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The Drop

A Harry Bosch Novel
Narrated by: Len Cariou
Series: Harry Bosch, Book 15
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (634 ratings)

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Summary

Harry Bosch is facing the end of the line. He's been put on the DROP - Deferred Retirement Option Plan - and given three years before his retirement is enforced. Seeing the end of the mission coming, he's anxious for cases. He doesn't have to wait long.

First a cold case gets a DNA hit for a rape and murder which points the finger at a 29-year-old convicted rapist who was only eight at the time of the murder. Then a city councilman's son is found dead - fallen or pushed from a hotel window - and he insists on Bosch taking the case despite the two men's history of enmity. The cases are unrelated, but they twist around each other like the double helix of a DNA strand. One leads to the discovery of a killer operating in the city for as many as three decades; the other to a deep political conspiracy that reached back into the dark history of the police department.

©2011 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2011 Hachette Audio Inc

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Up to the usual standard

It's extraordinary how Michael Connelly keeps up such a high standard. This Harry Bosch story is just as good as the others, with the usual twists and turns. The ending is rather downbeat - but this is a small complaint, set against the tight plotting and gritty realism of the rest of the book. Is Harry approaching the end of his career? Let's hope not.

It is well read - although there are a number of short and entirely superfluous musical interludes which do nothing of any value.

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Best Yet

I've got to confess to being a Michael Connelly fan, but this is the best yet, unputdownable!

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Terrible terrible narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not? I haven't finished this book and it is only the fast-paced story that has kept my interest. the narrations is quite simply the worst I have ever heard. He sounds like he is reading it for the first time verrrry verrry slowly! I bought the book because I like Michael Connolly's books and harry Bosch, but I will check carefully for this narrator in the future as i would rather watch paint dry than listen to his painful renderings! If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare? Story much the same. Narration worse How could the performance have been better? Where do I start????? Faster, snappier, better pronunciation, sounding interested Was The Drop worth the listening time? I am listening in the car so not actually wasting my time although I undoubtably have better narrated books to listen to Any additional comments? Someone should let Michael Connolly know how awful this narrator is!!

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Harry Bosch - Love him, BUT!

I have listened to almost every Michael Connelly novel and really enjoy the Harry Bosch character.
But, I find the latest narrator, Len Cariou, has a voice which lacks subtlety and is way too gruff, especially when narrating female voices. No doubt the thinking of the commisioning company was that gruff is macho - it isn't necessarily! Fantastic writing, as usual, but the enjoyment of this book was spoilt for me. Dick Hill was a far better narrator for this series of books.

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Possibly the best detective series I've ever read/heard

If you're new to Harry Bosch my advice would be, don't start here! I think the first book was The Black Echo (might be wrong) and whilst you could easily listen to The Drop without the full character history you'd be missing the icing from the cake.

Bosch is just about as realistic as it's possible to be regarding his hot headed and impulsive moments and his drive to get his work done. But the author manages to maintain an air of magic in all the authenticity and procedure.

The performance and post production is an absolute leap forward in audio books and whilst I don't really get jazz music the way Bosch connects to his music and the brief but effective musical interludes really help to highlight the drama in the books.

5 stars all round.

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great book narrator not so much

great story couldn't turn it off
only down side that the narrator was a wee bit too gruff and inflexible in the voice side of things but I would recommend this book

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Brilliant book as always

Can't understand the put downs of previous reviews. I have listened to all the Harry Bosch titles and most of them narrated by Len Cariou and have found them to be expertly read with great skill. The difference he puts into the character's voices makes the listen easy to follow. He is the best narrator of them all and I will miss him as this seems to be the last one by him. I also do not mind the musical interludes and think it adds to the experience. The book itself is again expertly written and I thank Michael Connelly for the real pleasure he has given me in listening to this series. It's a series not to be missed and I will be lost when I have finished them all.

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Terrible Narrator

I barely managed to finish this book. Normally I really enjoy Connelly but this narrator was truly terrible. At times I was wondering if he could actually read. The entire story was difficult to follow due to the intonations being totally in the wrong places. I will not buy another one of these with this narrator.

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Bosch at his best

Michael Connelly continues to excel with his Harry Bosch stories, this one some added political intrigue as he copes with two cases one old and one new. Len Cariou's performance brings the story to life .

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Bish bash Bosche

Fantastic stories with a Top Cop I am keeping all the audiobooks of Harry so I can listen to them over and over again

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  • Lia
  • 15-11-11

Classic Harry Bosch

Another great Michael Connelly Book with lots of twists and turn that keep the listener interested. Don't miss it.

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  • steve
  • 23-11-11

Another Great Listen

Connelly you can't go wrong!
I find myself pulling over to the side of the road just to hear a bit more.
The mix of Police proceedure, Bosch's personal life wrapped up in a mystery thriller is all you could want.

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  • Ray
  • 25-02-12

The Narrator spoiled it for me!

I have read most, if not all, of Michael Connelly's Books & I was quite interested to try one as an Audiobook. Unfortunately my excitement was instantly tempered when the Narrator started!
I found Len Cariou's gravelly voice difficult to get past. His speech was at times, quite slow and reminded me of a heavy smoker! His "breathy" style was not to my liking and although the story was interesting, I did not get the best out of it.
I most certainly would not recommend this Narrator and I will stay away from any other Titles where he is involved.

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  • Marion
  • 13-12-11

Another gripping Harry Bosch saga

My addiction to Michael Connelly's books has again been satiated. Mr Cariou's raspy narration at first irritated me but within a few chapters realised that he added to my enjoyment - a great combination.

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  • Dr. Graham C. Mair
  • 11-12-19

Another good tale from Connelly

Perhaps not his best story but on a par with many of his good novels of the genre

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-07-18

Narration

This book was totally spoiled by the narration. I will not listen to anything narrated by Len Cariou

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  • Duncan
  • 14-12-12

Another Harry Bosch adventure

If you could sum up The Drop in three words, what would they be?

A great tale

What did you like best about this story?

Harry Bosch's personal challenges in remaining true to his values

What does Len Cariou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He manages to encapsulate and project the character of Harry Bosch which makes the whole "book" experience very entertaining

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

No

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  • Michael
  • 03-09-12

very compelling in a Harry Bosch way!

What did you love best about The Drop?

great story line

What did you like best about this story?

well written and thought out - true to form

Which character – as performed by Len Cariou – was your favorite?

Harry

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

when Harry tracked the real killer at his home

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  • W.
  • 08-06-12

Masterful Rankin

Would you consider the audio edition of The Drop to be better than the print version?

Not necessarily. Rankin's books tend to be complicated and sometimes referring back helps.

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

He does an excellent Rebus

Any additional comments?

Rankin writes books that feel real. In this one I really felt authenticity of the small towns around Edinburgh.

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  • Vira
  • 13-03-12

Brilliant narration!

Would you listen to The Drop again? Why?

This is my first read from Audible, and i'm loving it! I'm hooked. Ive just checked other reads by this narrator, Len Cariou, as i love listening to him. He has the perfect pace, inflection, characterisation, and does an absolutely wonderful job. Thank you, Len.

What does Len Cariou bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He adds