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  • The Black Dahlia

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

    Craig F. Noell says: "Great naration"

    Let me say I am a rabid fan of James Ellroy.
    His genius is that he goes into his characters souls and he understands the human soul very well.
    Be aware that his mother was murdered in much the same way The Dahlia was murdered. This should give you more insight into of his characters feelings for The Dahlia.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • White Jazz: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick

    Los Angeles, 1958. Killings, beatings, bribes, shakedowns - it's standard procedure for Lieutenant Dave Klein, LAPD. He's a slumlord, a bagman, an enforcer, a power in his own small corner of hell. Then the Feds announce a full-out investigation into local police corruption, and everything goes haywire. Klein's been hung out as bait, "a bad cop to draw the heat", and the heat's coming from all sides.

    Charles says: "What a great book!"
    "Did I read the same book..."

    I am shocked at the 3 negative reviews. I loved this book as I do all of James Ellroy's work.
    Ellroy searches into his character's souls and the results are not pretty. He has a great understanding of what he is writing about.
    The writing style is different. sort of 1 word sentences, but it is not hard to follow at all.
    White Jazz is sort of a snap shot of urban life at a specific time in our history. The reality is real. The reality is disturbing.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Over Her Dear Body

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Richard S. Prather
    • Narrated By Heath Kizzier

    "I'm Shell Scott, a private investigator with 20-20 vision, particularly when I have a 36-22-36 assignment. This assignment was a chaste girl who was being chaste-by me. And I was being chased, too, by an unfriendly hired gun who wanted to make me a headline on the obituary page. Gangdom's funeral directors had decided I was going to be their next client."

    psykoace says: "A FUN READ..."
    "A FUN READ..."

    I really like this book and plan to read the whole series, but it won't be for everyone. This book was written in the late 50's.
    This is a real hardboiled detective story. The dialogs was fun. Filled with broads, tomatoes and other such slang of the time.
    At first I was not sure if this book was a satire or spoof on detective stories, but the plot became very engrossing. Shell Scott is marvelous hero.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • No Country for Old Men

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Cormac McCarthy
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte

    Cormac McCarthy, best-selling author of National Book Award winner All the Pretty Horses, delivers his first new novel in seven years. Written in muscular prose, No Country for Old Men is a powerful tale of the West that moves at a blistering pace.

    Alan says: "Great story!"
    "Great Story Telling!"

    I loved this book. On the surface it is an exciting and violent story. It is also multi-layered and under the surface it becomes a very profound story on life and death, good and evil and fate. After I finished this book, I thought about it for days.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Maltese Falcon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dashiell Hammett
    • Narrated By William Dufris

    Hard-boiled detective Sam Spade is hired to locate a client's sister by tailing the sister's companion. Spade's partner Miles Archer takes on the assignment, and quickly both Archer and the man he was shadowing are murdered. As Spade pursues the mystery of his partner's death, he is drawn into a circle of colorful characters, and they are all after a legendary statuette of a falcon that had long ago been made for King Charles of Spain. Encrusted with jewels, it is worth a fortune.

    Jim says: "A little overacted"

    The book is so well written and this could of been a great audio book.
    I thought the reader was the worse I ever heard. He uses these crazy exaggerated voices. His high pitched voices and over acting for the female characters is the most annoying. His joel Cairo is a cartoon impression of Peter Lorre. Same with Sydney Greenstreet.
    For my tastes it was just too distracting and ruined a great story.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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