I just love Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch character and am glad a new one arrived. Yes, the story starts 20 years in the past and dwells a lot on the past but Harry is part of a unit that tries to solve old, cold cases so, IMHO, the past must be visited and recounted to us so that we know the back story.
Harry Bosch is a rather sad figure of a human being, having been permanently affected by his war experiences. He has such a hard time with personal relationships but he still is righteous and strong with solid moral standards and upstanding ethical code. The reader likes him and, at times, feels sorry for him.
Seriously??? I could have read this book better than he did! The best narrator for Harry Bosch has to be someone who understands the characters and has an acting background that has given that person a background of voices. Len Cariou is PERFECT for reading Harry Bosch books. His gravelly voice for Bosch is perfect. His accents for other characters and female tones are perfect. Why, for heaven's sake, would he not be hired each and every time to read the Harry Bosch series??? Unless he declined, the publisher is crazy for having changed narrators. If Cariou wanted more money to read the book then he should have gotten what he asked. He is the best! If Cariou declined, then the publisher needed to find a similar voice and skill to Cariou. This guy was the wrong choice and that is an understatement!
I always want to listen to Harry Bosch books in one sitting. It never works out that way but it is a favorite listen of mine for sure!
Hopefully the publisher will either hire Cariou for the next Harry Bosch book or, if Cariou is not interested, find a similar character to Cariou whose performance makes the character of Harry Bosch. If we wanted a bedtime story read to us, we would not be buying Harry Bosch books for a good listen. Next time change the narrator!!!
If you like Connelly and Bosch this is a good one, but not outstanding. Story does take some interesting twists and turns to keep you hooked.
The latest installment of Michael Connelly's irascible homicide detective, Harry Bosch, is nothing if not superb. The usual elements are there; spot on terminology, methodology and technology; self important department brass; internal politics; a victim whose death is not a cold statistic to the hero, and his dogged determination to see justice done ('everyone counts, or no one counts..."), even for a 20 year old victim.
If you are a fan of Connelly's creation, you can't help but admire the consistently and expertly crafted novels he writes. From "Black Ice," the first Harry Bosch book right, up to "The Black Box," the latest installment, each book is seamless. Characters are well drawn, the plots believable and taut and the tension held at a steady pace throughout. With a little humor thrown in, but not gratuitously, each book is a gem in it's own right.
If you like a good read, well done, The Black Box is a good place to start.
This is the first time ever I have not finished a Michael Connelly book. Each time I placed a CD in to listen to the story, I thought of the definition of insane: doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result. Michael McConnohie's droning, boring, unpleasant voice was not going to change. Who cares what happens in the book? I put myself out of my misery and listened to another book.
I am an attorney and author in Jefferson City, MO.
about the middle 40% or so.
The Sandford Prey series. Like the Prey series, this series focuses on one cop, and one set of methods.
I feel like he knows and understand's Bosch.
Cold cases can burn you too...
The only thing I didn't like is the fact that the female character in the book never has her motivation explained. Other than that, it was terrific.
I enjoyed the story
Great -- am so glad there is a new narrator for Bosch
No-- maybe get it on video to watch at home
Narrator was huge improvement over former Bosch narrators but the story was only so-so.
I didn't read the print version, but I prefer listening to this kind of story.
Yes, there are plot turns that keep the excitement high.
Harry's daughter, Mandy.
No, not extreme. No tears or laughter. I liked the whole thing & I'm very glad he is dating Hannah.
I'm eager for my next dose of Harry & company.
I enjoy listening to audiobooks while working in my shop or around the house -sort of mental multitasking.
I look forward to each new installment of the Harry Bosch books, and I am almost never disappointed with the results. They are great mysteries with real life type characters, problems, and solutions. I don't think a series of mystery books gets better than those about Harry Bosch.
Yes. Connelly's Bosch books are the best!!!
I had one problem with this book. About 2/3 of the way through the book, the narration speeded up quite noticeably. I could still understand what was said but I had to listen very carefully. After about 20 minutes, it slowed down to a ridiculous degree for about 1 minute and then went back to normal and stayed that way for the rest of the book. Had not had that problem before nor have I had it since.