I've listened to Bosch books by Cariou and by others. I've enjoyed them all, but for some reason the Harry Bosch I know and love seemed to be missing. I thought it might have been the narration that put such a different spin on the character, but I'm not so sure. Bosch has always been headstrong and independent. He gets results with his no nonsense approach, but all of his redeeming characteristics were missing. Before I was halfway through the book I was ready to stop listening because Harry was just coming across as a racist, conceited overly self-involved jerk.
I was very disappointed with him. The story was interesting enough for me to actually finish it. It was a great story, with the exception of Harry.
The one true bright spot of the book was a cameo by one of our favorite lawyers. I'd love to hear more from him and the REAL Harry.
This is for you! Maybe I'm too old for this book at 37, but every single character was rude and obnoxious, lazy and pathetic. I hung out through the entire book hoping more people would get offed, but no such luck. If this book has a use it is as a cautionary tale for young women on the dating scene. It was a true depiction of the confusion of finding one's way in the single world and the importance of following your instincts about your dates.
Unfortunately, I was looking for a thriller.
I have to say honestly that I didn't finish this book. I managed to get through 7 minutes and 38 seconds before I was incapable of listening to the horrible voice characterizations. This is the first Stephanie Plum I've listened to but have read all books leading up to it in print. While the reader's narration and Plum voice were fine the characters of Connie and Lula were awful. Being such a fan I was unable to take Lula sounding like a bad black male voice and Connie sounding like some Midwest nosy neighbor as opposed to an Italian Jersey lady. I'm sad that I wasted the credit and even sadder that I have to go and buy the book as well.
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