Darkness is a good book despite McCaleb character. Whether it's the never ending references to his heart condition, pills and orange juice or his and Graciela's constant bickering, McCaleb somehow always manages to bring the storyline to a slow crawl before Bosch resurfaces to resuscitate it.
Great story, but I would say it is more of a McCaleb book than a Bosch book. And maybe the narration was a better fit for McCaleb than Bosch. Bosch sounded like a grumpy OLD man. It was distracting.
Great and exciting story that captured my interest on a very long trip - couldn't wait to get back in the car to continue the story.
Love the whole Harry Bosch seies - have been reading them for many years. One of my favourite authors.
I did NOT like the manner of narration, particularly the way the Bosch character was read. I would think twice about buying another book narrated by this individual. Too dreamatic in places and made Bosch sound much 'seedier' than when I have read the books myself. I known he is a very 'tough' guy but I really had difficulty with the way he was made to sound. Prefer some of the other books by differefnt narrators.
Yes, for the story, but no for the narration, wanted to keep listening but would have preferred to read this one myself.
I would recommend this book to a friend, this series of books is just amazing I stay hooked, and this is my second time listening to the H.B. series over again and this time I am adding the additional other books inbetween they are all soo good. They just keep you at the end of your seat and just when you think you have figured out who the killer was or the whole plot... BAM there is a little twist to it that you didn't even realize.
What I liked best is that Harry and Terry worked together to solve this one, you still got to hear about the original characters and the interaction with them, but then adding Terry gave it some new spice some old school flavor since to me he is somewhat like an older version of Bosch
I liked both Harry and Terry.
The ending when Terry was talking to Bosch about how he knew to come on the boat and when he was really sitting down and thinking about everything and figuring out how all the murders happened and who the bad players were, that is always my favorite part because I don't always get everything there is always a little twist that i will miss, but for the most part I can figure out the clues just like the characters.
The story as compared to the previous books is only so-so, but what takes you out of it all is the bad narration. Mr. Davidson's voicing of Bosch and others make it seem like they're crotchety old men, half mumbling, and with gangster-era tones.
At one point in the story a character is referred to as either being possibly Australian or from New Zealand. Then Mr. Richardson goes on to voice that character with a lackluster British accent!
This book is in the middle of the pack of all the audio books I've listened to.
The plot had some very interesting twists and turns I definitely couldnt wait to hear what would happen next. Very engaged.
The narration of the McCaleb piece of the book was spot on. However the other characters in the book were lacking personality. Bosch sounded like a half in the bag Nick Nolte. No matter the situation he had little too much growl in his voice all the time which made it distracting.
I had to break this one up, the Bosch heavy parts were distracting due to the narration and it was more difficult to be immersed for long periods of time.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
As with the first 6 books in the Harry Bosch series, this one was very compelling and thoroughly enjoyable. It held up well in comparison – definitely as good as the others. Michael Connelly does not disappoint.
The only problem I had with this book is the ending. In fact, in almost every Harry Bosch book there seems to be some type of twist RIGHT at the very end. I think that in most cases, these twists would be better left out. At least for the twists I remember, they seem to be added on at the end as if the author thinks the book hasn’t had enough excitement and he needs to keep things happening until the last second. I don’t agree with this technique. If the author wrapped the story up well, then why unravel it again at the end with some unrealistic twist or detail? That’s the way it seems to me, anyway.
As an example of these unnecessary twists (spoiler alert here) in this book, it seemed ridiculous to me that McCaleb would come to Bosch at the end, after all the details of all the crimes were wrapped up, and accuse Bosch of setting up Rudy Tafero the way he did and say he didn’t want to be his friend anymore. I can see the point he’s making about the possible problem with Bosch’s actions regarding Rudy Tafero, however, it just seemed really unrealistic in the face of all they had been through and all the evil that Rudy Tafero had perpetrated. I thought McCaleb was being way too black and white about it all. Also, it sounded like an elementary school student saying, “I don’t want to be your friend anymore.” Really?