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  • Finnegan's Week: Mysterious Press - HighBridge Audio Classic | Joseph Wambaugh

    Finnegan's Week: Mysterious Press - HighBridge Audio Classic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Fin Finnegan, a San Diego police detective and wannabe actor heading straight for a midlife meltdown, is assigned a routine truck theft that turns into a toxic chemical spill, setting off a bizarre chain reaction of death and murder on both sides of the Mexican border. Fin is forced to team up with Nell Salter, a sexy female investigator, as well as an equally fetching U.S. Navy investigator who wants to learn all that Fin can teach her - and that’s saying a lot

  • The Onion Field | Joseph Wambaugh

    The Onion Field

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (436)
    Story
    (431)

    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.

    Avalon says: "Haunting"
  • Harbor Nocturne | Joseph Wambaugh

    Harbor Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (148)

    When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from San Pedro Harbor to a Hollywood nightclub, their lives are forever changed. An unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops among the cops and criminals who occupy the harbor, and soon Dinko and Lita are caught up in terror and peril through no fault of their own.

    Ryan says: "This is a Hollywood Station novel."
  • The Choirboys | Joseph Wambaugh

    The Choirboys

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
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    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Partners in the Los Angeles Police Department, they’re haunted by terrifying dark secrets of the nightwatch - shared predawn drink and sex sessions they call choir practice. Each wears his cynicism like a bulletproof jockstrap - each has his horror story, his bad dream, his night shriek. He is afraid of his friends–he is afraid of himself.

    Taylor Rand says: "Definitely Funny, Probably Offensive"
  • The Blooding | Joseph Wambaugh

    The Blooding

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By George K. Wilson
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    (37)
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    (30)
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    Fifteen-year-old Lynda Mann's savagely raped and strangled body is found along a shady footpath near the English village of Narborough. Though a massive 150-man dragnet is launched, the case remains unsolved. Three years later the killer strikes again, raping and strangling teenager Dawn Ashforth only a stone's throw from where Lynda was so brutally murdered.

    ricketsj says: "Interesting story, a few quibbles with the audio."
  • Lines and Shadows | Joseph Wambaugh

    Lines and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By John Nelson
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    (16)
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    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Each night, thousands of immigrants stream north across the Mexican border towards San Diego, hoping to make a new life in the United States. Along the way, many find death instead. Bandit gangs roam the moonlit desert, robbing, raping, and killing these desperate, impoverished migrants. For decades Dick Snider has watched this happen. Now, in 1976, he’s decided to end the bloodshed. A San Diego cop with an intimate awareness of the trials of border crossing, Snider has uncommon sympathy for the immigrants.

    CrabCatcher says: "Brave "barfers""
  • Hollywood Hills: A Novel | Joseph Wambaugh

    Hollywood Hills: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
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    (83)
    Story
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    LAPD veteran "Hollywood Nate" Weiss could take or leave the opulence, but he wouldn't say no to onscreen fame. He may get his shot when he catches the appreciative eye of B-list director Rudy Ressler, and his troublemaking fiance, Leona Brueger, the older-but-still-foxy widow of a processed-meat tycoon. Nate tries to elude her crafty seductions, but consents to keep an eye on their estate in the Hollywood Hills while they're away.

    Mary says: "Interesting, Funny & Engaging"
  • Hollywood Station: A Novel | Joseph Wambaugh

    Hollywood Station: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Adam Grupper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (305)
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    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    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.

    wsoxfan2005 says: "Excellent"
  • The Black Marble | Joseph Wambaugh

    The Black Marble

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
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    (33)
    Story
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    He is a damned good cop -- a burned-out homicide detective wrapped around a Smith & Wesson .38 and a vodka bottle. She is his partner -- twice divorced, nursing a grudge against men, obsessed by the awful temptation of love.

    Linda says: "Hard to put down"
  • Hollywood Crows: A Novel | Joseph Wambaugh

    Hollywood Crows: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
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    (79)
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    When Nate and Bix Rumstead (a supposedly upstanding cop with serious sobriety issues) find themselves caught up with bombshell Margot Aziz, they think they're just having some fun. But in Hollywood, nothing is ever what it seems.

    Christopher Williams says: "Laugh out loud funny and deadly serious"
  • The Glitter Dome | Joseph Wambaugh

    The Glitter Dome

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    Overall
    (23)
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    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    In his finest, most compelling blend of wild humor and powerful drama, Joseph Wambaugh leads us into the Hollywood scene to demonstrate the effects of that heady, amoral world on four sets of police partners enmeshed in the glamour and the grime, the hustle and the horror. They live and work in a dizzying mix of moguls and starlets, elaborate parties, outrageous and sordid actions; a place where sex and drugs are open and the big deals are undercover.

    Abbie says: "Hollywood Hell"
  • Floaters | Joseph Wambaugh

    Floaters

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
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    (12)
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    Mick Fortney and his partner Leeds manage to cruise above the standard police stress - pools of coffee and Pepto-Bismol - they're water cops in the "Club Harbor Unit", manning a patrol boat on San Diego's Mission Bay. A typically rough day's detail consists of scoping out body-sculpted beauties on pleasure craft, rescuing boating bozos who've run aground, jeering at lifeguards, and hauling in the occasional floater who comes to the surface.

    A. says: "Poor reader ruined this book for me"
  • Hollywood Moon: A Novel | Joseph Wambaugh

    Hollywood Moon: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Christian Rummel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (81)
    Story
    (77)

    There's a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast--rather than the best--in the precinct's citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and "Hollywood" Nate Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who's been attacking women.

    Marie says: "A good sequel to Hollywood Crows"
  • Fugitive Nights | Joseph Wambaugh

    Fugitive Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    Overall
    (15)
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    (13)
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    (13)

    Joseph Wambaugh returns to glamorous Palm Springs and its ever-mysterious desert to give listeners a suspense novel rich in astonishing plot twists, fascinating characters, and the penetrating humor for which he is famous. Three mismatched people - one of whom is a police officer - become involved in the trail of an elusive and dangerous fugitive on a secret mission.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not his best"
  • The Delta Star | Joseph Wambaugh

    The Delta Star

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    Overall
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    In death she looks 35, but Missy Moonbeam, a.k.a. Thelma Bernbaum, is only 22 when the cops of Rampart Division find her flattened on the sidewalk. A Nebraska farm girl, Missy came to Los Angeles to act, and died not long after her dream did. The detectives assume that her pimp threw her off a roof - but they couldn’t be more wrong. Missy had a trick at Caltech whose name draws the Rampart detectives into a bizarre conspiracy.

    A. K. Brewer says: "Last names?"
  • Finnegan's Week | Joseph Wambaugh

    Finnegan's Week

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Todd McLaren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (3)
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    (3)

    Seeking two truckers hauling a drum of lethal chemicals, San Diego detective Finbar Finnegan joins forces with two strong-willed female cops to investigate a deadly toxic waste scam.

  • Mystery: Cops & Crooks in California (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books | T. Jefferson Parker,Joseph Wambaugh,Don Winslow

    Mystery: Cops & Crooks in California (2009): Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr)
    • By T. Jefferson Parker, Joseph Wambaugh, Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Robert Crais
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    The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books began in 1996 with a simple goal: to bring together the people who create books with the people who love to read them. The festival was an immediate success and has become the largest and most prestigious book festival in the country, attracting more than 130,000 book lovers each year.

    matt says: "Priced Too High"
  • Hollywood Station | Joseph Wambaugh

    Hollywood Station

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Adam Gruper
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    Outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Batman has assaulted Spider-Man. Marilyn Monroe reported the crime and three Elvises witnessed it. It's business as usual for the cops out of Hollywood Station. But while they deal with the costumed crack-heads, prostitutes, purse snatchers, and ordinary lunatics that haunt the boulevards, in the streets behind the lights and crowds, the real Los Angeles simmers, never far from boiling point.

    Patrick says: "great listen"
  • Harbour Nocturne | Joseph Wambaugh

    Harbour Nocturne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
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    In San Pedro, Los Angeles, one of the world's busiest harbours, an unlikely pair of lovers is caught up in terror. When Dinko Babich, a young longshoreman, delivers Lita Medina, a young Mexican dancer, from the harbour to a Hollywood nightclub, his life is forever changed as an unexpectedly tender and moving love story develops. Comedy and tragedy are intertwined in the everyday life of the cops and residents of San Pedro Harbor.

  • Hollywood Crows | Joseph Wambaugh

    Hollywood Crows

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Joseph Wambaugh
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
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    Crows (Community Relations Officers) have it easy handling "the sissie beat": Hollywood's domestic disputes, over-excited paparazzi, and chronic complainers. At least, that's the way it seems. But in Hollywood - where Mickey Mouse is a crack addict and Marilyn Monroe is a man - things are rarely what they seem.

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