An activist attorney is killed in a cute little L.A. trolley called Angels Flight, far from Harry Bosch's Hollywood turf. But the case is so explosive - and the dead man's enemies inside the L.A.P.D. are so numerous - that it falls to Harry to solve it. Now the streets are superheating. Harry's year-old Vegas marriage is unraveling. And the hunt for a killer is leading Harry to another high-profile L.A. murder case, one where every cop had a motive. The question is, did any have the guts?
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So distracting is this narrator that it interferes with the enjoyment of the story. The narrator makes every sentence hyper-dramatic, and has the annoying habit of putting emphasis on the wrong words, and pauses that actually change the meaning of the written word. He also ends too many sentences almost like a question--raised tone. Harry is in a personal and professional quandary, and it is a tight plot. Because of the sheer circumstances of the plot, it isn't necessary to overly dramatize the characterizations. Also, this is another narrator that makes Harry unbearably gravelly-voiced.
When I could unscramble the ambiguous meanings of sentences with inappropriate pauses and inflections, the story was one of the more challenging for Harry, and creates a lot of background about how th LAPD had to evolve post Rodney King, the effects on the police and politics of the department.
I eventually enjoyed the book, in spite of the narration, but it did make me long for monotonous narration--which I ordinarily don't like.
I started this series at the beginning, got sucked in, and I'm going the distance, knowing the road will be, as in most long series, uneven. Overall, they are well-written, with fairly intricate plot lines, good, not great, editing, and decent development of major characters. Lots of detailed but interesting police procedural; though I don't know how accurate it is, it sounds pretty believable to me.
I think this was one of the better tales from Connelly so far, but no thanks to the narrator. It would have been a really solid 4 stars with Hill. I've heard Peter Giles before when I read the Mickey Haller books, and likely some others. I don't like the Haller series as well--some of that may be due to the narrator. Giles 'reads' the books, Hill 'performs' them. Giles makes little distinction between characters, but mostly, it's that I don't like the voices he gives to either Bosch or Haller...they are kind of flat and monotonous and for some reason he seems to think they need to be breathy/raspy. (Other characters are not).
But. To be fair, while mediocre (not terrible by any means), Giles didn't keep me from enjoying this particular story; it was that interesting. I notice the next book is yet a different narrator; I'm keeping my fingers crossed, as I have become quite attached to Hieronymous Bosch and his story by now.
The story is okay, but the narrator is not a good fit. I listened to the whole thing, but never got used to his take on the characters.
I have all the Connelly books that Audible has made available and have listened to them all several times. The Bosch character has developed over the years through the series in a very intriguing manner.
This book, as most of the books in the series, shows Harry as a well-developed character: an intelligent but deeply flawed man; dedicated to his job. He solves most of his cases, but makes mistakes along the way.
I like that Bosch is not presented as a Superman. He gets the job done through hard work and attention to detail. He is intelligent, but not omniscient.
Mr Giles did a nice job with the narration. I had previously tried to listen to this book with the Burt Reynolds recording but could not get through even one chapter. I prefer Dick Hill's rendition of Bosch's partner Edgar, but the narration was mostly good.
The scene in which Bosch discovered the body of his friend and former partner, Frankie, on his balcony was moving. You could feel Harry's grief and sense of responsibility and loss.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Bosch series and, to a lesser extent, the Haller series by Mr Connelly.
The narrator of this book, Giles, was good but Hill is a much better performer...The plot of this novel is a good one with the usual murders but also with child porno included. It also has the usual twists and turns Bosch's novels are known for. Enjoyable. I would recommend.
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I am not sure why it took so long to have this released as an audio book, but I suspect it might have something to do with the "kiddie porn"aspect. not sure. regardless, as soon as I saw that it had been released, i dove right in. There was a lot to learn about Harry in this book, and the plot was so strong that it led me right through the book. Thanks to Michael Connelly. Peter Giles, the reader, was excellent. Just a really nice listen.
I am listening to Harry Bosch in order and the first 5 were narrated by one of the best-Dick Hill. Peter Giles maybe a good narrator, I have never read anything narrated by him previously but he has these voices all wrong. harry sounds like he needs a throat lozenge and Edgar, really-really!!! Makes him sound like a 25 year old white surfer. I am still listening because I like the story line and I feel its important to read series in order. I was sad to scroll through the rest of the Bosch series and see Dick Hill doesn't read another one.
Yes because there is nothing like an audio book for cross country car trips. Also, I work from home so I have a book playing while I work and the time just flies by.
Not crazy about this narrator. Really miss these books being narrated by Dick Hill who did a outstanding job. Peter Giles sounds like the character Napoleon Dynamite reading this book.
All of the Bosch books I have read so far are very good, but the narrarator makes this one not worth listening to. Listening to the voice of the narrarator is chore, and very dissapointing. This recording should be replaced, there is no doubt about it.
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