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The Fifth Witness Audiobook

The Fifth Witness

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In tough times, crime is one of the few things that still pay, but if defence attorney Mickey Haller was expecting an uptick in business during the economic downturn, the reality is a different story. Even people needing legal representation to keep them out of jail have to make cut-backs, it seems. In fact, the most significant part of Mickey's business right now is not about keeping clients out of jail but about keeping a roof over their heads, as the foreclosure boom hits thousands of people who were granted unrealistic mortgages in the good times and now face being kicked to the curb by ruthless corporations. Lisa Trammel had been a client of Mickey's for eight months - his very first foreclosure case, in fact - and although so far he'd managed to stop the bank from taking her house, the strain and sense of injustice are beginning to take their toll, and the bank had recently got a restraining order to prevent her protesting against their fraudulent practices. But now the bank's CEO, Mitchell Bondurant, has been found in the bank's car park with a bullet in his brain, and Lisa is about to be indicted for murder. For Mickey, it's back to what he does best on the biggest stage of all, but if he thought defending Lisa Trammel was going to be a walk in the park, he'd be wrong. Not only is he about to learn some startling truths about his client, but also about himself, and by the time the verdict is in, Mickey's whole world will have been turned upside down.

©2011 Michael Connelly (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-17-11
    Lia Sutton, Australia 05-17-11 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Good but not great"

    I have listened to every Michael Connelly book and love the way he writes and choses excellent narrators. I enjoyed most of this book but it all got a bit predictable and I knew the ending well before the book finished. The narrator did an excellent job whcih really added to the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Pavel Czech Republic 05-15-11
    Pavel Czech Republic 05-15-11 Member Since 2008
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    "I took my mp3 player from a car"

    It's one of few books that was difficult to interrupt listening to. Thrilling, very nicely written characters, excellent pace and last but not least, the voice of the narrator was very vivid, kept me listening after midnight. OK, I gave up 45 minutes before the end and went sleep, but I woke up early in the morning to finish it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus 02-19-12
    Marcus 02-19-12
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    "As good as it gets"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Witness to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition.


    What other book might you compare The Fifth Witness to and why?

    The Lincoln Lawyer - same character - same fast pace.


    What about Peter Giles’s performance did you like?

    He portrays characters cleverly, making each unique and easily distinguishable.


    Any additional comments?

    A stunning, clever, fast moving book with more twists than the road to Kosciusco.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. 12-19-11
    K. 12-19-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Another excellent Mickey Haller story"

    Another "page turner" (so to speak) in The Lincoln Lawyer series. The Fifth Witness continues the Mickey Haller saga and delivers another excellent courtroom drama complete with Michael Connelly's signature surprise ending.

    I laughed out loud when the Hollywood director asked Haller what he thought of Matthew McConaughey playing him in the movie. Nice one, Mr Connelly.

    Good for long drives because otherwise you'll have too many "driveway moments"!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lynch-Ladd 09-19-11
    Lynch-Ladd 09-19-11
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    "The Fifth Witness"

    Again I was more than happy with the Michael Connelly that I have come to really enjoy. He does make the reader (well I really mean the listener in this case) step into the world he creates as we keep listening to his words unravel into another one of his great tales. I was very pleased with the narrator and his ability to ensure the listener a well told story. I feel a good buy alround.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 07-13-11
    Rollin Cholula, Mexico 07-13-11 Member Since 2017
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    "consistent connelly"

    From the start, I'm a Connelly fan. But I have to say, Harry Bosch was getting tiresome. So, I'm glad he has a new character, Mickey Haller, who first appeared in the Lincoln Lawer (now a pretty good film). In the Fifth Witness Mickey wrestles with the defense of a woman who is losing her house to a bank foreclosure, a current theme if there is one. He does a great job and is assisted by his team who are just as interesting as the main character. The plot twists at the end. A great read.

