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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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.
This one goes easier on Bosch being on the verge of being fired or under threat of some other punishment and focuses more on plot.
Retired Ex-Pat living Near San Jose, Costa Rica.
This may be the best of the Harry Bosch series, so if it is your first Bosch experience, you might be in for a let down when you read some of the others... But not much of a let down. The whole series is very good.
It is a well crafted novel and I can pretty much promise an excellent and enjoyable listen. Very hard to put away for the night. Publisher review is accurate enough.
I would tend not to pay much attention to reviewers who bash the narrator. He actually does a very credible job... Though not brilliant. I gave him 4 stars, and that is about right.
For very sensitive readers, I give a small caution, but technically perhaps a very small spoiler. Very small... But if you are as described, maybe read below. If not, just stop now and download! You will enjoy.
For sensitive readers:
There is some not very graphic reference to child abuse. Should not bother most... But a few might feel uncomfortable if that topic affects you.
Yes, characters well developed and a story that seemed so real
Bosh - He seemed real
No, but I like him
Oh Yes!!!! I did. Stayed up until 2 a.m. to finish it.
I have several Michael Connelly books in my wish list.
Between Harry Bosch Books 4-6, which I listened to in succession these books just keep getting better. I'm really enjoying this series. The plots are well thought out and full of surprises, well-paced and suspenseful. I really enjoy hanging out with Harry Bosch.
Connelly's story was awesome and the presentation was very good. Overall I highly recommend his presentation to Connelly fans.
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.
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