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The Michael Connelly books have always been "go to" books for repeat listening, and frankly, we think of Harry Bosch as family. We've even become fond of Mickey Haller.
The newest book doesn't do it for us. The reader was adequate - barely - why? Because he sounded like the reincarnation of "Joe Friday" of "Dragnet." Flat intonations, little variation and emotion, and can't do very many voices. Len Cariou was the best Harry, and when I think of Harry, that's the voice he has.
The story itself was not interesting, and it telegraphed its destination very early. Harry wants to retire in a year and take his retirement in a lump sum. Ding Ding Ding! We know Harry will have problems staying employed for the next year, and the cliff-hanger ending is just a predictable pitfall to put Harry in peril.
Of Connelly's many books, only two of them have been duds. Now there are three.
It's possible that when the remaining books in the Harry series are out, that they'll all come together and form a more likeable book when listened to in sequence. At this point I'd be tempted to wait until the Harry series is completed, then get the books...maybe.
Harry Bosch has always been one of the most interesting and complex characters. I'd invite him to Thanksgiving dinner if I could.
This new detective Lucy doesn't do it for us. I don't care if she walks off a cliff or takes up driving a taxi. She's just a chair warmer, and if she becomes the heir apparent of the series, I will be very disappointed. It looks like that's the plan. Now would be a good time for the partner-destroying tradition to revive.
This isn't a good audio book. Read it in print so you can bring it to life yourself. Borrowed from the library, of course.
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It was easy to see this coming. Amazon's new "Bosch" series-starring Titus Welliver- is airing in early 2015 on Amazon Prime. So what better tie in than to have TW narrate the next Harry Bosch novel? There's only one problem; as good an actor as TW is, he's a horrible narrator. There's little inflection or emotion in the reading and it frankly puts you to sleep and makes you lose track of the story.
The Marketing Dept's at Amazon, Audible and Hachette Audio really made a mess of this book. Let the creative people make casting and presentation decisions. The marketing people should stick to flogging the product.
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