With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
I have enjoyed many of Michael Connelly's books. I listened to the whole thing because I had it, must have bought it on a sale. I was also out of credits and desperate. It was just that ---tedious. nothing to really engage with. Dick Hill as the narrator doesn't help. his voice while great for many leading men characters, added a terseness that contributed to the tedium. I have said this before and will say it again. Dick Hill destroys women characters. He has no ability to give women voices other than insipid and weak.
There are other Michael Connelly books out there that are more entertaining. I would skip this one.
This is the first Michael Connelly book that I have read and I was captivated by the very good story line from start to finish. Dick Hill's narration was outstanding.
Dick Hill's narration brought life to the characters and I've moved him to the top of my favorite narrators list. Of course, the book by Michael Connelly was excellent.
The book kept me interested up to the end and the narrator was excellent.
A minor point.
I think I might have missed a date reference about the time frame of the story. The main character seemed to spent an inordinate amount of time searching out pay phones, watching flying toasters and waiting for dial up connections. I was surprised to see a copyright date of 2004.
What can I say. It was OK. Entertaining. Not a waste of a credit but nothing to get too excited about. The plot did take some radical twists, but in all nothing about this book had me hanging on every word or anxious to get back to it.
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".
The facts of the story are a bit dated (still using pay phones and the computer screen savers are flying toasters) but Michael Connelly does not disappoint with plot development and characters. The narrator is a disappointment, excessive and overacting.
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.