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The Late Show

Written by: Michael Connelly
Narrated by: Katherine Moennig
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (70 ratings)

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Editors Select, July 2017

A new series from Michael Connelly? Sign me up! Renee Ballard works "The Late Show" (i.e., the night shift) and finds it hard to give up "vampire cases" (the ones that need to be worked at night); she knows the investigations will languish for lack of care from the daytime detectives. Connelly fans will delight in the familiar pleasures of his Ballard’s beat: authentic police procedural detail, "ripped from the headlines" intertwined plot lines, and a detective driven as much by personal demons as a hunger for justice. What’s new is a female protagonist, voiced by TV actress Katherine Moennig (pronounced "Mennig" - you may remember her as Jake from The Young Americans.) Fittingly, The Late Show is Moennig’s audiobook debut - listeners are at the start of a series that promises to satisfy for years to come. —Christina, Audible Editor

Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author Michael Connelly, a new 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 Michael Connelly (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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not one of my favorites

found it difficult to connect with the story. not sure if it was the narrator or the main character. i'm a big Connelly fan but his one was a bit difficult for me to follow.

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good book.

Liked the book a lot. Narrator was a little flat. Story was interesting and kept me entertained.

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Great New Character

Love the new character and voice.. really feels like I'm hearing Renee Ballard. Too bad not same voice in second Ballard novel.

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Good story but absolutely the worst narrator ever

Good Michael Connelly story. I like Renee Ballard’s character, she’s pretty complex and I look forward to seeing how he develops her. Nice plot twist at the end.
But the narrator was terrible. It was a very flat delivery, which completely robbed the story of any excitement or emotion. Further, her enunciation and pronunciation were awful. You’d think an audiobook reader would be chosen based on their ability to read clearly and actually pronounce words correctly... but in this case you’d be wrong.
I’d recommend buying the book instead svdcreadjng it yourself, and choosing a different audiobook.

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  • TT
  • 2018-12-07

Great story.

I loved it. It was a riveting story. I hated for it to end. Recommend.

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  • Jan
  • 2018-11-23

Boring Narrator

This was disappointingly cookie cutter book with a narrator who sounded like she was reading a shopping list. It was really hard for me to get to the end of this book but I made it. Just a sigh that it was over.

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Worth the Time and Money

#Audible1 After reading a dull, obviously hastily written, Harry Bosch novel a few years back, I stopped buying Connelly's books. Recently, I decided he had been punished enough and gave him another try with this audiobook. So glad I did! The Late Show was a gripping police procedural with well-defined characters. Sadly, the performance was just okay. I get that the reader kept to a "just the facts" dispassionate style of narration that a homicide detective might use but, ultimately, it became monotonous. Overall, definitely worth the money.

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Love Michael Connelly and now Renee Ballard!!

I’m a longtime fan of Michael Connelly and all his characters: Bosch, Haller, and now Ballard!! I have read and re-read all of them. Can’t begin to pick favourites - that’s like choosing a fave child. Each one is so well developed and different, yet all still carry the same “Connelly traits” that make them so enjoyable, never predictable.

The Late Show is the character Renee Ballard’s debut, and it doesn’t disappoint. Ballard is tough, smart, fiercely loyal to her beliefs and her family. She’s dogged, independent, and still knows when to play by the rules in order to get the job done.

I CAN NOT WAIT!!!! For Connelly’s next instalment, when Ballard and Bosch team up. Knowing these two characters as I do, I know it will be EPIC!!

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Okay Read

An ok read but really didn't care for the narrator... kind of a boring voice. other than that I enjoyed listening.

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loved the characters

Hope this is a new series loved the story and the narrator was very good

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  • MickeyMarie
  • 2017-07-19

Audible and Amazon need to screen narrators better

I am a huge Michael Connelly fan and ordered this book pre order without knowing who the narrator would be. I won't ever make that mistake again. This woman is a horrid narrator and miss reads or miss pronounces so many words that it grates on the nerves. Two examples I can think of right off are video-ographer (that's how she pronounces it) and even worse tactile when trying to say tactical channel.
It is a shame that these kind of poor narrators are ruining perfectly good novels and I am sure the writers are cringing when they hear these narrations.

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  • Destry
  • 2017-07-20

Oh, the narration!

Katherine Moennig is a terrific actress. She does a great turn on Ray Donovan. Maybe my favorite character on that show. But this narration isn't good. It's disappointing. She just reads it and reads it fast. I wish she had listened to a few audiobooks ahead of time to see how its done. Such a good voice, such a good actress, this should be better.

As far as the story goes, it's hard to tell. Couldn't get past the narration.

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  • H. Jamieson
  • Los Angeles
  • 2017-08-12

Noooooooooooooooooo!

