No, they would forever question my judgement.
It started out fairly well, and kept me interested until I was commited but in the end wish I did not waste my time.
performance was not bad , just the book.
I wonder if the 14 I read was different from the other reviewers 14. The way the story comes together at the end was ridiculous. I feel the author gave up, It was just nonsense.I will admit the character building was good, they should have been put into a more intriguing story, and I do like sci-fi/fantasy and mysteries /thrillers. I just believe that they should also be well written.
Some Fantasy books that I like are Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Lord of the Rings.
I thought this was a really good start to a historical mystery series. The best part of it was the portrayal of the immigrants plight on the way over to America and the time on Ellis Island. You can imagine just how difficult it was. And also how New York was for the immigrants on the lower east side, especially a women alone.
This book introduces a great character in Molly. She takes charge of her own destiny. There are parts especially toward the end that are not plausible, but it does not ruin this enjoyable albeit light mystery.
I am looking forward to seeing what happens with her an Daniel and if she does become an investigator...
In this book Harry is again in trouble...The book started out frustrating because I did not like the interaction of Harry with the psychologist. But the book slowly builds and we finally get to learn more about Harry's past and his mother. He makes some big mistakes in this story and I'm sure they will haunt him in future stories.
He is really down on his luck but is constantly driven by solving the crime. That is a theme with Harry, no matter how hopeless a case or situation seems he keeps going, and we hope that can redeem him in the future.
So far I do not at all like any of Harry's love interests. I am not rooting for any of them yet, not the one in this book...will have to see what happens.
Harry's past comes back to haunt him in this book. The first two books always alluded to this storyline and I was glad that Connelly built up the drama about this case and reserved it for a later book. I was not sure in the beginning about how I would like Harry in a court room drama, but this is not all in the court room . He is a man of action in between court room appearances! Therefore it is not slow.
I did not love the way this book resolved but the journey is worth it.
Harry solves the crime and finds love both in his unconventional ways. I like that he does what needs to be done without feeling the constraints of the law, ironic for a law officer. I like this guy.
I just downloaded my 5th Harry Bosch because as you finish one book, they give you about 5 minutes of the next one and then you are hooked...Very Tricky Audible!
I am enjoying the very flawed character of Bosch, He reminds me a bit of the Scandinavian Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo, I read all of those so far and so I am happy to find this new flawed but capable Harry.
The first Connelly book I read was "the poet". I would not recommend that as a introduction to Connelly as the Bosch series is much much better!
This book is for the Downton Abbey fans, of which I am one. I have been listening to mysteries so this is a nice change of pace. I really enjoyed the way the story was told through the road trip of Stevens,the main character and the way he looked back on his life.
Stevens is unapologetically himself till the bitter end, which ends up being a little heart breaking. He is bound by rules of convention. if only in his own mind. And although it irritated me, the way he stuck to these rules, it ultimately defines who he is and therefore it can be no other way.
The Poet was enjoyable for the first 3/4 of the book but then implausible plot twists take over. I thought Connelly (my first read by him) did a good job at character development. The main character was likably flawed.
However with the bases loaded Connelly did not bring the story home. I was definitely hooked and too far in not to finish but I was becoming suspicious if I had wasted my time around the last 1/4 of the book. The ending was just not as good as I would have liked, a bit odd.
The technology is outdated, which does not bother me since it reminds us about when payphones, pagers and fax machines were cutting edge.
The narrator is not a bad narrator but he sounded like a 50+ year old man when the main character is supposed to be 35, not a good fit for the story.
I purchased this on sale and I would recommend doing that. Its not a waste of time by any means I just hate a weak ending to a good story.
This was a good story, It did lose me for a while in the middle but I work while I listen so that was ok.
How interesting to think about the many hands through history a historic object (in this case a religious book ) have passed through. This story touches on many themes without getting into them too deeply...A mother daughter relationship, love, religion, the Holocaust, friendship, betrayal etc.
My criticism is just that, too many themes and not enough focus. I did find parts of the story educational and the storyline regarding the book was interesting.
The narrator was fine for the Australian accents, but not so much for the Middle Eastern accents. slightly annoying.
If there were 1/2 stars I probably would have given this a 3.5.
I really enjoyed this book, I am not sure how historically accurate it is but I really don't care. It was a great look into the possible perspective into the thought process that Mary may have had. I actually like the storyline of Alfred and Mary, I like that it was about Mary's life not just typhoid fever.
The story shows a historical perspective on how women were treated, how immigrants were treated and also gives perspective into the immigrants in the lower east side how they lived and the struggles they faced daily.
It was interesting to think about how disease can be passed unwittingly from a carrier, how the government dealt with it then vs. how they deal with it now.
It also has a storyline highlighting addiction and how it not only effects the addict but the people who care about the addict.
All in all a very good and interesting read. I highly recommend it.
This is a very disturbing true story, I had never heard about these murders. The most interesting part was hearing the disturbing perspective's of the murderers. The crime was so senseless and will upset you. The crime happened in the 1950's but feels very relevant in today's society. The book was written in the 1960's but feels as though it could have been a contemporary look at the same murders.
It is an eerie look into the minds of criminals and sociopath's. The fact that psychiatry was not taken as seriously back then definitely plays a role in this story. I think at least one of the killers would have been determined "insane" in today's day and age but on the other hand neither had a place in society or even in this world in my opinion.
This book will scare you a little, and make you think about where you stand on capitol punishment.
I highly recommend this book, it is one of the best true crime novels I have read and I believe it is one of the first ones ever written.
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