My first Harry Bosch book was actually Echo Park, which I thought was great. However, I decided to start the series from book 1 - The Black Echo. To be the first in a series the character is really well developed. Mike Connelly does an amazing job not only with Bosch, but all ther other characters in the book. His descriptions are great. He provides just enough background color, detail, and complexity to take the reader along with the story without getting bogged down in too much minutia. I especially like the way he carries certain detail elements through the book which really gives it a cohesiveness and holds the plot and character development together.
This is also a great story that; very original.
Dick Hill performs very well, albeit it seems his talents are challenged by female characters. Other than that, I think he is very effective at capturing the right moods and intonations. Overall, he is enjoyable to listen to.
If you like this genre, I highly recommend this audiobook.
What I found with The Black Echo is a fairly standard detective novel. I was surprised that this wasn't more unique, given the popularity of the series, but it was a good mystery that kept me engaged in the story. I must say, the author doesn't seem to write women realistically, and given how flushed out the character portrait of Bosch was in this first book, I wonder if the author improves in his development of women as the series unfolds. I don't know why detective novel authors insist that their hero find someone to sleep with in every case, it's trite. If that was the most disappointing and least realistic aspect of this book though, the best aspect was the morgue and autopsy descriptions, which were sound and well done. I will continue the series and see how I feel about Bosch going forward.
Maybe the abridged version
No, only from this author. I had high hopes for it.
Dick Hill is great. He did his best to make this tedious book, with a weak plot and colorless characters, good.
All of the names of the highways, streets, intersections. God Almighty! Why do I need to know the car was stopped at Wilshire, made a turn on CIenga......It sounds like the Californians on Saturday Night Live who keep telling everyone the name of every street they took to get anywhere.
I need to know if the books get better before I buy the latest one by Michael Connelly because if it's as boring as this one I won't go near it.
If they had a woman reading the lady character. A man read both and his woman voice was like a mans.
I found myselt drifting off all the time and not hearing what he was saying.
I am not sure that cutting a character would have helped this book. This book had way too much description and what I would call totally not interesting garble just to make a chapter. I kept waiting for some twists an turns and kept waiting for some clues. I did not enjoy this book at all. I thought it was terribly boring.
I would not read anything from this author again.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
This was a really good crime/mystery book! I finally found a mystery author I would really like to read again (other than Tana French!) Yes, maybe it is fairly formulaic, but it's a well-done MYSTERY book, after all, not the great American novel. Michael Connelly's writing is straight forward and to the point - not embellished with fancy metaphors that don't work. The plot is exciting and compelling. I had to stay up late to finish it, and that's what I love in a book. I will say that the very ending of this one is a little over the top. The final twist of the "who done it" is a little unbelievable, but really it doesn't spoil it at all, IMHO. The setting (Los Angeles) was interesting to me, too, since I've visited there several times and I could really relate to his descriptions of the various areas. I'll definitely put the next Harry Bosch book on my "to read" list!
For a devoted murder mystery fan I have been reading/listening to the Harry Bosch Series in no particular order. They are entertaining no matter what order you read them in.
Linda Williams Standridge
not high because this is usually not my genre, but I do prefer Linda Fairstein thrillers-more my style.
I read it because I had really loved The Lincoln Lawyer.
I'll give everything a try
Dick Hill does a great job in the performance as usual. The emotions of the characters really does ring true.
The story line is complex but not so that it takes away from the story. The story starts of slow but soon picks up and you couldn't help but to read on and wonder what would happen next. However in the middle, it slowed again before picking back up again in the last quarter of the story.
The only thing I I wasn't so happy about was the slowing down in the middle. Other from that, the book was a good read. I think I would go ahead to read the rest of the story.
I'd recommend it,. If you ever read Lee Child and Harlen Coben and love their books as I do, you would enjoy this I think. Expect something in between Coben and Child's books.
A spell binding tale that is a little dated. If you can overlook the fact that this story pre-dates cell phones and the cops seem to always be looking for a pay phone, then the story moves along pretty well. I learned a thing or two about a soldier's terrifying duties in Vietnam. The narrator was great for a police drama but weak on the main female character's voice. If I listen to another book in the series, I plan to select one that is more recent.
I have a friend who has read every Harry Bosch ever written, but I had never tried one. Then I joined Audible last year and bought The Black Echo on sale and for some reason never listened to it.
Well, I was going over the books that I purchased long ago and decided to listen to this one. I am so glad I finally did! Dick Hill (who is so good reading Lee Childs' Jack Reacher series) was terrific, the story was full of twists and turns, and the characters very well drawn.
I must say that I figured out the last twist before Harry did, but I think I was supposed to. And that doesn't bother me, anyway. I am perfectly okay if I discover the answer before the end -- it usually allows me to be more observant for the rest of the story.
It's amazing how much technology has changed the way people carry on their everyday lives in only 20 years (The Black Echo was released in 1992), not to mention its impact on police work. But the human side of things I believe remains constant, and Harry is a good guy.
Now to go on to the rest of the series!