[Download] The Burning Room By Michael Connelly

The Burning Room

By: Michael Connelly
Narrated by: Titus Welliver
Length: 10 hours
Release date: Nov 3, 2014
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A special signed limited edition of the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly follows Detective Harry Bosch and his new partner as they 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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70 Responses to “[Download] The Burning Room By Michael Connelly”

  1. Aja Mcnulty

    The Best Harry Bosch?
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  2. Keenan F.

    ARE YOU KIDDING ME? REFUND!
    I’m a HUGE Michael Connelly fan, having purchased all of his audiobooks in the Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller (“Lincoln Lawyer”) series. I waited for months for this new book only to be disappointed – once again – by the service-created monster: “The Actor As Narrator”!

    I’ve made my opinion on this issue public numerous times. A-list actors suddenly thinking that they can do the same job of top audiobook narrators. It just doesn’t work like that. Here, we have some actor I’ve never even heard of come from the service Prime online show “Bosch” and think he can perform behind such venerable narrators of this series as Dick Hill, Len Cariou, Peter Jay Fernandez and Peter Giles, with Hill and Cariou leading the pack. Who is Titus Welliver anyway? He’s not even in the same class of other actors who THOUGHT they could “moonlight” as narrators such as Elliott Gould, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kim Bassinger – and all of them were horrible. Since 1990, this Welliver person has done 1 or 2 episodes of various television shows and a few reoccurring roles, plus a list of movies, most of which I’ve ever heard of. He certainly didn’t carry any of these vehicles as a headliner, so he’s had more than enough time in his 25 year acting career to bone up on his narration skills if that’s what “he wanted to be when he grew up”. Okay, he IS Harry Bosch in the PILOT of the service show but, even in the title role, he’s out-acted by his young co-star Jamie Hector (“The Wire”) who plays his partner.

    In this book, Welliver has lost all of the grittiness of Connelly’s writing with his bland boring delivery. Bosch is known as a modern “square jawed”, hard drinking, conflicted detective who often works outside of the box. Welliver reads him like a 1st grader trying to color inside the line! He has the charisma of a flower pot and seems like he’s bored with the whole thing. I know he bored me so much that I stopped listening after 30 minutes to warn other potential buyers. I didn’t heed the reviews about the narration because I thought that Connelly and Harry Bosch could counter such criticism. Well, I was sooooo wrong!

    Absolutely awful! And to have us wait and pre-order this mess is unconscionable! I have purchased over 2,000 books from service but I’m no longer paying for substandard works – not as expensive as audiobooks are these days. I’m asking for a refund. If everyone disappointed by this book would do the same, then maybe service will be more selective and exercise some quality control over its product. But if we keep paying for books like this, we will continue to be as upset as I am right now. Next stop: service Customer Service to get my purchase price back! Anyone?

  3. Marcelene Zhao

    Another good solid Harry Bosch tale
    Two cold cases, a new partner, and Harry getting it done in spite of the rules. What more could yu want?

  4. Quinton Sinkey

    What was wrong with Len as Narrator?
    Where does The Burning Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  5. Trinity B.

    A Snooze
    I have 3 hours left of this book and I have totally lost track of the plot. I am a huge MC fan and had preordered this book before there were any reviews. Sadly, this book has been a real disappointment. I’m not sure if the story is any good because I am unable to focus on the boring, monotone narration. It’s really hard to understand why this audio book was even released. You would think a best selling author would have a great narrator.

  6. Yong Koffler

    It is a shame
    It is a real shame that service thinks it needs to have an actor who is a terrible narrator read and ruin the work of one of the best mystery writers of today. I suffered through listening to Titus Welliver reading this book only because I have already listened to the previous 18 and I really appreciate Michael Connelly’s work, but if he does as bad a job of portraying Harry Bosch on service’s original series as he did reading this book, I won’t bother watching it. And I doubt that I will be able to make myself listen to the last two books in this series. A talented narrator can make a good book truly entertaining, but Titus Welliver is DEFINITELY NOT A TALENTED NARRATOR.

