Joseph Wambaugh's story telling grabs you from the start and doses not let you go. He has a way of making his characters real and his fiction stories so real you would swear they were right out of the hidden Los Angles Hollywood never shows you.
R.C. brought depth and texture to all of the characters - this made the story even more real - I actually had deep feelings for the main characters thanks to R.C.
When Dinko's mother finally accepted Lita with all of her baggage and short comings and Lita finally learned to trust someone and most of all how Dinko grew up and became the man his father would have been proud to say was his son.
Yes, I have recommended to every person I know
The Oracle, he is like the old Sergeant from the TV series Hill Street Blues who always ended his briefings with "Let's be careful out there."
No this was my first time and I loved it. he has this way of bringing the characters to life it was hard for me to stop listening - I also wanted to it to never end.
The whole book had scenes throughout that moved me - I wish the series would go on forever - I have heard each of the Hollywood stories at least 4 times and never get tired of them.
I liked Oliver's voice for the Russian characters in this book - he also did a good job with Natalie. The depth of the voices he used helped the listener to understand the characters - why they did what they did - they became three dimensional and you actually cared about them.
I fell in love with the Hollywood station series - then I listened to Harbor Nocturne and found it captivating so when I stumbled onto Black marble I had to listen to it to see if Joseph Wambaugh's first novels were as good as his later ones. I found the writing to be good - Joseph has definitely matured in his writing - I would recommend all of his works as I said he is a great story teller.
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