I rarely feel like giving up on a book, a Connelly offering in particular. But the first half of this one had my "Romance Novel Sensor" ringing gently on the periphery. Not glandular but boring. Then we got a bit of complexity and intrigue plus some courtroom hi jinx and the day was nearly saved.
What made this effort mediocre for me was the reader's performance. Flat, monotone are a couple of words that come to mind. Hieronymus just didn't have that famous edge as he came across a bit like Robert Young.
Finally, I must apply the dreaded "formulaic" as well. Connolly, if he actually authored every word, didn't seem to have his heart in this one.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
This is my favorite of the Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly. Haller, the ultimate defense attorney, is recruited to prosecute a killer. He insists that cop Harry Bosch, his half brother (same father), be his investigator. Hang on for a wild ride and an exciting finish. This may be Connelly's best work. But do listen to The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict before The Reversal.
This story had good court room drama and I loved that Mickey and Bosch were in the story together along with their daughters. However, the ending to this story was more than disappointing. There was no hint of "trouble in paradise" to justify the ending. The ending was too abrupt. The story deserved a better ending. All that said, I am an avid Connelly fan and although I do not like all of his stories, to date I have listened to 13 of them. The first five or six novels are his best work, and Dick Hill and Len Cariou are the best narrators in that order. Giles does not do Mickey and Bosch justice... there was no difference in tone of voice used for them, and he could not give an adequate tone of voice for the women in the story.
I have listened to Reversal twice. The story holds my interest well enough until the last hour or so. The suspense is building and I am ready for a spectacular ending instead I am left disappointed and wondering what happened (???). Did I miss something?
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This was my 3rd Connelly, having only recently discovered him. This one had Harry Bosch and Micky Haller working together. It even included Maggie PcPherson. The writing was snappy and the story intense, taking no time at all to get into the book and wanting to see how it evolved. It didn't take all that long to get through either. Anyway, I'm a fan now and will methodically go retro into listening to other stories by Connelly. I'll intersperse them with my other books here on Audible.
I won't comment on the book itself yet, since I'm only about 1/3 into it. I gave it a 3-star rating, but only because I had to rate it to offer this review. I might very well up this rating later. My problem is with Peter Giles reading of the Bosh dialog, Giles is great reading Mickey Haller's parts, but I guess I can't easily accept anyone but Len Cariou as Bosch. Would have been nice if there would have been a collaboration on this one. I miss the brooding, noir Bosch that Cariou gives us...
I think this is decent entertainment. I didn't have any problem finding stopping points. It wasn't a real page turner. If you buy a book to learn everything that goes on in a court room, you'll probably like this one. I liked it better when Harry went to China and there was some suspense. This one didn't impress me. I guess I'm glad I DL it so I can say I've read all his books and perhaps know what may have prompted certain things.
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I've read (listened to) all of Michael Connelly's novels and I felt this is one of his best. I couldn't stop listening. I hope the next novel in this series is in the works to come along soon.
OCD over books, listening to 1 a day; ANY genre, fact & fiction. Influenced by Audible reviewers so I keep mine unbiased - FRONT to BLACK!
Although I am a voracious reader, going through an average of 5 books a week, I never really cared for this genre of writing. However, I ended up buying Connelly's "Brass Verdict" several months ago only because it was on sale. I read it after it ended up sitting in My Library for about 3 months, only because I had nothing else. I was immediately addicted and next purchased "The Lincoln Lawyer" and "The Reversal", along with ALL of the Harry Bosch books, for a grand total of EIGHTEEN books in ONE MONTH! As soon as Connelly's latest book came out last week, I bought that one too! Attorney Mickey Haller is a well-rounded character who gets himself in all sorts of trouble but manages to prevail in the end. That's quite a feat for a lawyer with no office, working out of the back of his Lincoln. He's the guy that you always want to win, even when his clients are despicable! Here he's partnered with Connelly's other hero, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch. He's also switched sides, working as a prosecutor instead of defense, which makes an interesting turn of events. As usual, there's lots of twists and turns which keep the reader interested and wanting more. I hope Michael Connelly appreciates the fact that, singlehandedly, I probably paid his November 2011 electric bill! LOL (NOTE: If you read any other of the Mickey Haller books, you will basically see this same review. I can't think of 19 different reviews for books which basically use the same general format. Only the narrators really stand out, making one book better than another, especially in his Bosch series. The 4 Mickey Haller books are really the best in his entire body of work.)
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, it's a spell binder. I had total trouble turning it off. Normally I listen at the gym. This one I snuck into a Sunday afternoon. The characters work well together (although I wondered occasionaly about the tension between the half brothers. It seemed to intrude without useful purpose). Regardless, the plotting is swift, strong, and oozes energy. Clever how Connelly melds this ensemble with twin protagonists. From a very personal standpoint, I'd wished for another ending. But... but... it still works with effortless power. I recommend this experience. It was enjoyable.