  7. Celine Kahana

    I can always trust Connelley
    Bosch has evolved so much over the years, and that’s something I like in a series. I enjoyed Lucy very much, and the relationship showed a new side of Bosch. It also provided a space to examine Bosch’s reasoning and tactics in an investigation. It’s not the best thing Connelley ever did, but I think many critics are overreacting to comparisons with previous books, denying themselves the enjoyment of something different.

    AUDIO: I was mildly disappointed. Welliver has an attractive voice, and one that would fit for Bosch but — oddly — in dialogues with other males, he sometimes switches to a slightly dopey version for Bosch. He also has almost no range at all, so you have to seriously pay attention to figure out who’s speaking at any given moment. He does, however, render characters and narration with correct and logical inflections, unlike many readers who make you constantly think, “HAH?”

    Definitely worth the credits.

  8. Rolando Dubberly

    Strong Comeback For Bosch
    I was less than impressed with The Black Box so it was with relief that when I got into this book and realized that it was one helluva comeback. Harry’s new partner Lucia Soto is an excellent addition; the first worthy partner Bosch has had since Kiz Rider. Then there was the juxtaposition of the two cases they worked. As usual the politicians and the police administrators are as much the enemy as the perps; you wonder how the detectives ever solve any crime with that type of nonsupport. The only negative was Titus Welliver; his dreary monotone delivery that made long for the voices of Len Cariou or Dick Hill. Until I became accustomed to listening to it I thought that this Bosch was headed for the reject file; I’m happy I persevered and gave the writing a chance to overcome Welliver’s narration.

  9. Geoffrey A.

    Harry, you disappointed me!
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

  10. Izola R.

    A Twofer – Two cold cases for one credit
    Those administrators who have no idea what it is like to be in the field have come up with the brilliant idea of pairing new inexperienced detectives with seasoned vets in the cold cases unit. Harry Bosch gets partnered with Lucia Soto and although she does have a lot to learn, she ends up impressing this grizzled veteran as they end up taking on two old unsolved crimes full time. Things work out so well It sounds like the bosses know what they are doing – but don’t worry – they mess it up pretty bad in the end giving us a bitter sweet finale to an excellent story.

    As Harry and Lucia untangle the threads of two different puzzlers we see an old Bosch quote getting pilfered by an unsavory politician for his campaign. “Everyone counts or nobody counts”.

    In light of some recent tragic events, we may need to be reminded of this noble truth. All I can say is if I was a victim of a crime, or unjustly accused of one – please put Harry Bosch on the case.

  11. Petrina Maynard

    All about the narrator
    I don’t understand your change of narrators

    This story was a sleeper with a monotone narrator that fails to develop characters and personalities

  12. Emelda Swartz

    Narrator OK… Bosch is a Stranger
    The Harry Bosch I know and love is absent from this book. The Bosch I know always bucks the system, has corrupt politicians and cops trying to bring him down, and does what is right regardless of the possible consequences. The Bosch in this book does everything “by the book”. He is rather boring, but the book was good enough to finish. I think this book was written by a ghost writer. So many things from previous Bosch novels were missing. I think that the reviews trashing the narrator are a bit harsh. He has a different “style”, more just reading rather than “acting”. He did a fine job considering the content.

  13. Rutha Nepa

    Narrator sounded bored
    which made the book pretty boring. Love him or hate him, at least Dick Hill is never boring! Mr. Welliver may be a fine actor, but lacking the visual, it fell short. I felt like the story line needed more oomph, more action, more depth. It just left me kind of wanting. I have waited so long for the return of Harry Bosch, and this book did not live up to my expectations. Please bring back Dick Hill!

  14. Charleen Woodhull

    The ending left me saying, “OH NO!”
    Where does The Burning Room rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

  15. Carl

    Harry is Very Bland and Dry in This One
    The Harry Bosch at the best of times can be a bit dry and bland but the better ones pick up speed and have surprise endings. This is one of the least exciting and most disappointing. The story was bland most of the way through and it never really picked up speed. Also the ending seemed very flat. Was looking forward to this one because the last 3 or 4 seemed to be getting better and better. This book is recommended only for the Harry Bosch fans that need to read every one in the series.

