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The Late Show Audiobook

The Late Show

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Publisher's Summary

A compelling 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 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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    Carol White 20/07/2017
    Carol White 20/07/2017 Member Since 2011
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    "No messing with this badass heroine."

    The only thing I question is the narrator. She was obviously trying to channel the book's 'cool as' heroine but I found her delivery a tad too monotonous. Still really enjoyed Connelly's modern (on all levels) cop.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kehinde Popoola Planet Earth 18/07/2017
    Kehinde Popoola Planet Earth 18/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Looking forward to more"

    Well written as usual by Michael connelly. Hope the wait for the next installment is not too long

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 18/07/2017
    Sarah 18/07/2017
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    "the usual Connelly brilliance."

    Fear not Connelly fans, Michael has rebooted his detective trope with a new hero. IMHO!! He's always written women well in his books, and this is no different, with a believable, sympathetic, flawed character, sharing with all his hero's a determination to work for justice above all else.
    Trust Connelly to write a female cop better than most female writers.... she seems to have a complex past, which we'll hopefully get to learn more about.
    I've no idea if this is the start of a series, but I certainly hope so.... :)
    Also, a big thumbs up for the subtle handling of a transgender character, how Ballard doggedly refers to the character as 'she', (the transgender character's choice of pronoun) whilst an uncaring system persists with 'he', despite years of gender realignment surgery. It's not made a big thing of, but kudos to Mr Connelly for getting this right!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 17/08/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "Dreadful narrator"

    I imagine the story will be good but am only at chapter 14 so far as...
    Struggling to cope with terrible narrator, who's breathless and dull voice is really so annoying. I'll have to finish book cos it's a Michael Connelly but won't listen again if same reader, ruining flow of story and my ability to concentrate.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sören dublin, Ireland 15/07/2017
    Sören dublin, Ireland 15/07/2017 Member Since 2010
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    "So Bosch's replacement is sorted. "

    Loved this new Michael Connelly book, this can be the start of a great new series.

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    Gary Collins 18/08/2017
    Gary Collins 18/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Usual quality from Michael Connolly but terrible narration...."

    I'm a huge fan of Michael Connolly and I have read every novel he has written. This is my first audible version of his work and it was absolutely terrible! The narrator was awful and it just didn't work. She had no "connection" and I struggled to get to the end.
    Still love MC but in future I'll stick to reading...

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    T Dinn 16/08/2017
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    "Promising story line - irritating narrator"
    What would have made The Late Show better?

    I had to give up on this book after 2 chapters. I could not bear the narrator's monotonous delivery- completely devoid of expression or attempt at character. Such a shame as I love Michael Connelly. I'll have to read the book instead.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Katherine Moennig’s performances?

    Absolutely not!


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    Lorel3G Fareham, United Kingdom 11/08/2017
    Lorel3G Fareham, United Kingdom 11/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story"

    Another good story introducing The new detective. However the story was spoiled by the very poor narration. It was very monotone and dull. I wouldn't listen to another book narrated by the same lady.

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    Mrs Michelle 21/07/2017
    Mrs Michelle 21/07/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "I liked!"

    Not read/heard this author before. So a new one for me. However it got me gripped. Better still one you couldn't second guess as to which way it was going. Almost felt pity for the main character with a sadness too.
    Would be interested to see more with this character

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    Fiona Hayward Bujard 18/07/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "So good"

    This is the best book that I have purchased . The reading is smooth the story gripping. I'm really impressed.

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  • Rajesh
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    19/08/17
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    "Wonderful "

    For Micheal Connelly fans this is a no- brainer. Just use your credit for it. This book is as good as any in the Harry Bouch series.

    This is gripping thriller though it can get classified as a police procedural. It has all the twist and turns which keep surprising you. The sub plots ensure that there is not one single minute when you are not gripped by the narrative. Wow. it was an awesome ride!

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  • Thonia
    12/08/17
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    "A very warm welcome to Renee Ballard!"

    A great read that matches any Erika Foster line by line. I miss Harry Bosch and just can't say goodbye, but knowing Renee Ballard is there proudly holding the badge for the same determined, incisive but oblique talent as the retired detective, gives me great joy. Knowing she is going to be around for many good reads, with the familiar names and histories putting readers front and centre of the best of the Connelly milieu, is encouraging. Bring on the next Renee Ballard soon , please Mr Connelly. I'm already addicted- again!

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  • SUNEET
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    "A nice Connelly"

    The pace of this novel is clearly gentler than the average Connelly, but it's quite nice nevertheless. Connelly as always develops his characters well and ensures that the plot is easy to understand. Harry Bosch readers should enjoy this book, and I personally will look forward to the next Ballard book. (I'll wait even more eagerly for the next Bosch.)
    The reader is clear and easy to follow. She seems to be a little new at the game: the text following a conversation takes on the emotion of the conversation itself. For example, if Connelly writes: "Do you really want to do this?" she said, Moennig will read the last two words as part of the question itself. Not that it distracts from the performance.

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  • Paul
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    "The narrator murdered this audio version"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Katherine Moennig?

    Let me say I LOVE Michael Connelly and I am a real Harry Bosch fan, but I could not
    get in to the book at all due to the terrible vocal performance and the fast pace at which she spoke. I honestly felt giddy and sick trying to pay attention and concentrate.

    I would ask the producers to take a look at the production, as it's possible the voice has been sped up or not "produced well" in the studio.

    I am going to try the paper version, but would recommend you stay away from the audio version... or try a sample first.


    Has The Late Show turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Boring, monotone voice, one of the worst vocal performances I've ever heard. Spoke way too quickly and had POOR enunciation.


    Was The Late Show worth the listening time?

    NO way. A complete waste.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio talent does not give justice to the magnificent Michael Connelly!

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    25/07/17
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    "Ok book with good story and terrible performance."

    Love Michael Connely books but the performance of this book is so bad couldn't finish.

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