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Redwood Kardon

Philly | Listener Since 2006

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  • White Jazz: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By James Ellroy
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    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!"
    "More characters than the ear can hear."
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    What disappointed you about White Jazz?

    I was looking forward to this book. Unfortunately, Ellroy, spills forth an enormous cast of characters during the first chapter. After about a half an hour of this, I had to stop. I listen to most of my audio books while driving long distances. To sort out the dozens of characters in this book takes intense concentration. This does not make it a safe drive and listen experience.
    If I were reading the paper version of this book, I'd certainly be highlighting names and roles and scribbling notes in the margins, just to be able to follow along.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Ellroy again?

    I'm not sure.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick???s performance?

    Even a terrific talent like this, can't come up with enough distinct voices to help sort out the multitudinous cast of characters.


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