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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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    TyrannosaurusRix 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great first book in this police procedural series"

    Regarding plot, this book is intricate, intriguing and excellent. I intend to work my way through the series in order - at least until I run into a narrator I truly don't like. Regarding performance, I must now eat some of my own words. My first Bosch Audible purchase was a later title read by Titus Welliver, which I enjoyed. I had passed on any read by Dick Hill because I did not like the work he did on the Jack Reacher series. Got Bosch fever and went back to the earlier titles and am glad I did. Apparently what I had not liked was the 'persona' Hill gave the Reacher books. On Bosch, Hill's voice and pacing seem completely different. So I am now provisionally a Dick Hill convert.

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    Amazon Customer 09-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Bosch #1"

    Great listening for that long drive into work. makes you want to go in late!

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    Krista 09-14-17
    Krista 09-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Story? Amazing! Narrator? Not so much"
    If you could sum up The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing. Thrilling. Shocking! I have read several Michael Connelly books and the Bosch series has always been one of my favorites. I decided to go back to the beginning where it all began, and start from there on the series. This series starts off so well and can't wait to read the rest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked plot. Thought it was really well-thought out and put together very nicely.


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

    I would have gotten this man a bottle of water! I liked his performance overall, but about halfway through the book I noticed I could hear him swallowing and that drove me nuts! He just sounded as if his mouth was dry from reading so much. He did well at doing different voices for the different characters.


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

    yes! I think that's how all of Michael Connelly's books are


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    William T. 09-14-17
    William T. 09-14-17
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    "Good Story"

    Mostly realistic. Set in times gone by. It held my interest throughout. worth listening to.

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    ERIC BUSCH 09-06-17
    ERIC BUSCH 09-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Worth the time."

    Good intro into the Bosch world. Couldn't put it down. I'll watch the series now.

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    Cathy J Hunter Broken Arrow OK 09-05-17
    Cathy J Hunter Broken Arrow OK 09-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Pure Bosch"

    Another winter. Conley mass master for me constructs this entire mystery. He brings in a lot of research and history which most mysteries are lacking.

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    Robert J. Deery Reno, NV, US 09-02-17
    Robert J. Deery Reno, NV, US 09-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Book This year!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    Great reader and a well crafted story that keeps the listener captivated.


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

    The interaction between the hero and heroine.


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

    Yes, Dick Hill is always great.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Michael Connelly is my Mom's favorite author. I wish I started reading his books twenty years ago.

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    Amazon Customer 08-19-17
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    "Good Plot and Great Story"

    Well written and a good interesting story. Well thought out with great characteristics. Good reading.

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    alexspry 08-15-17
    alexspry 08-15-17 Member Since 2015
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    "bosch"

    loved it bosch is the man in television and print. stick to the man mentality

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    The Judge 08-08-17
    The Judge 08-08-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great detective story"

    Following Bosch through his first adventure though he is an old salty detective is entertaining. The pages (or minutes) flip by as one goes deeper into the story. Miniscule clues become avenues of investigation through Bosch's practiced eye and his refusal to dismiss small details. The twists and turns keep the readers on their toes as Bosch keeps plugging away despite enemies everywhere. He is not the shiny hero, but he gets the job done.

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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.

    6 of 6 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
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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
  • 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.

    3 of 3 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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    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
  • 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
  • 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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • David Dobell
    Romford, Essex, England
    11/3/16
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    "Bosched by Bosch"

    I found the black echo both gripping and entertaining. An excellent narration by Dick Hill also. Overall I really enjoyed listening to this recording.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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