I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.
I liked that the story never dragged. The main character, Harry Bosch was pretty dull. If you're going to write a book, why make the main character uninteresting? It's like reading a book with Jack Webb from Dragnet as the main character - just the facts ma'am. And this dull, friendless 50+ year old detective and introvert is able to attract the 30 year old hot babe. Please..
I've not. But I have read similar type books from Nelson DeMille and the John Corey character from those books was smart, witty, funny, ignorant, and able to laugh at himself. Now that's a main character.
The performance was fine. No complains but nothing exceptional.
It inspired me to read a few more reviews before I select a detective series. I love the genre but make it interesting.
This wasn't a bad book, but I wasn't disappointed that it was over. I'm was Bosched out.
Here is another series I now have to read. Story was very good, easy to follow with a number of convincing twists and rich with realities. Narration was decent. A lot to go forward with, for sure.
Who knows? Probably sometimes in the future after I've listened to further Harry Bosh stories.
A totally different ending because reliable endings seems to be Michael Conenelly's weakpoints. My rather early guess in this book was 50 % correct.
He did it well, very well indeed.
Connelly (and several other famous authors) ought to think a bit moore about how they are writing endings. A real surpise is OK but only if it is reliable and fit into the story.
I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.
Eh, meh, not a favorite. I don't think I'll be listening to any more.
Moved the pace along a little bit. Given Harry a little more backstory.
Harry Bosch. Although it was hard to get a grip on his age, his character...all of the character voices were kind of generic.
No. As a matter of fact, about halfway through I got reallllly bored.
I read a Harry Bosch book out of order a few years ago, and I enjoyed it, so I thought it would be fun to go back and listen to book one in the series and perhaps I'd get hooked. But this narration was so dry and boring....I don't even know if the reason I didn't enjoy it was the narration or the book itself. I won't be trying another one.
I wouldn't necessarily change anything.
The most interesting thing was that it was a new book. It definitely left you wanting to listen to the next book, but that was about it. The whole thing was a little ho hum. I guess one thing that I would definitely change was the fact that I knew who did it about half way through the book. I'm hoping that the next book isn't as predictable.
Nothing really he did a great job.
Probably not because I think that there isn't much they could add to the movie to make it more exciting.
It was a good book, but I didn't like that I knew who did it halfway through. Maybe I need to stop listening to mysteries! Other than that the writing was good, but it definitely wasn't spectacular.
Characters need development.
No. I like this genre....not the book.
More excitement in the reading.
Seemed too long.
When I started this, it seemed a run of the mill story about a 'rogue" detective. It gradually developed into much more than this. Good characterisation and a reasonable (if predictable) plot kept my interest. Would probably read more of the series.
I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.
This book is one of the biggest reasons I am listening to the series. It is such a good book that I tell everyone to read it and then decide if they want to go on with the series or not, and I feel confident in thinking that once you have listened to this one you will continue with this series.
There's really not much to say about this book. It's a well written murder mystery, featuring all the usual suspects in the genre: play-by-his-own-rules detective, shady acquaintances, reluctant informants, bank robbers, vengeful internal affairs guys, an attractive agent, an inside man. Pretty much everything you expect to happen (from the relationship between Harry and Elinor to the confrontation scene in the tunnels) happens. That's not necessarily a critique. It's very well written. I liked the hero, he was interesting enough, believably flawed but determined. The mystery played out in interesting ways. I probably would have given this book five stars, but the very end kind of let me down. I don't think I'll be spoiling anything when I say that there are lots of mystery writers out there who seem to feel this compulsive need to keep throwing twists into their plots. This one had one too many. Really, the last twist wasn't necessary, the book was great without it. In fact, by the time you see it coming, you kind of groan and already know how it's all going to go. It's like all the good plot twists have become so overused that they aren't really twists anymore, just more plot. This happens in this book. But I wouldn't not recommend it because of that.
I liked the suspense in the book, I would recommend it. And I would listen to it again..