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Publisher's Summary

Booktrack editions are essentially a new genre of digital storytelling entertainment.  Music and ambient audio are added to complement and enhance the audiobook experience. It is a synchronized movie-style soundtrack that complements the narration of existing audiobooks; the tempo and rhythm of the score harmonize with action, dialogue and the characters' emotional arcs. 

FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has surfaced. She has never forgotten the serial killer who wove lines of poetry in his hideous crimes - and apparently he has not forgotten her. 

Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too - from the widow of an old friend. Her husband's death seems natural, but his ties to the hunt for the Poet make Bosch dig deep. Arriving at a derelict spot in the California desert where the feds are unearthing bodies, Bosch joins forces with Rachel. Now the two are at odds with the FBI...and squarely in the path of the Poet, who will lead them on a wicked ride out of the heat, through the narrows of evil, and into a darkness all his own... 

©2017 Michael Connelly (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Too much noise

There was way too much noise/sound effects/music in the background. It was very distracting.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Remake with Distracting background noise

This is Book 10. It is a re-release. The audio background music and noise is to loud. At times very annoying. I don’t mind some sound effects. But this is the whole book. It’s distracting from the story. Thank goodness with Audible I can return.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • AL
  • 03-13-18

KILL THE SOUND EFFECTS!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Nobody

What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Take out the sound effects

How could the performance have been better?

Take out the sound effects

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Narrows?

Take out the sound effects

Any additional comments?

I had to stop listening to this book. This is the first time this has happened in all the books I have listened to.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Don
  • Longwood, FL.
  • 02-05-18

Awful background noises

Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Len Cariou?

The book would have been much better without all the background noise which made it difficult to listen to. Get rid of the music and noise and it would be a much better book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Conflicted on Review

I am honestly very conflicted about how many stars to give this book. The performance by Len Cariou was enjoyable and the storyline was tight with the depth of character analysis I've come to expect from Connelly. Unfortunately, the review process does not allow for a rating of the producer. I am not sure if this was Linda Ross's first job as a producer of an audible book or if she was bored with her job and decided to take artistic liberties. In either case, Maya Thomas, as the executive producer should have stopped the ridiculous sound effects and over done dramatic music. I am listening to an an audio book, not a play on the radio, i.e The Shadow from the 1930's, because that is what this audio book sounded like. It features ringing phones, knocks on doors, rain and wind sounds (yes, really), and over the top suspense music. I found these sounds effects so annoying I almost returned the book. The producers did Mr. Connelly's work a great disservice and they owe him and his audience an apology.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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The background music made it impossible to enjoy the story

I could not concentrate on the story because the background music was too distracting. I gave up after 5 chapters and returned the book for a refund. One of the pleasures of reading, or, in this case, listening to a book is to mentally picturing the setting and interaction between chapters. The background music and sound effects diminished rather than enhanced this experience. I could not rate the story higher because I was not able get very far into the story.

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  • cristina
  • Somerville, MA, United States
  • 12-28-17

Took a star off for the production

WHY would you add sound effects (running water, a door opening) and music to an audiobook!!!!!!! It was very annoying. That said, the story is still pure Connelly and I enjoyed it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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excellent book!!!!

Connelly does it again & again. i was fascinated & entertained 100% with this new book & my concern is i am running out of his books to read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Always attention grabbing

I would have enjoyed this book so much more without the background music. I found the music very distracting. Michael Connelly NEVER disappoints.

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  • SF
  • 05-28-18

Sound effects

Why do you have to use cheap sound effects do you know how sorry that sounds on my iPhone can’t buy your stuff no more