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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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    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 04-27-14
    Patti Chittenango, NY, United States 04-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Story"

    Here is another series I now have to read. Story was very good, easy to follow with a number of convincing twists and rich with realities. Narration was decent. A lot to go forward with, for sure.

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    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 04-21-14
    Carl Vetlanda, Sweden 04-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "As expected"
    Would you listen to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 again? Why?

    Who knows? Probably sometimes in the future after I've listened to further Harry Bosh stories.


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

    A totally different ending because reliable endings seems to be Michael Conenelly's weakpoints. My rather early guess in this book was 50 % correct.


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He did it well, very well indeed.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Connelly (and several other famous authors) ought to think a bit moore about how they are writing endings. A real surpise is OK but only if it is reliable and fit into the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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.

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    ozgribbo Australia 01-07-14
    ozgribbo Australia 01-07-14
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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.

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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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