The only drawback to this is the fact that it skips one book in sequence...but for those trying to read through all of the past Bosch books this is a very good way to use a credit - 1 credit, 3 books...can't beat that!
I'm so happy that I got 3 Bosch mysteries for the price of one credit! The stories were great (especially The Narrows), the narration was great, and the price was great! I hope they have more box sets in the future.
In an interview, Michael Connelly hesitated to recommend one of his early books in the Harry Bosch series to someone who was just getting started. He acknowledged that while it might make sense chronologically, he’d like to think that he’s gotten better as he’s progressed through the series. Echo Park very much has that air about it—this isn’t a book churned out on the yearly schedule just to keep the royalty checks coming in. Rather, it is written by an author with a deep commitment to improvement and excellence.
Echo Park makes a great introduction to the series and a very large enticement to go back and read more of Bosch’s history. It leaves the reader curious whether his life has always swirled with such chaos or whether the man has ever gotten a break.
Chaos and corruption swirls around Hieronymous Bosch no matter how much he tries to whip the world into shape. His creator, bestselling author Michael Connelly, has set him down in a maelstrom of serial killers and moldering cases, and a haunting fear of his own imperfection.
Bosch is a detective with the LAPD. He’s tried once to retire, but is now back on the detective force, working with the cold cases unit. In Echo Park, a hotshot young detective demands the file to an old case of Bosch’s that has haunted him for years, he demands to be in on whatever is going down. It turns out they have a killer ready to confess to the murder and that Bosch and his partner may have missed an important clue all those years ago.
In an age when media sells itself to the lowest common denominator and many authors are willing to write down to their readers, it is refreshing to find a hard-boiled detective who is as intelligent, complex, and well-written as Harry Bosch is. Michael Connelly writes with intelligence, but never with arrogance. He gives us a character with a strong moral sense who feels his own failings keenly.
Well developed and unpredictable
Stories...Sound character development and well driven plot
A classic master of numerous voices and situational reflection
I enjoyed the box set with the exception of the music playing during part 5. The music would play inbetween chapters - that part was fine. What wasn't good, is that in the beginning or ending of each chapter, the music would play, and it was difficult to hear what was being said. I found that to be annoying as I wanted to hear what was being said and the music played too long during the talking in the beginning and ending of each chapter.
If you are listening to the Harry Bosch books in order, there is a book, The Closers, between The Narrows and Echo Park that is not included. However, Michael Connelly does a good job of filling in necessary information in his books in case you don't listen in order.
I gave four stars based on the third book.
THE NARROWS - This is a book that involves a search for a serial killer. Michael Connelly does a great job of bringing two story lines together.
ECHO PARK - A very good story about a cold case that Bosch never gave up on.
THE OVERLOOK - This started out as a good story line, but I was disappointed with the ending. This is definitely not his best book.
It's been awhile since I listened to this set but from what I recall two of the stories held my attention while a third I was not able to get through.
Yes. To refresh my memory on various development in the character's life.
Three separate but connect stories gives insight to not only Bosch but to other reoccurring characters.
Effective use of silence and pace.
Previous to this three story set I had only listened (read) the first Bosch book (The Black Echo) and I wanted to learn more about Bosch. The box set was a great way to come to a fuller understanding of the Bosch the man and professional.
Harry Bosch Box Set is pretty good compared to other books I've listened to. I enjoyed The Overlook the best. It's the most believable and realistic of the three, dealing with a
Fun, Edgy, Harry is full of himself, but walks the walk
Yes, has a few twists
The Poets going down