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The Black Dahlia Audiobook
The Black Dahlia
Written by: 
James Ellroy
Narrated by: 
Stephen Hoye
The Black Dahlia Audiobook

The Black Dahlia

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Publisher's Summary

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.

In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both LA cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl's twisted life.

©1987 James Ellroy; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Passionate, violent, frustrating...imaginative and bizarre." (Los Angeles Times)
"Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning." (Library Journal)
"Building like a symphony, this is a wonderful, complicated but accessible tale of ambition, insanity, passion, and deceit, with the perfect setting of booming, postwar Los Angeles." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Zohra O'Doherty 11-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow to get into, but still fantastic."

    Brilliant performance. Thoroughly enjoyed the afterword. Loved the historic setting of Los Angeles in the forties. Some very good twist and turns. Highly recommend.

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    Jason C 10-29-15
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    "Good story, great narration"

    Good noir detective novel.

    The story seems like it's going to go off the rails in the 3rd act, but keep with it - it's worth it.

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    Austin 07-23-15
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    "Simply Fantastic"

    Fantastic work that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time and keeps you guessing and solving the case right alongside Bucky.

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    Amazon Customer 02-26-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome"

    The book covers a lot more than the movie. I like the book ending. Great plot twists and finding out who was dirty and who was played.

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    Liz 01-23-15
    Liz 01-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Real emotions & flaws, sensational story"

    Captures the tortured path a policeman makes as he chases a ghost and discovers his own demons and those of his seemingly upright "family" and fellow lawmen.

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    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 12-29-14
    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Now This Is Storytelling!"

    I couldn't put this story down. Great character development, fact-based fiction, action-packed plot. I want more! Yes, the language is corse, and at times offensive, but The Black Dahlia's protagonist and his fellow officers are people who spoke and thought that way.

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    Lauren Lanning 06-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Probably not the best person to ask"
    Would you try another book from James Ellroy and/or Stephen Hoye?

    I very much dislike James Ellroy, but I'm interested in the Black Dahlia, so I thought I'd give it a chance. No. The reviews warned about strong language, and I will reiterate that warning. There is basically only one kind of language I have a problem with and that is racial slurs. I realize that this is a book set in a different time period, but it just seems so unnecessary. Ellroy's writing is so arrogant I just couldn't stomach it.


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    Todd lakewood, CO, USA 03-11-14
    Todd lakewood, CO, USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Black Dahlia will pull you in"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator voice matched the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Based on fact


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    His voice added to the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I dare you to watch Black Dahlia


    Any additional comments?

    As you read this book you will find yourself asking for more

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    Brenda QUINCY, MA, United States 10-02-11
    Brenda QUINCY, MA, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Ellroy (and narrator) are great story tellers!"

    The author and narrator do a great job at telling Elizabeth Short's sad story. A story of a horrific murder and sleazy goings-on. Apparently, very fact based, but with a hypothetical ending. Shocking, even through Ellroy's Epilogue!

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    Bill Sacramento, CA, USA 01-14-08
    Bill Sacramento, CA, USA 01-14-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Fictional Portrayal"

    This story is a fictional portrayal of the lifestyle, murder and police operations at the time of the Black Dahlia murder. It gives a very good sense of the corruption present amongst the peace officers in Los Angeles at this time. Unfortunately, very little is truly presented regarding the investigation of this horrendous crime and is really a social commentary. It is insightful into the social interaction between the police force and public, but gives very little insight into the crime other than the a description of the bloody murder scene.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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