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The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 Audiobook

The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

For LAPD homicide cop Harry Bosch - hero, maverick, nighthawk - the body in the drainpipe at Mulholland Dam is more than another anonymous statistic. This one is personal.

The dead man, Billy Meadows, was a fellow Vietnam "tunnel rat" who fought side by side with him in a nightmare underground war that brought them to the depths of hell. Now, Bosch is about to relive the horror of Nam. From a dangerous maze of blind alleys to a daring criminal heist beneath the city to the torturous link that must be uncovered, his survival instincts will once again be tested to their limit.

Joining with an enigmatic and seductive female FBI agent, pitted against enemies inside his own department, Bosch must make the agonizing choice between justice and vengeance, as he tracks down a killer whose true face will shock him.

Impressed? Ace detective Harry Bosch is also on the case in other exciting Michael Connelly crime-fiction novels.

©2004 Michael Connelly; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio

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    Zareen Isaac 07-07-15
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    "Good story & narration, except for female voice"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Dick Hill?

    Yes, but warily. Dick Hill has an excellent voice and he does well with a variety of men's voices and accents. But when it comes to women it is painful. The voice of the main female character in this book is pretty wimpy and delicate, even if her character is supposed to be strong and tough. I think he would have been better off reading her in a male voice.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At points yes. It's a good story and Dick Hill has good build up.


    What three words best describe Dick Hill’s performance?

    seasoned reader, or male voices and knows how to build momentum into the story.


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    B. Appel 07-03-15
    B. Appel 07-03-15
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    "Fantastic Book"

    Twists, turns, surprises and good old detective work. A great story and great propagandist in Harry Bosch.

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    Laurie Gore 06-30-15
    Laurie Gore 06-30-15 Member Since 2014

    I don't want to read the bestsellers. I want to read the best written.

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    "Journeyman's first novel"

    The author had a very good reputation after some fifteen or twenty years so I thought I would sample it by starting at the beginning. It wasn't bad, just not very surprising. The narrator Hill also did a decent job though I didn't care for his "voice" of the main female character. Based on reviews of later books, I will probably continue with the series but it hasn't risen to a priority for me.

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    Chuck Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-22-15
    Chuck Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful Start"

    Harry Bosch is a bad mutha. The action starts from the beginning. The narration is great bring the many characters to life. Had to circle the block many times to keep listening on the way home.

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    Justin SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 06-22-15
    Justin SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, United States 06-22-15 Member Since 2015

    Coquie

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    "Great First in a Series Book"

    Only buy this book if you want to get hooked! There are a bunch in the book series and almost all are good. Made into an Amazon Original TV series, now.

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    JOHN SR 06-19-15
    JOHN SR 06-19-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Kept my interest"

    Good story with great insight, an enjoyable read and intend to read more in the series

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    A. Renkel 06-13-15
    A. Renkel 06-13-15 Member Since 2015

    Christian, artist, book lover, pet lover. U.S. Air Force veteran. Christian, mystery, police procedural, young adult, science fiction.

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    "So good I wanted to start back at the beginning!"

    I have heard other books from this author including The Lincoln Lawyer. I have randomly listened to a few of the Harry Bosch books in the past. I have enjoyed them so much I decided to start back at the beginning of the series! This is another excellant series from Michael Connelly. I enjoy listening to Dick Hill narrate. I hope he narrates all this series; he is a very talented voice actor. I realized a few days ago that I can't remember the last time I watched TV other than to check the weather or news! Audiobooks are definitely a cure for couch potatoes!

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    Scott 05-31-15
    Scott 05-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    "good read"

    It is good book , and it kept my interest my interest and developed the characters well..

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    Dubi New York, NY 05-24-15
    Dubi New York, NY 05-24-15

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Good Procedural, Slightly Bosched Finish"

    For its first 12 hours, Harry Bosch's debut outing weaves a good police procedural with nicely developed characters and an interesting Vietnam War back story. What more can you ask for in a modern murder thriller?

    Just one thing: a better ending than a talking villain (or two) explaining everything while wasting just enough time for our hero to snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. The last 90 minutes is all that, and that cost Connelly a star in what was going to be a 5-star rating (let's call it a 4 1/2 rounded down to a 4).

    I had a moment of hope when I saw there were still two hours left after the talking villain was done, expecting another twist in the tale, as I had previously experienced with Connelly's Poet. But that time was spent on another talker explaining away the remaining plot points.

    But don't let this single criticism dissuade you. Otherwise, and until then, this is a Class A listen, and maybe you're not as sensitive as I am to this overworked device.

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    Leslie K Paulus 05-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "suspenseful"

    great character development of Bosch. Could have developed Eleanor a bit more. Narrator kept story animated.

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  • Ieva
    Babite, Latvia
    5/11/14
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    "Good story."

    Initially I wanted to return the book, as The beginning of it was not exactly comprehensible and does not give an idea of the story to come. But if you have the same feeling, be patient - it shall come... The story, the thrill, the character of detective - everything is there.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    ROANNEFrance
    12/6/13
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    "Fast moving"
    What did you like most about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    Believable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Connelly before, how does this one compare?

    First time for me.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Clear and with good diction.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Will definitely be following this author from now on.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Russell
    Shepperton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Harry Bosch Black Echo"

    The Harry Bosch Series does it again ,I finally got my iphone patched up to my car radio and this book made every journey so much easier.Dick Hill narrating is just one top guy, I actually didnt want journeys to end so I could listen even more .

    The story is Michael Connelly at his best, can't wait to get the next Harry Bosch installment!

    Keep it up Mickey boy!!!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
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    "First in the Harry Bosch series"

    I'm a sucker for the contemporary LA detective with a past. In this case the past is his experience as a Vietnam veteran which added a dimension that I particularly enjoyed. I've gone on to listen to the whole series of Harry Bosch novels so this is a great way to get yourself into a new series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    7/16/09
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    "A little predictable"

    A comfortable fairly predictable detective book. I did enjoy it, but didn't find it gripping, and the end was dragged out a bit. I thought the ending was a bit guessable too.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Richard
    Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom
    6/29/12
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    "Good cop thriller."

    This novel has all the ingredients of the traditional American cop thriller. Murder, a bank job and a cop with with all the usual complex character defects we have now come to expect from this genre. Set in LA in the early 1990s with the language and gadgets of the time, this book has the feel of the great American crime novels of the 1950s.
    Plenty of twists and a fast pace, it kept me entertained in every chapter of the book. Well drawn characters and decent narration, this is my first taste of the Harry Bosch novels and it will not be my last, if you like a good crime thriller, I recommend you give this novel a go.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    11/19/09
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    "Excellent thriller"

    Another excellent and well paced thriller from Michael Connelly which translates very well to an audiobook. First class narration. Strongly recommended.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    bostonUnited Kingdom
    7/8/09
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    "great read"

    fantastic story with several twists had me gripped from the start
    was well read by dick hill with all the character parts done just right

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Kathleen
    aberdeen, aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
    11/9/10
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    "kathleen"

    I enjoyed listening to this .Michael Connelly book so much that i will buy more of this author.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • David Dobell
    Romford, Essex, England
    11/3/16
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    "Bosched by Bosch"

    I found the black echo both gripping and entertaining. An excellent narration by Dick Hill also. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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