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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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    Dr. Jeffrey B. Daughtry Sarasota, Florida 11-18-14
    Dr. Jeffrey B. Daughtry Sarasota, Florida 11-18-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Harry Bosch Is Dirty Harry! Narration Is Superior"

    Michael Connelly is a phenomenal writer with an innate attention to detail which is second to none.

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    Glenn E Slowey 11-17-14
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    "Connelly Super!"
    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    at the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harry's thoughts of Vietnam and how they played a part to the plot.

    The author tied the story together quite well.


    Any additional comments?

    This book hooked me on Connelly and Harry Bosch...

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    Kindle Customer 10-31-14

    alwayswalkingmydog

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    "Fantastic Detective Story"
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    Dick Hill is one of my favorite narrators and as usual his narration was brilliant. This was the first time I listened to a Harry Bosch series book and I loved it! It had the ambience of the old time detective stories. The history of tunnel rats was so interesting and I think anyone can understand how that must affect a man after the war is long over. Plenty of plot twists kept my interest. I had to immediately listen to the second book in the series.

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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 10-21-14
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 10-21-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Harry always A Loner"

    Not sure how I missed these first books since I've read all others. This book sets the stage for Harry Bosch's personality and issues with management. Even though it is before cell phones it is superb. Dick Hill is ideal as Harry and the plot is as intriguing as later books. Harry Bosch is an irascible detective in the old school who gives no breaks to anyone. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and recommend it to anyone who likes detective stories where smarts wins over brawn.

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    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 10-07-14
    dr Frank Beaver Falls, PA, United States 10-07-14 Member Since 2011

    Lover of life and lover of books! I read/listen to a wide range (many) but my favorite non fiction are self-help and autobiographies.

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    "After three starts, I finished the book and"

    I started listening to this book three times before I continued and I am glad that I did. Initially, I bought the book since I enjoy the narrator and listened to him from various other books.

    I picked up another Michael Connelly book (Blood work) and enjoyed it immensely. Therefore, I decided to try to get past the start of the book.

    The story has some predictability but is very believable and has enough mystery and 'action' to keep the listener interested through to the end. There are many different surprises but the apparent research provides credibility and kept me thinking wanting to listen without stopping similar to the Blood Work.

    Harry Bosch is portrayed in many different lights. Vet from the Vietnam era struggling with its impact to life combined with his intense desire to find the truth in the apparent murder of the person found in the pipe and the deep loneliness associated to his 'chosen' profession as a 'protector of the peace'.

    If you enjoy a good cop mystery, then you will enjoy this book.

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    Stephen Togala, Australia 10-06-14
    Stephen Togala, Australia 10-06-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging start to a series"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    The Black Echo gets you engaged from the get go and the characters are formed reasonably quickly becoming more intricate as the story progresses. I find this allows you to become immersed in the story rather than rattling the brain on who's who.


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

    Overall the plot was solid with interesting characters that keep you guessing and wanting for the next chapter. It's easy to become fond of Harry Bosch and the "romantic" interludes with his FBI partner are nicely woven in. Not so gushy as to take away from the drama, enough so you become emotionally attached to the individuals depicted; a nice balance!


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Really well Narrated by Dick Hill with great contrast and believable accents with the setting and history of each character. The pace was perfect and rallied with the "mood" of the verse.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Keen to now follow Harry Bosch through at least the next few books of his life and see what mischief he can get up to and what murderous plot he can thwart.


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    Arti Desai 09-19-14
    Arti Desai 09-19-14
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    "Didn't like the climax!"

    all the build up for nothing. Didn't expect this from MC. I definately like is later books better. I guess reading from begginning of the series doesn't work for me.

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    Deana Starr 08-16-14
    Deana Starr 08-16-14 Member Since 2013

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    "LOVE Harry Bosch"

    I started with the later books and fell in love with them so I had to go back to the beginning. Michael Connley is a true story teller that can spin a mystery that keeps you guessing. The characters are interesting and believable. Can't wait to listen to every one of them!

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    pba San Antonio, Tx 07-14-14
    pba San Antonio, Tx 07-14-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Great read or should I say great story telling"
    What did you love best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    Wonderful characters just love Bosch and I've listened to about a 100 audio I've never heard anyone do the narration like Dick Hill ..... What a combination of talent


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    Mike 05-04-14
    Mike 05-04-14

    I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.

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    "Connnelly is no Nelson DeMille"
    What did you like best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1? What did you like least?

    I liked that the story never dragged. The main character, Harry Bosch was pretty dull. If you're going to write a book, why make the main character uninteresting? It's like reading a book with Jack Webb from Dragnet as the main character - just the facts ma'am. And this dull, friendless 50+ year old detective and introvert is able to attract the 30 year old hot babe. Please..


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

    I've not. But I have read similar type books from Nelson DeMille and the John Corey character from those books was smart, witty, funny, ignorant, and able to laugh at himself. Now that's a main character.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was fine. No complains but nothing exceptional.


    Did The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to read a few more reviews before I select a detective series. I love the genre but make it interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This wasn't a bad book, but I wasn't disappointed that it was over. I'm was Bosched out.

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