I tried to attend to the short staccato sentences that didn't seem related to each other. There's no character development, just a long list of facts about a person or place. One unsavory character ran into another, without any discernment or voice change. I was also turned off by the liberal use of racial epithets and mindless lists of events. The writing was like listening to a technical manual, very dry, no emotional flavoring, except the bravado of puffed up thugs. I'd give this title a zero but that wasn't an option. I admit that I had to stop listening after two hours. That's a first for me.
Listened to the first couple of pages of another Ellroy book and could not stand it! Too choppy! I love Craig Wasson's voice, but felt it was wasted on this book.
I bought this audiobook because Stephen King highly recommended it, and my wife and I are fans of his. I tried listening to this two times and never could make it past about the four-hour mark. Super boring, narrator sucked, story was very dis-jointed.
I have been listening to an average of 40 audiobooks each of the last 5 years. This is only the 2nd I quit listening to. Average sentence length was about 5 words. Just couldn't follow it. Maybe it is one of those books that is best read.
This book is not worthy to be proclaimed as literature. The writing is jerky, unconnected and entirely without merit. Further, the language and references in the book are gender, religion and race denigrating. I wasted my money on this book and would not recommend it to anyone.