I like messing about in boats.
I'm not sure who could enjoy this poorly written, predictable, join the dots novel. It's full of banal dialogue, stock characters and predictable situations. I, for one, couldn't bear to waste any more hours of my life by finishing it. However, I know that the Bosch series is a popular one for Michael Connelly. I just can't understand how!
The characterisations which seem to have been lifted from a 1940's c-grade tv show and much of the ridiculous dialogue were very disappointing.
Although the narrator did an admirable job with an awful script, many of his voice characterizations were jarring, particularly those of the young homeless, who all sounded like they were sub-moronic and had the misfortune to have to talk through a broken nose and a cleft palate. He also tended to place emphasis on odd words from time to time - but given what he had to narrate I can't blame him for losing concentration.
I would not have published this book.
Having read and enjoyed the Harry Bosch series years ago I was wary about whether or not the audible experience would live up to my expectations. Refreshing my memory re the plot was to be expected and while there were no surprises I did pick up nuances missed from my original reading. The narration was excellent and I was able to lose myself in the world of Hollywood Homicide and the characters very easily. I will go onto the next Harry Bosch eagerly.
This is first I have listened to in this series, but will definitely get others.
If I could have I would have, the suspense is that good.
Really worth listening to.
This first Harry Bosch novel is a winner. The mystery is complicated and involving and it had me guessing "whodunnit" through most of the book. I'm intrigued by the character of Harry and want to find out more about him - a good motivation for continuing to read more in the series. The book deals with Harry's Vietnam experience and ties his experiences there with his current (1992) time as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. I didn't know anything about the "tunnel rats" of the Vietnam War; I liked the way Connelly integrated this aspect of the war into his story. The narration by Dick Hill is excellent - he has the right timbre in his voice for the world-weary Harry and his voicing of the other characters is also very good.
I really enjoyed this book. I had not read/listened to MC before. Thought I would try this especially when I realized DH was the narrator. I was not disappointed. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
I never know what will happen next and moves along quickly!
Harry of course
I like Dick Hill's performances. This is good as always. Some other voices are hard to listen to but I never tire of his.
Yes but never had the time to just sit and listen. So it took me a few car rides
Love to read and listen to books. I prefer detective stories, but also read some sci fi.
Dick Hill did an excellent job of the narration. He kept the story going with his inflection and change of voice for male and female voices. The story line was also very enjoyable.
When Harry Bosch caught Lewis and Clark and handcuffed them to the tree. I like that he got the upper hand on them.
Harry Bosch. He seems so calm and yet he is human.
That would have been nice, but impossible.
I am looking at possibly listening or reading the other books in this series.
Story, main character and Narrator, all great!
I found this book by searching for more narrations by Dick Hill. What a great talent!
If you've never read/listened to Michael Connelly's work, or the genre of a guy like Harry Bosch, this is a great way to start. The Narrator's work is super!
Mr. Hill is a superb narrator giving each character depth and personality in addtion to the descriptions in the book. I have enjoyed his performances in the Reacher novels and this narration tops those.
Part Time Soldier and Full Time Geek and Civil Servant... I love innovative thrillers and Science Fiction and Fact.
It is very visually descriptive, and it's almost like watching a cop-show like Law and Order back when it first began. This book has a dark, gritty feel to it that was common in detective fiction and television during the late 80's and 90's that depicted the good guys (cops/detectives) as world-weary, no-BS cops who have little patience for younger, pretentious bureaucrats and who just seem to get the job done. Introducing the Tunnel Rat from Vietnam is almost a forgotten element in today's fiction, television, and movies. It's truly set in a time that can only work for this plot.
LIke any good thriller, the author keeps you guessing the villain or plot, but twists it one time more than you expect. It's not exactly innovative, but it doesn't need to be. It's relatable and interesting. Harry is likable and not too over-the-top to dismiss as a hollywood detective. You can almost smell the world he walks through.
Harry Bosch, of course.
Something like "A Journey into the blackest parts of human darkness"