  16. Minh Zambito

    A mistake to dump Hill
    Did Titus Welliver do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

  17. Marhta Markie

    Hope it isn’t the last one
    I rarely listen to anything other than Sci-Fi, but found myself drawn to this author. While others feel the narrator wasn’t up to snuff, I liked the world weary aspect of Welliver’s reading. I hope this isn’t the last we hear from Bosch.

  18. Skye Juell

    LOUSY Narration- Bad Choice
    Would you listen to The Burning Room again? Why?

  19. Antone Sonnenburg

    What a disappointment!
    I’ve been a Michael Connelly fan forever and have read or listened to all his previous books. That’s why I looked forward to this newest Bosch story. And that’s why I was so disappointed in it. At the start of the book, I assumed the problem was the droning, baritone monotone of the reader that was making this listening experience so excruciating. But then I realized that the main problem was the seemingly endless expository writing on police rules and practices and regulations and the plodding, plodding (and finally, unrealistically resolved) plot that was the main problem. The combination of the two was really deadly (and not in a good way, considering this is, of course, a murder case). I couldn’t believe how bad this was. I kept listening, thinking surely it would improve. Nope.

  20. Noella Adinolfi

    I like Welliver as Narrator
    Don’t listen to the critiques that Titus Welliver is not a good narrator. He plays Harry Bosch on the TV show, BUT is also a seasoned narrator of about a dozen books.

    I regard to the book itself, it was fine. The rating system only allows for whole stars and I would have given a 3.5 for overall. It wasn’t the best Bosch. I’m a little confused where his new supervisors came from. They almost seem like the new ‘Pounds” or Irvin. Is that lazy writing? Maybe. I’m a biased fan of the series so I let it slide. If you picked this book off the shelf having never read a Bosch, would you love it? Hard to say.

  21. Julius Z.

    Not Up to Standards of Bosch
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Burning Room to be better than the print version?

  22. Lavona A.

    Classic Michael Connelly
    I felt somewhat sad at the end because I have a feeling this is the last Harry Bosch book. As always, a great read and enjoyable from page one till the end.

  23. Conception Leys

    The best mystery with a tough ending
    Would you listen to The Burning Room again? Why?

  24. Billy Niksich

    Surprised by the other reviews.
    I was surprised after listening to this when I read the reviews that were so harsh on the narration. I think Mr. Welliver did a pretty solid job and his voice lent The Burning Room a Dragnet feel to it that I really enjoyed. To me he has the perfect voice for this genre. I would recommend this book.

  25. Newton Muck

    Harry Bosch at his best!
    I really enjoyed this book! I have not read all the Harry Bosch books but of the ones I have this is my favorite!
    I always appreciate an author who can write a compelling, “I can’t put it down” book without the unnecessary fillers like excess swearing and graphic sex.
    Excellent narration and character voices.
    The only complaint of you can even call it a complaint would be that end leaves things unresolved. Though we can safely assume that means another book will be coming before too long!

  26. Brain B.

    AWFUL
    Any additional comments?

  27. Lasandra Barscewski

    Great story
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  28. Chas S.

    Love Harry but not this round
    What would have made The Burning Room better?

  29. Steven

    Good book, deadpan narrator not for me
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

  30. Freddy Rocha

    Good story with poor narration
    What did you like best about The Burning Room? What did you like least?

  31. Cyril Kebert

    Who Wrote This, Really?
    The plodding monotone of this reader, combined with the stiff, seemingly amateurish writing, made this book a farce relative to Connelly’s previous work.
    At times, I thought it was a joke on all of us as the characters went through the motions in such a contrived, uninteresting manner.
    Perhaps he accidentally published the outline. Very strange and boring.

  32. Mitch Tremblay

    Disagree with others. Narration was very good.
    I’ve read most of the earlier Bosch novels and recently watched the first season of Bosch on service Prime which stars Titus Welliver as Bosch. Having enjoyed the first season and thinking that Welliver is very believable as Bosch I wasn’t sure how I would like him as the narrator but I ended up liking him a lot. Bosch is a little bit of a stiff in general, a good guy, but a little rigid. Perhaps some of the listeners got that from the performance and didn’t realize it was true to character. Bottom line, good narration.

