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Is there anything you would change about this book?
I'm a huge Connelly fan, I have read or listened to everything. I'm half way through the book and the story is solid, but not the best (The Drop, 9 Dragons, The Reversal, The Poet - being the best). I have never written a review before completing the story but I'm fed up with this narrator, he is so bad. I was so looking forward to 11/26 - the release of this book, and was so disappointed 15 minutes in after hearing this voice droning on.
I'm at a loss as to why a series of this caliber and success would choose this narrator. I hope there was a very good reason for parting ways with Len Cariou, he was the best Bosch narrator.
What did you like best about this story?
A great way of tying together 20 years of Bosch stories.
Would you be willing to try another one of Michael McConnohie’s performances?
No, this was a really bad performance.
Could you see The Black Box being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?
Bosch would be a great character for a TV series.
Any additional comments?
Only die hard Connelly/Bosch fans should buy this. If this were my first Connelly listen I would never buy anything else (due to the narrator).
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As the saying goes, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it." Sadly, I preordered this book from the main page, and the book listings don't show the narrators there. As such, I was unable to see who was reading this book. Heck, I didn't even bother to read the reviews because there has never been such a thing as a bad Harry Bosch novel. It never even occurred to me that the publishing house for a Harry Bosch novel would commit such an incredible blunder as to change the narrator, after 18 books, to someone not only unfamiliar, but inept! When I started listening, I was shocked to not only NOT hear Dick Hill or Len Cariou, but to hear this droning voice that almost put me to sleep.
Mcconnohie literally reads the book... doesn't perform it, but reads it. There were no attempts to assign a unique quality of voice to a particular character, no inflections for different emotions during the story... I imagine that most parents reading a story book to their child would do a better job than this narrator has done. It is so poorly read that I cannot even tell if the book is any good.
I will admit that after reading some of the other reviews that I didn't make it as far as they did! I gave up after only 30 minutes! Who makes the decisions on these narrators? Doesn't Michael Connelly have a say in how the book should be read? Why, on earth, would the powers that be take such a popular series as the Harry Bosch novels, whose followers practically count the days until the next book is released, and then disappoint these fans with such a worthless read (or listen?) This was a huge letdown. Shame on Brilliance Audio and even shame on Michael Connelly if he has any say in the choice of his narrators.
Can you tell that I am NOT recommending this book??! Let's hope they get it right the next time... too bad we will have to wait for probably a year to find out.
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