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
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??
Please, let Harry Bosch live forever - he's too good to ever grow old or retire. And if he ever shows up in a movie, let him be a younger Tom Selleck or Sam Elliott.
Look, it's Harry. He never disappoints. Audio book, paper or ebook, this is solid entertainment.
Harry's daughter shooting the stewardess.
Nope. That's not criticism. I wanted to savour it.
McConnohie is the best Bosch narrator so far. He absolutely captures Harry the way I see him.
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.
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.
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