I actually liked this (what little I listened to) but the non-stop foul language from both MCs just got too annoying. May be1 star is for aborting it.
I actually liked this (what little I listened to) but the non-stop foul language from both MCs just got too annoying. May be okay in print but there's no escaping it in audio; not when almost every other sentence (by the girl and the guy) is replete with 'fuck' and other cuss words. It's in keeping with their characters, though, so if you don't mind foul language, I could recommend this Motorcycle Club romance.
I think this is also what they call New Adult - 1st Person POV, in this case, alternating between King and Doe. I actually love Alternate 1st Person but the dual narrators here is wasted. The narration is divided up by chapters and the chapters are divided up by POV. Molly Glenmore narrates Doe's POV and all the dialogue in that chapter while Rob Shapiro does the same for King. Now, I adore Shapiro's narration - he's my current #1. Unfortunately, after paying for 2 narrators, the producers didn't go a little further and have them speak the appropriate character's voice. So Rob narrated his chapter and did his 1st Person PoV for King, but he also narrates Doe's voice. Men do women's voices much better than women trying to sound like men so Molly Glenmore's part was not at all satisfactory. All her characters sounded the same and sometimes I didn't know whether it was King or Doe, or someone else speaking.
I also think this a New Adult romance because of the 1st Person POV and because there's so much introspection and Doe is so self-absorbed I felt as I was her psychoanalyst listening to her interminable monologue about herself.
I'm assuming the romance - when it gets going - will be sensual and I did enjoy the parts where Doe was regurgitating her life events. I can see how there are fans of erotic romances like this and I would still like to try another - but not 1st Person, please, and less F-bombs peppering every sentence....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 29, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
Not enough focus on the main plot, or murder investigation to keep my interest and it was frustratREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 29, 2015 Narrator: Dick Hill
Not enough focus on the main plot, or murder investigation to keep my interest and it was frustrating because I was interested in Harry, the characters, and the murder mystery. There was too much writing. Too many words and time given to telling me things that weren't pertinent. The book would have been a 5-star one for me if the 112,000 words had been cut down to 95-100k.
However, I did like getting to know Harry's background (I did not finish Book 1) and the border towns of Mexico. I don't know if Harry had a lovesex interest in Book 1, but I didn't like his interest in Moore's widow and was glad when Teresa, the ME, and Harry's on-off fuck buddy, ended their on-off relationship. Since Sylvia, the vic's widow, pops up again in Book 3, The Concrete Blonde, I hope I take to her.
This was just an average listen for me because there was too much of Harry chasing down everything everywhere for me to follow. However, much of that could be my fault, rather than the author's because there was more external distractions going on around me than usual. I still like Harry's character though not as much as Siger's Greek detective, Andreas Kaldis and plan to continue with the series, as much as I can.
I do not care for Dick Hill, generally, but found I didn't mind him here. He doesn't sound like an old geezer the way I find he does when narrating romances. However, I'm perplexed as to why he gave Pounds, the bureau commander, a woman's voice. It threw me off as I, naturally, thought it was a female character being introduced, until I heard the 'he' pronoun for Pound. It was annoying as it pulled me from the story - I ended up listening for confirmation that Pound was not a woman and was just Hill's odd choice of character voice.
The story (action, mystery, suspense) sagged a lot until the last few chapters when things started to get truly riveting. I'm curious to know if there are better books after this and hope so because while I love the thought of following a male-oriented series (means I get a male narrator and no whiny, nasal-voiced females), this installment of the Harry Bosch series could easily have better with a bit of editing for length.
PS: it's made me want to find a male detective series written by a female (but not Agatha Christie's Poroit) and I don't think there are any.