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L.A. Confidential Audiobook

L.A. Confidential

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Publisher's Summary

Christmas 1951, Los Angeles: a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals.

Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol. For the three LAPD detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers.

©1990 James Ellroy (P)2015 Random House Audio

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    Ray McDonald Kaneohe, HI 07-17-15
    Ray McDonald Kaneohe, HI 07-17-15

    Ray McDonald

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    "Excellent Book"

    One of the two best books by Ellroy...his "Cold Six Thousand" is the other. Gritty, suspenseful, and a great cast of characters. I love Craig Wasson's narrating skills, but I do agree with some other reviews that he appeared to be trying too hard on this one.

    Nonetheless...highly recommend this Audiobook.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-30-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 11-30-15

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "...safe passage for ruthless men in love."

    Like Fight Club, 'L.A. Confidential' is one of those contemporary novels that provides a certain literary difficulty for readers who come to it AFTER the film dropped because the directors (David Fincher, Curtis Hanson) created such large, iconic images out of the novels. L.A. Confidential's major characters are all very similar to the movie, but there are some major omissions and changes made in the movie that keep Elloroy's urtext both novel and different enough, to warrant your buck and your time.

    Ellroy is a modern master of the slow build, the dark, back motives, the inevitable bloodbath. I think of the image of three big waves cresting together when I think of Edmund "Ed" Exley, Wendell "Bud" White, John "Jack" Vincennes, and their personal demons, all coming together to exact justice, each for their own reasons and with their own baggage and agendas. Anyway, it was all deftly done.

    The novel also contains many of the usual Ellroy tropes: pornography, children haunted by the actions of their parents, prostitutes, vice-in-general, the mob, corrupt cops, heroic cops with fatal flaws, femme fatales, queers, shrinks, plastic surgery, and a dark undercurrent that cuts thorough the heart of both L.A. and Hollywood. The world Ellory paints is dark, harsh, and often perverse. It isn't a place you want to raise a family or even walk a dog.

    My only gripe with the narration is sometimes I think Wasson only has one voice for jews, one voice for women, one voice for thugs. I would have probably served the narration better to tone down some of the character narration. The story creates enough drama, no need to turn it to 11.

    16 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel 11-02-15
    Rachel 11-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "amazing book, amazing performance"

    the plot, while at times complex enough that I had to rewind, was very satisfying and engaging. the ending was both rewarding and somewhat sad. hands down the most magnificent performance by a narrator I have yet to come across. definitely listen to this book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    elmo999 12-26-15
    elmo999 12-26-15
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    "performance too big - hard to follow story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    no too overblown


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    some details could be eliminated. hard to follow


    What didn’t you like about Craig Wasson’s performance?

    tried to hard too impersonate the various people in the story. i liked the performance of the big nowhere -- more neutral and simple. ellroys's stories complicated enough. they benefit from being told simply.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    kenn Phillips 12-22-15
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    "Excellent Crime Novel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of L.A. Confidential to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I can't listen to the print version on my commute.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. This book has a well developed plot. Ellroy at his best.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Dudley Smith.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    ?


    Any additional comments?

    Craig Wasson was great!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    juho kojima 06-30-15
    juho kojima 06-30-15
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    "Great book... BUT"
    If you could sum up L.A. Confidential in three words, what would they be?

    Better than movie


    What was one of the most memorable moments of L.A. Confidential?

    Bloody christmas!


    What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s performance?

    Trying too much!!!


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

    The whole story


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to many audiobooks in my time. This time I have to say that the reader tried too hard. It is a shame really because when I saw this title in the pre-order section I thought christmas came early this year. I felt so let down because the reader in my mind tries too hard.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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