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
Harry Bosch is truly one of my favorite fictional detectives and has been for 20 years. Unfortunately McConnohie's narration made a really complex character seem as mono-dimensional as Joe Friday and a keystone story in Bosch's career seem as flat as an episode of Dragnet.
Some narrators simply "are" the characters to me. They fit perfectly. Eric Conger IS Virgil Flowers. Will Patton IS Dave Robecheaux. I'd take Dick Hill or even Len Cariou in a pinch, but McConnohie is NOT Bosch.
A sad way to celebrate Harry's 20th anniversary.
This book was a big disappointment. It was written and read like a documentary about LA Gang wars. I am usually sad when a Harry Bosch book ends but this one was so dry and boring that I couldn't wait for the finish.
I didn't buy this audio when it was first released due to the bad narrator ratings. Then I decided to give it a try. Maybe it's me, but I don't see the problem. The narrator may be a beat slower and more monotone between voices, but I don't listen to audiobooks to be entertained by the narrator. His reading and diction were fine. The conversations were easy to follow, and I believe the narrator did a good job. The story is excellent.
THE PLOT, AS WITH ALL OF THE HARRY BOSCH NOVELS, IS EXCELLENT. HOWEVER, THE NARRATOR READS THE STORY AS IF IT WERE A DOCUMENTARY, WITH NO EMOTION OR CHARACTER EMBELLISHMENT.
THE NARRATOR DEFINITELY DETRACTED FROM THE BOOK - AS A MATTER OF FACT, I LOVE HARRY BOSCH, BUT WILL NOT READ ANY MORE OF HIS IF THIS NARRATOR KEEPS READING !!!!!!
I'm going to have to say, I was looking for it to end.... POOR, lifeless narration.
As usual Connelly's ability to tell a story with many twists. Really like the growth of his daughter and their relationship.
Not a thing! His characters were lifeless and of the same voice.... Maybe Ill re-listen i a year or two, but most likely one that will never encourage me to buy the next one if he is the narrator.
Yeah, write a review on the narrator rather than the book.....
Hope Mr. McConnahie has a day job.
I really look forward to Mr. Connelly's new releases, but I concur with many other listeners that the plot in this book is somewhat contrived and rather weak in how it ends. I strongly agree with those listeners who feel slighted by the absence of Len Cariou's always excellent and atmospheric narration. I've read all the Bosh novels before listening to the audio versions, in great part because of Mr. Cariou's skill at bringing the characters and stories to life brings an extra dimension to the stories. Mr. McConnohie is not awful but suffers in comparison to Mr. Cariou, as does Dick Hill - I've just stuck to only reading the novels not narrated by Len Cariou - his narration makes it worth listening to books I've already read in print. I hope this will be rectified by bringing back Len Cariou for the next Bosch story - and that Mr. Connelly, who dedicates this novel to his readers, will make the next Bosch book closer to the gritty and believable reality portrayed in most of the other novels with Harry. If I had my druthers they would have Cariou redo the Dick Hill narrated novels as well.
No - not w/this narrator. He made me feel like I was back in elementary school, listening to a film strip. This man was NOT the right pick to narrate this book! It was like he was instructing the listener. I almost stopped listening after the first chapter - in fact I did, originally - but then found myself stuck somewhere w/o anything else to listen to. The story was a good, solid Harry Bosch novel - not one of Connelly's best, but still one I'd recommend for another Bosch fan. To read.
Almost anyone else...even a woman! (The lady who reads the Sue Grafton's novels?!) Someone who sounds like Harry - kind of gruff but approachable, at the same time. I wish I knew names of narrators I've listened to w/the "right" voices. The narrator should be telling you a story - be a part of the story - not instructing you.
I've read or listened to every Harry Bosch book, some more than once. In fact I've read every book that Mr. Connelly has written. This is by far the slowest, least interesting of all. In fact, the only reason I finished this book was because I feel a sense of allegiance to both Harry and Mr. Connelly.
This narrator is not the most dynamic I've heard but I don't think he was nearly as bad as other reviews have portrayed. He simply had a boring story to work with.
Frankly, if this is where Harry is headed, maybe it's time for him to retire. I'm quite disappointed with this installment of the series.
Sure, a couple of years from now.
Yes, it was actually rather unpredictable. It was nice to have a Quality book that I didn't want to stop reading after all the other turkeys I have read recently.
I got a few laughs out of it.
Michael Connelly seems to be able to come up with fresh stories every book. I have been disappointed by several of my favorite authors recently (Tom Clancy, James Patterson, Nelson Demille) , but Connelly and and few others (John Sandford, Ken Follett, Vince Flynn) are still putting out 4 and 5 star books.
I've read and listened to every Harry Bosch novel and perhaps if you've never heard Len Cariou narrate a book you might enjoy this one. For those of us that are used to him and how he brings Harry and other characters alive, it was a chore to get through. I never thought I would say that about a Harry Bosh audio book or a Michael Connelly novel, and I looked forward to listening to this book for a long time. The narration is very, very lifeless....so much so that at some points I'm sure I fell asleep. On second thought, that is probably another group that might enjoy this version, insomniacs looking for some shut eye.
The plot was good, though it was easy one of the easier Bosch novels for the reader to solve.
Somnific, soporific, dull, droning...need I say more?
Put out an edition with Len Cariou as the narrator and I would buy it, I'm sure I missed many details of the story while dozing through McConnohie's version.
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