• Demolition Angel

  • By: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Paul Hecht
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (302 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Robert Crais, author of the Edgar Award-nominated L.A. Requiem is a master of the intelligent and complex suspense novel.

In Demolition Angel, he delves into the life-on-the-edge world of the Los Angeles bomb squad. Three years ago, Carol Starkey was one of L.A.'s best bomb squad technicians. Then, a freak accident while disarming a bomb left her scarred inside and out. Now a Detective-2 with the LAPD’s Criminal Conspiracy Section, she is struggling to rebuild her shattered world. When an explosion claims the life of a technician who was a colleague and friend, Carol is assigned to head up the investigation.

With the help of an ATF agent, she discovers that a brilliant madman is designing bombs intended to kill the people whose job it is to disarm them. But as they begin their chase of the man known as Mr. Red, Carol finds that nothing about the case is as it appears. All she knows for certain is that she is the next target. With finely drawn characters and non-stop suspense, Demolition Angel is an unforgettable experience. Paul Hecht deftly conveys both Carol's determination and fear as she fights to reclaim her life.

©2000 Robert Crais (P)2000 Recorded Books

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Good story, disappointing narration

The story is excellent, but the narrator sounds like he's half asleep or drugged. There's very little difference in his portrayals of different characters. There are pauses in odd places and strange inflections as he reads. Most annoying, the entire narration is broken by wet sounds as the narrator licks his lips, swallows, takes wheezy breaths, etc. This is extremely distracting.

It's too bad the narration takes so much away from the well-written story.

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WOW! I mean…. W.O.W.!!!!!!!

This is just plain, old fashioned…. THRILLING!!!! Okay, Paul Hecht doesn't even try to do female voices. FUGEDABOUDIT! This thing is perfectly designed to entertain till almost the last tick of the clock…. LITERALLY! Totally liked it. Recommend it. A blast from beginning to end.

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If you liked Suspect, DON'T bother with this one

I ordered this book based on the fact that I absolutely loved the book SUSPECT and wanted more from the same author. Suspect was warm, with likable characters and definitely held my interest. This book is completely opposite. Very unlikable characters, cold and dry, monotone narrator, so boring. This is how I can tell how good a book is: I don't want to leave the room OR I can leave the room for ten minutes and miss nothing. Demolition Angel - leave the room for more than 10 minutes and miss nothing!!

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Not bad, not bad

Not the best Crais book I've listened to but I didn't put it down. Had to get into this one before I actually enjoyed it but still thought the ending was a bit of a let-down. First book I've read with the bomb focus and that part I found interesting.

Enjoyable, not a bad book.

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Excellent! Story and performance! Get it!

What did you love best about Demolition Angel?

Characters and story..readers...cannot pick one item.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Demolition Angel?

Cannot tell without giving away some of the story!

Which character – as performed by Paul Hecht – was your favorite?

Carol.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, but cannot give it away.

Any additional comments?

Buy this book! You will not be sorry.

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Wow!

This was an amazing book, excellent narration and story. Robert Crais needs to write faster!

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Great book

The only thing missing was a woman’s voice instead of a mans for Starkey - I would’ve liked that even more. It was a really good listen ;)

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Never saw it coming!

My heart is still pounding by the suspense! This was a really really good book.

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"Carol and Crais Hit Their Stride"

Would you listen to Demolition Angel again? Why?

No, but a good listen. The Watchman and LA Requiem I do re listen. Carol has so much better dialogue and wit in the Last Detective and Chasing Darkness, with best reader James Daniel

What was one of the most memorable moments of Demolition Angel?

When Jack goes to the rescue.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Must use new 1.25x speed to match author's intent. Reader gets his groove by chapter 4 or 5

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

Yes as this was author's earlier great writing. No it doesn't have the humor in the later books.

Any additional comments?

Get L A Requiem and use 1.25x speed to get real appreciation of Ron Mclarty great read! Same with 1st rule read by author. I re listen The First Rule at 1.25x speed and I wish I could alter my original review. Crais did a good job!

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Great Book

I loved this book and hope for more Carol Starkey books to listen to. My only complaint is that I think a woman narrator would be better to tell a woman's story.