This is not merely an audible book reading, this is an audible book performance, and a darned good one. George Cariu is one of the best readers I've ever heard, and I've heard hundreds of them. His voice not only carries the various nuances of the plot: from gunfights to midnight musings to detective dialog, he also expresses all of the emotional subtleties of the characters using his voice. The book itself is the best Harry bosch novel I've ever read; it will tear at your guts and your heartstrings -- and leave you begging for more. Read this book!
316 audiobooks in my library and counting. I'm an addict but I'm not sure I'll ever seek help.
The story itself is a page-turner if in book-form... or a dangerous drive-off-the-road kind in its audio format. With this story, while maybe not Michael's best, I still found myself sitting in my car long after I had arrived at where I was going. And, let's face it- isn't that the measure by which we judge all audiobooks? Also- what a voice the narrator has... He could talk me to sleep any night. OVERALL- While maybe not Michael's best story- still certainly well above many others in its class. Well worth the time spent ? get it and enjoy.
This has everything you'd want in a mystery, especially Harry Bosch himself, finally retired, but still working. The narrator really nailed all of the characters, and the ending was satisfying and not the least bit sad, but hopeful. This is by far, in my opinion, the best Harry Bosch book yet.
one of his best in awhile, and made truly enjoyable by the narrator and the music intros between chapters. It really sounds like Harry Bosch himself is telling you this tale. Great writer and narrative duo; enjoyable seamless presentation.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
Harry is a real person in so many ways - and following him through the series is as interesting as the mysteries. The series spans 10 years so far. In the first book he's around 40 and by now he's around 50 and so many changes have happenned in those 10 years it's really like watching an acquaintance (I don't think Harry has too many real friends) as he hits middle age and beyond.
Tony Award winner Len Cariou does a GREAT job of reading. Some folks have said his voicing of Lawton Cross is grating - well it's supposed to be - if you've ever met anybody in that condition his interpretation is pretty dead on. it's not pleasant to listen to but it's realistic
Amazing novel, amazing writer, amazing narrator.
I was worried that this book would be another "Audible failure" -- you know, the book you spend $30 on and never "get into" -- but it was quite the opposite. After a gripping start, it kept me interested and engaged, and had some great twists and turns not to mention a teary ending.
I'd add that like the other reviewers, this was my first Michael Connelly novel as well, and I am waiting with baited breath to find out what Connelly has done with the rest of the series.
This is another excellent who-dun-it. The main character, Harry Bosch, is very believable and the novel written in a way that makes the reader feel they are inside his head, experiencing all disappointments and dangers along the way. The plot, like The Narrows, is smooth and sophisticated enough to keep you guessing. I think what really made this audio book for me was the narrator, Len Cariou. He just seems to be what one would expect an LAPD detective to sound like. Critique? The Bosch series follows a timeline and to really enjoy his development, I would have liked to start from the first one instead of the middle. Also, the narrotors are different. Great book overall.
The plot was good and Bosch was at his best. Many have downplayed the muscial interludes in both City of Bones and Lost Light. Although the music was disruptive in City of Bones, the jazz interludes were great in Lost Light. The LA freeway, an overcast day, and Bosch with Jazz; what more could you ask for !!!
This was my first Bosch, after Chasing the Dime (which was Connelly, but not Bosch). Connelly's ability to set up a story, get his ducks in a row and then mow them down at the end is inspiring. He also displays an intellect that's just out of the reach of the reader delivering completely unexpected but clearly foreshadowed and plot consistent twists to his narrative. I love his plays and like to try to guess how they're going to iron out. With Connelly, you can play detective right along side Bosch and try, if you will, to figure out the end. Very fun and intriguing. Will add that there was one weakness (or something I didn't get) and that was the resistance of Homeland Security and the pressure they put on the FBI and Bosch because, in the end, I'm not sure there was a connection. Still, I'm giving it 5 stars because it's such a compelling, wonderfully, character driven, simple to follow, narrative.
Michael Connely picks you up early and just carries you along. Its not the world's greatest mystery thriller but its easy listening, it grabs you and the character voices are well handled by the narrator.