book ended, I was so upset. Michal Connelly writes such a good mystery, with so many twists and turns! Just when you think you know "who did it", new information turns the tables. I'm happy Harry Bosch is back on the job!
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
Reading Michael Connelly is like reading Frederick Forsyth. They don't have any "bad" books, just books with differing degrees of "Great".
This is my 5th or 6th Connelly read, and this ranks as one of his best. As others have stated, Harry Bosch is a very "real" character in a very believable situation. The story is great and keeps your interest. I couldn't wait for my morning commute to see what was going to happen next - even went for a walk one night when my commute ended at an important plot twist.
As always, the ending was unexpected and satisfying - even the two small stories after the case is solved.
On top of a great book are a few extras - First the nice jazz music at the beginning of each disk (as opposed to the cheesy music on many other books), Second a great narrator, and Third the conversation with Connelly after the book.
This is a real winner!! Right up there with "Blood Work".
Connelly is a master of investigative police work; Bosch is his hard-nosed but likeable detective; tireless and relentless is Bosch's only work ethic; the "Cold Case" is believable and the story holds your interest to the end; this author is in prime form and reader Cariou is a great Bosch; detective buffs will race through this one.
I am listening to audiobooks all the time when I'm not at work: usually fiction to excuse myself from reality...
I disliked this book, especially as a re-introduction to the mystery-genre. Growing up with Doyle and his ilk, I expect a level of complexity and depth that comes with real life: troubles arise in any crime, and they are not solved with a simple phone-call or a re-examining of the existing evidence. This novel gave me the impression of a relative ease of everything the main character, Bosch, put his mind to. He solved in a weeks time what couldn't be solved in 17 years? With cold evidence? A hand print which just "happened" to be right where he thought it would be, because nobody looked in a common childhood hiding place...
The conclusions were often predictable, and there was little to no foreshadowing. I would have been more impressed if things weren't pulled seemingly from the air at times: if they had been eluded to at least in passing at least, there would have been something to grasp on to: some conclusions of my own. Instead I found myself grasping to threads that were not continued at all. Certainly a mystery novel should introduce misleading threads, I have no problem with that, but they should be complexly misleading, and should be backed up with plenty of evidence, as should the resulting analysis.
Further, I profess not to be eloquent with my words, but I can form a sentence over 10 words, which I felt was the average length of each sentence as I listened to this audio recording. I was disappointed at the simplicity of the sentence construction, and often felt underestimated as a reader/listener
Every time I listen to a Harry Bosch novel, I end up dreaming about it, and him. He's a great character, written well, and as you read or listen to the novels, you feel like you get to know him, that you are compelled to think about him.
And Len Cariou, the narrator of The Closers (as well as Lost Light and The Narrows) *is* Harry Bosch. His voice is so perfect for the role, I _hear_ his voice in my head when I think about the book. I imagine that when I listen to a Harry Bosch novel without him, it will take away from the book.
All in all, another highly recommended book from Michael Connelly. Start listening today, you'll not be able to stop.
Go get 'em Harry. I have almost all of the Bosch series and some I have enjoyed some more than others. This one was just a delight. Harry out and about working the clues,following the leads, confusing his superiors and sometimes his partner. The narration was great and the jazz in between chapters gives these books the flavor a modern day Mike Hammer.
Connolly's Bosch series offers everything I appreciate in a series: Excellent writing, interesting stories, and, above all returning characters that never grow stale as the series evolves. No cardboard cutouts here.
Have followed and read Connolly for years. I love audiobooks so decided to purchase The Narrows which somehow I missed over the years. I am thrilled by the overall production of this audio presentation from Len Cariou's performance to the jazz notes between scenes/chapters. Unlike some other books I've listened to which simply sound like someone turned on a record button while reading a book aloud, I believe everyone involved in this production worked to create a work of art. Thank you.