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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Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Harry's self inflicting wounds again, driven by his pesky sense of ethics.Connelly is such a competent technician that once more the plot is complex yet accessible. The characters while each drawn with limited brushstrokes, are competently formed to create tension, feed momentum, and buckle me in right to the darkly satisfying ending among the burning streets of Las Angeles.
I took a rest from Harry for some months, but Angels Flight's made me wonder why. Regardless, Connelly spent time on this tale, it shows. He's a pro and fortunate to have Peter Giles interpret his ensemble so effectively. Thing is though, I'd recommend not stating the Harry Bosch novels with this one. Nope, go on back to the beginning so you'll enjoy the tales that have led up to Angels Flight. But if you must start here, well this story can stand alone pretty effectively.
No! It was seriously painful. I am sorry and I rarely get this critical about a performance of any kind, but the narration was awful. It was so bad, that I could not continue with this book. I have purchased the Kindle edition to read it instead, as I really LOVE this series. The voice put to Bosch was too gruff (based on the other "voices", this was not natural) and WHINY! Yep, several times I felt Harry was just too whiny and I felt like it was being rushed. I will say the female voices weren't quite as silly sounding, but this was terrible over all. I will not purchase another book narrated by Giles. I just can't! I seriously missed Dick Hill.
Yes, absolutely. I am completely in love with and invested in Harry Bosch. I am not certain whether it will be an audio book, though. Problem with that is, I suffer from transient blindness and cannot see well to read. But I love the series, so.....
NO, not a chance!
Listening to? Nope. But reading it, yes.
The story-lines and now quintessential Bosch character keeps me coming back.
The growth and evolution of Bosch's relationship with his superiors and colleagues is always realistic and appealingly unpredictable. This book proved a continuation of the pop psych appeal of Bosch's development.
Giles reads the WHOLE BOOK like it's a Bud Light commercial (picture "Real Men of Genius"). Emphasis on every other word. At least.
The dynamics come out somewhat flat.
I guess I just got accustomed to the first five books featuring Dick Hill's excellent dynamic range and consistent but distinct characterizations. Oh well.
And now...back to..."Today we salute you, Mr. Harry Bosch Hollywood Detective Man..."
Loved the story. Plot was solid and pace was great. The narrator, though, sounded like Clint Eastwood in a Dirty Harry role. Distracting at first then but seems not to be as bad toward the end of the book. Connelly has not disappointed me once. Great writing always wins out over marginal narration. Highly recommend.
As always, the Harry Bosch Series is amazing. Great detective novels.
Absolutely not, unless there's no other option for a narrator for a book I want to listen to. He sounds like a surfer dude in most of it and is just such a change from Dick Hill. Most of his characters sound the same.
I am writing this because of all the negative reviews regarding the narrator. Maybe some people just don't like change but I thought the reading of this book was superb! The story is great and well worth the listen.
Angels Flight takes on the touchy subjects of racism and corruption within the LAPD as well as the resulting backlash in society and the media, which makes for a fascinating backdrop to a murder mystery.
My favorite character in Angels Flight has got to be Harry Bosch himself, but then, it would be hard to pick anyone else. He is oddly isolated this time around considering that he's in charge of his largest task force to date. Sure, Rider and Edgar are by his side, Irving's on his back, and Chastain is in his face as usual, but these characters regularly drop out of the story for chapters at a time, leaving Bosch as the only constant.
That's not a criticism though. While this might have been jarring in another series, or even in another novel within this series, Harry has a lot to deal with in this Angels Flight. Keeping him front and center makes it easier to follow as he struggles through a gauntlet of personal and professional issues.
So far, so good, right? Well here comes the bad news. Peter Giles delivers a laughable performance that really damaged my enjoyment of Angels Flight.
If I'd had the option, I would have cast Dick Hill as the narrator once again if only for continuity's sake, but almost anyone could have done a better job on Angels Flight than Giles. He reads like a knockoff "voice of god" from movie trailers, with a taut, growly, over dramatic narration that's hard to listen to without laughing (or wincing). Worse, his reading of each character sounds so similar that it's hard to know who is supposed speaking. It's even difficult to guess which gender Giles is attempting to portray.
It sounds even worse when you compare it to Dick Hill's work on the first five Bosch books, where each character was given a distinct voice and personality. I have no idea what the producers and director of this recording were thinking. Five minutes into their first recording session should have been enough for them to pull the plug. Alas, they did not, and here we are.
While we unfortunately won't be getting Mr. Hill back for the next installment, I was relieved to see that at least Peter Giles won't be returning.
It's hard to talk about moving moments without spoiling the plot. I will say that this is the most worn down and human Bosch has been in the series so far. He really gets put through the wringer, which makes for a few moving scenes.
I've really enjoyed the Bosch books up until now, and with all the racial tension and political maneuvering this could have been my favorite audiobook in the series, but the poor narration made it almost a chore to get through.Here's hoping they redo Angels Flight some day with a better storyteller behind the mic. For now, I'd say just stick to the print version.
Yes- although I would have them start at the beginning og the series! My first two were completely out of sequence.. Now I'm going back to the beginning and doing them all. I have a long drive to/from work so I'm hooked on audible!,,
Yes although this is the first book that I found the end a little disappointing.
Complex, nuanced tortured
Other Harry Bosch mysteries
Never. It was a terrible reading-- like a snotty, over-dramatic adolescent, cheapening the characters, whiny and petulant. Irritating.
It made me sad. The story, that is.
This review is solely based on the narration. Up to this point, I have thoroughly enjoyed the Bosch series of books, all the previous ones having been read by Dick Hill, who does an AMAZING job voicing characters. As soon as this book started, I thought I had the wrong book. I'm sure Peter Giles is a great narrator otherwise, but these characters belong to Dick Hill as much as they do Michael Connelly, and it was a HUGE MISTAKE not to have him do the narration. I figured Dick must have died (that being the only sane reason he would not have been chosen to narrate this), so I clicked his name on Audible and low-and-behold he has a book coming out next month! Then I notice that the narration of future books bounces around to several different people. This is sheer idiocy. I literally want to smack whoever's decision this was upside the head and yell WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING??? Not having Dick narrate takes SO MUCH away from the story, it's literally a distraction.
Clearly not. Dick Hill should have been the only choice for a Harry Bosch novel.
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