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The Late Show Audiobook

The Late Show

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From New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly, a new thriller introducing a driven young detective trying to prove herself in the LAPD.

Renée Ballard works the night shift in Hollywood, beginning many investigations but finishing none, as each morning she turns her cases over to day shift detectives. A once up-and-coming detective, she's been given this beat as punishment after filing a sexual harassment complaint against a supervisor.

But one night she catches two cases she doesn't want to part with: the brutal beating of a prostitute left for dead in a parking lot and the killing of a young woman in a nightclub shooting. Ballard is determined not to give up at dawn. Against orders and her own partner's wishes, she works both cases by day while maintaining her shift by night. As the cases entwine, they pull her closer to her own demons and the reason she won't give up her job, no matter what the department throws at her.

©2017 Michael Connelly (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    Mo in So Fl 07-30-17
    Mo in So Fl 07-30-17
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    "I hope The Late Show is the first in a series"

    If you like the Bosch books, chances are you'll like The Late Show!! The lead female character is flawed, like Bosch. The narrator was just ok! The story grabbed my attention right away. I would have given it 5 stars, but the ending was choppy and a little abrupt. I had to replay a section to "transition" to the end. Michael Connelly, if you're reading this please start writing Book 2!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Destry 07-20-17
    Destry 07-20-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Oh, the narration!"

    Katherine Moennig is a terrific actress. She does a great turn on Ray Donovan. Maybe my favorite character on that show. But this narration isn't good. It's disappointing. She just reads it and reads it fast. I wish she had listened to a few audiobooks ahead of time to see how its done. Such a good voice, such a good actress, this should be better.

    As far as the story goes, it's hard to tell. Couldn't get past the narration.

    165 of 177 people found this review helpful
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    Yong Choi 23464 07-18-17
    Yong Choi 23464 07-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "who is who??"

    The reading voice and the speed are the same to all the characters in the book.
    The same voice for male/female/old/young.
    One size does not fit at all. It is very confusing if you are not reading the book together.

    124 of 133 people found this review helpful
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    Spoons 07-18-17
    Spoons 07-18-17
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    "Uggg the narration"

    It's an audiobook so before the story, the narrator is the most important thing. Here we have been waiting for (1) a new book from my favorite author (2) a new series/character...why than oh why would it narrated soooo very flat!!!

    Disappointed.

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    kelliwithani 07-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Another Michael Connelly win!!"

    once again, Michael Connelly gives us another great story and character. It kept me listening for three days straight. if I had the book in print, I would have read it in one day. Unfortunately, the narrator was so doll that it was hard to listen to. At one point, there is a conversation between three of the characters. I couldn't tell which one was which. I listened and realest and four more times to try to figure out who was saying what. The narrator has a lower voice but did nothing to decipher whether it was a man, woman, or child talking.

    that's sad, the narration did not ruin the integrity of the book. there is a great twist in the book, which even added more thrilled to it. I will be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

    48 of 51 people found this review helpful
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    MickeyMarie Narnia 07-19-17
    MickeyMarie Narnia 07-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Audible and Amazon need to screen narrators better"

    I am a huge Michael Connelly fan and ordered this book pre order without knowing who the narrator would be. I won't ever make that mistake again. This woman is a horrid narrator and miss reads or miss pronounces so many words that it grates on the nerves. Two examples I can think of right off are video-ographer (that's how she pronounces it) and even worse tactile when trying to say tactical channel.
    It is a shame that these kind of poor narrators are ruining perfectly good novels and I am sure the writers are cringing when they hear these narrations.

    191 of 206 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 07-19-17
    Diane 07-19-17
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    "HAD TO RETURN"

    Tried to get through a few chapters but the flat, monotone narration became too cumbersome to follow the story. Look forward to finishing the book but will opt for a download to my reader.

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    H. Jamieson Los Angeles 08-12-17
    H. Jamieson Los Angeles 08-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Noooooooooooooooooo!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Connelly- read every last one of his books. So, imagine my excitement when there's a new series with a female protagonist...woot! Then i started to listen and now I have a rage headache. Who thought it was a good idea to cast Katherine M. as the narrator? WHO??? I want names. And why did no one apparently listen to her performance and edit it?? There are words that are mispronounced. Ugh. So angry. I can't tell if I liked the story or not because the character came across as insufferable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    I have no idea since I hated the narration so much...


    What didn’t you like about Katherine Moennig’s performance?

    Everything. She's a competent actress but she ruined this book. Wooden, one note, can't pronounce words the correct way...


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

    I'd listen to it again if they got a new narrator and production staff, that doesn't mess it up.


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    Linda 07-19-17
    Linda 07-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A Really Good One"

    No falling asleep on this book. Great story line. Would definitely recommend to any who enjoy crime solvers. A very slight problem with narrator not changing the male/female voice as well as some. But I am sold on the author, & look forward to others written by Connelly.

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    David 07-30-17
    David 07-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great stuff, great narrator…yeah, really!"
    Would you listen to The Late Show again? Why?

    Well, I hardly ever re-listen, but if I did, yes, definitely. It's one of my all-time favorites in this genre.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ballard, the hero. She's a splendid re-think of all I love about Bosch, from the other side of the gender mirror, fascinating and satisfying, another hot-head self-restrained—usually!—by a cool intelligence and driven by fierce ideals and deep memories. And still early in her career. May it be a LONG one.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Moennig’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Haven't heard her before, and I admit at first I was dismayed with the flat, report-like reading. But I've never read a Connelly dud, so still I persisted. Didn't take long for the dialog to increase, for which the delivery was better than fine. And of course, the story was good, excellently told, what else would I expect? Before I was a third of the way through and getting the sense of Ballard, I could see how much of that was brilliantly conveyed in the narration. Half-way in, I was enjoying the whole experience as much as anything ever, thanks equally to Connelly AND Moennig. React too quick on this one and you'll miss it.


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

    Many, scattered masterfully through-out.


    Any additional comments?

    MORE! I hope Connelly lets Harry have some occasional R&R at last and hooks us up again with Ballard/Moennig ASAP, right where he left us. Thank you, both!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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