The Narrows

Version: Unabridged
Author: Michael Connelly
Narrator: Len Cariou
Genres: Thriller
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Published In: November 2014
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 11 hours
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Overview

FBI agent Rachel Walling finally gets the call she's dreaded for years, the one that tells her the Poet has surfaced. She has never forgotten the serial killer who wove lines of poetry in his hideous crimes--and apparently he has not forgotten her.

Former LAPD detective Harry Bosch gets a call, too--from the widow of an old friend. Her husband's death seems natural, but his ties to the hunt for the Poet make Bosch dig deep. Arriving at a derelict spot in the California desert where the feds are unearthing bodies, Bosch joins forces with Rachel. Now the two are at odds with the FBI...and squarely in the path of the Poet, who will lead them on a wicked ride out of the heat, through the narrows of evil, and into a darkness all his own...

Reviews (16)

Standard

Written by Anonymous on May 19th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I like the Harry Bosch books. This one is a standard version, not the best but still very good.

The Narrows

Written by Linda Poole from Salisbury, MD on September 4th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another excellent story by Michael Connelly. Same characters from his other books. Good plot ending in a suspenseful raging water scene (The Narrows). A really good listen.

Bosch at his best

Written by jtswett on March 13th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This is an excellent book. Connelly's description of Bosch's thinking is a delight. The narrator does a superb job in telling Connelly's story. Highly recommend this book.

The Narrows

Written by Anonymous on August 12th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The Narrows was an excellent book. It was another great one with Detective Harry Bosch. It kept my interest throughout the whole set of CD's.

Great!

Written by czarban1 on March 25th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Wow! Now to be honest, I've always been a Harry Bosch fan, but this book was great! Increased character depth for good old Harry, lots of suspense, and just a great story. I listened to teh abridged version of the Poet (when our diabolical nemisis makes his appearance) and found it hard to follow. I probably will now go back and listen to the unabridged version of that book, as I suspect it was just too complex of a theme to cram into 3 hours. This one would have also been very difficult to do that with. I very strongly recommend you listen to this book, preferably after first listening to the Poet.

Narrows

Written by Mel Longano on March 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was a great book ! oooorrr... what I got to listen to of it. I got the first set of CD's - but due to overwhelming demand for this book - Simply Audio couldnt send me the second set. I cancelled after a month so that I could at least get another book ! Not the authors fault ... I would have really loved to have finished this one ... a non-stop listen for sure.

The Narrows

Written by Pamela Christensen from Long Beach, CA on January 22nd, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What a great story. Of course, I've never read a Michael Connelly book that I didn't love! The Narrows is fascinating, interesting, unexpected and Harry Bosch is the coolest guy ever! Loved it.

Excellent Sequel

Written by Dan Pressley on December 10th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This sequel to "The Poet" was excellent. It was so well written and in-depth that I felt I was there every step of the way.

The Narrows

Written by Robert J. Morrow from Dundas, ON on November 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Bosch is at it again. After so many books in the series, it is amazing how Connelly still reveals more about this sometimes forelorn, sometimes spunky private eye. Other reviews note that you need to read The Poet prior to The Narrows. I feel that as long as you're familiar with Bosch, you'll be okay. If you watched Clint Eastwood in Bloodwork, you'll enjoy the many connections made to the film throughout the book. It's interesting to witness the "life after the movie" from an angle other than the original movie characters. Connelly integrates it so well that even if you haven't seen the movie, you'll agree it should have been made. Rachel Walling is a great female counterpart. She's clever, resourceful and attractive, yet, like Harry, far from perfect.. They make a great team as Rachel gets to show off her masculine side and Harry, now worried about his daughter, gets to release a little femininity. Hopefully Rachel and Harry will team up again.

Narrows

Written by Anonymous from Overland Park, KS on November 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Harry Bosch is certainly unconventional in his work in LAPD and as a PI. Enjoyed the book. Narrator not great at changing characters. Over-all good listen. Would recommend.

