Avid Audible "reader" of historical & contemporary fiction, detective and crime novels.
Great narration! Great story! Truly and intriguing plot and story line. Characters were fully developed and relatable. Loved this book -- my first by Michael Connelly and my first McCaleb! Wanting more!
I am a great fan of both Michael Connelly and Dick Hill. Connelly moves the story along with just the right amount of character introspection. I just recently saw the movie again and wanted to see how the book and movie track each other. Thankfully, all the basics of the book made it to the movie. There are, however, sufficient differences to make both enjoyable in their own right, whether enjoying the book or movie alone, or enjoying both.
I usually like to see the movie first because, out of necessity, there are usually things in the book that are left out of the movie and it easier to accept new facts, characters and information than it is to look in vain for them. Also, having seen actors populate the characters, I have a visual reference for the characters when reading the book. Clearly, I think that Terry McCaleb is much younger than Clint Eastwood, but there was still a face to the character.
Most of Connelly's novels occupy the same universe with characters freely moving between them. Therefore, if you are Harry Bosch fan, you might want to read this before reading 'A Darkness More than Night' as Terry McCaleb figures prominently in that story.
I thoroughly enjoy Dick Hill's narrations across a number series that I follow. I get a little disappointed when I listen to one of a series' books narrated by another no matter how accomplished they may be. I am just getting into the Jack Reacher series and am pleased to see that he has narrated many of them also. Keep up the Good Work.
If you enjoy Michael Connelly books, then you will not be disappointed.
The character, Terry McCaleb, has been in other books by Connelly and I like him so decided to give this a listen. The Publisher's Summary is good without giving too much away. Therefore, I will also not give anything away. I will say at first it doesn't really take off, but keep listening because eventually you will be hooked.
Blood Work was not my first choice in the Connelly bookcase, but now I am so glad that I did download it. I was for some reason was very reticent about the blurb - but while listening to this narrative I became transfixed. Connelly truly knows how to weave a story and grab the readers attention. The twist were not what I was expecting and that was exciting, though I did feel the ending was a little rushed, but hey, I am not a writer!
Terrell McCaleb was great, I liked his methodical approach to paperwork and to chasing the "Tell". Connelly allows us to journey with Terrell and this allows us to make a connection with him as he discovers information but also as he travels through his health concerns.
Winston was also a character that I liked, her strong and fair nature appealed to me and this helped create a balance with other police in the story.
Don't mind Dick Hill at all, I find him easy to listen to and soothing to the ear. Nice Job!
A good listen...Thanks
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Definitely. I wanted to be a donor but because of a malady, I won't get to improve the life of another. Since reading Blood Work, I've read more about the subject and I will read more. Oops, the question has changed. Favorite character was McCaleb. His journey to accepting that he continued living because someone else had to die.
Dick Hill can be slow. His narration doesn't have a flow that makes my listening as enjoyable as I'd like. However, he was a competent narrator that didn't make me not want to listen. I did need to take a break here and there because of the narration.,
The novel is educational, suspenseful, tender. A novel worth reading.
Top 20%. It's a good little detective mystery novel.
I enjoy Dick Hill narrations.
The excellent narration by Dick Hill
Yes, it was a very interesting story, with differences from the movie version.
The different voices of each of the characters...it really brings them to life.
The fishing scene with the little boy.
This mystery was an unexpected pleasure. I had no real expectations, but the story just kept getting more and more interesting as it gathered momentum. Toward the end I couldn't stop listening because I wanted to see how it turned out. Although everything is there, I didn't see the solution to the mystery. The characters are interesting and complicated. If you like mysteries that keep you guessing with characters you can emphasize with, give this book a try.
I am someone who enjoys audible books very much now that they exist. As a young student (real young) I can remember a teacher telling me how books can transport people to different places & open up a whole new world. This is how listening to audible books make me feel. Now if I can just stop falling asleep while listening to them at night I would be fine. Ha ha
The unusual, fresh, & suspenseful story line. The intrigue, & mystery never let up or even slowed down. I was sitting on the edge of my seat, bed - whatever throughout this book. I could not second guess any part of the investigation or outcome. I loved the narrator Dick Hill - what a job he did. Great!
As a certified Hypnotherapist myself the hypnoses segment left npthing out & the facinating clue at the end blew my mind. I understand M. Conelly overwrote on this book. I would love to see another book written with the left overs.
I love it when the writer takes the time to do proper researh into the subject matters becasue this is a real treat to learn. The book stayed balanced & held my interest through out to the end. As a reader I was totally pulled into the story.
I will let you know when & if I find one
Could not decide each one was written & pulled me along with it
I really don't care just make the movie please!
Thank you Mike Connelly. Your the best!
Ex-FBI agent gets a heart transplant, only it turns out to be from a woman who was murdered and he feels obligated to find her killer. The plot twists right at the very end are common for this kind of story (and in Connelly’s other books), but the twists before then were very good and had me guessing. The book is far better than the Clint Eastwood movie, to which it bares little resemblance. If there’s a problem with the book, it’s that the main character is generic. He’s basically Harry Bosch from Connelly’s other books and has no personality that comes out. Maybe that’s OK because the plot and the feelings of obligation (toward many different things) are what’s key here. Frankly, I loved it and raced through it.
And I think Dick Hill is my preferred narrator for all Michael Connelly books.