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The Burning Room | [Michael Connelly]

The Burning Room

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent. Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case.
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Publisher's Summary

Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner investigate a recent murder where the trigger was pulled nine years earlier.

In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and rookie Detective Lucia Soto are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Beginning with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveal that this shooting may have been anything but random.

In this gripping new novel, Michael Connelly shows once again why Harry Bosch is "one of the greats of crime fiction" (New York Daily News).

©2014 Michael Connelly (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Connelly proves again that neither he nor Bosch has lost his touch." (Christian DuChateau, CNN)

"Bosch has become one of the most popular and enduring figures in American crime fiction." (Kevin Nance, Chicago Tribune)

"Bosch has become Mr. Connelly's most durable, well-entrenched creation." (Janet Maslin, New York Times)

"As the new voice of Harry Bosch in this nineteenth volume of the series, Titus Welliver brings some formidable skills to the narration. His deep, resonant voice fits the atmosphere and the vocalization of Bosch, and his pacing makes the story accessible even for new listeners. A slightly raised pitch makes the female voices pleasant and believable, as do the subtle Mexican accents he gives several characters." (AudioFile)

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    Barbara N. 11-05-14
    Barbara N. 11-05-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story, narration a disappointment"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The Harry Bosch series is one of my favorites, which kept me listening even though the narration was lacking. I understand Titus Welliver is playing Bosch in the TV series, but in this audio performance he came across very monotone.


    60 of 63 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer the High Desert 11-07-14
    Amazon Customer the High Desert 11-07-14 Member Since 2012

    patroo

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    "Not up to par"

    The Michael Connelly books have always been "go to" books for repeat listening, and frankly, we think of Harry Bosch as family. We've even become fond of Mickey Haller.

    The newest book doesn't do it for us. The reader was adequate - barely - why? Because he sounded like the reincarnation of "Joe Friday" of "Dragnet." Flat intonations, little variation and emotion, and can't do very many voices. Len Cariou was the best Harry, and when I think of Harry, that's the voice he has.

    The story itself was not interesting, and it telegraphed its destination very early. Harry wants to retire in a year and take his retirement in a lump sum. Ding Ding Ding! We know Harry will have problems staying employed for the next year, and the cliff-hanger ending is just a predictable pitfall to put Harry in peril.

    Of Connelly's many books, only two of them have been duds. Now there are three.

    It's possible that when the remaining books in the Harry series are out, that they'll all come together and form a more likeable book when listened to in sequence. At this point I'd be tempted to wait until the Harry series is completed, then get the books...maybe.

    Harry Bosch has always been one of the most interesting and complex characters. I'd invite him to Thanksgiving dinner if I could.

    This new detective Lucy doesn't do it for us. I don't care if she walks off a cliff or takes up driving a taxi. She's just a chair warmer, and if she becomes the heir apparent of the series, I will be very disappointed. It looks like that's the plan. Now would be a good time for the partner-destroying tradition to revive.

    This isn't a good audio book. Read it in print so you can bring it to life yourself. Borrowed from the library, of course.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 11-04-14
    Robert Long Beach, CA, United States 11-04-14
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    "Worst narrator ever!"

    I can't really review this book. The narrator is so bad, I am unable to continue past the first two chapters. He's bland, sterile, boring, unemotional, unable to audibly act the character's parts, horrible! I don't know who chooses narrators for audio books, but this choice is a big zero. I am a long time fan of Michael Connelly and the Bosch series. But, this book is unlistenable. I'm going to purchase the paper/ink version so I can read it. What a disappointment.

    95 of 103 people found this review helpful
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    AKAWRTR 11-04-14
    AKAWRTR 11-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Poor reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I recommend buying the paperback and reading it yourself. The reader, Titus Welliver, was totally wrong for the story.


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

    Great story line from the author


    How could the performance have been better?

    Much better. Why didn't they get Dick Hill or Lou Caru? Welliver just ruined the book for me.


    Could you see The Burning Room being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, it would make a great movie


    Any additional comments?

    It's sad that a great read is ruined by the one reading it.

    51 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 11-04-14
    Amanda GREENEVILLE, TN, United States 11-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Storry Good Narrator Not"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Using the same narrator as the other books. I love Titus Welliver as an actor but not as a narrator


    Would you be willing to try another one of Titus Welliver’s performances?

    With improvement, yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was very good


    69 of 75 people found this review helpful
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    SANDRA 11-11-14
    SANDRA 11-11-14
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    "AWFUL"
    Any additional comments?

    In anticipation of this book release, I went back an reread all of the previous Bosch books. Love them. I could barely wait for this book to be released. OMG. What an absolute disappointment. The narrator was awful, Bosch was NOT Bosch. his new partner was gun happy, and the ending was utterly depressing AND stupid. The whole book just made me want to scream. I hated it! I have almost 500 books in my library and I don't think I've hated a book as much as this one. If I could give a rating of zero, I would!

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    RueRue 11-06-14
    RueRue 11-06-14

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    "Great story, terrible Narration"

    A definite page turner of a story, but narration was off. The voice was right for the character of Harry Bosch, but there was no energy or excitement in the reading. Read the book instead.

    34 of 37 people found this review helpful
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    Rossputin Evanston, IL 11-04-14
    Rossputin Evanston, IL 11-04-14 Member Since 2001

    Mike A.

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    "Marketing Meets Art--Art Loses"

    It was easy to see this coming. Amazon's new "Bosch" series-starring Titus Welliver- is airing in early 2015 on Amazon Prime. So what better tie in than to have TW narrate the next Harry Bosch novel? There's only one problem; as good an actor as TW is, he's a horrible narrator. There's little inflection or emotion in the reading and it frankly puts you to sleep and makes you lose track of the story.

    The Marketing Dept's at Amazon, Audible and Hachette Audio really made a mess of this book. Let the creative people make casting and presentation decisions. The marketing people should stick to flogging the product.

    72 of 80 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth 11-10-14
    Kenneth 11-10-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Mediocre police procedural with poor narration"

    Harry Bosch solves two cold cases with a new partner, a lot of luck, and no small amount of coincidence. The narrator's monotone and "one voice fits all" approach to conversation makes for boring listening and sometimes makes it difficult to determine who exactly is speaking. He gives the impression of someone just reading words on a page rather than actually telling a story. And then there's the issue of Harry Bosch's age. For Harry to have been a "tunnel rat" during the Viet Nam war he would have to have been no older than 10 years old at the time. Perhaps he lied about this age.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Labib Olivette, MO, United States 11-06-14
    Labib Olivette, MO, United States 11-06-14 Member Since 2014

    Lifepixels

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    "DONT BUY IF YOU LOVE HARRY BOSCH"
    What would have made The Burning Room better?

    The performance by the narrator will ruin the series or turn away readers not already in love with Harry Bosch. This guy seems genuinely bored to death while reading which truly diminished the way the entire book is viewed. Look, it shouldn't be all about narration but there are times when the narration absolutely influences the way in which the book is received. STAY AWAY don't buy....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Titus Welliver’s performances?

    NO, except if listening would spare the life of someone i dearly loved. And then I'd give it a hard pause.


    38 of 43 people found this review helpful
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