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 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.
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 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.
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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 thought this was the best story of the series so far. Peter Giles does a good job of narrating, but prefer Dick Hill's "voices" on the earlier books.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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