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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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    Margaret NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-05-12
    Margaret NEW YORK, NY, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "So disappointed that Harry Bosch has a new voice.."
    What did you like best about The Black Box? What did you like least?

    I always enjoy Michael Connelly's books, especially with Harry Bosch as the main character. It's like being in a different world, a police world, where things are noticed differently; it makes me aware of things I normally don't see.
    What I like least is that the main character's (Harry Bosch's) voice has changed! I've been listening to these for years and it felt "off" the whole time I was listening. Definitely made a difference in my enjoyment of the book.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    Yes, because he's had me hooked in the past


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    It was an okay performance, it wasn't the narrator's fault that he didn't do the previous books.


    Any additional comments?

    Please, please get Len Cariou to do the voice of Harry Bosch again!

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    Douglas Tulare, CA, United States 12-05-12
    Douglas Tulare, CA, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Extremely Dissappointed"

    I just had to put my two cents in and agree with most of the reviewers here that the "reader" totally ruined the book. I could not even finish the book, in fact I'm about 1 hr. into the story and went on line just now to find another book.

    McConnohie does not perform the book, he reads the book. His cadence and tone remind me of the old WWII recruitment movies. He has one voice for every character including the narration, its easy to just tune it out like background noise because his presentation is so annoying.

    It was so difficult to follow the story that I'm not sure how to critique the book. Harry Bosch is my favorite character of any I have come to know and I have read/listened to all of his stories. I want to finish the book but it is just too painful. I honestly feel that to be fair to Michael Connelly and his fans, the publisher should re-record this book with either Len Carriou or maybe George Guidal performing the book, or actually anyone would be better than this guy.

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    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-04-12
    P. Giorgio Illinois 12-04-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Better than some, not so good as others."

    I too missed Lou's narration, but got over it after a bit. But that is not why I gave it only 3 stars.

    I have two primary impressions:

    1) Connelly was filling pages. There is some redundancy, in the form of repeated sentences, rewording of previously stated things, and I got the notion that either he thought we were too dense to get his point or that he was filling space. I also think he is flying solo -- that is without an editor.

    2) I feel as if Connelly decided on the motive for the murder while writing the story -- not in advance, not in a manner that would force him to write the story toward that particular kind of crime. He put out a few weak red herrings to make us think that the murder had a different possible background, but decided in the final third like a coin-toss, what the motive would be and then manipulated the already introduced characters into the logical circumstances. Until his visit with the female soldier, there was no information that would lead us to think of that particular motive for the death of a journalist.

    I also had, and have had in the past, a problem with Harry's treatment of David Chu; it's like Chu is guilty of something or Harry has reason to not trust him. I had a hard time believing Harry's romance with Hannah, and his scenes with his daughter were only moderately convincing. Many of these books seem to be an opportunity to list the writer's reading, drinking, music and travel preferences.

    The final scenes, when Harry is "rescued" from the impossible trap were not believable. It was illogical that this particular helper arrived out of nowhere -- unlikely, even given the explanation -- with no previous interest in Harry's well-being. The person is a detective but acted like an idiot.

    Yet, it was readable, and it was decent to listen to. I would not have liked to be stuck in a chair with it because it wasn't so good that I would give up doing other things to read it.

    Basically, my complaints come down to what I feel is Connelly's apparent indifference to including details of human behavior (something he once mastered) and his indifference to his readers. He's like a rock star who can f**t on stage and get a standing ovation.

    Because it had the Bosch markings and carried the memories of better books, I would not discourage anyone from reading it. I would warn you to lower your expectations AND don't suggest it to someone for their first Bosch book.

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    Rachel Alexandria, VA, United States 12-04-12
    Rachel Alexandria, VA, United States 12-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another entertaining Bosch story"
    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was excellent, I was surprised to see negative comments about his performance. I guess some people find it hard to deal with change.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne Lizella, GA, United States 12-03-12
    Wayne Lizella, GA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow, glad I didn't listen to the reviewers."

    I don't write reviews often, but I do usually read them and let them influence some of my purchases. I love Bosch books, but they are not in my top 10. So if I am trying to decide between a few books, I read the reviews to try to choose. Everyone was so harsh and critical of the narrator that I skipped this book. I had one credit left and got to researching and found he read some of the Rain series and I loved him in those. I ordered the book and am almost finished with it and it was well worth the credit.
    Enjoy.

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    E.D. California 12-03-12
    E.D. California 12-03-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Wowie Kazowie, He's back!"

