Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
My audiobook addiction began in 2005 with "The Closers" by Michael Connelly. I was blown away. The story and the narration were so good, I knew right then I was hooked. In the following years, I listened to virtually every Michael Connelly book, and I enjoyed all of them - until The Black Box. This story felt shallow and uninspired. Harry Bosch has become a shadow of his formal self. The story was chock full of cliches and simplistic writing, and the character development was almost non-existent. The narration was terrible and made me feel like the narrator was speaking in satire. I think this will be the last Michael Connelly book I read. It's the end of an era.
His performance is like a college lecture - monotone in cadence and pitch and tone. No emotion. Characters are not clearly defined.
I have listened to all the Harry Bosch books, and looked forward to the new release, but I truly could barely stand to listen because I found the robotic narration so irritating. I love Dick Hill and Len C is great ... Others have been okay ... But I won't ever get a book by this narrator ever again, regardless of the author or series.
I'm a huge Harry Bosch fan and almost didn't finish this book. The story was average, very slow at times. It's definitely not Mr. Connelly at his best.
Bring back Len!!! McConnohie is far too montone and slow. I'm very thankful for the previous reviewers who recommended listening to the book at a faster speed. Doing that made the montone quite tolerable. I don't know that I would have finished the book without it.
Not really. For anyone thinking of trying a Harry Bosch book, I'd recommend one of the earlier novels. They far better than this one.
No, the narration was so poor it was laughable.
I love Harry, but this was not an edge of your seat book.
The guy had such a dull, flat monotone he could have been reading the yellow pages. His attempts at giving the characters unique voices was a complete failure. At one point Jerry Edgar sounded Latino and in another place as if had a slight speech impediment. Madeline sounded like one of the guys from the office. Really, really poor performance. Who picked this guy?
Yes, the narration was so horrible I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
I am going to buy the book and read it and will never buy another audible book read by this guy.
I wanted to give the narrator a break but I couldn't. There was no distinction for Harry & the characterization was flat. Also, the story was not particularly interesting. C- at best. Don't waste your money.
There's nothing new here Bosch-wise: same high-energy, straight ahead Harry we have grown to love. He's still working Open/Unsolved crimes, and picks up one that he began twenty years earlier. He didn't wrap up the earlier one because it occurred in the chaos and confusion of the LA riots that followed the Rodney King verdict in 1992. All he has to go on initially is one shell casing, but trust Harry to apply his instincts and hunches to find the killer.
Along the way he gets caught up in police politics - a white victim in the midst of all the black killings, and solving it and not the others looks bad for the chief. True to the character Connelly has created, Harry bucks the system and presses on anyway. No, not his favorite chief Irvin Irving, he's gone. This fellow's name is O'Toole, nicknamed (of course) the Tool.
The book really gets rolling when Harry strikes out on his own to confront the bad guys in their own town. Some pretty hairy scenes, though Harry doesn't get so badly mistreated as many other modern mystery heroes do. I guess that all started with Mike Hammer, and now it seems mandatory for the hero to get beat up, often pretty severely (though they seem to recover pretty quickly!)
There's a good bit of treatment of Harry's relationship with his daughter, none of which contributes to the plot. Maybe Connelly just wants to show us Harry's human side. There's little to no love interest for Harry this time, although FBI Rachel does make a cameo appearance.
Michael McConnohie does an OK job. No, he's not Len Cariou, but he's better than some of the other Harry Bosch narrators. McConnohie's narration history does include a number of factual nonfiction books, and I think he's probably better off sticking with that. McConnohie doesn't do a very good black ghetto voice. You have to pay close attention to the story to know when one of those bad guys is supposed to be talking, you won't get it from the dialect.
On the whole, though, a credit well spent.
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The narrator ruins this book.
The story line is good, but I'd rather be locked in a room listening to someone scratch a chalkboard than listening to this.
Mr. Connelly, please make the publisher (or whoever?) re-record this book with either Len Cariou, Dick Hill or Peter Giles as narrator. Your writing deserves better than this.
reading is pure joy
The CA Central Valley tie-in of the title and the more police procedural type plot make this a slightly different Harry Bosch. Narrator was a tiny bit plodding -- but so was Harry in this one . Very good but not the best ever. Narrator mispronounces ManTEEca repeatedly which bugged me . Used detective Chiu as a sterotypical Asian tech geek, not as believable as most Michael Connelly characters. Mendenhall going "off reservation " is left unexplained, despite it being a significant subplot. Is Connelly saving Chiu and Mendenhall for a sequel? Otherwise has all the satisfactions of a Harry Bosch novel. Even at less than his best Michael Connelly tells a better story than most writers.
Other Harry Bosch's -- same pacing and characters.
It is ManTEEkah
Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.
I've read or listened to all of the Harry Bosch stories (and I miss Dick Hill). This one held my interest and was worth the time - and it wasn't the very best in the series. Don't start with this one. Go back if you haven't already learned all about Harry.
Harry Bosch stories tend to generally be a bit on the dry side until the action starts to pick up towards the end of the book... with rare exceptions... which is why I rate it a 4 (also Harry is not that colorful or exciting a character). However the stories are solid, realistic, and proving of the point that police work is 95% boring and 5% fear/excitment. The way the author also builts a case from what seems like no evidence is always amazing. If you like Harry this is another good one. Reader is excellent.