His performance is like a college lecture - monotone in cadence and pitch and tone. No emotion. Characters are not clearly defined.
I have listened to all the Harry Bosch books, and looked forward to the new release, but I truly could barely stand to listen because I found the robotic narration so irritating. I love Dick Hill and Len C is great ... Others have been okay ... But I won't ever get a book by this narrator ever again, regardless of the author or series.
I'm a huge Harry Bosch fan and almost didn't finish this book. The story was average, very slow at times. It's definitely not Mr. Connelly at his best.
Bring back Len!!! McConnohie is far too montone and slow. I'm very thankful for the previous reviewers who recommended listening to the book at a faster speed. Doing that made the montone quite tolerable. I don't know that I would have finished the book without it.
Not really. For anyone thinking of trying a Harry Bosch book, I'd recommend one of the earlier novels. They far better than this one.
No, the narration was so poor it was laughable.
I love Harry, but this was not an edge of your seat book.
The guy had such a dull, flat monotone he could have been reading the yellow pages. His attempts at giving the characters unique voices was a complete failure. At one point Jerry Edgar sounded Latino and in another place as if had a slight speech impediment. Madeline sounded like one of the guys from the office. Really, really poor performance. Who picked this guy?
Yes, the narration was so horrible I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
I am going to buy the book and read it and will never buy another audible book read by this guy.
I wanted to give the narrator a break but I couldn't. There was no distinction for Harry & the characterization was flat. Also, the story was not particularly interesting. C- at best. Don't waste your money.
There's nothing new here Bosch-wise: same high-energy, straight ahead Harry we have grown to love. He's still working Open/Unsolved crimes, and picks up one that he began twenty years earlier. He didn't wrap up the earlier one because it occurred in the chaos and confusion of the LA riots that followed the Rodney King verdict in 1992. All he has to go on initially is one shell casing, but trust Harry to apply his instincts and hunches to find the killer.
Along the way he gets caught up in police politics - a white victim in the midst of all the black killings, and solving it and not the others looks bad for the chief. True to the character Connelly has created, Harry bucks the system and presses on anyway. No, not his favorite chief Irvin Irving, he's gone. This fellow's name is O'Toole, nicknamed (of course) the Tool.
The book really gets rolling when Harry strikes out on his own to confront the bad guys in their own town. Some pretty hairy scenes, though Harry doesn't get so badly mistreated as many other modern mystery heroes do. I guess that all started with Mike Hammer, and now it seems mandatory for the hero to get beat up, often pretty severely (though they seem to recover pretty quickly!)
There's a good bit of treatment of Harry's relationship with his daughter, none of which contributes to the plot. Maybe Connelly just wants to show us Harry's human side. There's little to no love interest for Harry this time, although FBI Rachel does make a cameo appearance.
Michael McConnohie does an OK job. No, he's not Len Cariou, but he's better than some of the other Harry Bosch narrators. McConnohie's narration history does include a number of factual nonfiction books, and I think he's probably better off sticking with that. McConnohie doesn't do a very good black ghetto voice. You have to pay close attention to the story to know when one of those bad guys is supposed to be talking, you won't get it from the dialect.
On the whole, though, a credit well spent.
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I've read or listened to all of the Harry Bosch stories (and I miss Dick Hill). This one held my interest and was worth the time - and it wasn't the very best in the series. Don't start with this one. Go back if you haven't already learned all about Harry.
if you like step by step development of the plot but do not require page turning excitement then you'll like this. Not the kind of story where you sit in the parking lot listening because you have to find out what happens next.
I'll follow Harry into book #19 when the time comes. Is his daughter going to become the main character?
I have listened to almost all of these books. Why on Number 20 would you change the Narrator? when you listen to a lot of Audio books the narrator is as important as the story.
I have read and enjoyed all of Connelly's series and this one sad to say is lazily written and very poorly performed. If you have read Connelly's earlier efforts, you remember Harry (Horonomous) Bosch as a tunnel rat from Viet Nam who searched for deadly killers and had on numerous occasions been forced to use his weapon. Now we have an author who seems maingly interested in explaining how tough it is for his character to raise his daughter. Give me a break. There is not intrigue nor do the actions of the protagonist make any sense. They are explained as a man playing a hunch. HMMM.... if you are writing a story at least make the effort to think up a few clues so as to give the detective a reason to take a course of action.
McConnahie is miscast for this one. His is an announcers style that is more appropriate for narration, The disconnect between Harry's character and his "voice" is distracting. Len Cariou, the old pro is of course a difflicult act to follow but I'm sure Audible can come with someone in that league.