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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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    Amazon Customer 12-24-12 Member Since 2007
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    "A good read. Kinda predictable"
    Where does The Black Box rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think it was a good story but predictable. Micharl Connolly has written better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was predictable


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the barn


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    None

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    Erin Pasadena, CA 12-24-12
    Erin Pasadena, CA 12-24-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Connelly?"
    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed. TV dialogue embarrassing and very unlike Mr. Connelly's previous books. Questionable authorship.


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for a true Harry novel.

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    Nancy Barrett 12-24-12

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    "Really disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have read or listened to all of his books and Bosch is one of my favorite characters. This book just felt flat from the story, which lacked depth, to the narration, which seemed to drone on. I don't remember the other books in the series having so much 'reading" as opposed to character involvement. Lots of reference to Bosch doing this or Bosch doing that but not alot of Bosch or the other characters actually talking.....


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael McConnohie’s performances?

    I have read them all and look forward to their release. I would have to say that this was probably the worst.


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

    Not really.


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    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 12-23-12
    Gypsy Wife Back on Boogie Street 12-23-12 Member Since 2008

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    "The Narrator is Fine; the Story Worth the Listen"
    Would you listen to The Black Box again? Why?

    Yes. Because I love Harry Bosch and I relisten to all of Connelly's books.


    What other book might you compare The Black Box to and why?

    Reminds me a bit of The Last Coyote, with all of Bosch's struggles with IA.


    Have you listened to any of Michael McConnohie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, he is new to me. I didn't like him as well as Dick Hill or Len Cariou, but he really does a good job. Don't let the negative comments turn you off. Occasionally he sounds like the guy who does the Catsup Council skits on A Prairie Home Companion and that made me laugh. But give him a chance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course! Since I'm retired I go around with my earbuds in my ears while driving, feeding my horses, mucking stalls, cleaning house, whatever. My husband is always saying, "Take those things out of your ears!"


    Any additional comments?

    Connelly continues to develop Harry Bosch and his daughter Maddie. I hope one day we will be reading a series about Maddie as an LAPD detective. Harry and I are the same age, and I feel like he is a real person. I will always relisten to the Harry Bosch series over every year. I just started the series again last month and I'm already up to The Last Coyote. I never tire of Connelly's writing. He DID NOT phone this one in!

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    Sarah 12-22-12
    Sarah 12-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Bosch!"

    This is the one series I can come back to again and again. Harry Bosch just doesn't get old for me (although the character is certainly a lot older than he was at book 1). Michael Connelly is entertaining and philosophical. Harry Bosch is the rightful heir to the long tradition of detectives expressing the philosophical position of Albert Camus's character of the doctor in the book The Plague. And if you don't care about that stuff but you want an entertaining detective novel, Connelly doesn't disappoint. This character has a lot of heart.

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    Glenda Bolton, MA, United States 12-22-12
    Glenda Bolton, MA, United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Is it time for Harry to retire?"

    Only my previous loyalty to Harry and Michael Connelly got me through this. It was very disjointed and did not offer the excitement that Connelly's books usually offer.

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    LauraS NJ United States 12-20-12
    LauraS NJ United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Fair Bosch Story, new narrator's not so bad!"
    What did you like best about The Black Box? What did you like least?

    As a Bosch fan, I always enjoy Harry Bosch and supporting characters. But in this book he is operating more on his own, and there wasn't enough of the relationships- Hannah, Maddie and his partner very all superficial.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    A little less than average.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes, the new narrator was fine.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a real Bosch fan get it, but it's not the best in the series.

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    David Richmond, VA, United States 12-20-12
    David Richmond, VA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the Best of the Harry Bosch series"

    Excellent story, excellent reader. Harry solves a 20 year old murder in his typical build the momentum off a small lead style. What is really nice is human side you see in him in his interactions with his daughter. Great mystery,

    Nararator does a wonderful job. Overall I think the best combination of story and reader in the series.

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    Claire tustin, CA, United States 12-20-12
    Claire tustin, CA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Another great Harry Bosch book!"

    I love Conelly and Bosch, but I hesitated to purchase this one based on the reviews, particularly the new narrator....but glad I did.....loved it.

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    William Austin, TX, USA 12-20-12
    William Austin, TX, USA 12-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Why would you change the narrator!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Michael McConnohie’s performances?

    No


    Do you think The Black Box needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I have been a Harry Bosch listener for several years and downloaded this book as soon as it was available. I couldn't believe they changed the narrator, and what was worse, this narrator was very poor. I finished the book with no pleasure, I won't buy another with this narrator.

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