I am an avid eclectic reader.
This is the third Connelly book I have read. I found how Haller gets along with his two ex-wives as interesting and different. Having Haller and Bosch working together was a nice change of pace and the two cousins meeting was probably a set up for more action in future stories. Not as much nail biting suspense in this story but the court room action was great. The ending was a bit different than I thought it would be. Peter Giles voice was a bit difficult to get use to, he did a good job reading, it was just his raspy voice. I would have chose a different narrator.
I really liked this book and would recommend it. Can't wait for Connelly's next book!!
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?
I enjoy counter-terrorism, westerns, historical fiction, detective mysteries, and old school comedy like "A Christmas Story".
Narrator did a real fine job. Plot was not very good. I was surprised the ending was so predictable. Had some entertaining moments and some interesting minutia regarding Los Angeles courts, detective work, behind the scenes struggle between the defense/prosecution, and the politics behind the scene. These features earned the audio book an overall 3 stars. Alas, the plot was weak and the ending was predictable. Connelly has done better.
Hi! I'm Casey Keller, semi-retired TV writer, avid cyclist, husband and father. I'm also a guy who devours audio books.
At his best, Michael Connelly is a great entertainer and a wonderful story teller. I'm happy to say The Reversal is Connelly at his best.
Lately, I've found the Harry Bosch books to be over the top and, well... silly. But this story is told by both Bosch and his half brother, Mickey Haller (Lincoln Lawyer). That's a perfect combination. We get Mickey Haller for the always perceptive, chess-like court room moves and Hieronymus Bosch to add a bit of action and violence.
Peter Giles does a great job on the reading although I do have one gripe. His voice for Harry Bosch sounds more like an aging surfer dude than a veteran detective, struggling father and former Vietnam tunnel rat.
But aside from that, the moment this story starts, you won't be able to stop listening.
This was a really good legal thriller, characters were developed really well, great plot. I haven't read many of the previous books but I think I will, it looks like this one is number 16 already!
Well worth the read. Bosch is not as central as he is in other books, but makes no difference. Exciting and interesting
This is an excellent addition to the Harry Bosch series. Unfortunately, the reader (Peter Giles) is nowhere near as good as Dick Hill or Len Cariou, the readers of several previous books in this series. Giles does a poor job switching between Bosch and Mickey Haller, such that it can take a while to tell "who's talking." This is one of Connelly's books that I'd rather have read than heard.
In this book Michael Connelly combined two of his most exciting characters with Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller. The book quickly established the plot and remained exciting with both characters throughout. I would love to see more of this combination in future books. This was definitely a 5 star book but the narrator was absolutely terrible which reduced it to 4 stars for me. His inability to alter his voice for the characters required a very close and concetrated listen. Please don't spoil future books by allowing a marginal narrator to present it.
The title of this review pretty much sums it up. I love Harry Bosch and he never disappoints. The new angle on Harry as a full time father of a teenaged girl is just one more great insight into the life of the genre's most fascinating character, and I can't wait for more of this. (I hope it takes Maddie a long time to grow up and out of Harry's life.) Haller's part was OK, but seemed to be more full of courtroom/legal cliches then most of Connelly's books; I think MC does police procedural better than legal thriller. He just knows it better. The only problem I had with the book was the narrator. After the all-around excellence of Dick Hill's voicings and the gruff brilliance that Len Cariou brought to Bosch, Peter GIles just didn't have it. I hope this isn't a new trend in the Bosch series. Bring back Hill or Cariou and let Giles handle John Grisham. If you love Bosch, you will like this book, but if you're new to the series, this isn't the one to start with; and if you're new to Connelly, start with The Poet, then read 3 or 4 Bosch books to understand his character (The Last Coyote, The Concrete Blond, Trunk Music and Angels Flight) and then go to The Narrows. By then, you'll be hooked.