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The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18 | [Michael Connelly]

The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

In 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 and never solved. Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.
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In 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 and never solved.

Now Bosch's ballistics match indicates that her death was not random violence, but something more personal, and connected to a deeper intrigue. Like an investigator combing through the wreckage after a plane crash, Bosch searches for the "black box", the one piece of evidence that will pull the case together.

Riveting and relentlessly paced, The Black Box leads Harry Bosch, "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News), into one of his most fraught and perilous cases.

©2012 Michael Connelly (P)2012 Hachette Audio

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    Land of enchantment Albuquerque 12-01-12
    Land of enchantment Albuquerque 12-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Bring Harry Back"

    Reader totally destroys the story and the character. I have loved
    Harry for several years but this book is terrible and the main problem
    is this reader.

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    Leif Pitman, NJ, United States 12-01-12
    Leif Pitman, NJ, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Excellent - but we are used to that"
    Where does The Black Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I finished this book in only a couple of days. Couldn't stop!


    Any additional comments?

    The only bad thing about this book is that I have to wait a whole year for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-01-12
    James CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-01-12
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    "Something was wrong"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Was it the narrator, maybe. Was it the writer, maybe. Can't put my finger on it but Harry just wasn't the same.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Layton, UT, United States 11-30-12
    Michael Layton, UT, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Ahhh!!! This narrator is AWFUL!!!"

    I am actually writing my first negative review after being an audible member for 4 years. Audible shouldn't have even put this book up, until they had a decent narrator. If I was Michael Connelly, I would be irate. He ruined the book. If I could return it, I would.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 11-30-12
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointing!"
    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to all the Harry Bosch books and will probably listen to the next one. However, the only thing that would have redeemed this installment would have been if Harry realized that he was really loosing it and retired at the end. First of all, everything the reader needs to know to solve the crime is revealed by the end of the first chapter. Unfortunately it is also revealed to Harry who takes until Book Two to put it all together.In addition, despite constantly feeling guilty about neglecting his daughter, Harry needlessly puts himself in a position to make her an orphan.Finally, as others have said the narrator was sub par. He read, rather than performed the book. In addition despite the book being written by a Californian and taking place in California the narrator consistently mispronounced Manteca, calling it Man Tek A, rather than Man Teek A. Annoying!

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    Alan houston, TX, United States 11-30-12
    Alan houston, TX, United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2007
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    "New reader, I really miss Len Cariou."
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    No, don't like new reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Box?

    Discovering Len Cariou was not reading.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Bring back Len Cariou


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    NA


    Any additional comments?

    Only about 1/3 throught the book, thought i would warn Bosch fans about the reader change. I pre-ordered the book and didn't notice the new reader. Wonder what happened to Len?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Radt Pasadena, CA, USA 11-30-12
    Jeff Radt Pasadena, CA, USA 11-30-12 Member Since 2006
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    "narrator miscast"

    Love Connelly, have listened to every one of his books. Thought Len Cariou was the best Bosch narrator, although there have been many good ones. Unfortunately Michael McConnohie has ruined this latest of the series with his announcer-type of narration. Jeez, it's not a commercial on the radio, it's a mystery! Couldn't they get a good actor or narrator for this very successful and excellent writer?

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    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 11-30-12
    Mark C Walker Toney, AL United States 11-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Cop-out"

    Harry Bosch with Len Cariou narrating is probably my favorite series of audio books. Alarm bells started going off when I noticed that there was a new narrator for Black Box – but I began to listen with an open mind. One thing I liked about the Cariou reads was that Cariou seemed to be aging with the Bosch character in his reads. I am sure the narrator, Michael McConnohie, in other audio book genres would be OK but it simply did not work for this. Sadly, the Bosch image I kept conjuring up in this book was more like Barnaby Jones – a far cry from the Harry Bosch of the past. None of the funny situations worked in this book – it was like someone with no talent for telling jokes simply restating a joke in a monotone fashion. The actual story was decent, it was simply too difficult to get past the lame narration. I wondered why they made the change and did a search on Amazon and found that Cariou actually is the narrator for this book but only on a pre-loaded digital audio player – shame on Connelly for leaving his audience in a lurch and putting out an inferior product. I think that is a cop out. Audible – please work to have the Cariou rendition made available to all of the loyal listeners.

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    Carter Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-29-12
    Carter Santa Clara, CA, United States 11-29-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Dissapointing narrator"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Box to be better than the print version?

    I wish Mr. Connelly would insist that the narrators of his works listen to the previous narrators reads before they find their voice. For example, they would then know that J Edger had a great voice that sounds like Barry White.

    Mr. McConnohie does an 'okay' job, but needs to put a little more spark in the presentation. It was like listening to Joe Buck doing color commentary for the World Series - yawn.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Connelly again?

    Absolutely


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Michael McConnohie?

    Len Cariou 1st choice
    Dick Hill 2nd choice.
    Dick HIll is a little better, but when I hear him now, I can't help but think of Jack Reacher


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for Harry's next case

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Penny United States 12-15-12
    Penny United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Boshfan"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Michael McConnohie?

    I love Michael Connelly but this was ruined by Michael McConnohie


    Would you recommend The Black Box to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, this was the first Michael Connelly that was too slow.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael McConnohie’s performances?

    absolutely


    Did The Black Box inspire you to do anything?

    yes, watch out for any books narrated by Michael McConnohie


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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