    I found the storyline compelling. New evidence comes up in an old case and leads the detectives off on an entirely new avenue of exploration, and the case becomes hot and political. Bosch’s new partner Lucia Soto has a depth of character and an interesting background and the interaction between them seemed believable and real. I was able to immerse my mind in the story, which for me makes it worth my time and money.

  33. Norah Vanaman

    This narrator is terrible!
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

  34. Merri Fraizer

    Titus Welliver is getting gyp’t
    This Book while not the best Harry Bosch novel written is not the dud that it is being made out to be. Titus Welliver is not Len Cariou or even Dick Hill but he is good if you will get over your disappointment you will see that his has the right qualities in his voice. and while not being flexible in the range of voices he makes it seem less like a actor-less play and more like Harry Bosch it telling you a story. As for the story its self Michael Connelly has written much better. This is more like the Det. Chu forward books where this always a conspiracy not just a deeply personally motivated murder. So Yes Connelly has become predictable, as soon a former mayor looking to a gubernatorial race was introduced we all could have moved forward to last chapter and seen your assumptions proven. However, lets look at this as more of an opportunity to get to know a new partner who I feel is going to become a new character in the Michael Connelly universe because Bosch has to go soon. In the Words of Richard Castle “Writing [Bosch] has become more like work” and no one wants to read trash from a “Working Author”. So read the book enjoy the journey and get to ready to enjoy the feisty Lucy Soto she will be great.

  35. Carmelo Popik

    Bosch Getting Ready to Retire
    Connelly’s long-running protagonist Harry Bosch, in his 19th outing, is investigating a cold case when he discovers that his new partner, Lucky Lucy Soto, is looking into a cold case of her own. Heavy on procedure, light on character development, too reliant on coincidence, the two cases lead Bosch and Soto into looking at three other unsolved murders and robberies (at least) that are linked to them.

    In the end (trying to say this without spoilers while trying to indicate why the story is only worth three stars), the solutions become pointless other than Bosch and Soto figuring out what had happened in each case. Bosch is in his final days before retirement, and his character and this story make it feel like he is indeed ready for retirement. Mailed in, worth listening to only for hardcore Bosch fans.

    I was initially excited to see Titus Welliver narrating. This is the guy who plays Bosch on the TV series, so he’s going to capture him in print, right? Wrong! As a TV character with the aid of visuals, Welliver does well with his low-key deadpan portrayal of Bosch. With his voice as his only tool, the low-key narration is somnolent (at best). But not slow enough to speed up. A real snooze, as written and as read.

  36. Han R.

    Frustrated
    It stumps me when an author or publisher chooses to change narrators after devoted listeners have followed them for many books. This narrator may be fine – it was my first listen for him, however, Bosch has a history and a voice already. I felt I did not know the characters and had a complete disconnect with the story, narrator and overall enjoyment. I hope whoever makes such blunders reads the reviews. Love Michael Connelly and will listen again when Dick Hill and Bosch return!

  37. Carter D.

    Titus can act better than he can read
    I listen to the wrong side of goodbye and enjoyed Titus welliver’s narration. this one not so much. Also, the story was a bit flat for a Michael Connelly novel.

  38. Vella Formella

    Love Bosch!!!!
    This was a great addition to the Bosch novels and could be a good conclusion to the series if Connelly decides to go that direction. I did not love Titus Welliver as the narrator. I wish they would have brought Len Cariou back. The inconsistency with narrators has been my only complaint throughout the Bosch series.

  39. Breanne Mcclinsey

    Harry Bosch Rules!
    Great story and performance…having just completed “Bosch” series on service TV, loved hearing Titus read!
    I’ve been reading Michael Connelly for quite awhile and was very satisfied with the way the story was presented.

  40. Yolonda Geitner

    Great story – mind numbing narration
    Michael Connelly once again writes a great story. The characters are well done and plot is intriguing. That being said, the narration was so horrific that I almost called my doctor for a Prozac prescription to get through the depressing narration. Titus Welliver made ZERO attempt to distinguish one character from another and his delivery was so dead pan that I almost gave up. Get this one on Kindle or buy the actual book folks.

