Mr. Cariou has narrated many Harry Bosch books but at the start of this book he was boring. Since I love the character I stuck with it and the narration was better. I also didn't like the voice he put with Ignacio. The story was very good and opened up a new culture for me. I cannot recommend this book to people unless they are fans of Harry Bosch.
Until 9 Dragons, I have enjoyed all of Michael Connelly's novels. They are usually, taut, believe-able and gripping, with a decent amount of character development, especially compared to what one usually finds in this genre.
9 Dragons is anything but.
If you are out to turn someone on to this author, don't start with this book!! Dunno what happened, but this far-fetched, dog of a story, while engaging enough, is not even close to the level of Connelly's other outings. It's as he's created an "alternative reality" Bosch. Maybe that's it. In another novel or three, we'll find out that in the real universe, Rachel is still alive and 9 Dragons was some aberrated fantasy/dream sequence or something. Maybe Connelly has a penchant for sci-fi yet to be revealed..?
I should have known better than to purchase a book with this narrator. He uses the same intonation for almost every sentence, which makes the dialogue sound very unnatural. The narration spoiled the audio experience for me.
The narrator in the audiobook almost made me stop listening to it. He sounded like he had a mouth full of mush. The book itself was OK but really not up to Michael Connelly's standard.
The best part of this book was in the early chapters as Bosch plies the streets of LA. His relationships, good and bad, with colleagues and others, are absorbing and instructive. Borderline implausible plot twists (probably unnecessary) and some unresolved issues were a bit disappointing, but all in all, this was highly absorbing if you don't do too much analysis or mourn the loss of a somewhat grittier, though no tougher, Harry.
I've listened to a number of Bosch novels. This one is tops. Len Cariou started off a bit weak in narration, but found his stride soon.
I love Harry Bosch, and have read every book. This one is a nice departure, as it involves the Chinese gangs, and part of it takes place in Hing Kong. Nobody writes crime like Connelly, and this book is no exception. Highly recommend.
I'm a big Michael Connely fan, and I found this book listenable, but a bit of a disappointment. I hated the narrator, he has a problem with his fricatives and it is very distracting. Plus he makes it all so ridiculously intense. I could have done with a bot more character development and a lot less emoting. I expected more from Harry Bosch :(
I have been a Michael Connelly fan for many years, and was excited as always about the release of his latest book. The book is fine, but the narration is one of the worst I've ever heard. The tone doesn't match the characters, and it sounds like the narrator is reading the book rather than living it (or acting it), the first time I've felt this way in years of listening to audiobooks.