I absolutely LOVED the storyline of this book! Connelly mixed it up a little by weaving two plotlines together, resulting in an intricate, engaging novel with interesting, multi-faceted characters!
I would have rates it a strong 5, but the performance was not at all what I've come to expect from Audible. Characters were difficult to identify and ALL female characters' voices were very unnatural (think "Gone with the Wind") and overly dramatic. The performance reminded me of 1950s, Betty Davis-type diction read by an all male Shakesperian theater troup! The ONLY reason I was able to finish this book was the clever and engaging storytelling of Michael Connelly.
2 stories in 1! the narrator did a good job with all the characters except Bosch. Beginning of the book Boschs voice was low and a little rough. By the middle to the it end souneed like he had rocks rolling around in his throat
I recently discovered Harry Bosch and have been making my way through the series with audible on my way to work. This is the only one I did not enjoy. I only completed it because I didn't want to waste my money. The story line was tolerable, but the performance was terrible. He did not get the sprit of Bosch. Every time Bosch spoke I cringed. It was hard to get through and my mind wondered a lot as it played.
Wow, addition of FBI profiler Terry McCaleb made Darkness my favorite Bosh yet and I'm on a mission from God to read 'em all. Was sorry Connelly cut of any chance for collaboration going forward and hope that rule can be broken. Great, gripping, suspenseful Bosh book.
Darkness reminded me of Lee Child or even John D. McDonald (Travis McGee). Well done.
Davidson is no Dick Hill. His Bosh voice is too gruff almost making him sound over the top. Bosh is so dark already he doesn't need to be accentuated, but Davidson's performance wasn't distracting and he knew when to to faster or slower to heighten tension.
Gripped me by the seat of the pants a few times. The courtroom stuff went on a little long but was well balanced by Terry McCaleb and his living on The Following Sea.
I think the reason this book works is Bosh is doing something rare - working with someone else. I think the dynamic makes Bosh more Bosh not the reverse. Sometimes a protagonist is best understood by those around him. The on again and off again love affairs are becoming distracting. Hope Harry does more collaboration with smart cops / Feebs like this great book.
I really enjoy Michael Connelly books. The Harry Bosch series is phenomenal. However, the narrator made the story very boring. In previous books, I always felt the narrator was acting out the story and made it very interesting. Mr. Davidson sounds like he's reading a story to one of his grandchildren. I increased the speed just so I could speed up his voice.
I've listened to all the Harry Bosch stories before this one. I have to say that while the others were quite intriguing, this story was pretty noneventful. I don't know. Maybe the narrator just made it seem that way, but I wasn't as intrigued with this one. I just wanted it to hurry up and be over.
A different narrator. He would have done much better by acting out the story instead of just reading it.
A truck driver who listens to a lot of Audiobooks
Yes, at first I thought it wasn't a Bosch book. I had to check to make sure it wasn't a book from another series. Turns out it's a combination of two series.
Yes, same as the others good enough.
A homicide detective and a retired FBI profiler work together and separately to solve a murder and keep a famous Hollywood director from escaping justice.
I almost stopped listening to the series after the last book was so bad but this book was much better. One of the best in the series, as good as the early books if not better.
The actual story started out OK, but I could not listen to more than two chapters. The narrator, Richard Davidson, just does not fit with this book. Davidson's voice has little inflection, and often I could not determine which character was speaking. I picture a grizzled, chain-smoking old man with a cigarette dangling from the corner of his mouth as he reads some sports scores. I really tried to keep listening because I wanted to find out how the story was going to unfold, but I just couldn't. One of the few audio books I actually quit on.
Another well written Harry Bosch saga.
The least interesting aspect I did not like was the interaction with the former FBI agent and the police accusing Harry of being a killer. The most interesting aspect occurred when Harry was called on his actions
I enjoyed Richard's more seasoned matured voice for Harry Bosch. He translated the weariness of Harry's years on the police force.
I listened to the book while at work. Sometimes I would listen on the way home wanting to know what was next.
I have listened to all Bosch novels in order so far. I love Harry Bosch. Absolutely LOVE this character. But this narrator made me have to remind myself this is NOT the Harry I have come to love.
If this wAs the first of the series I would never try another and all because of this narrator
PLEASE never have this man read again.
I am on my 7th in the Bosch Series - In order, and I mistakenly read then 19th book out of sequence. I am just so tired of the narrators flipping back and forth from book to book. Its like if you were watching a TV series and the names and plotline stayed the same, but the actors who played the roles kept changing!
In the world of audiobooks narrators can make or break the impact a book has on you. This one, Richard M Davidson, wasnt necessarily *bad*, but his voice - a softer, clean sounding voice with a higher pitch, is worlds apart from the narrator of the previous book in the series - a raspy, deep smokey voice (like you might imagine Bosch himself would have).
I would just love to see some consistency in the narrative throughout the series, for guys like me who like to listen to the books back to back and follow the running plotline.