First off I'm a big HB fan but after listening to Dick Hill narrate the first few books then listen to Rich Davidson it was a bit of a shock. The thought of a couple of veteran detective friends not knowing each other kinda off track. Hopefully Connelly sticks with 5 star narrators in the future audio books.
I enjoy the Harry Bosch series, but this book is not among the best. The cross of Bosch and McCaleb makes for a disjointed plot, and the narrator is just difficult to listen to.
I loved the book so much I went and purchased it to keep from having to listen to the narrator. I love Harry, but man the listen was bad!
If you have been listening to Bosch books through audible - this one will kill you. I had bought every book in this series but when I bought this one I about tossed my GPS out the window. Had this narrator never heard any of the others? I wouldn't expect him to sound exactly like Dick Hill, but come on! This guy changes the complete personality of Bosch with the way he portrays him with his voice. I quit the series with this one.
Connelly is a godd writer but not a great writer. This book has many improvements over previous works. I will still buy his next book, but he is no where near any of my favorite writers. He is improving his style and may someday be close.
Just ok. If you've listened to the series in order, you might be disappointed by the narrator. But this story is from a different perspective, so the voices work well. You'll get more into it about half way through. Still... it's the weakest of the series so far (which admittedly is superb and sets the bar kinda really freakin high). Eh.
Probably the most disappointing book I have encountered in the "Harry Bosch" series; One part because it centers more on Terry McCaleb coupled with a lame storyline. I have been going through the entire Harry Bosch/Michael Connely series and this is the first book out of the 10 I have heard so far which I gave a 2 rating instead of 4/5. While the book is probably ho-hum the poor reading drags it down to the two rating I gave. The characters are not distinguished in anyway (sometimes I did not know who was speaking) and than there are the corney emphasis on things for no apparent reason. The reader tries too hard and not enough, all at the same time. Because this books seems to be on the fringe of what is the Bosch series I would recommend skipping it.
This was a very good book from beginning to end. If you can just get used to the non Dick Hill Len Carieau voices of Harry Bosch, you'll like it too.
I love Harry Bosh and all the other Michael Connely books. This book could be great but the narration is more than distracting. It's very difficult to even follow the story! There's a monotonous quality to each sentence that effectively burs together the scenes, the characters and the "action". I'm struggling to even make it through the first few chapters. The other Connely books at Audible are excellent and I can hardly stop listening. Consider reading this one ... wish I had!
I read this book and became hooked on the writing of Michael Connelly. It may not be the first in the Harry Bosch series but it's a great introduction to the character, and the author. Needless to say I have read all Michael Connelly's works. Truly one of the great American crime authors.