Hey all, I'm a 33 year old white dude from Las Vegas. I typically listen to thrillers, fantasy, and Sci-fi.
Dick Hill is a wonderful Voice actor. His depth and breadth of characters is wide ranging and he is as engaging as he is entertaining.
This particular novel borrows heavily from Dashiell Hammett's work. So, I saw some of the plot twists coming in advance, but the story is paced well and Bosh is a very engaging character. So, even though the foreshadowing is a bit transparent, the conclusion is still satisfying.
As I said, Hill is a really great actor. I also enjoyed the production. Segments of phone conversation for instance sound much different than one on one dialogue. I appreciate the effort to build the scenes and the characters. Hill's natural delivery is spot on, with enough gravel and grit to embody the surly detective, while also being able to produce multiple, believable characters of varying backgrounds and genders.
No. Certainly you will want to keep pushing, but with a long run time, I wanted to spread my listening sessions out.
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 is on of my favorite series and I hope my words do not stop you from picking this book because this is not my intention. This book was good but felt like the story was pushed by the writer at some points. Although at some points in the story it feels drawn out it is worth waiting this out and hearing what is going on. This book is key to understanding some of what Harry is going through and reasons why he reacts in certain ways throughout the series. This book also gives you some info on other characters that plays key roles in the other books.
Not sure if this Harry Bosch novel is worse than others in the series or maybe I skim over a lot of the blood, gore and cursing when I read them in print. I just couldn't get through this one in audio. As far as I could tell, the performance and story were good, but I didn't listen all the way through. Couldn't get past the "yuck" factor.
...but much better when Dick Hill is not the narrator. It would be great if Len Cariou would re-read all the books that were read by Hill.
I enjoy mysteries, science fiction, Stephen King, and some fantasy novels. Now and again I like a biography and a bit of history. No romance!
The character of Harry Bosch himself. I like the man and I always enjoy listening to him solve a mystery.
At first, I thought the plot was a bit too familiar but the further into the story I listened, the more surprises there were. While this book is basically a police detective story, it also mixes the politics of that job in with the story. It's not this author's best work but it is some very good Detective Bosch.
Harry Bosch was my favorite character but I thought Dick Hill did a wonderful job with the female voices in the story too. He is a very talented performer and I would enjoy listening to him read again.
There is a moment that involves old photographs that was very moving but to say more would be telling too much.
If you enjoy Detective stories, this author writes good ones. I have enjoyed all of the ones that I have listened to or read by him. I count his works among my favorites.
Harry solves the crime and finds love both in his unconventional ways. I like that he does what needs to be done without feeling the constraints of the law, ironic for a law officer. I like this guy.
I always enjoy following Harry Bosch around on his insightful wild card adventures, but this time he strikes me as the only interesting character, surrounded by a bunch of deadbeats. He doesnt quite manage to make up for the lack of interest inspired by the rest. Perhaps because its one of the earlier books in the series. This book's not a keeper.
In the upper third.
The Chinese-Mexican state policeman. Learned some new history from him.
All of them
The Bosch series are dark stories. They are not for the squeamish, but they are very well written and draw you in. This is the second in the series. I am working on the third now.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
Connelly's Bosch is a classic of the genre. The narrator really performs the book well going even so far as to simulate the tinny sound of voices over phone or radio. Well done.