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Hollywood Station: A Novel | [Joseph Wambaugh]

Hollywood Station: A Novel

They call him the Oracle. He's got 46 years under his belt and more hash marks than a football field. More importantly, he has a crew of cops to look out for on the streets of Hollywood. From his understaffed office at Hollywood Station, he keeps a close eye on his squad who spend their day in patrol cars, and their nights in the underbelly of a city that never sleeps.
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Publisher's Summary

The Grand Master of the police procedural returns to the Los Angeles Police Department in a gripping new audiobook about life in one of the more sensational police forces.

They call him the Oracle. He's got 46 years under his belt and more hash marks than a football field. More importantly, he has a crew of cops to look out for on the streets of Hollywood. From his understaffed office at Hollywood Station, he keeps a close eye on his squad who spend their day in patrol cars, and their nights in the underbelly of a city that never sleeps. As they make their way from the drug dens to dirty street corners, a string of seemingly unrelated events lures the cops of Hollywood Station to their most startling case, reminding them that nothing is too horrific or extreme for Los Angeles.

In his long-awaited return to the LAPD, Joseph Wambaugh takes his listeners on a raucous ride through the streets of Los Angeles and into the heart of the LAPD, where no one's safe from the gritty city - especially the cops.

©2006 Joseph Wambaugh. All Rights Reserved; (P)2006 Hachette Audio. All Rights Reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Outstanding....The master proves that he can still deliver." (Publishers Weekly)
"A triumphant return....High-voltage suspense drives the tale, and as always, Wambaugh's characters, language, and war stories exude authenticity." (Booklist)

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    Jacqueline Fayetteville, NC, United States 05-15-15
    Jacqueline Fayetteville, NC, United States 05-15-15
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    "Brilliantly written!"

    Met all of my expectations and more. A true suspense-filled work from beginning to end. I didn't want to stop reading!

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    John Pensacola, FL, United States 05-02-15
    John Pensacola, FL, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2015

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    "great fun"

    I've been a Wambaugh fan since the 80s & have read almost all his books. I'm very glad he's back & I'll be reading the rest of the Hollywood Station series.

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    Tom DECATUR, IL, United States 11-05-12
    Tom DECATUR, IL, United States 11-05-12

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    "Good One !"
    If you could sum up Hollywood Station in three words, what would they be?

    A great Story. Wambaugh just gets better with each book. I get the feeling that I'm at the scene witnessing the insanity of Hollywood and the criminal world.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book is full of reasons to laugh and cringe.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Grandspud So Cal 08-09-12
    Grandspud So Cal 08-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "2nd Best of Hollywood Series"
    What made the experience of listening to Hollywood Station the most enjoyable?

    The geography of Southern California where I have always lived, the characters, and the insane life events that take place throughout the story. Also, a viable plot extends through the book. Also, you'll learn about the life police people lead and endure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Olive Oil because she winds up the victor, in part because of her "floating through life" existence.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Grupper – was your favorite?

    Trombone Teddy, but really all of them. This narrator is the absolute best at doing characters. I actuall look for books based on his narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I mostly laughed but the story is punctuated with very disturbing moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Wambaugh wrote four books in this "Hollywood" series. By far I believe the best was Hollywood Moon. Second best was this book (1st in series) Hollywood Station. I listened to them all and enjoyed them all. Wambaugh had a common template for these books, each with a book-long plot, side stories of police work, "tweeker" characters, cop in trouble... In some cases, you will hear the same anecdotes in all books (Hollywood street characters like Spiderman and Pluto or The Hulk getting into fights in front of tourists.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vic Murrieta, CA, United States 05-30-12
    Vic Murrieta, CA, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "It's F-ing Hollywood - the matra of Hollywood Cops"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended to every person I know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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."


    Have you listened to any of Adam Grupper’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vic Graninger 05-30-12 Member Since 2008
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    "It's F-ing Hollywood - the matra of Hollywood Cops"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I have recommended to every person I know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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."


    Have you listened to any of Adam Grupper???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 02-26-12
    Flavius Morro Bay, CA, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Everyday People In A Unique Job"

    One of the striking things about Hollywood Station is that it could easily be non-fiction. Although the characters in "Hollywood Station" are not particularly developed, in this instance it works to the novel's advantage. Gritty and largely unsentimental. It was a quick and enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 04-23-09
    Nadine Alexandria, VA, United States 04-23-09
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    "Wonderful and Funny and Sad!"

    I had never listened to this author before.
    The BOOK was fantastic! The Characters were WONDERFUL! I just kept thinking this would be a great TV series BUT it is a GREAT Book. I am going to look for more by this author. I would listen to this over and over again. Real lives and real crime drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 03-28-09
    Lynn Fraser Watertown,WI USA 03-28-09 Member Since 2012

    walkaway

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    "Fun read, or should I say lisen.."

    Enjoyed myself and felt his charactors were well developed. He gets me laughing and thinking all at the same time. Thanks Joe, do it again, please....

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    roderick bayless 06-30-08 Member Since 2015
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    "He's Back!"

    This book ROCKS! This is a wonderful representation of classic Joseph Wambaugh. Funny and gritty. The LAPD cops in this book are real people not the shallow righteous crime fighters of TV and movies. I LOVED this old school style Wambaugh novel and I can't recommend it too much!

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