This is listed is a Harry Bosch story, but after the prologue Bosch isn't mentioned until the 3rd hour. The first 6 Harry Bosch books were exceptional, and I was looking for that type of experience with this. Very disappointed overall. It was really a "McCaleb" book. The reader couldn't get Bosch's voice right either, making him sound like a retired troll. No Jay Edgar or Kiz Ryder throughout. Still loyal to the character tho and will move on to number 8...
Top 5...great story.
Lots of players, lots of twists.
He acts it out...I feel like I'm watching a movie!
Reading allows me to travel through time; to visit the world's unique and stunning places. To become somebody I am not... It is glorious.
While I enjoyed the intersection of Bosch and Connelly's other detective Terry McCaleb, I wish I had read the first McCaleb book, Blood Work, before this one. I was at times confused by McCaleb and didn't find him to be a detective I either liked or respected. I wonder if I missed too much of his backstory by reading this without having read the first installment of his story. I have seen other reviewers talk about reading Connelly's books in published order rather than by series and that makes some sense to me since he seems to like bringing his characters together.
Richard Davidson reads this one. I liked the gravel in his voicing of Bosch. However, I was underwhelmed by his interpretation of McCaleb, and found it indistinguishable from those times when he was reading as the story narrator. I wish Dick Hill had read the entire series.
Big fan of the Bosch series and thought this was one of the best plots/stories but the narration was bad and the narrator did an awful job voicing Harry
The story is somewhat complex, but is loaded with impossibles. I hate to spoil this for those who are coming along after me, and do download it, because I suspect Bosch is worth all the build up he gets by reading these in order. I'm not so happy with Macaleb, though, so it might be difficult to read the next book that emphasizes that character. He has a great history, I guess, but he is just over-stated in so many ways. My need to find the story credible is too high for this particular effort.
Had I known that Bosch would basically be the 2nd in command throughout the whole book I would have used my credits on another book. I loved all the other Bosch books, but this was just bland and average.
No! If you are a big Bosch fan then skip straight to City of Bones. You won't miss anything and there isn't anything that drags on from Book 7 to 8.
Helllllll NO!!!!!!!!!! I think his voice may be a big reason I disliked this book so much. Did Dick Hill just give up after the first 5????
Immediately download City of Bones
As someone who has listened to each of the first 9 Bosch books because I loved the Bosch TV series so much I am kind of confused why even bother consider this a "Bosch Novel" when the first half he was barely in it. I was so confused how the book basically starts off with them painting the cop we love as a suspect before Bosch's first long appearance. I realized after starting City of Bones that Dick Hill wasn't even the narrator for the Angels Flight one and am kind of confused why a book series that is probably one of the most known cop/investigation series in the nation would just change the narrator after 5 amazingly portrayed books.
This book was just boring and even when it was suppose to be intense it came off as bland because of the narration.
I really struggled with the narrator Richard Davidson. I am a huge fan of Connelly's books. However, having to listen to Davidson made it hard to get thru. I prefer when one narrator is the constant for a character. it is difficult to accept another after associated one voice to the character. Davidson's interpretation of the characters felt rushed, and didn't have much difference between characters. extremely disappointed with the performance. The story is fantastic and made the narration tolerable.
Narrator made Bosch sound like an old beat up hoarse cowboy who'd been smoking and drinking too many decades. Normally I can get past a narrator I don't care for but i sure hope this man doesn't do Bosch again. I guess Titus Welliver has me spoiled. Book was good likes the story. Worth a listen.
The reader's performance was forced. He seemed to want to emphasize everything with little nuance. Because of that, the story itself didn't stand a chance. The dialog felt contrived and transparent. I would not recommend this title.