OK ... I'll admit it right at the outset .... I'm much more of a Harry Bosch fan than a Mickey Haller fan ... Harry is a much more complicated individual and Haller can often come across as not the most pleasant man ever written about.
But Michael Connelly is one of my favourite all-time authors and definitely the master of the procedural crime novel. This, as always, is excellently written but the story is just a little ... strained. the problem starts right at the outset, because I do not believe that, even in America, there was enough evidence for the police to charge Haller's client with the murder at the centre of the book. A real lawyer would have made a motion to dismiss (and almost certainly had it granted) right at the outset. However, without the charge, there is no novel.
Having said that, I do like the way the novel expands on and promises more of the Haller story.
Not his best, then, but even a below-par Connelly is a better bet than the vast majority of crime authors
Definitely Suggs's narration. Took a while to get used to it, because he reads his book at a cracking pace, but after a while you get drawn into the narrative style and it gives a rhythm to the whole book. He also adds in a couple of asides that relate directly to his narration (for example, his attempt at a French accent) that had me laughing out loud
Perhaps I should admit to a certain bias ... Madness are one of my favourite bands, the original Two-Tone tour was one of the best gigs I've ever been to, and I've spent the last 30 years having people come up to me and saying "Here, as anyone ever told you you look like Suggs?" We are of a similar age, and grew up in the same decades. However, the best bit was the spirit of joie de vivre that permeates the whole book. And I love a book that makes me laugh out loud
The Liverpool-Chelsea debacle and the chapter about festivals
Oh ... it made me laugh out loud and, when I wasn't laughing, it kept a smile on my face. Suggs comes across, both in the story and the narration, as a genuinely down-to-earth guy who simply cannot believe his luck
I would recommend this to any fan of Madness and any fan of feel-good autobiographies. Definitely one of the best purchases I've made from Audible
No, but only because I never listen to an audiobook twice, nor read a book twice. I have a rubbish memory for films and TV but remember books far too well to revisit them
Any football autobiography, really
He sounds like Harry Redknapp so much that you forget Harry isn't reading it very soon into the book
Would listen to every audiobook in one sitting, but never have the time
A tremendous overview of the last 50 years in English football, peppered with anecdotes. Harry has seen it all, been there, and reports it
Having both a male and female narrator really brought the story alive, and took you into the heart of the action
Both leading protagonists are equally excellently drawn
If I told you this, I'd spoil the book for future listeners :-)
Definitely, but breaking it into parts did the book no harm
Now looking forward to seeing the film
Definitely, because it is read by the author and Danny is a consummate broadcaster
The very first paragraph .... had me laughing out loud and knew this was going to be a great book
Local Boy Makes God
Would recommend this to anyone, especially Brits in the late 40s to early 60s
Cannot really answer this. I am a huge Pelecanos fan, but this seemed like a short story padded out into a rather weak novel
Going to give fiction a miss for the time being .... now into sports books
Probably .... wasn't the best, but by no means the worst narrator
About 50-60% of the book was superfluous to the story
The first Michael Connelly book that I've stopped listening to before the end. The story was dull, the writing uninspired, and it seemed as if the author was merely going through the motions .... almost a "contractual obligation" of a book
I am used to his books starting slowly but this seemed as if he had two ideas for a book, couldn't pad them out to make a full novel, so put them together in a most unrealistic fashion
Someone who could put some enthusiasm into a rather boring story
No ... it was dull
This may be the last Connelly book I listen to ... just the lastest in a series of disappointing novels
Enigmatic, Brilliant, Sad
Obviously, captaining the England football team in 1966 and lifting the World Cup .... the only English footballer ever to do so. Turned him into a national hero
Sensitively read, and with real emotion. Had a tear in my eye at the end of the book
His final battle with cancer
This is easily the best sports book of any genre that I've listened to for many a year. Gives you a real flavour of the man that even his best friends said was a mystery to them
Perhaps a little deeper analysis of the motivation of the villiain
Have done so already. Has the makings of a good series
Yes ... it was easy to follow the story during the dialogues and none of his voices were clichéd
No .... I fall asleep during every film I watch!
Definitely not .... preposterous story, clichéd character
I wanted to be scared. I ended up laughing at the paucity of talent on display
Shouldn't really blame the narrator ... I expect he struggled to keep a straight face whilst reading the story
Pretty much all of it
The American Civil War is one of my favourite chapters in world history. I devour books, documentaries and films on the subject. Accordingly, was really excited when I saw this series was available to download.
Unfortunately, totally let down by the narrator who reads the book so flatly that he makes the whole thing sound very boring indeed. It's even worse during the battle scenes .... the book sets the scene by explaining the terrain and the positioning of the rival forces. However, the way the narrator reads it, you really have no idea who is where, or why?
A book for reading, not listening to
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