We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Gods of Guilt Audiobook

The Gods of Guilt

Regular Price:$30.79
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Defense attorney Mickey Haller returns with a haunting case in the gripping new thriller from number-one New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly.

Mickey Haller gets the text, "Call me ASAP - 187," and the California penal code for murder immediately gets his attention. Murder cases have the highest stakes and the biggest paydays, and they always mean Haller has to be at the top of his game.

When Mickey learns that the victim was his own former client, a prostitute he thought he had rescued and put on the straight and narrow path, he knows he is on the hook for this one. He soon finds out that she was back in LA and back in the life. Far from saving her, Mickey may have been the one who put her in danger.

Haunted by the ghosts of his past, Mickey must work tirelessly and bring all his skill to bear on a case that could mean his ultimate redemption or proof of his ultimate guilt. The Gods of Guilt shows once again why "Michael Connelly excels, easily surpassing John Grisham in the building of courtroom suspense" (Los Angeles Times).

©2013 Michael Connelly (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"The combination of this fast-paced courtroom drama and Giles's steady and consistent narration makes for an engrossing listening experience…Giles's rich portrayals help listeners differentiate the multiple characters as Haller becomes convinced that his client is not only innocent but also the victim of an elaborate setup involving local police and DEA agents." (AudioFile)

"Connelly knows when to put his foot on the gas and when to take it off. Once he has you on board, turning the pages, you won't want to climb off." (Boston Globe)

"Haller is the kind of slick, cynical showman who can't resist making high drama out of every legal procedure....There's always something deadly serious behind Connelly's entertaining courtroom high jinks" (New York Times Book Review)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (5862 )
5 star
 (3183)
4 star
 (2023)
3 star
 (500)
2 star
 (97)
1 star
 (59)
Overall
4.4 (5184 )
5 star
 (2874)
4 star
 (1702)
3 star
 (465)
2 star
 (96)
1 star
 (47)
Story
4.5 (5192 )
5 star
 (3148)
4 star
 (1597)
3 star
 (346)
2 star
 (64)
1 star
 (37)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 12-07-13
    FRITZ STOOP Moraga, CA USA 12-07-13 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    865
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    296
    128
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    46
    5
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Banal, Trite, Clumsy"

    Once the silly "I work from the back seat of a car" gimmick wears thin, a few minutes at best, we are left we what appears to me a book written by someone other than the author of the Harry Bosch novels. The ill-timed phrasing and awkward reading of this narrator just makes things worse for me.
    The story lurches from cliched event/character to another and the author's (I do not believe Connolly wrote this or perhaps Bosch is someone else's work!) inability to make it sound anything but contrived and banal is just to much for me to stomach.
    Does an author's fames give him license to bore us to death. Now there's a murder mystery plot worth pursuing!

    23 of 32 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Elkay 12-11-13
    Elkay 12-11-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    256
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    111
    49
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    23
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Surprisingly "Meh.""

    I love Michael Connelly, have read everything he's written, and, for the most part, enjoyed it. "The Gods of Guilt" was a real disappointment.

    The story is complex and, if this were up to the standard of Connelly's previous work, I think it would be satisfying - but the detail, the characters, the driving suspense that I expected were all absent here. This came off as a straight-to-screenplay outline for the next "Lincoln Lawyer" movie, which, extrapolating from the afterword, is exactly what it is.

    Still, it's a Connelly novel and wasn't awful. Peter Giles is a solid narrator, if not terribly nuanced. If you like Connelly and have enjoyed prior installments in this series, it might be worth a credit.

    15 of 21 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 03-02-15
    Cynthia Monrovia, California, United States 03-02-15 Member Since 2012

    Always moving. Always listening. Always learning. "After all this time?" "Always."

    HELPFUL VOTES
    11141
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    334
    334
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    5263
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Alright, alright, alright"

    A couple of years ago, I went on a weekend long Michael Connelly Audible bender. My kids were with their Dad, and I was doing what single moms do when the kids are out of the house for a few days. No, I wasn't at Sena, the local tapas bar, drinking a cold Pinot Grigio in an oversized, delicate wine glass and eating surprisingly good ceviche on thick home made tortilla chips. I was cleaning, decluttering, and rearranging my house, accompanied by "The Lincoln Lawyer" series.

    Mickey Haller's haunts are the tired courthouses of Los Angeles, with the echoes of heels in the marble tiled hallways really built for men in expensive and noiseless loafers; the soft whisper of attorneys and their clients tucked into doorways, agonizing over jury selection; and the hopeful eyes of hallways of petty criminals looking for an attorney to get them out of whatever hole they've dug. Connelly has a way of writing Los Angeles so the sad and fraught places are intimate and special.

