People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
Satisfying mult-layered procedural.
The vast majority of Blood Work is the micro-detailed examination of evidence by Terry McCaleb as he tries to locate a killer. The characters aren't fully developed until later, in parallel with plot complications, so the focus during the early stages, when the book needs to grab you and hold you, is on the evidence. Fortunately, it holds together, unfolding with the peeling of the layers. Slowly (maybe too slowly for some), but surely.
This is the third Michael Connelly book I've heard Dick Hill narrate, and I've heard him read other titles as well. I didn't like him at first -- found his voice too growly during The Poet. But he's certainly grown on me, especially because his style is so apropos for Connelly's work.
Already been done -- not sure what the actual tag line was (could look it up) -- but I would say, "Blood Work -- A Shot in the Heart".
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
If you like crime dramas, this one is pretty well done. The fact that the protagonist is just recovering from a heart transplant removes the amount of physical action in the novel, but the result is more focus on the details of the crime itself, which was good in this case. The book is obviously dated because everyone is having to "find a phone" and there was a painful scene detailing how to boot up a computer and open a file browser...haha. It's not gonna be in my top 10, but overall it was a page turner with characters you care about. I listened comfortably at 2X speed and the narration was very good. I hope this helps someone. Later.
Great story line and very well written. The narrator has a great voice and really added life to the main character. I look forward to other books by Michael Connelly and will look for other books read by Dick Hill.
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.
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 love to read, fly and play tennis. I always have a book and an audible book going at the same time. I'm a mystery/thriller junky.
There was a good story here and I liked Dick Hill's voice for the main character, Terry McCaleb but he wasn't especially good with the females and I think the voice of Graciela turned me off of her character. I didn't particularly like her character's personality anyway but the voice didn't help. I found her kind of sniveling - at least a little whiny at times & clingy. Terry McCaleb, without any badge or license, did a good job of finding the bad guy while staying within the law (mostly) and keeping the LA Detectives Bureau hating him. His exceptional FBI experience helped him and in the end was the entire reason for the murders. There were unusual twists and turns that kept me interested throughout. I learned alot about heart & organ transplants with this story. I enjoyed the book, I just wish I had read it, then maybe I would have a different attitude about the entire story. I'm not good with seeing movies for anything I've read or want to read either. I usually like to create my own characters in my minds eye; how they look and talk. I think I missed that with this reading.
This was great! It was a good ole' suspenseful story that was not cluttered up with unnecessary boring details. I always suspect the writers that do that suffer from an overblown feeling of importance or worth, or are filling up pages to compensate for a not so great story.... Anyway, this one had enough to enhance the story, not detract from it.