Look, if you want Pulitzer level fiction, this isn't it. What you get from Wambaugh's tales of this Hollywood PD unit is solid, fun storytelling and a memorable cast of characters that have been together long enough now (4 books' worth) to become nicely familiar. The core group, led by the surfer cops Flotsam and Jetsam, Snuffy Salcedo, and Hollywood Nate Weiss are the (audio)literary equivalent of comfort food, satisfying and warm. I hope to see another turn from both this crew and the reader, who did a terrific job in giving each character a unique voice.
Forget the movie - it can't hold a candle to this incredible book. The story is even the more amazing in that it's not fiction, but it reads that way. The narrator did a tremendous job in pacing and building suspense when necessary. If you don't find yourself tearing up at the last line of the book, you've got nothing where your heart should be. The premier listening experience for a long drive, or a series of long drives. Everything an audiobook should be!
I really wanted to like this book. I recently reconnected with a bunch of my old frat brothers from 30 yrs ago and hoped this book would reconnect me with good, old memories. Unfortunately, it totally strains the bounds of credulity. I'm a physician who has worked in more ERs than I care to remember, and it is very difficult for the human body to function after consuming as much alcohol as the author claims he and his brothers did in single evenings of partying. At least one of them would have wound up in a hospital with acute alcohol poisoning. No beer goes undrunk, no woman goes unscrewed in this book. A waste of a credit.
I count myself as a huge Connelly fan, having read and listened to all of his books, some of them several times. Mickey Haller is starting to wear on me. He's lost a lot of the pathos he had in the beginning. He's up, he's down, he's with his ex-wife, he's not. Enough already. That being said, the story was bland and just never seemed to get out of neutral. It could have been a passable listen, except for Peter Giles. Bottom line, the guy is awful. He has three voices: basic (for most male characters), growl (for all other male characters), and soft (for all women). Len Cariou's understated gravitas in the later Bosch books could carry the one-note gig off, but Peter Giles is no Len Cariou. When the next Bosch book is out in November, I'm praying Peter Giles is otherwise occupied.
This was one of Coben's best Bolitar novels. I don't like any of his other books but for some reason, the Myron series totally hooks me. Having grown up not too far from where most of the action takes place, the characters are very real to me, from Big Cindy to the Ache brothers. What I love the best, though, is the relationship between Myron and Win, and it's always a thrill to see what Win is going to do next. In this book, he blew it away - I don't see how he'll top it in the future, but that's why I look forward to every new book in the series.
If I could, I would give this narrator ten stars. His renditions of each of the characters brought them vividly to life. Maybe the best narration of any Audible book I've bought in four years. All in all, one of the best Audible purchases I've ever made.
My first JLB book, not sure if I'm up for a 2nd. He writes well, but the story gets lost in his florid definitions. Everything's a simile, from the sweat on someone's brow to the sun setting over Lake Ponchartrain. Will Patton, though, is amazing. He does an incredible range of voices for each character, and I could see Dave Robicheaux or Captain Guidry standing in front of me, just from listening to him give them life. It's worth a credit for his performance alone.
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.
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