Author Details

Author Details

Connelly, Michael

Michael Connelly decided to become a writer after discovering the books of Raymond Chandler while attending the University of Florida. Once he decided on this direction he chose a major in journalism and a minor in creative writing — a curriculum in which one of his teachers was novelist Harry Crews.
After graduating in 1980, Connelly worked at newspapers in Daytona Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Florida, primarily specializing in the crime beat. In Fort Lauderdale he wrote about police and crime during the height of the murder and violence wave that rolled over South Florida during the so-called cocaine wars. In 1986, he and two other reporters spent several months interviewing survivors of a major airline crash. They wrote a magazine story on the crash and the survivors which was later short-listed for the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. The magazine story also moved Connelly into the upper levels of journalism, landing him a job as a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times, one of the largest papers in the country, and bringing him to the city of which his literary hero, Chandler, had written.
After three years on the crime beat in L.A., Connelly began writing his first novel to feature LAPD Detective Hieronymus Bosch. The novel, The Black Echo, based in part on a true crime that had occurred in Los Angeles, was published in 1992 and won the Edgar Award for Best First Novel by the Mystery Writers of America. Connelly followed up with three more Bosch books, The Black Ice, The Concrete Blonde, and The Last Coyote, before publishing The Poet in 1996—a thriller with a newspaper reporter as a protagonist. In 1997, he went back to Bosch with Trunk Music, and in 1998 another non-series thriller, Blood Work, was published. It was inspired in part by a friend's receiving a heart transplant and the attendant "survivor's guilt" the friend experienced, knowing that someone died in order that he have the chance to live. Connelly had been interested and fascinated by those same feelings as expressed by the survivors of the plane crash he wrote about years before. The movie adaptation of Blood Work was released in 2002, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
Connelly's next book, Angels Flight, was released in 1999 and was another entry in the Harry Bosch series. The non-series novel Void Moon was released in 2000 and introduced a new character, Cassie Black, a high-stakes Las Vegas thief. His 2001 release, A Darkness More Than Night, united Harry Bosch with Terry McCaleb from Blood Work, and was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
In 2002, Connelly released two novels. The first, the Harry Bosch book City Of Bones, was named a Notable Book Of The Year by the New York Times. The second release was a stand-alone thriller, Chasing The Dime, which was named one of the Best Books Of The Year by the Los Angeles Times.
Lost Light was published in 2003 and named one of the Best Books of 2003 by the Los Angeles Times. It is another in the Harry Bosch series but the first written in first person. To celebrate its release, Michael produced the limited edition jazz CD, Dark Sacred Night, The Music Of Harry Bosch. This CD is a compilation of the jazz music mentioned in the Bosch novels and was given away to his readers on Michael's 2003 book tour.
Connelly's 2004 novel, The Narrows, is the sequel to The Poet. It was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Los Angeles Times. To accompany this Harry Bosch novel, Little, Brown and Company Publishers released a limited edition DVD, Blue Neon Night, Michael Connelly's Los Angeles. In this film, Michael Connelly provides an insider's tour of the places that give his stories and characters their spark and texture.
His 11th Harry Bosch novel, The Closers, was published in May 2005, and debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Lincoln Lawyer, Connelly's first-ever legal thriller and his 16th novel, was published in October 2005 and also debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. This book introduced Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles defense attorney and half-brother of Harry Bosch.
Crime Beat, a non-fiction collection of crime stories from Michael's days as a journalist, was released in 2006, as was the Harry Bosch novel, Echo Park, released in October 2006.
The Overlook, Michael's 18th novel, was originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine. This Harry Bosch story was published as a book with additional material in May 2007.
Michael's next novel, The Brass Verdict, will be released in October 2008, and will unite half-brothers Mickey Haller and Harry Bosch for the first time ever.
Connelly's books have been translated in 35 languages and have won the Edgar Award, Anthony Award, Macavity Award, Los Angeles Times Best Mystery/Thriller Award, Shamus Award, Dilys Award, Nero Award, Barry Award, Audie Award, Ridley Award, Maltese Falcon Award (Japan), .38 Caliber Award (France), Grand Prix Award (France), and Premio Bancarella Award (Italy).
Michael was the President of the Mystery Writers of America organization in 2003 and 2004. In addition to his literary work, Michael was one of the creators, writers, and consulting producers of Level 9, a TV show about a task force fighting cyber crime, that ran on UPN in the Fall of 2000.
Michael lives with his family in Florida.