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The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 Audiobook

The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1

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.
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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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    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 06-13-13
    Amazon Customer MOODY, TEXAS, United States 06-13-13

    Love to read and listen to books. I prefer detective stories, but also read some sci fi.

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    "Very Good Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Dick Hill did an excellent job of the narration. He kept the story going with his inflection and change of voice for male and female voices. The story line was also very enjoyable.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    When Harry Bosch caught Lewis and Clark and handcuffed them to the tree. I like that he got the upper hand on them.


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

    Harry Bosch. He seems so calm and yet he is human.


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

    That would have been nice, but impossible.


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking at possibly listening or reading the other books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ali J ! Canada 06-05-13
    Ali J ! Canada 06-05-13

    Ali

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    "This is my first Michael Connelly book!"
    What did you love best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    Story, main character and Narrator, all great!


    What does Dick Hill bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I found this book by searching for more narrations by Dick Hill. What a great talent!


    Any additional comments?

    If you've never read/listened to Michael Connelly's work, or the genre of a guy like Harry Bosch, this is a great way to start. The Narrator's work is super!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    7Ronin 06-04-13
    7Ronin 06-04-13

    Ronin

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    "Masterful Narration"
    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Hill is a superb narrator giving each character depth and personality in addtion to the descriptions in the book. I have enjoyed his performances in the Reacher novels and this narration tops those.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JSP 06-03-13
    JSP 06-03-13 Member Since 2012

    Part Time Soldier and Full Time Geek and Civil Servant... I love innovative thrillers and Science Fiction and Fact.

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    "Almost a Period Piece"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    It is very visually descriptive, and it's almost like watching a cop-show like Law and Order back when it first began. This book has a dark, gritty feel to it that was common in detective fiction and television during the late 80's and 90's that depicted the good guys (cops/detectives) as world-weary, no-BS cops who have little patience for younger, pretentious bureaucrats and who just seem to get the job done. Introducing the Tunnel Rat from Vietnam is almost a forgotten element in today's fiction, television, and movies. It's truly set in a time that can only work for this plot.


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

    LIke any good thriller, the author keeps you guessing the villain or plot, but twists it one time more than you expect. It's not exactly innovative, but it doesn't need to be. It's relatable and interesting. Harry is likable and not too over-the-top to dismiss as a hollywood detective. You can almost smell the world he walks through.


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

    Harry Bosch, of course.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Something like "A Journey into the blackest parts of human darkness"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael St Catharines, ON, Canada 06-02-13
    Michael St Catharines, ON, Canada 06-02-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, extremely well written and Dick Hill, as always delivers an excellent narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The depth of the characters


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listen to all Jack Reacher books most of which have been performed by Dick Hill and this one, like every other, is just amazing.


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

    The ending was very suprising, though I'll say no more on that.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was recommended to me by other people who like Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, I was interestedand came to check it out and as soon as I saw Dick Hill was performing I was sold immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 05-23-13
    Sarah 05-23-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Overall good"
    Any additional comments?

    The book was good, but dragged on at the end, with final ending somewhat a letdown. But I will listen to another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori United States 05-02-13
    Lori United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "The american counterpart to Noerwegian Harry Hole!"

    I just downloaded my 5th Harry Bosch because as you finish one book, they give you about 5 minutes of the next one and then you are hooked...Very Tricky Audible!
    I am enjoying the very flawed character of Bosch, He reminds me a bit of the Scandinavian Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo, I read all of those so far and so I am happy to find this new flawed but capable Harry.
    The first Connelly book I read was "the poet". I would not recommend that as a introduction to Connelly as the Bosch series is much much better!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 04-27-13
    Jenny Charmhaven, Australia 04-27-13 Member Since 2008

    I listen to audio books every day and love the intimate nature of the relationship between the narrator and the author

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    "Good old fashioned crime story"

    Really enjoyed this book, I have never read the Harry Bosch series and decided to begin at the beginning...Glad I did

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane MADISON, WI, United States 03-30-13
    Jane MADISON, WI, United States 03-30-13
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    "GREAT BOOK, BEAUTIFULLY PACED"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was well written & perfectly paced. The reader was exceptional. I am sorry to see it end, but will definitely listen to another book by this author and by this reader.

    The only complaint I have is that it gave away the results from an earlier book, so I probably won't listen to that one.

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    Richard Wixom, MI, United States 03-28-13
    Richard Wixom, MI, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Enjoyed the reader and the novel immensely."
    Where does The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20%


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

    Yes. Flashback to Tunnels of Viet Nam very compelling


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. All top notch.


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

    No. All scenes were good.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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
  • A Buyer
    England
    4/10/16
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    "Slow start that never really picks up"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I can't think what you could change aside from a complete rewrite - the story is there but only just and becomes predictable far too early on.


    Would you recommend The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really, I thought it to be very weak.


    Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I would have no hesitation in listening to him again as he gave an excellent and strong performance despite weak material.


    Do you think The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are follow ups but I don't think I would bother purchasing them.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately the beginning is slow and over detailed which makes it confusing, it does get marginally better but never really gets to be gripping and disappointingly the ending is totally predictable from about two thirds of the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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