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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

Critic Reviews

"Dark and angst-ridden...crackles with energy." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Hard-boiled cop fiction at its most gripping." ( Booklist, starred review)

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Good Read But Not the Best Bosch

I would recommend this book to everyone who likes mysteries including those who have read other books in this series. Keep in mind I'm comparing this book to others in this series all of which are worthwhile. Performance was great as storyline was quite good but somewhat predictable.

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City of Bones

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it's just one more great, interesting book in the Bosch series.

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

Not on the edge, but certainly interesting.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The narration lacked in the sense that all the characters sounded much the same. In prior books, Harry had a deep raspy voice and Edgar had a definite James Earl Jones quality to his voice. In this book, the reading was much better than Angels Flight, but was just reading, no real performance as Dick Hill provided. That part was very disappointing, especially after the let down of the performance two books of lack luster performances.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The "TA-DA" music at the end of the chapter was distracting

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Good storyline. .flat ending.

The story line was great..the narrator did a good job..but the ending was a little flat. Looking for more of a "surprise" ending.

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Awesome

Another great book by Michael Connelly. One of the few authors that can put in a twist and you're still guessing right to the end.

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Bones and Mystery

Lots of stories and one good finish, on all of them.
I Always enjoy Connelly books.

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Boring Book

Not enough action. poor story, didn't like the narrator. Not worth listening too. Not a typical Bosco book

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Same Bosch another narrator

I hate that there is another different narrator. I get that the books have spanned over a long time but I love consistency. And please stop with the weird sounds juxtaposed with "tense" moments... they just don't fit.

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Bosch - Old School Detective.

I have been on a Bosch binge -- 8 of the last 10 books I have listened to are the first 8 Bosch books. I really like Harry Bosch. Another reviewer compared him to Humphrey Bogart and I totally agree. Bosch is a curmudgeon. He is stubborn but loyal; egotistical yet humble; hard-boiled yet vulnerable. He is perceptive and brilliant. I like him a lot, and so the binge continues!

Mr Fernandez does a good job. I didn't find anything objectionable, but I also am not left seeking out another performance to hear.

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Everyone loses and nobody cares...

Would you consider the audio edition of City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8 to be better than the print version?

I don't have the print version. Alert: There is a minor spoiler in the review below. Not central to the case but a critical comment or two relating to the contrived fate of a supporting cast member.

What was one of the most memorable moments of City of Bones: Harry Bosch Series, Book 8?

When the female cop shot herself in the shoulder for no reason. Nobody would ever do such a thing for the implied motives. And especially not in that way and in that situation. Yes, I know she was an adrenaline junkie, a risk-taker, a total groupie, etc., but it was a clichéd "jumped the shark" moment for the Bosch series.

What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I just like listening to books being read. If the reader is halfway competent, I remember the details better than when I read them. Fernandez was okay. I listened to him at 1.5x as I have done with most of the readers in this series after the first one.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Not really. My biggest reaction was the futility of the entire case. It was an old case and most of the drama was about the reporting of factually incorrect information leading to a suicide and the way that the facts were spun to protect the image of the LAPD. In my mind it was one of the weakest stories in the Bosch series. I would give it two stars except that the investigation kept moving and the details were interesting.

Any additional comments?

The way the author disposed of Bosch's obligatory casual intimate relationship in this book was over the top unbelievable. Connelly always finds a way to get rid of lovers and avoid permanent entanglements for his protagonists but this method was shockingly inexplicable and beyond the bounds of credulity.

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I hate sound effects. I hate them.

Any additional comments?

I've been enjoying this series, buying one after the other as I quickly go through them. But this one has horrible sound effects tossed in every now and then that are very jarring and certainly interrupts the flow of the narration. It wouldn't stop me from buying it, but I just had to register my protest.