The Dark Hours: A Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch Novel Audiobook, by Michael Connelly Play Audiobook Sample

The Dark Hours: A Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch Novel Audiobook

The Dark Hours: A Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch Novel Audiobook, by Michael Connelly Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Christine Lakin, Titus Welliver Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 7.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Series: The Renée Ballard Series Release Date: November 2021 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781549107634

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

49

Longest Chapter Length:

24:50 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

42 seconds

Average Chapter Length:

13:34 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

74

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Publisher Description

Wall Street Journal and South Florida Sun-Sentinel Best Book of the Year

“A masterpiece”—LAPD detective Renée Ballard must join forces with Harry Bosch to find justice in a city scarred by fear and social unrest after a methodical killer strikes on New Year’s Eve (Publishers Weekly).


There’s chaos in Hollywood at the end of the New Year’s Eve countdown. Working her graveyard shift, LAPD detective Renée Ballard waits out the traditional rain of lead as hundreds of revelers shoot their guns into the air. Only minutes after midnight, Ballard is called to a scene where a hardworking auto shop owner has been fatally hit by a bullet in the middle of a crowded street party.

 

Ballard quickly determines that the deadly bullet could not have fallen from the sky and that it is linked to another unsolved murder—a case at one time worked by Detective Harry Bosch. At the same time, Ballard hunts a fiendish pair of serial rapists, the Midnight Men, who have been terrorizing women and leaving no trace.

 

Determined to solve both cases, Ballard feels like she is constantly running uphill in a police department indelibly changed by the pandemic and recent social unrest. It is a department so hampered by inertia and low morale that Ballard must go outside to the one detective she can count on: Harry Bosch. But as the two inexorable detectives work together to find out where old and new cases intersect, they must constantly look over their shoulders. The brutal predators they are tracking are ready to kill to keep their secrets hidden.

 

Unfolding with unstoppable drive and nail-biting intrigue, The Dark Hours shows that “relentless on their own, Ballard’s and Bosch’s combined skills…could be combustible” (Los Angeles Times).

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"Michael Connelly could capitalize on the massively popular Amazon and Netflix TV series based on his books about detective Bosch and counsel Haller, but luckily for us he continues the Bosch storyline. In the last few chapters of this story, he also introduced here one of the most impressive and interesting figures of a female cop in the history of detective novels. The fact that the book is co-narrated by Titus Welliver, the embodiment of the ideally casting literary character is only one of the numerous advantages of this work. "

— Wojciech W. (5 out of 5 stars)

Quotes

  • “One of this month’s best thrillers.”

    — Washington Post
  • “Outstanding… Connelly is the most consistently superior living crime fiction author. The Dark Hours just reinforces that.”

    — South Florida Sun-Sentinel
  • “A masterpiece.”

    — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
  • “Listeners once again enjoy the talented partnership of author Michael Connelly and narrators Christine Lakin and Titus Welliver…This is a compelling listen with a gritty portrayal of the current social environment. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    — AudioFile
  • “The fourth Renée Ballard and Harry Bosch novel is the best yet…Ballard has evolved into one of crime fiction's richest, most complex characters.”

    — Booklist (starred review)
  • “As usual in this stellar series, the path to the last act is paved with false leads, interdepartmental squabbles, and personal betrayals.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

Awards

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A Barnes & Noble bestseller
  • A New York Times Bestseller in Audio
  • Finalist for the Barry Award for Best Mystery/Crime Novel
  • A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year
  • A South Florida Sun Sentinel Pick of Best of the Year
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month

The Dark Hours Listener Reviews

Overall Performance: 4.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 5 (4.33)
5 Stars: 6
4 Stars: 1
3 Stars: 1
2 Stars: 1
1 Stars: 0
Narration: 4.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 54.625 out of 5 (4.63)
5 Stars: 5
4 Stars: 3
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Story: 4.125 out of 54.125 out of 54.125 out of 54.125 out of 54.125 out of 5 (4.13)
5 Stars: 4
4 Stars: 3
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1 Stars: 1
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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I liked the reading of this book. I loved the main character, but thankfully Harry Bosch was there as well. It started to get a bit weak towards the end, and I guess I expected a stronger ending. All in all a good yarn "

    — Kate Dayman, 5/25/2023
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Kenneth Lowery, 2/20/2023
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    — Commuter, 11/6/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Great hearing Titus voice as Bosch. Puts a face to the character. Good listen 🎧 👍 "

    — JC, 6/14/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Skyler, 5/22/2022
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — Winfried Hartmann, 4/12/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " The background story for the association between Harry Bosch and Renee Ballard is terrific, logical and a slam dunk. Can't wait to listen to more of these stories. "

    — Bob C, 2/9/2022
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Narration Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Story Rating: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    — 2/4/2022
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    — Bradford McKirryher, 12/22/2021

About Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly, author of suspense thriller and detective mysteries, was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America in 2023. He has written several #1 New York Times bestsellers and numerous titles that made the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He has won most every award given in the mystery and thriller genres, including the Anthony Award for Best Novel and the Barry Award for Best Novel. He is a former newspaper reporter who also won numerous awards for his journalism.

About the Narrators

Christine Lakin is an Earphones Award–winning narrator and acclaimed television actress, best known for her roles as Alicia “Al” Lambert on the hit family comedy Step by Step and as Joan of Arc on Showtime’s Reefer Madness.

Titus Welliver, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an actor best known for his starring role as Harry Bosch on the Bosch television series, as well as roles in the television’s Deadwood, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, and The Good Wife. He has also starred in numerous movies, including Argo, Man on a Ledge, Gone Baby Gone, and The Town.