Up to expectation!
How Bosch is still irrepressible but has somehow mellowed in how he deals with others on a personal level. I mean, Bosch is still hard as nails when it comes to justice and the system. However, over the course of these books and as Bosch ages in real time, he has learned how to better deal with his peers. Bosch seems to be enjoying himself more on some levels in how he interacts with his peers (not the bad guys.) Guess the best way to describe it is that he more appreciates what he has as a detective. He seems to enjoy himself more while dealing with peers via humor ect. Not to say he's not the same guy.
Just blew out all of Bosch's 18 books with audible and Mickey Haller's five ( two or three of which were combined.) Great fun... couldn't get enough. Just sad now that this is the last Bosch book at this time and now having to wait a year or two for the author to provide the next installment.
Would have loved to listen to it in one sitting. But busy, so broke it up into 3 or 4 listening times.
I have a problem with the complaints about the latest narrator. I've listened to the entire series with Dick Hill, Len Cariou and several others peppered throughout. Yes, Dick and Len were the best. However, this last book, Black Box, featured a brand new narrator who seems to have gotten a lot of criticism which I feel is unfair after hearing the entire narration. I mean, those complaints were so bad that I had put off listening to this book for a while. Well, after hearing the book, I have to say the complaints I read were unfounded. The latest narrater did a pretty good job. Sure I favor Dick Hill and Len Cariou anytime.... but to be fair, this narrator did a good job. That and this was a good book/installment. Anyone who loves the Bosch series will enjoy this book too as far as quality. I think much of the recent criticism has to do with the sudden shift to a new/current narrator. Yes, the difference is jarring at first but hang on, after a while the listener should realize the narrator does a god job and is no where near as horrible as the current reviews says. After a short while I grew to accept the latest narrator's style and really enjoyed his reading. My only complaint now is that I now have to wait (in real time) for the author to write the next Bosch book. Guess I was spoiled having 18 previous books to discover until now. So my only complaint is that I want more after 18 books. :-) And those who complained about the most recent narrator... grow up! He was actually pretty good after a while.
A reader who created richer characterizations. There is a flatness to Michael McConnohie's reading that kills my interest.
I love Michael Connelly and have listened to almost all of the Connelly books - some from audible and some from the library. I always find myself transported into a gritty jazzy interesting world. When listening to an Audiobook the reader is of crucial importance. No matter the song, if you dislike the singer there is no appeal.
The reading was stacatto and flat. I turn to Connelly books for rich characterizations as well as a moving plot. In this case I could have been listening to a Kindle robot with the same result.
Disappointment. I had looked forward to listening to this book.
I think I have said it all. I love Michael Connelly at his best, and am fond of him when he is average. I find his works satisfying.. I was very annoyed that a wrong reader could ruin my experience. By the way I have listened to McConnohie on the "Rain" series and liked his reading. He was the reader through whom I was introduced to this series and the stacatto flat nature of his voice melded with the tempo of a Japanese thriller.
The Black Box is Michael Connelly's latest in the Harry Bosch detective series. Dating all the way back to 1992 where we were first introduced to Harry Bosch in "The Black Echo," we have seen irascible Harry Bosch evolve through the years. For me, the Harry Bosch detective books is one of the best series ever written.
In the Black Box, it is now 2012 and we find a more mature (Harry is now in his 60s), and even a more mellow Harry Bosch. Harry is working "unsolved murders" for the LAPD, and is assigned a case that spans 20 years. Harry Bosch links the bullet from a recent crime to a file from 1992, the killing of a young female photographer during the L.A. riots. Harry originally investigated the murder, but it was then handed off to the Riot Crimes Task Force. The case was never solved.
Through Bosch's investigative work, we discover that her death was not violence associated with the 1992 LA riots; but something more personal. Like an airline investigator exploring wreckage from a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box," the one piece of evidence that will pull his investigation together.
If you are into Harry Bosch, you will find THE BLACK BOX to be well written. It is written by one of the greatest crime writers of all time, and won't disappoint.
Of all the narrators Audible has used in the Harry Bosch series, I was most disappointed by the narrator chosen for this book, Michael McConnohie. I found his narrative monotonous and boring. It was difficult to differentiate between Harry Bosch and the general book narrator, because he used the same voice. Moreover, his lack of ability to breath "passion" into Harry Bosch, left a superbly written novel far short of its overall impact. Bring back Len Cariou or Dick Hill anytime.
The storyline was so slow and basically just gave background information. I could not get into it and truly tried. My husband and I were driving to town and he finally told me, "Um, this is awful. What's the storyline?" An hour after that I gave up.
Slow storyline and narrator didn't keep my interest.
Monotone. Didn't give the usual life and spunk that Harry Bosch is know for.
Had Harry Bosch in it but that was ruined because it seemed to be more about background information than Harry.
Classic Harry Bosch
I love Harry's fascination with each case. He's like a dog with a bone; he just can't let it go.
At times, this narrator was very monotone and mechanical, especially at the beginning of the book. It did get a little better as the book went on (or I just got used to it), but I did initially consider moving on to something else without finishing. At times, it sounded almost automated.
It tugged at my heart strings when Harry agonized over his daughter. He wants to always do the right thing, but often times is not sure what that really is. Parents deal with that on a daily basis. Especially with teens.
This is a classic Harry Bosch novel. No surprises, but that is a comfort in itself. You get what you were expecting.
52 year old male masters degree small business owner
Love Connely's books - so yes
But the narrator was dull
Similar to Connelly's other books
dull and drab
Harry has lost his accent...
No--as sometimes happens with authors who write a successful series, Connelly has started phoning it in. No action, no twists, no originality. Very sorry you are not more inspired after so much success, Mr. Connolly
So unskillfully written--nothing much really happens. No excitement.
In every way.
I've read them all, and can only think of one or two that I may have liked more than this one. If you're a Bosch fan, you need this one in your collection.
Maybe it is time to move on a bit for Connelly. I think he is one hell of a writer and I enjoyed this book, as will I suspect most people that listened to the series. The narrator is also, as with all his books, well suited to the character and he does a nice job. But no bonus points for originality. Entertaining and enjoyable though.
I love Harry Bosch but I do not like this narrator. I had to stop listening..... I am going to read this book the old fashioned way and buy the paper edition. Sorry I didn't review the entire book. Be forewarned.... this is not the one to get!