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The Onion Field Audiobook

The Onion Field

Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.
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Publisher's Summary

Hollywood. Saturday night. A broken taillight leads to a routine traffic stop. It shouldn’t have changed the lives of the four men involved, but it did. The Onion Field is the frighteningly true story of a fatal collision of destinies that would lead two young cops and two young robbers to a deserted field on the outskirts of Los Angeles, towards a bizarre execution and its terrible aftermath.

The Onion Field is the basis for the movie starring James Woods and John Savage.

©1973 Joseph Wambaugh (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“More ambitious than In Cold Blood and equally compelling.” (The New York Times)

“Wambaugh is the best in the business.” (Kathy Reichs)

“No other writer illuminates the heart beneath the badge better or more honestly than Joseph Wambaugh" (Robert Crais)

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    Diane R. Ross Columbus, NE United States 09-02-15
    Diane R. Ross Columbus, NE United States 09-02-15
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    "Yuk!!!!"

    Talks about homosexuals yuk!!! Disgusting an repulsive!!!!! Each of has right to our opinions an even if I am suppose to be tolerant I am not! Removing book unfinished from my library so sorry I wasted money on it!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-16-15
    Deborah HOUSTON, TX, United States 05-16-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Just too long"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No - not worth 18 hours!


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

    Abridged it


    What does Jonathan Davis bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Conversational style brought it to life


    Was The Onion Field worth the listening time?

    No. It was 5 hours before the central event took place, and that took about 15 minutes to describe. 9 hours in the trial had already taken place, the verdict was in. I have no idea what filled the next 9 hours because I finally decided to cut my losses and move on to something more lively.


    Any additional comments?

    I think Joseph Wambaugh has been a giant in the field of true crime, but I didn't feel that this event merited the meticulous detail in which it was described.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    PAUL surprise, az, United States 03-20-15
    PAUL surprise, az, United States 03-20-15 Member Since 2011

    my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....

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    "GREAT READ...."

    I HAD NEVER HAD THE OCCASION TO READ THE BOOK BUT ONCE I STARTED IT WAS ONE YOU DON'T WANT TO PUT DOWN....THE DETAIL THAT WAMBAUGH GIVES ABOUT THE CHARACTERS IS OUTSTANDING...I SAW THE MOVIE(LONG AGO AND HAD FORGOTTEN ABOUT IT) AND IT WAS OKAY BUT AS ALWAYS...YA JUST CAN'T BEAT THE ORIGINAL...GREAT READ.....I WALK A GREAT DEAL EVERY DAY AND IT IS A PERFECT TIME TO LISTEN TO A BOOK.....ONION FIELD MADE THE MILES FLY BY......HOORAY FOR THE BOOK AND THE EXTRA WALKING....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    George Payne Prince William, VA United States 02-28-15
    George Payne Prince William, VA United States 02-28-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth the trip."

    Saw the movie back in the day so I thought I knew what happens... 30 + years later I get it. What a tale... The American justice system , PTSD and bagpipes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 11-03-10
    Linda Greenville, SC, United States 11-03-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Never a dull moment!"

    Fast paced and really enthralling. Wambaugh draws you in and never lets go. I love his books. Wish more were available on audible. Very credit worthy!

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 04-07-11
    Russell 04-07-11 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Good.... but LONG"

    This was a good book, but it felt as though it was longer than it should have been.

    I think the author did a good job of injecting feeling and emotions into his work, but he included way too many details and was a bit too wordy. This reminded me of In cold blood by Truman Capote - but much wordier.

    The narrator did a fantastic job - if it was not for this great narration I probably could not have finished this book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jeremy 09-01-14
    Jeremy 09-01-14
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    "Need to listen at 2x speed"

    Not that this makes this dated dud a worthwhile experience, but playing the recording at double speed makes it a quicker one while sacrificing nothing. Just a tip.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Suzy Kearney, MO, United States 05-10-11
    Suzy Kearney, MO, United States 05-10-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Can't even finish it"

    This book was so slow to start, and I did not find it enjoyable at all.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Riley May 01-14-16
    Riley May 01-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "very drawn out"

    did not finish. too many pointless details character background that was useless information to the reader

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    Irene Garrett 12-07-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A Compelling Listen"

    This was a great story of what policemen do every day. They can be on an ordinary patrol one moment, and dead the next. It's a stressful job. The book was so gripping in its descriptions of the individuals. I felt so heartbroken for those 2 young policemen and the agony of the aftermath for the survivor. Well written, well read. A terrible and procedural changing tragedy in my opinion. I once was married to a policeman.

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