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The Black Box Audiobook

The Black Box: Harry Bosch, Book 18

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Publisher's Summary

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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    William Austin, TX, USA 12-20-12
    William Austin, TX, USA 12-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Why would you change the narrator!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


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

    No


    Do you think The Black Box needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a Harry Bosch listener for several years and downloaded this book as soon as it was available. I couldn't believe they changed the narrator, and what was worse, this narrator was very poor. I finished the book with no pleasure, I won't buy another with this narrator.

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    Stephen Silver Spring, MD, United States 12-20-12
    Stephen Silver Spring, MD, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Stop Trashing The Narrator"
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    Not Connelly's best but still a pretty good listen. It starts slow but gets rolling pretty well if you stick with it. I read a lot of negative comments about the narrator. I think he did a fine job. Pretty similar to Len Cariou (who I like very much) truth be told. The story is a police procedural and the narrator has a no-nonsense style that fits the story quite well. I am making a point of saying this because although I have read every single one of Connelly's other books, I almost skipped this one due to the horrific comments about the narrator. Glad I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Menomonie, WI, USA 12-18-12
    Christopher Menomonie, WI, USA 12-18-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Even fictional characters mature"

    Michael Connelly continues to hone his craft. I must admit that I guessed the primary elements of the plot early (getting only the actual act and motives for the cover-up off in their detail.) However, Connelly's telling of the story of "The Black Box" still unwound in a way that gave flesh and vigor to the characters and kept the player rolling in two five+ hour sessions. I appreciate Connelly's good sense to leave the details of violence and inhumanity to imagination. Even the final twist shows how our minds often engage in "making things up" that impel even our fictional selves to draw conclusions that lead us to engage in dangerous behavior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bruce Gainesville, FL, USA 12-17-12
    Bruce Gainesville, FL, USA 12-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical Bosch. The Narrator is fine. Get Over It!"
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    I enjoyed listening to Harry Bosch continue on with his investigations.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me interested. I was not bored and did not think it was slow paced.


    Have you listened to any of Michael McConnohie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. I think that some of the other reviews of this new narrator are not fair. I almost did not listen to the book because of their wrong negative comments on the narration. I am glad that I did not heed their advice.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration was just fine maybe he was not what you were used to but he did a good job.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 12-16-12
    Robert 12-16-12 Member Since 2016
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    "C'mon Man!!"
    What did you love best about The Black Box?

    Story continues to grow Harry as an individual. If you haven't read/listened to all the others, the book may not seem as good to you. It does have the usual angles--Harry's relationships with his partner, his daughter and others in his life, some new, some returnees. It's about his not so great relationship with the power structure. Perhaps mostly it is pretty much like all the rest of the series in that it is about how Harry deals with Harry. Yes, Harry goes of the reservation again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sequence of the events in the story and while those events are pretty much "basic Harry" the variations on the theme were good


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end sequence


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but to me, none are that way because I like having the opportunity to "drop in on" characters in books over a period of time--after work, on a trip, on a day off...


    Any additional comments?

    The whining over the narrator in the early reviews caused me to begin the book with a negative attitude, that's why the "C'mon man!!" title for this review. After about a chapter, I quit trying to find fault with Michael McConnohie and enjoyed the book. When you throw in the Mickey Haller books, by my count, 6 people have brought Harry to life. Did I like some better than others? Yeah. Did any of them ruin the book for me? No!! As an individual, Harry seems to come to life on his own. Do I have a favorite narrator? Perhaps Dick Hill, but I suspect that if McConnohie had read all of 'em, I would have liked the series just as much as I do and would have bought all of 'em just as I have.

    So, y'all quit whining and enjoy your visit with Harry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    shortstuff Columbus, OH, US 12-15-12
    shortstuff Columbus, OH, US 12-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Trying too hard to get a book out."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The reader -he brought nothing to make this story keep your attention.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    No comparison. Harry Bosch has always been interesting and exciting. This Harry just seemed old and tired.


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

    Not sure.


    Was The Black Box worth the listening time?

    Yes although it would not keep my attention a second time unlike previous books in the series. I have listened to most of those twice.


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    Susan 12-14-12
    Susan 12-14-12
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    "Not His Best"
    What disappointed you about The Black Box?

    Boring and slow paced story line


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    No more Harry Bosch for me


    What three words best describe Michael McConnohie’s performance?

    Slow, dull, boring


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Black Box?

    the entire book


    Any additional comments?

    I have always been a Harry Bosch fan but no more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zoe 12-14-12
    Zoe 12-14-12
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    "Disappointing with a worse narrator"

    Silly unbelievable story that sounds phoned in. The narrator sounds dead and can't carry the story. I love Harry, but, wow, given the chance now, I would pass.

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    Reader/Writer Denver, CO USA 12-14-12
    Reader/Writer Denver, CO USA 12-14-12 Member Since 2003

    Linda

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    "Who is this narrator?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I've listened to every Harry Bosch book and loved it. The narrator on this was a super-enunciating, non-performer. It was like listening to someone who felt they were reading to someone who couldn't hear well or was from a foreign country. "Let-me-e-nunce-ee-ate this-for you." It was mind-bogglingly boring and I could not follow the story because I was so distracted by the narrator. Perhaps someone thought that a hard-boiled detective story needed a no-nonsense, non-performing narrator, but I don't agree. I love the old Bosch narrators who had the ability to change tone, change voices so you could differentiate who was speaking and didn't sound like computerized robots. Next time I'll check who narrates before I order the book! What a difference this made ---- but not in a GOOD way.


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

    Len Cariou or the other gentleman that has narrated the Bosch books. For that matter, Grover Gardner, Scott Brick, or George Guidall could have narrated circles around McConnohie.


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    Cynthia Rielley Worcester, MA United States 12-14-12
    Cynthia Rielley Worcester, MA United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2014

    Momster

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    "Please send McConnohie back to Non Fiction!!!"
    What did you like best about The Black Box? What did you like least?

    This guy is making Harry boring! It is awful. Not as painful as Joe Montagnea reading Spenser (He Said- She Said ugh!!! and I love both Joe and Spenser just never ever together again!, I digress...) I am trying to muddle through this as I anxiously await new Connelly but this is SOOOOOO boring! All due to the narrator. Where oh where has Len gone??


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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