A professor at Dodge College, I teach Film Music. I spent 33 years in the movie business before teaching. I LOVE books and my girls. Ta-Da!
ok. i stuck it out -- as everyone suggested. and never got hooked. One shouldn't have to work so hard to enjoy an audio book. the writing style is better suited for reading and not having it read. (That's about the strangest thing I've ever said about an audio book) The reason I wanted to love the book was Craig Wasson's performance on the last Stephen King 11-22-63- a must listen. Next, the material is interesting. and Ellroy is a WRITER. Judging by so many other reviews, it must be me. maybe you need more patience than I have. I could not get into this book. If you're on the edge, PASS.
If you wear a tin foil hat and like conspiracy theories this is a book for you. Oh but you better know beatnik language or you won't understand that shit.
Great spin on the conspiracy timeline from JFK's death to RFK's.
Enjoyed the death the author provided on his theory.
Changing the narrative. It was written as if speaking in the third person. It was just hard to listen to. I think the story may have been a good one. I have not been able to finish it.
This is my first book by this author.
Craig did fine, it was what he was reading.
I have to confess to not listening to the whole book. That's the problem...I couldn't stand to listen to Wasson's narration anymore. It's like really bad film noir or that guy from the original Twilight Zone impersonating William Shatner. Awful. I had to give the story at least a 3 because, it might be OK. Heck, it might even be great. But I couldn't stay with it long enough to find out. I've never quit a book before, but I guess there's a first time for everything.
Use James Elroy's traditional storytelling style and not speak in the third person.
Narrator was OK - material is the problem
Overall concept and approach could be interesting but was so offput by the third person narrative I could not complete the book.
I am big James Ellroy fan.
Only by Craig Wasson
Couldnt listen to the whole thing.
I absolutely love Craig Wasson
Yes. It would be great as a movie. You wouldn't have to listen to
Why would an author write a book like that? Kept repeating the characters names like we were going to forget.
And this is one of my favorite of his books. I had read it before in hardcover, but I really liked hearing it in audio. It seems that I get into the characters much better when hearings them. It's been a while and I don't remember who read this book, but he really brought it to life. 5 *****
This one was a big disappointment. As hard as I tried I couldn't finish it. I have loved Ellroy in the past, but this one was completely impossible to sit through. Almost total narration with hardly any dialogs. Character development was weak and he plays lose with facts. I drive a lot and listen to 2 dozen books a month and this was one of the hardest to wrap my mind around (even though I love this kind of story).
This is positively the most boring monotone, uninspired reading I have ever come across. Sentences consist of few words. No dialog. The reader just drones on and on in the same monotone narrative. I assume the writer thinks that he is on to some new, hip, grungy, rap style. Ridiculous. Don't waste your money. Should be rated as 0 stars out of 5...