The Burning Room : Harry Bosch

  • by Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by Titus Welliver
  • Series: Harry Bosch
  • 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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).

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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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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.
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- Patroo

Where is Len?

We come to love Dick Hill, the 1st narrator for the Bosch series. He was so perfect for the character. We lost Dick Hill and here comes Len Cariou. He grew on me very fast and I really enjoyed how he brought Bosch out.
I was getting so excited a few weeks before The Burning Room was released. I had pre-purchased the book, downloaded it on the 3rd and was all ready. Oh my word where is Len Cariou?
Sad to report this is the first Michael Connelly book I cannot finish. I stopped at chapter 25 and can't go on.
Sad, very sad.
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- Steven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-03-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio