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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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    Cranky Greg 11-10-15
    Cranky Greg 11-10-15
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    "Really like this!"

    I got this after watching Bosch on Amazon Video. I really enjoyed the show (new season please!!) and this book was so entertaining that I'm going to start listening and reading the other books in the series.

    Not for heavy thinkers, but pure entertainment that's not silly or patronizing.

    Narration was great, too.

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    Christine 10-27-15
    Christine 10-27-15
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    "Satisfyingly-complex Plot, Well-read"

    This is an excellent book. The plot is engaging, and I was surprised by some of its twists and turns. The characters are complex and diverse enough to provoke some thought and empathy.

    Dick Hill is an excellent narrator, able to produce a variety of distinct, realistic and easy-on-the-ears voices. His pacing and expressiveness are impeccable.

    Bearing in mind that the book is set in the early 1990's and some younger readers may have to use their imaginations to envision a time where people were sill using phone booths and using magnetic tape for audio recordings, I highly recommend this book. First-rate entertainment.

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    Amazon Customer 10-23-15
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    "Brilliant voice over talent."

    Brilliantly read and good story. On to the next book on the series, black ice, addictive enough to want to listen to another 11 hours

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K R D 10-23-15
    K R D 10-23-15 Member Since 2010
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    "My first Michael Connelly left me wanting more.."

    This was a really enjoyable story, with great characters an an unusual plot. Indeed, the action scenes were gripping.

    If the question is: will a pre-cell-phone /internet era thriller stand the test of time.. The answer is yes.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 10-20-15
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 10-20-15 Member Since 2013

    Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!

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    "The start of something GREAT!"

    Michael Connelly is a fantastic writer. His Lincoln Lawyer series is one of my favorites, so I decided to venture into another series. What a great start! If the rest of this series is as great as The Black Echo, I am in for a real treat. The Harry Bosch character is interesting, believable, well-crafted, and so interesting! The supporting characters, and the plot line were very entertaining, and the story led me through the book quickly. Just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting AND believable.

    Dick Hill is such a great narrator, as well. I have loved nearly every book I've heard that he has read. Overall, just a really good experience, and I can't wait to get to the next book!

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    Kenneth 10-09-15
    Kenneth 10-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Well written, dick hill is my favorite reader. I will continue the series. I hope the rest are as good as the first.

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    Gary L. Richardson 10-01-15 Member Since 2013

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    "A fun Listen"

    I usually don't go in for crime mysteries too much, but Audible was having a sale so what the heck. I was not disappointed. The story is about a smart street detective and a case he works with the FBI. This detective has a past which is revealed throughout the book and it is him against the world at times. It was fast paced and I enjoyed it a great deal. Dick Hill did the narration which is also a huge plus.

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    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 09-29-15
    Annette bloomington, IL, United States 09-29-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Entertaining story"
    What did you love best about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    I liked the Bosch character who is cocky and intelligent. The storyline had enough twists that I couldn't figure out who was guilty.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously Harry Bosch since the story centers around him.


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

    Harry Bosch. I felt the female characters left a bit to be desired but I always prefer two narrators.


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

    I did find myself listening to it while I did housework which I don't normally do.


    Any additional comments?

    The story takes place prior to the use of cell phones so it does take a little getting used to the detectives having to use pay phones. Us older folks remember what they are.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 09-27-15
    Sleeping in Cleveland Cleveland, OH 09-27-15 Member Since 2015

    Love to get a book that I can't stop reading. I love page turners

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    "Always a great listen MC"

    Easy to listen and keeps you wanting more. MC rings you in early on in story. No wonder there are so many books in this series

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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 09-26-15
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 09-26-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Mixed feelings"
    What disappointed you about The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1?

    The story was okay, not much new or twisty. The characters and development were okay.


    What could Michael Connelly have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There were parts that were boring and I couldn't pay attention or wanted to fast forward. The second part of the book moved along better.


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

    He did the main character great. His female voice was weak. He did very good as a narrator with the story.


    Any additional comments?

    It was on sale. I might try to listen to it at a later date. I doubt I will buy the book 2 in the series.

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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
  • 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.

    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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