  41. Mark

    Time for Harry to retire
    Over the years I think the Harry Bosch series has been my favorite detective novel series. I think though that the series probably peaked a few years back and has slowly been in decline – after finishing “the burning room” I wish he would simply retire the character before ruining the series. Surprisingly, the Bosch of the most recent books no longer has a lot of depth. Connelly seemed to have been at his best with the Bosch series when he wrote “City of Bones” and on through “the Narrows”. I would rate all of those books during that stretch of time to be five stars. The storylines and the things going on in his life outside of the case made them all very easy listens. Always found his music interests to be interesting and most of those books seemed to have parts in the book that were very humorous.

    This book, like the prior one, is simply a cop out. The character isn’t really interesting or likeable anymore. In my opinion the most recent books in the series are mediocre. I think Connelly is looking for a way to focus on Haller but Bosch is his cash cow.

    The problem with the series is Bosch has got to be in his mid sixties at this point. The LAPD ought to give him “freeway therapy” and let him move on.

    Like most of the other reviewers I agree that the narration in this one is lame. I am not sure though that even Len Cariou could have made this one more than just average, simply not a lot to work with.

    If you are a Bosch fan then I am sure you will want to get the book regardless. If you are new to the series don’t start with this one.

  42. Omega Lilla

    Mediocre plot; terrible narration.
    This purports to be a police procedural, but the story is plodding and boring. Bosch’s new partner Soto is an interesting character, but she’s a bit fast and loose with her service revolver.

    With Titus Welliver playing Harry Bosch in service.com’s new series, you’d think he’d be a more invested reader. Instead he reads in a monotone and only differentiates characters minimally. I was very disappointed. I wonder whether I will like Welliver any better in the online series.

  43. Peter Machain

    Titus Welliver does not disappoint!
    I was skeptical going in, but the narration was great.
    The story was consistent with my high expectations of Michael Connelly.
    All in all a great listen.

  44. Antonia Roberton

    Another wonderful Bosch story!
    The narrator was great as always as was the story. Michael Connelly did it again!

  45. Ward R.

    A classic Harry Bosch
    As Harry’s career is winding down, he takes on a cold case and a new partner. The narrator comes across with Harry’s personality as he tell the story, or should I say stories. One investigation leads to another, was was unrelated has nexus. Enjoy this one.

    Oh, for those who commented one the narrator being flat, no inflection; try a Disney story where imagination is handled for you.

  46. Gordon Eargle

    Not my favorite
    Love all the Bosch books. This has a different feel to it – maybe because of the change to Titus Welliver as the narrator.
    Bosch didn’t seem to have the same intensity. So much so that I almost wondered if Michael Connelly used a ghost writer. Or he was just trying to portray Bosch as older…
    Anyway – still a good story!

  47. Silva Cathey

    another treat
    This is a great series and this is a great addition. Harry had a new partner and he is the same old brilliant disrespectful Harry. just wonderful.

  48. Gabriella A.

    Starbucks Ad or Detective Story?
    When I found myself counting the number of visits to Starbucks by our protagonists, a sense of dread washed over me…’Harry Bosch has lost his edge.’ However, when the pastry selection Bosch buys (from Starbucks) for a judge to garner favor for a court order is given play in the story, I realized that we have reached the end of an era.

    Harry Bosch no longer exists. In his place is a Hollywood cutout who is no longer the consummate outsider. He has morphed into just another wise, old detective with street savvy, but too polished to allow us to see his dark side.

    This story was canned, relying on strokes of luck to move the plot along. The author even chastises his own use of this weak writing tool by reminding us that lightening doesn’t often strike in an investigation (but it does – several times).

    If you purchase this book it may give you an excuse to leave the past behind. Time find yourself a new anti-hero like Bosch to enjoy.

  49. Humberto Mckowen

    Love Bosch but it’s still cynical
    I skipped all the books in the middle and read The Wrong Side of Goodbye right after The Black Echo. Now I have gone back and read the later middle books. They are all bittersweet and a bit cynical. Maybe that’s the author’s way of saying that there are far more victims to any murder than just the dead guy. And a piece of the investigator dies each time too.

