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Publisher's Summary

When the bones of a boy are found scattered in the Hollywood Hills, Harry Bosch is drawn into a case that brings up dark memories from his past. Unearthing hidden stories, he finds the child's identity and reconstructs his fractured life, determined that he won't be forgotten.

At the same time, a new love affair with a female cop begins to blossom - until a stunningly blown mission leaves him in more trouble than ever before. The investigation races to a shocking conclusion and leaves Bosch on the brink of an unimaginable decision...

©2002 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2002 Time Warner AudioBooks, a Division of the AOL Time Warner Book Group

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Pretty weak

A rather weak story line, attempted to be bolstered by a lame and unnecessary love interest (more so than previous books. Why do these types of stories feel compelled to always chuck in a lame love/romance/sex story; they’d be better served without it). Narration makes Bosch and his partner sound like little boys rather than hard boiled detectives. Then again, after Dick Hill, no narrator could ever live up to his greatness. I still hold hope for the rest of the series so will crack on and assume this was just an anomaly in an otherwise great series.

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Worst narrator I’ve ever heard on audible

This guy was so bad that I found myself grinding my teeth while I listened. His voice is wrong, his inflection is wrong, his pronunciation is too perfect. He gave Bosch an air of joviality in most situations. I couldn’t stand it. I decided to skip this book in the series, so I returned it and found that there was another recording. So I downloaded it and found to my chagrin that it was the same narrator. At least this edition didn’t have (as much) sound effects and music, it made tolerable but honestly, I still couldn’t wait for it to end so I could never listen to Peter J Fernandez again. I even looked him up to see what people thought other than me, and was dismayed to see he received accolades for narrating the Alex Cross books. I struggle to imagine his upbeat, overly articulate style becoming Alex Cross. But what am I saying, if your style is to read all voices as your own voice, you can narrate anything. Otherwise the book was ok. Bosch isn’t Spenser or Marlow, and this wasn’t his best showing; but I it was ok.

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Wrong Narrator

Once again the narrator doesn't sound like Bosch or Edgar...so disappointing. Please bring back Dick Hill!!!

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Another good Bosch story with a twist at the end

Would you listen to City of Bones again? Why?

No. I now know who dun it.

What did you like best about this story?

Further developed the character of Harry Bosch. Michael Connelly likes to add the twist at the end to stop you guessing who the murderer is.

What does Peter Jay Fernandez bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I liked that Peter Jay Fernandez gave Harry Bosch a regular voice after the prior few books in the series portrayed Harry with a really annoying gravelly voice.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but its too long to actually listen to in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Random bursts of overly dramatic music seem to appear from nowhere every now and then, when there is not regular music in the recording. This is very annoying!

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Good story

narrator did not really fit the Harry Bosch style. Although I liked the story, a different narrator would have given it more punch.

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  • Jamie
  • 15-08-2020

Bring back Dick Hill!

Another great Bosch story, forgettable reading with bizarre dramatic music bursting in every now and then.

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  • Sarah Bullen
  • 01-11-2020

Can’t go wrong with Bosch

This is an unusually dark Bosch novel - full of well crafted characters that have deeper and darker pasts. The plotting was so tight and cleverly done that I was totally immersed to the very last word.
A Bosch classic
And yes - lose the music Orion!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-07-2020

The random music

A great Bosch, and the reader was amazing as usual. The random music though is masterpiece. If you have a good sense of humor, you'll appreciate it too. 🤣

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  • Kelly Letcher
  • 30-12-2018

Hooked

I love how each Bosch book is linked - you get know a little more of his character with each new case but the story is fresh and new, completely different from any other but just as gripping. Could not stop reading. Needed to know what each new twist revealed. Needed to know more about Bosch and why he is the way he is. It was captivating. Highly recommend this book and the whole series!

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  • AReader
  • 20-11-2015

I'm getting a bit impatient.....

with Harry Bosch. This book is no less good than the others, very listenable. Good story, good reading, and one is sure the details are credible.

But I'm starting to find Bosch slightly annoying. All right, he's a man with a mission. But honestly, would he perform his mission any less effectively if he were a little less inconsiderate to his love interest and rude to his colleagues? Could he sometimes not consider the possibility that he might be mistaken? Might he not get better results if he got a bit of a life?

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  • An old 14 Crew
  • 14-01-2015

IThank you for introducing me ro Art Pepper!

Where does City of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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What other book might you compare City of Bones to, and why?

Not the best Harry Bosch, mainly due to naration.

Have you listened to any of Peter Jay Fernandez’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No

Any additional comments?

Art Pepper was a saxophonist who had passed me by. My thanks.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-2018

Ruined by the music

Unnecessary dramatic music at the end of random chapters ruined the flow of the storytelling.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-02-2021

Great book

+Great Book. - Not as suspenseful at the end. Some unnecessary sound effects throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-11-2020

Good story with random sound effects

Another really enjoyable Bosch case despite the very random placement of Law and Order style "Dun Dun" sound effects and music.

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  • DAVE
  • 10-02-2020

fantastic

fantastic love the harry bosch series and i would say this is my favourite so far

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  • MD
  • 08-08-2019

Bosch is always good; this isn’t his peak

More thoughtful, repeated metaphors growing in depth; but the plot is less gripping than some, with too many false summits along the way that don’t actually drive the plot, with an anti-climactic ending.

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  • Jeremy Nicholson
  • 23-02-2019

Compelling and engaging

This is another Bosch story which keeps the reader engaged and intrigued. The modern LA noir genre is downbeat, procedural and offers only shades of grey, yet this is not a depressing read. It takes you on a journey of dogged, single minded detection which brings you to a just conclusion.

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  • S. Dexter
  • 16-06-2018

stop the music

I hate how the producers have ruined the end of many chapters by sticking music over the readers voice. let me listen to the great story and naration and stop spoling it with music I don't want to hear!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-10-2021

New narrator did a great job.

The previous book was telling the story from a different character’s viewpoint, so we are back to Bosch. The story is not straightforward and twists and turns until the final chapter.
I love how the story unfolds and new characters are introduced.
If you love the Bosch aeries this one will not disappoint.

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