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The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 Audiobook
The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1
Written by: 
Michael Connelly
Narrated by: 
Dick Hill
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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    Judy 03-10-14
    Judy 03-10-14 Member Since 2011

    I have nearly 450K miles on my van and I listen to a LOT of audiobook! I'm a musician and I listen as I travel from concert to concert.

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    "Thought I'd Like it, But Kinda Boring"
    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Eh, meh, not a favorite. I don't think I'll be listening to any more.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Moved the pace along a little bit. Given Harry a little more backstory.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Harry Bosch. Although it was hard to get a grip on his age, his character...all of the character voices were kind of generic.


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

    No. As a matter of fact, about halfway through I got reallllly bored.


    Any additional comments?

    I read a Harry Bosch book out of order a few years ago, and I enjoyed it, so I thought it would be fun to go back and listen to book one in the series and perhaps I'd get hooked. But this narration was so dry and boring....I don't even know if the reason I didn't enjoy it was the narration or the book itself. I won't be trying another one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica GREENVILLE, SC, United States 02-16-14
    Jessica GREENVILLE, SC, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Eh..."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wouldn't necessarily change anything.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting thing was that it was a new book. It definitely left you wanting to listen to the next book, but that was about it. The whole thing was a little ho hum. I guess one thing that I would definitely change was the fact that I knew who did it about half way through the book. I'm hoping that the next book isn't as predictable.


    What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing really he did a great job.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not because I think that there isn't much they could add to the movie to make it more exciting.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book, but I didn't like that I knew who did it halfway through. Maybe I need to stop listening to mysteries! Other than that the writing was good, but it definitely wasn't spectacular.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miguel Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 02-04-14
    Miguel Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 02-04-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Boring"
    What disappointed you about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    Characters need development.


    Has The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I like this genre....not the book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    More excitement in the reading.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Seemed too long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ozgribbo Australia 01-07-14
    ozgribbo Australia 01-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Unexpectedly good read"

    When I started this, it seemed a run of the mill story about a 'rogue" detective. It gradually developed into much more than this. Good characterisation and a reasonable (if predictable) plot kept my interest. Would probably read more of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Whitesville, KY, United States 11-03-13
    Eric Whitesville, KY, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2016

    I love a good story and will always give my honest opinion of a book, not matter if its my favorite author or not.

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    "Harry Bosch book 1 reason i am reading the series"
    Any additional comments?

    This book is one of the biggest reasons I am listening to the series. It is such a good book that I tell everyone to read it and then decide if they want to go on with the series or not, and I feel confident in thinking that once you have listened to this one you will continue with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-17-13
    Alison Brinston, ONTARIO, Canada 10-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "well written"

    There's really not much to say about this book. It's a well written murder mystery, featuring all the usual suspects in the genre: play-by-his-own-rules detective, shady acquaintances, reluctant informants, bank robbers, vengeful internal affairs guys, an attractive agent, an inside man. Pretty much everything you expect to happen (from the relationship between Harry and Elinor to the confrontation scene in the tunnels) happens. That's not necessarily a critique. It's very well written. I liked the hero, he was interesting enough, believably flawed but determined. The mystery played out in interesting ways. I probably would have given this book five stars, but the very end kind of let me down. I don't think I'll be spoiling anything when I say that there are lots of mystery writers out there who seem to feel this compulsive need to keep throwing twists into their plots. This one had one too many. Really, the last twist wasn't necessary, the book was great without it. In fact, by the time you see it coming, you kind of groan and already know how it's all going to go. It's like all the good plot twists have become so overused that they aren't really twists anymore, just more plot. This happens in this book. But I wouldn't not recommend it because of that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-16-13
    Nyoka Brownstown, MI, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2014

    Nyoka Mullins

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    "Enjoyed it very much"

    I liked the suspense in the book, I would recommend it. And I would listen to it again..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharyn Eatons Hill, Australia 10-05-13
    Sharyn Eatons Hill, Australia 10-05-13
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    "Look Out! Here Comes Harry!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have. I just loved it, full of excitement. A great read if you like detective stories.


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

    Yes, I could not predict what was going to happen next. That is a great sign of a good book.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Harry


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Billy Meadow's funeral. Especially after you find out who Billy really was, (his past)


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Y. Madison, MS, United States 09-25-13
    Y. Madison, MS, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Whom do you trust"
    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3. I love Michael Connelly's writing. The first one I read was the Lincoln Lawyer and I am hooked on the mysteries and the brashness mixed with lite humor, makes for enjoyable reading.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry and Eleanor


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    I thought Dick Hill did a great job with the narration and not having all the voices sound the same. That's a turn-off for me.


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

    No extreme, was somewhat surprised at the end, but as the book got closer, I realized that Eleanor might be the partner.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, I really enjoyed the Connelly books and will continue to read them. I was really rooting for lasting romance with Harry and Eleanor but she was lost retribution for her brother. Great work Connelly and Hill.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 09-13-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 09-13-13 Listener Since 2006

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Good start for Harry Bosch"

    Book 1 of the Harry Bosch series grabbed me from the beginning. Harry Bosch was a tunnel rat in Vietnam and now finds the body of a fellow tunnel rat in a drainpipe. Everyone else believes this to be an overdose, but Harry doesn't feel right about what he finds and treats it as a potential murder. He is soon proven to be right and the investigation gets underway. Not well liked by the other cops and not fully trusted, he gets teamed with a female FBI agent. Twists and turns through the investigation lead to a very interesting and entertaining conclusion. Good 80's style cop story!

    Dick Hill as narrator was an excellent choice. Great job as usual.

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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.

    5 of 5 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.

    5 of 5 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
    8/9/10
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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
  • Barrie
    Dudley, United Kingdom
    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
  • S. MASON
    Bristol, UK
    7/9/16
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    "Fun but predictable"

    I've not seen the TV show but this was a exactly what I expected it to me, a fun bit of pulp fiction. Who doesn't love a hard-bitten maverick cop who came up from the streets doesn't play by the rules? The plot's predictable but what the heck it's blockbuster crime drama, it's not claiming to be Proust. It was a great way to step out of real life for a bit and Michael Connolly certainly knows how to create word pictures so listening to this is a bit like watching a movie in your head, helped along by some great voice characterisation, especially the whiny lab dude. (But not the love interest.... might have been a good idea to get an actress to do the female voice because I laughed every time "she" spoke and the sex scene was just ridiculous.) I tend to listen to audiobooks before going to sleep and there were even a couple of times I stayed up late to hear the outcome of a bit of jeopardy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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