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The Burning Room Audiobook

The Burning Room

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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 any other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting 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 reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.

Read by Titus Welliver, star of the Bosch TV series.

©2014 Hieronymous, Inc (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Maureen 05-11-15
    Maureen 05-11-15
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    "Connolly does it again!"

    I enjoyed this book from the moment I started to listen to it.
    However, I am a great fan of Harry Bosch so this is not at all surprising.

    The most memorable moment for me was right at the end when Harry leaves the squad room to applause led by Soto.

    The narrator, who plays the part of Harry in the TV series Bosch,
    was perfect.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret 02-20-15
    Margaret 02-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Go Harry"

    Loved it. Looking forward to the next adventure. Harry is such an interesting character who develops through the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 12-20-14
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 12-20-14 Member Since 2011

    A man's got to do what a man's got to do..

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    "A good reading, but Bosch stories are aging..."

    I have mixed feelings about this book. On one hand, one can find the strengths of Connelly’s books (and of the Harry Bosh saga): a linear story, a very solid and credible plot, characters well depicted and a catchy Los Angeles providing as usual a great background to the action. However, somehow the book is not engaging as most of the Bosh stories used to be. May be is Bosh that has aged: from the passionate, intense, almost dark hero that used to be, Harry is now a grumpy, a bit cynical cop flirting with (and fighting) retirement. Glimpses into his private life –that should provide pauses and contrast to the thriller plot- are frankly boring: he is a worrying father to a teenage girl without really other interest or relationship. This is emblematic of the lost charisma of Bosh and a key to understand why this book is less engaging than the first ones of the series. I must however say that, in relative terms, is by far not the worse book that Connelly has recently written. In fact, in absolute terms, the book is overall a good experience and had no problems in keeping up through the (good) end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. J. Walsh Canberra, Australia 09-13-16
    M. J. Walsh Canberra, Australia 09-13-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Welliver sparks the fire"

    This is not the best of the Bosch books and that would be more apparent but for the exemplary reading of the text by Titus Welliver. He could hardly have been better. Despite meticulous detailing in the writing and the arrival of a new, young, female work partner for Bosch, there is a thin quality that pervades the narrative. The reason is that two unrelated investigations are taking place simultaneously and they both seem like they would struggle to stand alone. Put together they might just do, but it is Welliver who delivers the blaze.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    11/14/14
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    "Procedural of procedurals"

    A book by the numbers and delivered in the same way, minutia of details and a sterile environment makes this book cold and almost sad, Boch as untrusting teacher, and a willing pupil. Is this Boch legacy? Is this his last case? No redemption among angels?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MISS E.
    11/14/14
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    "Boring"
    What would have made The Burning Room better?

    I love this series. I have listened to them all over and over. I don't think I'll listen to this one again. The narrator puts me to sleep. He doesn't make the story interesting at all. As an actor great as a narrator rubbish. I found the flat tone very difficult to listen too. Why wasn't this narrated by the usual people. Big mistake. It should be re done!


    Would you recommend The Burning Room to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone who loves the previous narrators. I would recommend reading rather than listening.


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

    I wouldn't be willing to listen to this narrator again. His voice is to flat and doesn't get me interested in the story just puts me to sleep.


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

    This book left me disappointed. No even sure if I enjoyed the story or even if I heard all of it I kept falling asleep.


    Any additional comments?

    Please release this book again with one of the narrators you used for Harry before.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ronan
    11/14/14
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    "A let down"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No , Titus Welliver delivered it in a monotone boring voice - it would put you to sleep


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I returned the book before the end , Ill buy the paper version and finish it rather than listen to Titus


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Titus Welliver?

    Anyone


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    11/14/14
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    "Poor Narration"
    What disappointed you about The Burning Room?

    The narration was disappointing. The one star for the performance rating I gave is for the fact that the narrator spoke the words. The four stars I didn't give would be for passion, character definition, Reading the book before narrating it and steering the plot for the listener.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Wont get to the end unfortunately unless the book is narrated by other.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Titus Welliver?

    Jeff Harding


    Any additional comments?

    Monotone narration to a book by one of the most respected crime authors. Now just want my money back so I can buy the hardback and read it myself.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A. J. Pomfret
    Dunedin, New Zealand
    11/14/14
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    "Harry's getting old!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Burning Room the most enjoyable?

    As the years have gone by, Harry's mellowed a tiny amount. The story lines are just as good, but not so forceful or violent, in keeping with the age thing. Whilst I enjoyed Titus Welliver, who will make a fine on screen Harry, he doesn't 'do' other character voice changes, which makes some of the dialogue difficult to follow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Different character voices rather than the same for all.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    Great Horwood, United Kingdom
    11/12/14
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    "Why?"

    From the outset it was apparent that Mr Connelly has lost his way. The choice of narrator " Titus Welliver" a voice so monotone and dull I fell asleep within 10 minutes, come back Dick Hill / Len Cariou!!!!. This is a story that just doesn't grip you in anyway. we are used to Bosch being a lone wolf and consumed by his calling. sadly in this story he is passive and just not driven like before. Connelly seems to have run out of ideas, he even drags up old characters and story lines to fill space and to no effect. Bosch is dead in the water baby! time to bow out Mr C or get some nuts!!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    Hassocks, United Kingdom
    11/17/14
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    "Wrong Narrator!"
    Would you try another book written by Michael Connelly or narrated by Titus Welliver?

    I would read another Michael Connelly book but would not listen to Titus Welliver reading it.


    What didn’t you like about Titus Welliver’s performance?

    The dull, flat monotone of Titus Welliver's voice makes him very difficult to listen to for more than a few minutes. He gives the impression that he's bored with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a classic Harry Bosch story but the narration is very disappointing.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Claire D.
    11/8/16
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    "Let down!"

    Having listened to 16 chapters I'm giving up. If it wasn't for the awesome narrator, I wouldn't have made it past the first 5 chapters. I have read much better Bosch stories, this one is dull, the characters are uninteresting the story boring. Thumbs down for this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Jonathan Mcclane
    North Wales
    6/7/16
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    "Bosch on form"

    Great story.
    Great reader.
    Taking on the leadership never gets old for this guy, sometimes however, I wish he'd catch a break with the ladies.
    It's Bosch, need I say more?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire Potts
    4/26/16
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    "Another first rate production"

    Great story from start to finish, sometimes authors can wear out a character quickly and the books become all too similar, not so with Bosch.
    Wonderful to have Titus read this latest novel, easy to place him as the voice of Bosch with his portrayal in the TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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