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I love Connelly- read every last one of his books. So, imagine my excitement when there's a new series with a female protagonist...woot! Then i started to listen and now I have a rage headache. Who thought it was a good idea to cast Katherine M. as the narrator? WHO??? I want names. And why did no one apparently listen to her performance and edit it?? There are words that are mispronounced. Ugh. So angry. I can't tell if I liked the story or not because the character came across as insufferable.

If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

I have no idea since I hated the narration so much...

What didn’t you like about Katherine Moennig’s performance?

Everything. She's a competent actress but she ruined this book. Wooden, one note, can't pronounce words the correct way...

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'd listen to it again if they got a new narrator and production staff, that doesn't mess it up.

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  • Spoons
  • 2017-07-18

Uggg the narration

It's an audiobook so before the story, the narrator is the most important thing. Here we have been waiting for (1) a new book from my favorite author (2) a new series/character...why than oh why would it narrated soooo very flat!!!

Disappointed.

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  • Yong Choi
  • 23464
  • 2017-07-18

who is who??

The reading voice and the speed are the same to all the characters in the book.
The same voice for male/female/old/young.
One size does not fit at all. It is very confusing if you are not reading the book together.

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  • Diane
  • 2017-07-19

HAD TO RETURN

Tried to get through a few chapters but the flat, monotone narration became too cumbersome to follow the story. Look forward to finishing the book but will opt for a download to my reader.

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  • C. R. Witzel
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • 2017-08-12

Flattest narration ever. Ever.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A narrator who could make audible distinctions between characters. They all sound exactly the same, so it wasn't easy to figure out who was talking. Really really really really poorly done.

Would you recommend The Late Show to your friends? Why or why not?

No. At least not the audio book. I suspect that reading it might have been okay.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not only was there no distinction in voice/tenor/etc between characters, the reading overall was really really flat.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Read it from paper. Don't listen to it.

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  • kelliwithani
  • 2017-07-20

Another Michael Connelly win!!

once again, Michael Connelly gives us another great story and character. It kept me listening for three days straight. if I had the book in print, I would have read it in one day. Unfortunately, the narrator was so doll that it was hard to listen to. At one point, there is a conversation between three of the characters. I couldn't tell which one was which. I listened and realest and four more times to try to figure out who was saying what. The narrator has a lower voice but did nothing to decipher whether it was a man, woman, or child talking.

that's sad, the narration did not ruin the integrity of the book. there is a great twist in the book, which even added more thrilled to it. I will be looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

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  • Eva Gannon
  • Chicago, Illinois, US
  • 2017-08-06

Not Another Rave Review

This book is getting rave reviews. I can't go along with the gusher. As a long time fan of the Bosch series, perhaps my expectations were too high, or there was too much comparison with that series.

Renee Ballard doesn't enthrall me. Sleeping on the beach with her rescue dog as a guardian just doesn't engage my emotions in a positive way. Speaking of Lola, Ballard is somewhat neglectful of the dog. I hate that she leaves the dog alone on the public beach while she's paddling. and that the dog sits outside her tent all night, again on a public beach, again without protection. She leaves Lola with daycare too long too, and the pet minder tells her off about it. So that's strike one for Renee Ballard,

Her strength of character is written by a man from a man's perspective, and maybe that's why I'm having a hard time warming up to her. She's too hard, too eager/willing to bypass the police department she works for in a blatant manner, and without concern for herself or others. She doesn't even give a nod to it, as Bosch did. Her pursuit of a suspect is reckless; failure to pay attention to details, and to anticipate criminal behavior, results in her capture by a sociopath, who may or may not have raped her. I don't like the possible rape angle either. It's too stereotyped, obviously written by a man. Totally unnecessary to the story too.

Her failure to take basic precautions also results in a shootout, and one of the other cops who was involved complained about it. Justifiably so, because she put him and his partner in harm's way without much thought.

Her independence and strength of character sometimes comes across as merely abrasive. She hangs up on people regularly, butts in on conversations and interrogations when she shouldn't. Again, it's a strong woman written from a man's perspective, perhaps one who finds strong women abrasive.

The story is OK, a good plot twist at the end. Easy enough to follow. However, I didn't find it to be as absorbing as the reviewers obviously did.

Connelly's reliance on three-letter acronyms for various aspect of the LAPD was a bit much too. At times, I didn't know what they meant and so a portion of the storyline was lost to confusion.

Finally, the narrator doesn't do voices, so it's often hard to tell who is speaking.

Will I read the next book in the series? Probably. Some of the reviews say Connelly hasn't written good women characters in the past. I'm not sure he's succeeded with Renee Ballard. Time will tell this story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • Clarkston, MI.
  • 2017-07-28

More than just a female Bosch!

I very much enjoyed Connolly's new series starter! Hope we see more of Renee Ballard!!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful