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.
“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)
No - not worth 18 hours!
Conversational style brought it to life
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.
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.
I enjoyed this book overall. It was slow in some parts, a lot of detail but it was a good story. Very sad that it happened.
my ipod and audible make the daily 10 mile walks a "breeze"....
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....
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.
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!
Better suited to someone who enjoys details of how someone's life has led them to this point.
No I will still try other books in this genre.
The narrator was fine.
I find the minutiae excruciating to read and would prefer more action
I got about half way before I gave up and still there was no onion field!
I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.
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.
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.
The police are not supposed to surrender their weapons under any circumstances. Easier said than done. I think the author has done an excellent job in showing that.
Jimmy Buffett has an album or a song "You Had To Be There" ... and boy, we all know that there are times and instances in our lives that we cannot fully explain because...you had to be there.
I do not understand the mentality of so many of their fellow officers not being able to put themselves in the shoes of these two officers and trying to imagine an unimaginable set of circumstances that would force the officers to do what they did. Are they just supposed to die rather than surrender their weapons? The situation was impossible.
My heart goes out to the good cops everywhere. The good ones.
This is an old book, but I think you can see how this one incident ruined lives, ruined by punks. To my mind, the surviving officer was not truly cop material, but was a good man nonetheless. It is well worth the listen just to get a bit of a handle on what cops face from both the criminals and the law-enforcement world.
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