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Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel | [Michael Connelly]

Angels Flight: A Harry Bosch Novel

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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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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    Oenophile Nc 06-05-13
    Oenophile Nc 06-05-13 Member Since 2008

    In vino veritas

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    "Much improved"
    Would you listen to Angels Flight again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What aspect of Peter Giles’s performance would you have changed?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Bosch series and, to a lesser extent, the Haller series by Mr Connelly.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Judith Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 08-25-13
    Judith Highlands Ranch, CO, United States 08-25-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Suffers from poor narration"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 10-02-13
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 10-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "narrator ruined it for me"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Fanne Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-21-13
    Fanne Santa Cruz, CA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2011

    Say something about yourself!

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    "This is my fave "harry bosch" ever"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Puyallup, WA, United States 06-13-13
    Robert Puyallup, WA, United States 06-13-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Bosch is back"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-08-14
    R. Pontiflet Fairfield, CA USA 02-08-14 Member Since 2013

    retired writer

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    "Another Good 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn MARS HILL, NC, United States 11-11-13
    Lynn MARS HILL, NC, United States 11-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Love the Harry Bosch Novels"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Angels Flight to be better than the print version?

    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.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 07-14-13
    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 07-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Another Harry winner"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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!,,


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes although this is the first book that I found the end a little disappointing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LornaDavis United States 04-18-14
    LornaDavis United States 04-18-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Well done"

    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.

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    Z. Richardson College Station, Texas 03-24-14
    Z. Richardson College Station, Texas 03-24-14 Member Since 2013

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    What made the experience of listening to Angels Flight the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Giles?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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