    Another great Harry book, well worth the wait. The narrator was great, I don't see any problem getting used to him, he underplays sometimes, but so did Len Cariou. It took longer to adjust from Dick Hill to Cariou than it will to McConnohie, the quality of the voice is excellent for these books. The energy in his voice and the timbre is right.

    This one has lots of twists and turns, although none of them are really dead-ends but seem to be, for a while. Eventually it comes together for him. I'm not so sure we've ever come this close to losing him!

    Maddie is growing up and teaching Harry about parenting. He is doing very well, especially for someone who hasn't much experience on either side. I'd like to see a little more contact with Mickey's daughter. I guess there isn't time to hit on everything.

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    Mark 12-03-12
    Mark 12-03-12
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    "Disappointed"

    Maybe I don't remember the rest of the Harry Bosch novels, but I was disappointed in a number of items in Harry's character that were displayed in this book. I always have seen Harry above using the "tricks" to accomplish solving the crimes. I feel like the author cut corners in the plot to finish the story. Overall it is still a Michael Connelly novel which still makes it one of the best

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    Elaine Marett URBANA, IL, United States 12-03-12
    Elaine Marett URBANA, IL, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Narrator EPIC Fail"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Having the same narrator that other Bosch books have had....waited with such excitement, only to have this book FAIL----due to the narration-----I found myself having to back up my iPod to stay with the story!!


    What other book might you compare The Black Box to and why?

    The Secret----the narrator was so bad, I couldn't even concentrate on the content of the book....it just got on my nerves that bad.....TERRIBLE choice in both experiences. A narrator can either make or break a book....After listening to "The Secret", I learned to "sample" the book...sadly, in my case, by Pre-ordering, this was not possible. WON'T make that mistake EVER again.....I will only pay for what pleasures me.....and it was NOT this book...I feel totally ripped-off by Audible, Brilliance, and Connelly!! If I could unhear this, I would.....should have bought the hard copy instead.....


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

    Dick Hill or Len Cariou---if it's not broke, don't fix it!! this statement came to mind from the beginning of the book.......it just got worse after that!!


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Sadly, I preordered this book from the main page, and the book listings don't show the narrators there. As such, I was unable to see who was reading this book. Heck, I didn't even bother to read the reviews because there has never been such a thing as a bad Harry Bosch novel. It never even occurred to me that the publishing house for a Harry Bosch novel would commit such an incredible blunder as to change the narrator, after 18 books, to someone not only unfamiliar, but inept! When I started listening, I was shocked to not only NOT hear Dick Hill or Len Cariou, but to hear this droning voice that almost put me to sleep.

    McConnohie literally reads the book... doesn't perform it, but reads it. There were no attempts to assign a unique quality of voice to a particular character, no inflections for different emotions during the story... I imagine that most parents reading a story book to their child would do a better job than this narrator has done. It is so poorly read that I cannot even tell if the book is any good.

    Who makes the decisions on these narrators? Doesn't Michael Connelly have a say in how the book should be read? Why, on earth, would the powers that be take such a popular series as the Harry Bosch novels, whose followers practically count the days until the next book is released, and then disappoint these fans with such a worthless read (or listen?) This was a huge letdown. Shame on Brilliance Audio and even shame on Michael Connelly if he has any say in the choice of his narrators.

    Can you tell that I am NOT recommending this book??! Let's hope they get it right the next time... too bad we will have to wait for probably several years to find out.


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    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-02-12
    Amazon Customer LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The best Harry Bosch ever written"
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    I love how real Harry Bosch feels. When I am not listening to the book, I miss him. Connolly has developed this character for 20 years. I find myself writing down and following up on the jazz recommendations from every Bosch novel. I spend some time in LA every year and enjoy visiting landmarks and restaurants mentioned in these novels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Bosch because he feels so real and the world he inhabits is authentic.


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

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction. Just the comfort of visiting with an old friend.


    Any additional comments?

    Haters are going to hate! This book is excellent and I've enjoyed it thoroughly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Edward Appleton, Wisconsin, United States 12-02-12
    Edward Appleton, Wisconsin, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator isn't as bad as all that"
    Any additional comments?

    Like others, I was sorely disappointed to find a new and unfamiliar narrator for the 18th book in the Harry Bosch series. Why has Len Cariou been replaced? Some inconceivable whim on the part of the author? A contract dispute about money? Please say it isn't so. At first, I agreed with other reviewers who found the narrator flat and uninspired. But as the reading proceeded, and I became used to this new voice, the story took hold and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Connelly has written another excellent book. The narrator does a credible job. Harry Bosch - the hesitant lover, the bumbling but well-meaning father, the brilliant, driven detective - soldiers on in his waning years. Still, I wish Len Cariou was carrying us forward.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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