    In "The Gods of Guilt" (2013) Connelly works the same magic on people on the edges. The murder victim is a prostitute who had a chance to make it out once, but an old life cruelly clawed her back. The suspect is her technologically advanced but guilt wracked pimp, who punishes himself far more than the legal system ever could or would. Connelly's "Gods of Guilt" are nominally the jury, but perhaps they are really the voices of our conscience.

    The title of this review is from an Oscar acceptance speech of Matthew McConaughey, the original silver screen "Lincoln Lawyer". Oh, I know McConaughey won for "Dallas Buyer's Club" (2013) and the term 'silver screen' is a 1940's throwback, but Connelly so reminds me of Raymond Chandler (1888 - 1959) and his cynical detective, Philip Marlowe. And Humphrey Bogart was the original Marlowe.

    [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks]

    30 of 43 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-02-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 06-02-16 Member Since 2017

    I am a husband/dad/granddad who loves books. My reviews are my subjective opinions. My hope is they will help others make buying decisions.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    13043
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1916
    1555
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    442
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "No one does legal thrillers beter than Connelly!"

    When it comes to writing legal thrillers John Grisham is an amateur compared to Michael Connelly. Connelly's Mickey Haller/Lincoln Lawyer six novel series is worth reading again. Every novel is superb. The Gods of Guilt is Book 5 in the series and it is a great courtroom drama. The novels can be listened to in any order without missing anything, but I recommend that Book 1, The Lincoln Lawyer, be listened to first.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    oncobomber Reading, PA 09-19-15
    oncobomber Reading, PA 09-19-15 Member Since 2015

    An oncologist practicing in southeastern Pennsylvania, and a husband and father of four lovely girls.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Unbelievable. Connelly just keeps getting better."

    I grabbed the first Lincoln Lawyer from Audible on a $4.95 sale and immediately liked it a lot. Since then, I have worked my way through all of the Mickey Haller novels, and have been amazed at how they have continued to get better: more intriguing, better character development, more intricate storylines, and Connelly never "cheaps out" by leaving a bunch of loose ends. This one ties together in a very satisfying way, and once again, left me wanting another book to read with the same characters. Connelly is seriously blurring the line between high-quality escapist fiction and legit literature. Looking forward to the next one coming out in November 2015.

    Of note: this narrator is not my favorite; he occasionally has the emphasis on the wrong word, and his middle-aged, established police officers often sound more like angry street punks, but he is not the worst by any stretch. I think he does the main character's voice very well, and does not have the annoying habit of making female voices sound like prepubescent boys.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    clifford United States 09-12-15
    clifford United States 09-12-15 Member Since 2016

    akitonmyers

    HELPFUL VOTES
    615
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    308
    168
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    21
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Hell yeah!"

    Connelly is with out a peer when it comes to contemporary hard boiled genre writing. Man almighty this dude can write.

    The story itself has some deep flaws, but they are overcome almost effortlessly. One of the big flaws here is that everything just tumbles into place for Haller. He was set up to hit a home run with the murder case he took on. No other option was in play. Connelly disguises this with quick taught writing and some back stage plot devices, but I would hope for something more.

    So great writing trumps a decent plot. 5 stars. Im a pretty stodgy reviewer. And I have a callous nature when authors take short cuts. But this time, I'm looking the other way and giving a master craftsman his due. Thanks Connelly for another great story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    RethaJ 08-09-15
    RethaJ 08-09-15 Member Since 2011

    Enjoying every listen.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    41
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Suspense"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gods of Guilt to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, so I can't compare the two. But the audio version is very good, listening to the Connelly series are entertaining. I enjoy the story line, twist & turns of the books. This one was good.


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

    Not on the edge of my seat, but I was eager to continue listening. It was a good book to listen to, I followed closely and will rewind if I loose my place. A few of the characters are a carry over from the last book in this series. For me, it made me want to continue listening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Michael Haller's dangerous scenes, seems like he always a bit a drama in each book. I enjoy this.


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

    Laugh yes, no cry....but a wow or shaking my head very now and then.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Francine Broomfield, COLORADO, United States 07-05-15
    Francine Broomfield, COLORADO, United States 07-05-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    144
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    158
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "story lagged a bit"

    I usually don't want the end to come but this book had too many things going on in it so I really just wanted it to be complete.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Andy Miller West Virginia 02-07-15
    Andy Miller West Virginia 02-07-15 Member Since 2012

    searle_98

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "As always riveting!"

    Michael Connelly never disappoints! He keeps the reader intrigued. I love Mickey Haller's series. Can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Equestrian Santa Fe,NM 02-03-15
    Equestrian Santa Fe,NM 02-03-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    60
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "a great murder mystery"

    excellent narrator
    the plot ' s twists and turns kept me guessing till the end
    love the Mickey Hollar series just as much as the Harry Bosch books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.