I am a Michael Connelly fan and while I found this book an easy read like most of his writing, the storyline just did not grab me as much as some of his other works.
The plot involves a woman who gets out of jail for a "cat burglary" in which the love of her life died - and she decides to do one last job so she can start a new life with... (I will leave that plot line for you to find)
The narration was great - clear and characters were distinctive - but the story was just not as good as a normal Connelly that keeps me wanting to come back to finish the book. For some reason, I just did not connect with the characters in the way I have done with other books. The technical details of surveillance equipment was plausible but there were a couple of areas of the plot where it stretched the imagination a little... and it did not flow and just did not ring true.
I gave it four stars (just) because it is still a good read and will not really disappoint Connelly fans.
This is a legal thriller that has plenty of twists and turns in the plot as the various players manipulate the pathway of the story. It keeps enough mystery to have you guessing most of the way... but sadly I anticipated the ending about 90 minutes before it happened.
That didn't reduce the enjoyment, but just took some of the suspense away. For me, the story would be more a 3.5, rather than a 4.
Although he was a bit too laid back, I liked the narrator but marked it down because of poor technical production, which was probably not the fault of the narrator. There were a number of very obvious edits, where it appears sentences or phrases were added in later, using a different studio or microphone. The different tonal quality in the edits was too obvious.
I was very disappointed with this book, although as another reader has suggested the Bourne books make better films than a good read. The plots are always a little far fetched, especially when the heroes can always take out 10 bad guys.
The writing was too contrived and when I say over-written I mean the author tries too hard to describe things that could be left to the reader. The most over-used word in this book is "like" because it overuses similes..... as in "like a string of rotten pearls".. or a dog's arched back looking "like a scimitar". Once I noticed that I couldn't help counting the similes and in one 10 minute segment I heard four. Sometimes the words don't need to be explained... we get it. Many other authors (eg Grisham, Connelly etc) paint just as good a picture without having to explain what a common sound or smell is "like". I just found this distracted me from the plot and it became annoying.
The narrator had a clear voice and differentiated the characters, but I found him a little staccato for my liking.
I also found it annoying that the producers had to put theme music in to signify the mood (fast and dramatic for the action scenes, slow for the wistful). My impression was they didn't think the narrator could convey the mood (he could) or they didn't believe I could work out it was a dramatic scene.... or maybe they were into similes too. Background music works in the movies... doesn't work here. I marked the performance down because of that.
I could easily have stopped listening to this book halfway through. I did finish it and thoroughly enjoyed the next book from my library all the more, just for the pleasure of hearing simple effective writing.
I had heard pieces of this and had heard people rave.
It's great - and despite the language my 88 year old mother (who never swears) thought it was very funny too.
SLJ - just has a brilliant voice and carries this off better than every other version I've heard.
The underlying premise of the story is great and the story flows well, as does the narration.
I did find it a bit of a stretch to think that someone who was not a field agent would have all the skills needed to take on the "bad guys" in the way the hero does....(which is why I went for 3 stars - the underlying plot is more 4+)... but it is fiction after all.
Never-the-less it kept me listening and wanting to come back for more until it was finished.
The narration was well modulated and clear.
I read this book as a teenager and found this audio version just as good - and it took me back. Because of its time-frame (mid-20th century) some people might find it a little old-fashioned, but the story is plausible. Sir Fred Hoyle's scientific background helps educate while he entertains.... which makes the plot believable.
The story flows well and keep you engaged and the narration is clear and crisp. The characters are well defined by both the writer and the narrator. I was not disappointed in my memory of the original read.
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