    There is also always more than one meaning to the title. It is always enlightening to discover the not-so-obvious meanings, but they also add to the cynicism of the stories.

    Despite all that, the stories are complicated with many well-developed characters that make them realistic.

    This story is not as deep as it first appears, but then maybe life is like that. There are two or three cases going on here, and both Bosch and his new partner Lucky Lucy do good work. We do wonder what happened to end the partnership of Chu and Bosch, though. It seems Chu is still around, so explanation please!

    Titus Welliver has a nice voice, good for a detective story, but he does not narrate well. His delivery is sleepy, and his character distinction nonexistent.

    All in all, the Bosch series is professional and interesting, but I don’t think I would ever revisit any of the books. I like my endings happy and my bad guys punished.

  50. Randall Downey

    Don’t listen to those other reviews!
    Any additional comments?

  51. Minna Humbert

    Narration burns me up!
    Will the voice of the real Harry Bosch please speak up!! I miss my old friend.

  52. Keisha Weida

    Asking for a refund because of narrator!!!
    What would have made The Burning Room better?

  53. Maisie Gabrielsen

    Wow so good!
    This was a cliff hanger. Couldn’t believe the end. Michael Connelly does it again and keeps us coming back for another helping of Bosch!

  54. Isaias Lyau

    Even by Connelly’s standards, too much coincidence
    Even by the not too exacting standards of credulity, set in Connelly’s prior work, the core coincidences underlying the plot are far fetched indeed.

    The core coincidences are Bosch finding a hitherto unknown connection, between the 20-year-old crime he is investigating, and an arson case connected to his young new partner’s childhood… Oh yes, and it turns out that Harry just happened to have seen some critical evidence linking the crimes, when visiting the crime scene as a back-up-cop 20 years earlier.

    Beyond that, it was typical Connelly: good-ish story, small amount of action, no sex and a bit of anti-Semitism. (Why do so many of his protagonists have Jewish names?)

    KRD NYC

  55. Marjorie F.

    Bosch does it again
    Another excellent chapter in the Harry Bosch series! Took a little time to accept Titus as the voice of Bosch, more accustomed to him as Everett Hitch and Virgil Cole. He did admirably, though I still prefer Dick Hill.

  56. Bonnie

    Terrible reader
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

  57. Rafael Hinks

    Boring!!
    I’m halfway through this book and I don’t think I can finish it. Nothing has happened. The characters are so dull you want them all to die. The narrator is worse than the text to talk robot that comes with Kindle. Much worse. The robot has more inflection in his voice than this clown. I looked forward to this book because I have enjoyed every Michael Connelly book he has ever written. There are better books out there that you can get for free. Completely disappointed. ZZZZZZZZ

  58. Maurice Azzano

    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.

  59. Cleo Sass

    Bosch Stories Deserve Better Narration
    This is another Bosch epic, with a complex plot, systematic detective work, lucky breaks, and a good detective nearing retirement and trying to make sure he leaves a decent legacy, maybe even a worthy protégé. Nice interweaving of two resurrected old cases, one involving his latest young partner. Another good yarn. But the narration is dreadful, monotonous, basically boring. Many of us fans identify Dick Hill with Harry Bosch, and wish he would return to the recording studio.

  60. Francine Lovaglio

    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.

  61. Brigitte P.

    At once the music started playing
    The iPod I’ve been using for the last couple of years makes it difficult to see how much time remains on books to which I am listening. Mostly I don’t care because I can usually estimate or glean from content how much I’ve listened and how much I have left. I was completely thrown off guard when the music started playing at the end of the Burning Room. At first I thought perhaps the director decided to add music for another reason. I quickly realized the book was quickly coming to an end. I won’t mention the loose threads when the book ended because to do so would give away some important plot details. Quite simply it seemed that Connelly tired of writing and decided to end the book. I understand Harry Bosch is a character in a series and I don’t mind continuing themes from one book to the next. Yet I prefer a 10-hour book to be mostly self contained. I don’t believe this one was. Maybe we’ll learn more in the next installment. The abrupt ending aside, all the other stuff making these books fun to read was there. So if you’re into serials, this book is a great choice. Otherwise you might be as disappointed as I was.

