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Dark Sacred Night audiobook cover art

Best Bosch in years<br />

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I was getting tired of the HB books. they were becoming repetitive. Liked the first Ballard. They make great foils. couldn't put it down.

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classic

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-17

Cleeves does her usual good job of telling a riviting story while evoking the feeling of a place. BTW, the narration is easy to understand while maintaining a Scottish accent.


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A start of a great series.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-17

loved it. I can only hope that the series continues. real hero and valid mix of good guys and bad guys, with different motivations.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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interesting entry into the genre

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-17

The narration wasn't quite as crisp as it might have been.

The story was a good way to talk about effects of belief.

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finally

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-16

Hiassen is back in top form. And it's embarrassing to walk down the street and burst out laughing, for no apparent reason.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Obviously a continuation

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-14

This book was just a tad repetitive, in part. You absolutely need to have read the first book to appreciate the background of this one. Additionally, it "ends", but without an ending. I feel as though the book was written to be part of a tied in series.

"Murder in Retribution" was a little bit of a slog, at first, as I needed to tie in the first of the series, which I had read some time ago.

I did enjoy the narration. Marcella Riordan does a very good job of changing accents, between the Irish, Oxbridge, and "lower class". In the same vein, the author manages to mix in quite a number of Irish phrases to provide a real sense of place.

Frankly, I can't wait for the next chapter.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Buy this book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-26-14

It is very difficult to write a review of a book, like this. I almost don't know who to credit more, the author or the narrator. Frankly, if it were allowed, I'd give many more than 5 stars.

Trying not to provide a spoiler (very difficult), in what should be a pretty straightforward procedural, I suddenly find myself looking at this more as a character study, or a series of such that comes to a not unexpected and logical conclusion...just not the one I was expecting.

Ms. Jenkins provides the absolute right voice for a young heroine trying to find herself and her voice in a situation for which she was not brought up or, for that matter, educated.

At this point, I can only hope that this is the start of a series. It is certainly valid as a stand-alone, but I want to know more about our detective, who has the potential to out Morse Morse.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Better than most police procedurals

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-03-13

I almost cannot express how much I enjoyed the story. Between the cops relating the daily grind of working the streets, finding "solutions" to crimes/events and having lives to live, without fabulous looking babes with DD bras, 22" waists, and faces that belong in a fashion magazine, but realistic personal demons it really provides a view of what it must be like to be a cop in Chicago (or any big city).

On the other hand, the narration was somewhere between irksome and awful. The narrator's voice is fine, but the mispronunciations are totally inexcusable. I understand the difficulty of pronouncing seldom used words/phrases like "Alte Kakker" ( see: Michael Wex to better understand). On the other hand, words like "Kippah" (Hebrew, not Yiddish) is pronounced "Key-pah" not "Kehpa". That should have been caught. What is worse, if you've ever lived in Chicago, is Devon Avenue. The county in England is pronounced "Devvon", as did the narrator. The street in Chicago is pronounced D'von. There are many other examples of this sort of seriously bothersome mistake.

Of all of the audio books I've listened to, this is the worst, by far, example of this sort of problem. I don't know if the problem is purely the narrator or that no one from Audiobooks or the publisher is not double checking, but it was bad and frequent enough to spoil the listening experience.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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It's Complicated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-13

I do have one, sort of, gripe with the narrator. There are 1/2 dozen characters with Russian accents. The problem is that in the narration, there is very little distinction between the characters. Since it probably would have been nearly impossible to provide enough differentiation between the various voices to make each individual. I think that the only answer would have been to use different narrators.

As to the story, I enjoyed it immensely. Of course, I'm relatively familiar with Israeli, Middle East, and Jewish history and the variety of belief systems within the spectrum of Judaism. As to the politics and alliances within Israel, I don't completely understand them, but then I'm confident that even the journalists that comment on these sectors, to say nothing of the various governmental analysts (no matter which country) have no true handle on what goes on. In other words, it could easily be amazingly confusing for many readers.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Horrible narration

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-01-13

I actually enjoyed the book. It was classic Connolly, with maybe even a bit of Dave Robicheaux's South Louisiana tossed in, for good measure. Not great literature, but a much better than average detective novel.

The real problem was with the narrator. Yes, I know that he made no real attempt to add a serious Louisiana accent, and I can deal with that, since some accents are very tough to get right. Or, in the case of a Scottish accent, if you get it right, the narration is totally unintelligible. The problem is that there were 1/2 dozen words that he completely mispronounced. Since some of them were place names and not just N'Awleans, but when he mispronounces Metarie, Ponchartrain, etc. and they are words/place names that come up repeatedly, it's like fingernails on a chalk board. It should have been basic research to check on those names.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful