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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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    Sherry 12-13-12
    Sherry 12-13-12
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    "Good Story"

    I liked the story, but I have come to associate Harry Bosch with Len Cariou as the narrator. It is hard to change gears when a great narrator is replaced with someone else. A narrator becomes the character and shouldn't be changed.

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    Dan Iowa City, IA, United States 12-13-12
    Dan Iowa City, IA, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Sometimes the narrator can murder a character."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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    Susan 12-12-12
    Susan 12-12-12
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    "Love Michael Connelly books just not this one"
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    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.

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    E Snellville, GA, United States 12-12-12
    E Snellville, GA, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Why all the ruckus?"

    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.

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    Wendy englewood, NJ, United States 12-12-12
    Wendy englewood, NJ, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "THE NARRATOR OF THIS BOOK IS TERRIBLE"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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 !!!!!!


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    Chris 12-11-12
    Chris 12-11-12 Member Since 2015
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    "What happened to Lou Cariou?"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm going to have to say, I was looking for it to end.... POOR, lifeless narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As usual Connelly's ability to tell a story with many twists. Really like the growth of his daughter and their relationship.


    What didn’t you like about Michael McConnohie’s performance?

    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.


    Did The Black Box inspire you to do anything?

    Yeah, write a review on the narrator rather than the book.....


    Any additional comments?

    Hope Mr. McConnahie has a day job.

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    Michael 12-10-12
    Michael 12-10-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Narrator not on a par with Len Cariou"

    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.

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    Flossiesmommy Amelia Island, FL United States 12-09-12
    Flossiesmommy Amelia Island, FL United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, horrendous narration"
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    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.


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

    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.


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    Amazon Customer GRAIN VALLEY, MO, United States 12-08-12
    Amazon Customer GRAIN VALLEY, MO, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Maybe Harry Should Retire"

    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.

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    stephen 12-07-12
    stephen 12-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I am glad that I read this book"
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    Sure, a couple of years from now.


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

    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.


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

    I got a few laughs out of it.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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