  62. Dillon Ansbacher

    Titus Welliver is a good actor, not a good narrator…
    I know why they had Welliver start narrating the books, it was just a poor decision. The emotionless reading of Welliver is in stark contrast to Len Cariou’s telling. Cariou sets a mood of a hard hitting noir detective, while Welliver in much like a human ambien. It was very disappointing.

  63. Carola Scavona

    Love this characyer!
    Welliver’s voice is a perfect accompaniment to the story and time. Hope he reads more.

  64. Edgar Ineson

    Waste of time and money
    Rehash of previous books, with a monotonous narrator, who entirely failed to capture Harry’s warmth, wicked humor and humanity. What a disappointment!

  65. Imelda Minott

    don’t believe the naysayers
    I stayed away from this one for a year because of the bad reviews of Tits Welliver. That was a mistake. He personifies Harry Bosch. Loved it and the Crossing was even better.

  66. Edward Okino

    Jack Webb “Dragnet” Delivery
    Any additional comments?

  67. Britta Reddington

    We See Harry’s Heart
    I’m a huge Harry Bosch fan and this book did not disappoint. With just months left on the job we get to see Harry’s big heart as he guides a rookie detective on the ways of solving a cold who done-it. We are also shown Harry’s ever deepening love of being a father.
    So many times Peter Giles has been the voice of Harry Bosch for me as I listen to another of Michael Connelly’s wonderful stories. Titus Welliver narrates this story flawlessly being true to the characters I’ve listened to for years. Kudos Mr. Welliver, I will be looking for more books narrated by you.

  68. Rico R.

    Outstanding! Perfectly paced!
    What did you love best about The Burning Room?

  69. Dena Hearing

    Gotta love Harry Bosch!!
    Any additional comments?

  70. Mariano Dimario

    La Linea de Oro
    I’ve listened to Michael Connelly’s entire, but much shorter, “Lincoln Lawyer” series on service. Mickey Haller, the eponymous attorney of that series, is Hieronymus “Harry” P. Bosch’s much younger half brother. I didn’t avoid listening to Connelly’s Bosch series – I just didn’t need to. I’d already read them all, on honest to goodness real paper bound between actual covers. They’re still on my bookshelf, an honor I reserve for books I know I’ll read again someday.

    “The Burning Room” (2014) is my first Bosch book on service, and it’s a treat. It’s narrated by Titus Welliver, who plays the LAPD detective on service’s Prime Instant Video Service series “Bosch”. I hadn’t even realized there was a Bosch television series until I looked up Welliver to write this review. The reason I looked up Welliver? His voice is so much like the prolific Mike Rowe (The Dealiest Catch, American Hot Rod, Dirty Jobs & etc.) I wanted to see if they were the same person. They aren’t, but I did discover I wasn’t the only one who’d noticed the Rowe-Welliver sound similarity.

    Connelly, as always, writes Los Angeles like an old lover. “The Burning Room” is centered on Mariachi Plaza, an 80 year old Boyle Heights fixture. It’s now a gentrified stop on the 2009 expansion of the Metro Gold Line. (Yes, Los Angeles actually has a fast, clean, transportation system that runs so on time it could be a Snopes legend, all hidden in plain sight.)

    Bosch is working cold cases. Connelly moves back and forth between the late 20th Century desperation of Mariachis living in flop houses and traveling in old vans to play Quinceañeras, to the arid but energy efficient, culturally diverse and sometimes culturally divided Los Angeles of the 21st Century.

    Connelly introduces “Lucky Lucy” Soto, a young detective who, after a heroic gun battle, made the “Cold Case” unit her choice assignment. Lucia is a strong female character, in the tough-as-nails-but-secretly-scarred Kiz Rider mold. Soto vies with Bosch to see who’s in the office the earliest, who puts in the most hours, and who is the most intuitive detective. Bosch is a proud mentor to Soto, and to his own daughter, Maddie, a Police Explorer.

    Bosch is a good detective, and “The Burning Room” is a good listen.

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