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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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    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"
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    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.

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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.

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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..

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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

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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.

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    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 09-13-13
    danny lawrence Charlotte, NC USA 09-13-13 Member 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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    Jason St Pete Beach, FL, United States 09-11-13
    Jason St Pete Beach, FL, United States 09-11-13

    Currently training for a marathon and trying listening to books instead of music. Takes mind of the long runs!

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    "Dated but ok read"
    What did you like best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1? What did you like least?

    The voice is a bit annoying at times and he's not great at the female voice. The book is set before mobile phones and internet and sometimes this makes it sound very dated. However the story is alright if not a little predictable at times. But it was not time wasted overall I did enjoy it and would read one more in the series to give it another chance as it had potential to be even better.


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

    Modernise it a little with mobiles and ditch the pagers!


    What didn’t you like about Dick Hill’s performance?

    Voices not great


    Could you see The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Bosch played by Chris Noth


    Any additional comments?

    Think when I bought this it was a daily deal for around $4.95 which was very good value for this book

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    Marg Houston, TX, United States 09-11-13
    Marg Houston, TX, United States 09-11-13
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    "The narrator made this book!"

    I enjoyed this story and I give a major thumbs up to the narrator. He made the story come to life.

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    debra richmond, VA, United States 08-13-13
    debra richmond, VA, United States 08-13-13

    Listen and learn. Life is an adventure. Have fun, laugh, and love thy neighbor. Life is too short not to have a good time. Bye

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    "Scary, not many people could do this."

    Exciting to listen to. Enjoyed every moment. However, I could never do this type of work. Geez. Narrator was enjoyable.

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    Margaret Brighton East, Australia 07-19-13
    Margaret Brighton East, Australia 07-19-13

    I like messing about in boats.

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    "Unable to last the distance"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I'm not sure who could enjoy this poorly written, predictable, join the dots novel. It's full of banal dialogue, stock characters and predictable situations. I, for one, couldn't bear to waste any more hours of my life by finishing it. However, I know that the Bosch series is a popular one for Michael Connelly. I just can't understand how!


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    The characterisations which seem to have been lifted from a 1940's c-grade tv show and much of the ridiculous dialogue were very disappointing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Although the narrator did an admirable job with an awful script, many of his voice characterizations were jarring, particularly those of the young homeless, who all sounded like they were sub-moronic and had the misfortune to have to talk through a broken nose and a cleft palate. He also tended to place emphasis on odd words from time to time - but given what he had to narrate I can't blame him for losing concentration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    I would not have published this book.


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