Was not sure aobut this audiobook, but was pleasantly supprised. It was put together well and presented well. Enjoyable
After reading many Harry Bosh books, I finally got to read the first one in the serie (thanks audible for introducing it). And I love it. It's not only the crime story that makes it interesting. Trauma from the past linked to crime investigation - brilliant idea. It's a must for HB fans.
What struck me most about THE BLACK ECHO's audio version was the narration. Nobody, NOBODY, in 1990's Los Angeles talks in the way the characters in the story talk. The young perps are all Leo Gorcey "Bowery Boys," the protagonist is "Sam Spade," and the rest are all exaggerated 1930's or 1940's movie characters.
The book itself tends in the same direction. Passages about anchovies on pizza. Give me a break. It's tired cliche after tired cliche after tired cliche.
The author knows his 1990's streets and geography of Los Angeles but he (narrator, too) DOESN'T know the people of 1990's Los Angeles at all.
But, it's "listenable" and, like an episode of Mannix, it easily holds your attention to the end.
This is not my favorite genre so that may account for my lower than average reviewer’s score. But seriously, I love the smell of cordite in the morning? Cordite has not been used since WW11 and even rarely then, and who gets shot, dives headfirst into a hole dropping eight feet into a pile of concrete and re-bar and then you jump in after them? That’s a long drop.
Another winner for Michael Connelly. I love this series. Harry Bosch is the boss. I am looking forward to the next one. I haven't listened to them in any order. I have ever read several in paper form from the library. They are all good. Enjoy.
I need some C8H10N4O2
This was recommend to me by my wife, and I can say that I am glad that she did. It was a great read. I recommend to everyone.
Good story. Suspenseful and intriguing.
Ending with Ellie's role in the plot
Yes. Dick Hill is a great narrator!
Many ah-ha moments
I bought this book because of all the positive reviews. It took several tries to get through the book. I kept telling myself "I bought it. I’m going to listen to it. Maybe it will get better." In the mean time I rushed through several other books that I could not put down. Eventually I paused to examine why I was not enjoying this book. At first I thought it was excessive detail or all the time spent trying to describe life in a police force. Eventually it hit me. I never built any attachment to the main character. This is the book's failing as a standalone novel. While he was going through his struggles I found myself not caring what happened. If you are not already a Harry Bosch fan, don't start with this book.
Entertaining. The narrator does a descent job. The story is a bit predictable and never became quiet as action packed as I was expecting but I was still entertained and it kept me wanting to listen. Overall I'd go with better than average. I picked it up so I could see where Harry Bosch started and to learn more about that character it was great.