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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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    R. Brown 04-18-12
    R. Brown 04-18-12
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    "My First and Last Harry Bosch Book."

    I bought this book because of all the positive reviews. It took several tries to get through the book. I kept telling myself "I bought it. I’m going to listen to it. Maybe it will get better." In the mean time I rushed through several other books that I could not put down. Eventually I paused to examine why I was not enjoying this book. At first I thought it was excessive detail or all the time spent trying to describe life in a police force. Eventually it hit me. I never built any attachment to the main character. This is the book's failing as a standalone novel. While he was going through his struggles I found myself not caring what happened. If you are not already a Harry Bosch fan, don't start with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-01-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 03-01-10 Member Since 2015

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "Had to start at the beginning of Bosch"

    I wanted to read the Bosch series from the start so I picked this up. It was nicely paced and the characters were believable.

    The twist in the story was a bit predictable and the IAD investigation which fills a large part of the storyline is not really explained/justified and I finished the book still unclear as to why Bosch is so "bad" that he needed to be investigated.

    I didn't really enjoy the military sub-storyline (it wasn't quite political but had a tinge of politics), and don't understand the antagonist's motivations even though they are spelled out at the end.

    The narration is good.

    I'll read the next in the series because I suspect Bosch will turn into a very interesting character.

    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie New York 09-11-09
    Stephanie New York 09-11-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Hard to put down"

    This is my first Michael Connelly book and I enjoyed very much. It's a somewhat mindless action thriller but eminently enjoyable with surprising twists and turns and hard to put down. Just what I wanted.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory granada Hills, CA, USA 01-20-09
    Gregory granada Hills, CA, USA 01-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "I didn't see that coming"

    great book with great narration, plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-19-11
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 02-19-11 Member Since 2017

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "The Black Echo"

    I got this book on an Audible sale and it was well worth it. I have read some of the newer Harry Bosch series and had not realized this was the first book of the series. This tell how Eleanor and Harry met. Dick Hill always does an excellent job. I will make a point now of going back and reading the other books in the series.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-14-13
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-14-13 Member Since 2017

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "Another Solid Harry Bosch Performance"

    There is litte if anything to critique negatively in this book -- the story is tight and well-paced; the narration superb. The surprises near the end are somewhat predictable, though plausible as the story concludes. Harry Bosch survives and returns to the homicide beat. . the place he most loves to apply his detective skills. I would rate this as a good, solid read for anyone who enjoys contemporary detective stories.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-27-12
    Wolfpacker Fort Mill, SC 05-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Curtis

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    "Good Murder Mystery"

    This book was entertaining. Somehow, it was not so good that I have gone on to read more in the series.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
    Bob North Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-20-08
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    "Connelly at his best"

    Another good Harry Bosh novel. It is well written and flows. If you are a Harry Bosh fan, you will like this one.

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    John Edgeworth, PA, USA 01-29-09
    John Edgeworth, PA, USA 01-29-09
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    "Kept me guessing..."

    I dislike predictable stories where I can guess the ending long before I get there. This mystery kept me guessing. The narrator was very good. He changed his voice just enough to help identify the characters.
    One of the best books I had listend to in a long time. I couldn't put it down.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    SSMITTEE 09-04-11
    SSMITTEE 09-04-11

    Say something about myself! I'm 66 with poor vision and HANDICAPPED,I save all my actual reading for my bible. My pleasure is at AUDIBLE!

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    "Good story "

    Harry grows on you just enough knocks to hold your interest all the way through right up to the end
    too much profanity

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    8/8/17
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    "Not especially good."

    Stayed with this to the end but found the story somehow "old fashioned" and fairly predictable.

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  • My Distracted Universe
    1/1/17
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    "An old classic - still great today"

    Black Echo is the first book in the Harry Bosch series by Michael Connelly. I am starting the entire series from the beginning as part of my resolve to revisit and document as many of my old favourites as possible in 2017 while also continuing to look for newly released work and other exciting reads along the way.

    Harry Bosch is a homicide Detective with the Hollywood division of the LA Police. One Sunday he is called out to a body found in a pipe near the water reservoir. Upon closer inspection he realised that he knew the guy from twenty years ago. They both served together in Vietnam as tunnel rats. Quite early in the investigation Bosch stumbles on hints that this body may be connected to a bank robbery, which took place on Labour Day weekend the year before.

