Although a fascinating story, the author tended to include too much detail (do I need to know what color the sleeves of Michael Mondavi's bride's dress were, really?), which tended to slow the story down. I think if I were reading it, rather than a captive audience during my commute, I might have finished a lot sooner with skimming. I also found the story skipped around a lot: even though the chapters were titled by date ranges, they often included lengthy material from other decades, both before and after. It made it quite confusing to follow.
On a totally un-related note: the actor who *read* this book is fabulous. He could make the User Guide for a Coffee Pot sound enthralling.
This is my 5th or 6th Michael Connelly book, with all but one being Harry Bosch novels. I love the stories: they are intriguing and tense, and keep my interest. This is the first one I've listened to by this narrator, however, and I would never buy anything he reads, again. For one, he seems to have a speech impediment that makes his 'F' and 'Th' sound like Daffy Duck. For two, it's clear he hasn't read ahead of what he is speaking. This makes his intonation awkward and stilted at best, misleading at worst. In summary, the narrator, which often can make the audible presentation, definitely "breaks" this one.
Incredibly funny. Well written and well read. The plot gets a little fantastic at the end, which takes away from the enjoyment a bit. I'd still recommend it as a book you want to hear and an author you'd want to hear more from.
... so I can go back and re-live it. Just don't listen while you're trying to drive. It made me cry. Excellent historical reference, character definition, and narration. An outstanding audio book.
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