Maybe I don't remember the rest of the Harry Bosch novels, but I was disappointed in a number of items in Harry's character that were displayed in this book. I always have seen Harry above using the "tricks" to accomplish solving the crimes. I feel like the author cut corners in the plot to finish the story. Overall it is still a Michael Connelly novel which still makes it one of the best
Having the same narrator that other Bosch books have had....waited with such excitement, only to have this book FAIL----due to the narration-----I found myself having to back up my iPod to stay with the story!!
The Secret----the narrator was so bad, I couldn't even concentrate on the content of the book....it just got on my nerves that bad.....TERRIBLE choice in both experiences. A narrator can either make or break a book....After listening to "The Secret", I learned to "sample" the book...sadly, in my case, by Pre-ordering, this was not possible. WON'T make that mistake EVER again.....I will only pay for what pleasures me.....and it was NOT this book...I feel totally ripped-off by Audible, Brilliance, and Connelly!! If I could unhear this, I would.....should have bought the hard copy instead.....
Dick Hill or Len Cariou---if it's not broke, don't fix it!! this statement came to mind from the beginning of the book.......it just got worse after that!!
As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Sadly, I preordered this book from the main page, and the book listings don't show the narrators there. As such, I was unable to see who was reading this book. Heck, I didn't even bother to read the reviews because there has never been such a thing as a bad Harry Bosch novel. It never even occurred to me that the publishing house for a Harry Bosch novel would commit such an incredible blunder as to change the narrator, after 18 books, to someone not only unfamiliar, but inept! When I started listening, I was shocked to not only NOT hear Dick Hill or Len Cariou, but to hear this droning voice that almost put me to sleep.
McConnohie literally reads the book... doesn't perform it, but reads it. There were no attempts to assign a unique quality of voice to a particular character, no inflections for different emotions during the story... I imagine that most parents reading a story book to their child would do a better job than this narrator has done. It is so poorly read that I cannot even tell if the book is any good.
Who makes the decisions on these narrators? Doesn't Michael Connelly have a say in how the book should be read? Why, on earth, would the powers that be take such a popular series as the Harry Bosch novels, whose followers practically count the days until the next book is released, and then disappoint these fans with such a worthless read (or listen?) This was a huge letdown. Shame on Brilliance Audio and even shame on Michael Connelly if he has any say in the choice of his narrators.
Can you tell that I am NOT recommending this book??! Let's hope they get it right the next time... too bad we will have to wait for probably several years to find out.
I love how real Harry Bosch feels. When I am not listening to the book, I miss him. Connolly has developed this character for 20 years. I find myself writing down and following up on the jazz recommendations from every Bosch novel. I spend some time in LA every year and enjoy visiting landmarks and restaurants mentioned in these novels.
Harry Bosch because he feels so real and the world he inhabits is authentic.
No extreme reaction. Just the comfort of visiting with an old friend.
Haters are going to hate! This book is excellent and I've enjoyed it thoroughly.
Like others, I was sorely disappointed to find a new and unfamiliar narrator for the 18th book in the Harry Bosch series. Why has Len Cariou been replaced? Some inconceivable whim on the part of the author? A contract dispute about money? Please say it isn't so. At first, I agreed with other reviewers who found the narrator flat and uninspired. But as the reading proceeded, and I became used to this new voice, the story took hold and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Connelly has written another excellent book. The narrator does a credible job. Harry Bosch - the hesitant lover, the bumbling but well-meaning father, the brilliant, driven detective - soldiers on in his waning years. Still, I wish Len Cariou was carrying us forward.
Never read the print version, Love the audio book.Time on the road allows me finish these and I love the story
Got to go with Harry and his daughter they have a relationship that is honest and each has respect for the other
The end with the crash when Harry almost lost his cool but he regained control
Like the book Black Box Clue
Love Harry and I realize there can't be many more but please do as many as you can Mr Connelly we love them
All of my Harry Bosch experience with Michael Connelly has been with audio and this most recent edition/addition to the series is a quality product from both the story and the performance.
It was a bit eerie to start the book in the LA Riots after just listening to some real-life accounts of chaos in the streets of Syria and then there is the jump to 2012 when the cold case begins to unthaw. Bosch is the central character and Connelly builds the story around his long-time detective friend while giving us an increasing view of the values and experience that may eventually drive his daughter Madeline into law enforcement. The innocence of Maddy combined with the persistence of the 1992 victim were an interesting bridge in this entertaining novel.
The history for the plot was quick and well developed. The police work that helped move this story forward is interesting and methodical as well as credible -- which is a little more than you can say about the unusual happenings at the end. Connelly took some shortcuts as he resolved this story and it is not easy to tell if they were lack of imagination or inability to fight through the rules of this particular genre. The ending worked to get us through the story but the lack of reasoning for the IA detective's presence just doesn't sit that well.
But, don't let the nitpicking keep you from an entertaining 12 hours.
"Well, it is in my policy!" may be a quote I will work into my life -- wonder how that will go over with some students?
The narration was not right for Harry. Edgar, his partner has no nuance to his voice. If Dick Hill was reading this I would try and finish. Major disappointment for a big Harry Bosch fan.
What a waste of a credit.
This book is not Audible worthy. I will take Connelly off my preorder list. What was I thinking.
Reader totally destroys the story and the character. I have loved
Harry for several years but this book is terrible and the main problem
is this reader.
I finished this book in only a couple of days. Couldn't stop!
The only bad thing about this book is that I have to wait a whole year for the next one.
No way around this, the narrator is bland, disinterested in the story and almost robotic. Never will order a preorder again without knowledge of the narrator. It's a prime example of how important the narrator is for an audio book to succeed. And how a bad narrator can destroy an excellent book. This one I'm going have to get the book.
How can this happen with an exceedingly popular and great writer, a cash cow from audible's biz perspective?
First time readers to this series, skip this audio version, find the book in a library or buy it. Listen to any of the other books in this series narrated by Len Cariou or Dick Hill. Frankly, the new preorder system is helpful with knowing about upcoming books, but audible selling preorders in to March 2013 is too far in the future for me and without stated narrators is not working for me, and I wish it was a separate sort function. In the meantime, I'll be skipping over them to actual books released. I can't even rate this Connelly book a 5 star for the story which it may very well deserve, as the story became flat and I couldn't get engaged in this listen.
Not unlike listening to Scott Brick who was once a great narrator but now over-emotes and is impossible for me to listen to any more. Skip those. Audible you are losing biz.