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    KayCee 10-18-15
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    "Lincoln lawyer moves on"

    Once again Michael Connolly has developed an edge of your seat story which provides a twist of events to keep the reader on his/her toes. Excellent story.

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    Paul Evanson Park, Australia 02-09-15
    Paul Evanson Park, Australia 02-09-15 Listener Since 2002
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    "Masterful story teller"

    Michael Connelly has done it again with this Mickey Haller story. Gripping to the end and his in-depth characters make his a good read/listen.

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    Judith 09-12-13
    Judith 09-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Connelly's Mickey Haller is a "comeback-to" hero!"

    The successful Harry Bosch series is a hard act to follow. Mickey Haller has become the new star in Connelly's constellation of police/legal contemporary fiction. I am such a fan of Harry that there were doubts the new guy would win my heart. Connelly is a clever and market conscious writer. He knows how to bridge the gap. Mickey Haller is a character that is easy to like, one you can read and reread. I remain one of those fanatic fans who snaps up the New Connelly the minute it is off the press.

    Don't expect profound literature...this is fun, a great read, a good way to spend a weekend with your feet up and a box of chocolates.

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    10/17/16
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    "Great story"

    A really good storyline, with some interesting distractions. It's well read and the characters are believable. Can't wait for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
    6/12/16
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    "very enjoyable story"

    Entertaining story Michael Connelly' has been one of my Best author s he brings characters to be real

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  • R. Card
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    1/16/16
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    "Excellent!"
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    I really enjoyed this book. It's been years since I read the previous Mickey Haller book and all the characters came flooding back with this new story which was gripping as usual. I listened to the next book straight afterwards too! :)

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  • Mrs. M. J. Jones
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    4/25/15
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    "Dull"

    Reader sounds like an endless trail for an action movie. Story and characters dull and predictable. Really tried but could not finish.

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  • A.G.Raynor-Krill
    Lincoln, United Kingdom
    9/2/12
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    "A really good LA courtroom thriller!"

    Having read 2 other Michael Connelly books, The Lincoln Lawyer and The Brass Verdict, I just had to read the Fifth Witness. I loved everything about this book, the story itself, the way he describes the sometimes complex court scenes but never lets them get boring, the narrator and the fact that Haller is a totally likeable and decent guy. There is something about Connelly's style that once you've started the book you dont want to do much else until you finished. I love that!

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  • Jacqui
    Amersham, United Kingdom
    8/8/12
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    "Can't wait for the next one!"

    I read/listened to them all back to back and loved them all. Brillliant !!! Well written and beautifully read :))

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  • graeme
    Glasgow, United Kingdom
    2/19/12
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    "not my cup of tea"

    Couldnt get into this book. No empathy with characters. Persisted and persisted, but eventually gave up... Couldnt care what happened in the end , and I usually like Michael Connelly. sorry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    1/14/12
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    "couldn't even listen to this"

    To start with, I must say that I love Michael Connelly's books. But the narration for this one was so appalling that I gave up listening very quickly. For me, I just don't hear Haller sounding like Dirty Harry. Might work for Bosch, but here it just drags. I tried increasing the speed, but in the end I gave up and bought the book.

    I just don't think the narrator had any connection to the material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J.Y.
    Cheongju, Korea, South
    12/30/11
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    "Good and..."

    Welcome back Micky Haller.
    I read his other story 'Reversal', while I stayed in remoted and isolated area (Not in prison!!!!! though my president, Mr. Myungbak Lee, sent one of my friend (Bongju Jung, aka funnel) sent to the prison as he humiliated the president. ). I feel lucky as I take the book when I go to there....
    Anyway, I choose this item to hear while I travel around. And sometimes, I cannot loosen my seat belt to listen more... Very nice story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne
    Princes Risborough, United Kingdom
    11/11/11
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    "Not Harry Bosch"

    Love the honesty of the Harry Bosch character - this character is too good, too clever and not real.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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