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City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 Audiobook

City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8

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Publisher's Summary

On New Year's Day, Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch fields a call that a dog has found a bone - a bone that the dog's owner, a doctor, feels certain is human.

That chance discovery leads Bosch to a shallow grave in the Hollywood hills, evidence of a murder committed more than 20 years earlier. It's a cold case, but it stirs up Bosch's memories of his own childhood as an orphan in the city. Digging through police reports and hospital records, tracking down street kids and runaways from the 1970s, Bosch finds a family ripped apart by an absence - and a trail, ever more tenuous, into a violent, terrifying world.

As the case takes Bosch deeper into the past, a rookie cop named Julia Brasher brings him alive in the present in a way no one has in years. Bosch has been warned about the trouble that comes with dating a rookie, but no warning could withstand the heat between them - or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a hard turn.

Drawing on the "precision-tooled twists" and "wellspring of authentically lurid detail" (Los Angeles Magazine) that have made him one of the fasted-selling novelists at work today, Michael Connelly has written a riveting, hard-edged, and unforgettable thriller.

Don't miss Detective Harry Bosch on the case in these Michael Connelly crime fiction novels.

©2002 Hieronymus Inc., All Rights Reserved; (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

What the Critics Say

"Dark and angst-ridden...crackles with energy." (Publishers Weekly)

"Hard-boiled cop fiction at its most gripping." (Booklist, starred review)

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    Gregory Shropshire 10-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8?

    If you like the Harry Bosch series then you will like this one. The book is written in the same style as others in the series. The story is not as engaging as some of the others but still a good book overall.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fan of The series


    Did Peter Jay Fernandez do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    I'm not a fan of this reader.


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    Vicki 09-27-14
    Vicki 09-27-14 Member Since 2006
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    What did you love best about City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8?

    It's a Michael Connelly Bosch book... Is there any other reason to give?


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Jay Fernandez’s performances?

    NO! Peter Jay Fernandez's reading of this book is awful! All of his characters sound the same. There should be some difference from Bosch and Edgar (both males, if unfamiliar with the series) & Brasher and Billets (both females). I'm only three hours into the story and I've been wishing for a different reader for most of this time.

    I'll finish the story because I want to know the twists and turns and the end, but this is very painful.


    Any additional comments?

    To the publishing company -please re-record this book with a different reader!!!

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    Dan Anthony Hurst, TX 07-27-14
    Dan Anthony Hurst, TX 07-27-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Why sell this book to me in I can't listen to it?"
    What would have made City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 better?

    If WhisperSync was available for the book. I want my credit back.


    Any additional comments?

    yes, this stinks

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    V. Sharol Cutrell Kansas, USA 04-12-14
    V. Sharol Cutrell Kansas, USA 04-12-14 Member Since 2001

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    "deserved a re-read"

    I listened to this book years ago, and when I saw the Amazon drama, Bosch, I decided to listen again.

    It was every bit as good as I remembered it being. Bosch is an interesting character in his own right, and this book is good as a stand-alone, but it is also a key piece in the series. Fernandez does a good job with the characters. This series has a variety of narrators, and he does well creating an audio feel for the characters for the most part.

    I am a fan of police procedurals, and this one goes beyond the usual ones with characters who are three dimensional and interesting. It has some stereotypical events, but it isn't hampered by them in my opinion (I won't get specific because I really hate spoilers in a review).

    All in all it was worth a second listen.

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    charlie 09-13-13
    charlie 09-13-13 Member Since 2006
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    "A comment on chance and the banality of evil."
    Would you listen to City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 again? Why?

    I've read several reviews on this book, and I have to admit to some trepidation in listening to something on the subject of child murder, particularly in the evening. But, the author introduces a subject almost as chilling as that, chance events and their misappropriation to the purpose of evil. Most books you read point to a cast of characters as the 'bad guys' ,and they abound in this tale, but the real villain is the coin flip, the unpredictable chance event. From Vietnam, to a lover lost, to a child's murder the role of unpredictable are the focus, so much so, the careful, usually successful, reasoned approach used by Bosch to analyze and solve a crime fail him completely. It's a tour de force on how the narratives we construct to explain our reality can be a pitifully inadequate contrivances to explain the inexplicable.


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    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 08-15-13
    Tracey Chambersburg, PA, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great mystery."
    What did you like best about this story?

    Realistic story with twists and turns.... Very enjoyable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Peter Jay Fernandez?

    Probably but not my favorite for Bosch series


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Tongco 07-15-13
    D. Tongco 07-15-13

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    "Love Harry Bosch and loved this novel!"
    If you could sum up City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 in three words, what would they be?

    Keeps you guessing


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that Harry fell in love (again) in spite of his better instincts.


    What about Peter Jay Fernandez’s performance did you like?

    The voices were all well done and the characters quite distinct. Peter was able to clearly convey all ages and sexes well.


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

    When the Coroner explains the extent of the injuries that the child endured prior to death, Harry's reaction moved me. It was real, it was deep and I was sad for the dead boy too - not just because he'd been killed but because he had suffered so much before he died.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't been introduced to Harry Bosch and his particular view of Los Angeles, do yourself a favor and start now! Connelly is a fine writer who knows his subjects and the world in which they move.

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    Timo 06-04-13
    Timo 06-04-13
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    "Average Harry Bosch, below average narrator"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Peter Jay Fernandez?

    Yes, another Connelly but not another audiobook by Fernandez.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    He tried too hard to make this a very twisted and dark story. Not the typical "Harry Bosch" demeanor, sarcasm etc. However, this is also the fault of the narrator who was never able to be Harry Bosch like Dick Hill was.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Jay Fernandez’s performances?

    No, at least not a Harry Bosch novel.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really, I hope the next Harry Bosch will be better again.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ColorCodeStudio Oregon 03-19-13
    ColorCodeStudio Oregon 03-19-13 Member Since 2016

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    What disappointed you about City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8?

    This story is so out of character for the Harry Bosch series I have to question if it wasn't written by someone else entirely. The story demanded almost nothing of the listener. It wasn't an interesting story and the weak attempt at at twist near the end fell completely flat.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    About half way through this incredibly boring tale I realized that there was a diminishing number possible outcomes that could make it worth my time to finish the listen. None of them likely to be satisfying in the least. It became almost a voyeuristic / masochistic game of endurance to see if the fizzle would last all the way to the end and just how the author might get himself out of the corner he had painted himself into. I held fast to the end, but walked away feeling significantly less inclined to listen to the next book in the series. Such a letdown after A Darkness More Than Night, which is my favorite in the series to date.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was fine. A little flat and monotone, but he wasn't given much to work with.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Honestly, this book had no redeeming qualities for my personal tastes.


    Any additional comments?

    Skip it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Doris Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-04-13
    Doris Salt Lake City, UT, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book-Connelly has done it again!"

    Michael Connelly grabbed me on this book, right from the first page!! He definitely has not lost his magic touch to keep a reader interested and wanting to not put the book down for one minute!! The story was great! The performance was outstanding! If you like being grabbed, this is a great book!!

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