    The case brings memories back to the surface for Bosch, memories that were never buried very deep. Twenty years on he still suffers from what they would call nowadays PTSD. His record as a cop is speckled with ups and downs. Internal affairs is on his case once again. Bosch bullies himself out of that one and gets assigned to help the FBI with their investigation of the bank robbery. Here he works together with agent Eleanore Wish. When Bosch and Wish find a witness who was at the scene when the body was dumped inn the pipe, things begin to go south.

    While Bosch and Wish dig deeper into their investigation more bodies turn up and the begin to realise that the bad guys are not going to let them get in their way. They want the loot and then some. For that they are willing to stop at nothing.

    Not entirely unexpectedly, Bosch gets it all figured out in the end. He needs to get back down into the tunnels, which is not an ideal situation for him, all things considered. But the murder is solved and the bad guys … well, you read the book and you’ll find out. Justice wins the day. There is an interesting twist that I sure did not see coming the first time I read the book.

    Even though I knew the outcome this time around, I still enjoyed Black Echo immensely.

    What a fantastic book! Michael Connelly is a great story teller. He has a nicely flowing writing style that is easy to follow. The story moves along swiftly without getting stuck anywhere. And Dick Hill does a great job, as always, with his narration. I really like his work and so far I’ve never been disappointed with his narration of a book.

    The name Black Echo itself gets explained along the way too. Really gives me the creeps. Now I am looking forward to Harry Bosch 2 - Black Ice. This will have to wait a few weeks though, as I have a few other books I want to get to first. But I will definitely keep going with the entire series. Who knows, by the time I’m done the next instalment may be out already. Well, considering that there are over twenty books, that is actually quite likely.

    But that is not a bad things, really. It means that I get to enjoy Hieronymus Bosch for quite some time to come.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • beigehead
    12/2/16
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    "high quality cop drama"

    There's nothing strikingly original about this LA cop story with it's maverick loner hero, love interest and tangled crime to unravel, it's just done so well. The characterisation, atmosphere, plotting and performance are all top notch. If you like police procedural dramas, this one's a class act!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • LLOYD ALDEN LILES
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    11/29/16
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    "Technical faults from chapter 6 to end........"

    Overall OUTSTANDING except for technical quality....... Faults may be from faulty download ...... This is the first time this type of fault has occurred with an AUDIBLE download.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • claire
    11/16/16
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    "twisty turns and evocative writing"

    bosch feels familiar but original. his stoic grumpiness with the world who just doesn't seem as committed to justice as him is very believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G De Bee
    10/19/16
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    "An excellent introduction..."

    A great first introduction to the new hero on the streets of LA, Det. H. Bosch. First came across him in the Amazon TV serialisation simply named after him. Brilliant series and the books are equally great. 😁

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim Rids
    9/24/16
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    "Top notch !"

    Fantastic read and Dick Hill's narration is on another level . I highly recommend this book .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fittpar
    9/22/16
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    "The beginning of s great series of stories"

    This is a great story written by one of the best modern fiction authors. I found it difficult to stop Listening and was transfixed to this brilliant presentation.
    The narrator Dick Hill puts so much into his performance, he is just the best.
    Can't wait for Harry Bosch books 2,3,4 and 5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. MASON
    Bristol, UK
    7/9/16
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    "Fun but predictable"

    I've not seen the TV show but this was a exactly what I expected it to me, a fun bit of pulp fiction. Who doesn't love a hard-bitten maverick cop who came up from the streets doesn't play by the rules? The plot's predictable but what the heck it's blockbuster crime drama, it's not claiming to be Proust. It was a great way to step out of real life for a bit and Michael Connolly certainly knows how to create word pictures so listening to this is a bit like watching a movie in your head, helped along by some great voice characterisation, especially the whiny lab dude. (But not the love interest.... might have been a good idea to get an actress to do the female voice because I laughed every time "she" spoke and the sex scene was just ridiculous.) I tend to listen to audiobooks before going to sleep and there were even a couple of times I stayed up late to hear the outcome of a bit of jeopardy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Street
    England
    4/10/16
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    "Slow start that never really picks up"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I can't think what you could change aside from a complete rewrite - the story is there but only just and becomes predictable far too early on.


    Would you recommend The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really, I thought it to be very weak.


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

    No, but I would have no hesitation in listening to him again as he gave an excellent and strong performance despite weak material.


    Do you think The Black Echo: Harry Bosch Series, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    There are follow ups but I don't think I would bother purchasing them.


    Any additional comments?

    Unfortunately the beginning is slow and over detailed which makes it confusing, it does get marginally better but never really gets to be gripping and disappointingly the ending is totally predictable from about two thirds of the way through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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