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?
Andrew - Crystal Clear Media
Good book...A little too much courtroom for me, but not bad. The drastic change in narration from the previous books made it VERY distracting. Harry's voice on this recording is very old and put out. Just couldn't get past it (especially after watching the Amazon series on Prime).
Not really. You pretty much know "who done it"...just waited for how it was going to be resolved.
Yes. Just not for this character.
Yes, it's still a good book.
Very complex story, didn't know who was going to be the one.
Inconsistent emphasis, sometimes seemingly over done for the action being described.
Certainly could, lot's of possible straws to pull on there, Buddy, Irving, Story.
I think it would have been a better experience if Dick Hill had read it.
You know you're into audiobooks when pondering a particular book's length makes you think of hours rather than pages.
A series of grisly murders, a celebrity trial, a retired super-sleuth, and a cynical detective (who may have something to hide) are a few of the more prominent components of "A Darkness More Than Night"---a 48-chapter whodunit that tends to wax a bit melodramatic at times, all the while switching its third-person lens back-and-forth between the titular character in the series and the retired-sleuth-turned-family-man who just can't seem to stay out of the "game."
The tension between family duty and public service provides an abundance of conflict for the sleuth, who has to get permission from his wife to pursue a role he had promised was over for him. The reader should be prepared to endure wifely tears and guilt-trips as the plot progresses. Still, the twists and procedural narratives---the ins-and-outs of solving the case---are interesting if not entirely gripping. Fans of the series, however, will know what to expect.
As a first-time reader, I found the case too-easily solved to offer any real, nail-biting suspense, yet the author does do a fair job of moving the players around on the board so that the conclusion is not completely obvious; and the theme of good-vs-evil in a corrupt universe is underscored nicely by the contrast of dark-vs-light: whose side your on may depend on how much darkness you've allowed into your soul, the book suggests, even if you are a champion of the light.
All in all, "A Darkness More Than Night" is a solid yarn, competently narrated, and packed with enough twists to make for a entertaining experience.