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The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 | [Michael Connelly]

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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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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    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-24-12
    Mark Waltham, MA, United States 08-24-12 Member Since 2010

    MTF

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    "Quality mystery that picks up speed in 2nd half"

    This is a solid Harry Bosch detective novel. I was not especially engaged in the first half, but it was good writing and the narrator was excellent, so I stuck with it. Harry was investigating the death of a fellow soldier from his tunneling division in Vietnam. He follows up on clues while being forced to work with a female FBI agent. At the same time, Harry is being investigated by internal affairs. It felt like too much of a typical police mystery which was interesting but not engaging. The second half of this picked up, and the narrator was terrific throughout. There were many twists and turns, and I liked the ending. Good action and it came together well.

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    Teresa 08-20-12
    Teresa 08-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I enjoy listening to great detective mysterie & also great thrillers. I enjoy books also by Vince Flynn, David Baldaci including assasins.

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    "A good start for the Harry Bosch series."
    What did you love best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    The IAD called Lewis and Clark.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Connelly? Why or why not?

    Yes. Listening to Concrete Blonde at this moment.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Lewis and Clark is tagging Harry and Harry throws something off a bridge.


    Any additional comments?

    Bosch is a great detective, set in his ways. Look forward to listening to more of his series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    James Sand Springs, OK, United States 08-13-12
    James Sand Springs, OK, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Listen"
    What did you love best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    The book had great plot twists that I did not see coming.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Bosch is just learning his trade. He is honing his skills to be the worlds best detective.


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

    This was my first one. He is a great Harry Bosch voice and does a pretty good job with all the voices.


    Any additional comments?

    I would suggest Harry Bosch and Mickey Holler books by Michael Connelly. The two best had both characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Newburyport, MA, United States 08-13-12
    Mary Newburyport, MA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Like meeting an old friend"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 to be better than the print version?

    I read The Black Echo years ago. The audio version was just as good as the print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harry Bosch over the series grows as a character. It's nice to visit him in his early years.


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

    First time listening to Dick Hill who did a great job with the narration.


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

    I only wish I could have listened to it in one sitting. It was easy to pick up and listen to in ten to fifteen minute chunks.


    Any additional comments?

    I think I'll put listening to the whole series on my bucket list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JB somewhere in DE 08-11-12
    JB somewhere in DE 08-11-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Most Boring Narrator Ever!!!"
    Would you try another book from Michael Connelly and/or Dick Hill?

    No. The story was so slow and mundane.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    The writing was unnecessarily over descriptive. There were so many things that had no purpose in the story. Almost like certain scenes took up space to make the story longer.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator's voice was so monotone it really didn't suit the story. It made it worst. I think I would have enjoyed reading this myself more than the audio version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fred Dumlao Dallas, TX United States 08-06-12
    Fred Dumlao Dallas, TX United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Good story and main character


    What other book might you compare The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 to and why?

    There are several other good series by other authors - pick one


    Any additional comments?

    Will probably listen to more in the series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frederick C. Hulem Thousand Oaks, CA 08-06-12
    Frederick C. Hulem Thousand Oaks, CA 08-06-12

    Fred

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    "Great first book with Harry Bosch"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The book is great but getting it on my iPod and iPhone is a real challange. iTunes doesn't really like the format so it takes some work in iTunes to get everything to work.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Connelly’s story?

    Nothing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was great. The voice inflections are some of the best and I love listening to the great story lines.


    What character would you cut from The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    None


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Piedmont, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Mike Piedmont, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    ""page tuner"! Grate book looking forward to more"

    Grate!!! !!!!!! !!!!! !!!!!! !!!!!! !!!!! !!!!! !!! !!!!! !!!! !!! !!!! !!! !!!! !!! $!!
    !!! !!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared Brunswick Hills, OH, United States 08-01-12
    Jared Brunswick Hills, OH, United States 08-01-12
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    "Unexpected Twist!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was pleasantly surprised by the immersive story and great twist at the end!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Characters and the conclusion


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

    Detective Bosch, of course!


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

    Laughed out loud several times...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    L. B. Kacir United States 07-30-12
    L. B. Kacir United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great entry to Michael Connelly"
    If you could sum up The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Great characters, plot


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

    Harry's flashbacks to his Viet Nam experience


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to tell the characters apart and usually his voice was just part of the story.


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

    I was really disappointed in the characters who betrayed their values.


    Any additional comments?

    The lost star in "performance" was because I didn't like the voice of the female protagonist.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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