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American Tabloid

Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: Underworld USA Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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It's 1958. America is about to emerge into a bright new age - an age that will last until the 1,000 days of John F. Kennedy’s presidency.

Three men move beneath the glossy surface of power, men allied to the makers and shakers of the era.

Peter Bondurant, Howard Hughes’ right-hand man, Jimmy Hoffa’s hit man. Kemper Boyd, employed by J. Edgar Hoover to infiltrate the Kennedy clan. Ward Littell, a man seeking redemption in Bobby Kennedy’s drive against organised crime.

The festering discontent of the age that burns brightly in these men’s hearts will go into supernova as the Bay of Pigs ends in calamity, the mob clamours for payback, and 1,000 days end in brutal quietus in 1963.

©1995 James Ellroy (P)2015 Isis Publishing Ltd

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absolutely terrific.

plot, style, narrator just fantastic. couldn't stop listening. hoodlums, Cuba, Castro and Kennedy. a whole era in your ears!

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  • Luke
  • 09-25-15

Histrionics

Ellroy delivers machine gun prose as his narrative has you switching your allegiance from one lowlife to the next with a cast packed with enough historical facts and figures to almost make you believe that you've uncovered a secret layer to perhaps the most influential period in modern American history. Goodfellas meets LA Confidential meets The West Wing. Epic Skank.

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  • Allan MacDonald
  • 04-18-18

Brilliantly narrated hard-boiled fiction

A tale of bad men and dishonest deeds against a well-known historical backdrop. Some “celebrities” *were* harmed by the writing of this novel ;-) (or at least their legacy was!).

I wasn’t at all sure about the narrator at first, funnily enough, but his ability to perform all of the accents and somehow give the Kennedy brothers the same accent but different voices quickly had me won over. He suits the laconic style of Ellroy particularly well.

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  • Paul D
  • 02-15-19

Amazing

Noir Chandler on speed. Often had no idea what was happening but . . . pace and style more than compensate and I will certainly listen to it again. I do not listen to books a second time.
My only query is, how did Elroy get away with this? His portrayal of real people seems somewhat libelous!

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  • Lawrence
  • 03-22-17

Sheer brilliance

James Ellroy's writing is unique in its character and I just love it. The tale he tells in this trilogy is perhaps more fascinating to someone of my age who remembers the events covered and the personalities involved, however, anyone could be swept along with the pace and excitement of these books. For me though one person makes this audiobook a superb listen and that is the awesome Jeff Harding as narrator. He makes any book come alive for me and my wife and his ability to keep one interested through a very long book is sheer genius. We have listened to just about every Jeff Harding book on Audible that is over 10 hours long and eagerly await every new one. We have also tried to contact him to let him know just what pleasure he has brought us - but to no avail - so Jeff I hope you read reviews. I am now about to start on the third book in this trilogy and would recommend this series to everyone. It is gritty in places and perhaps a bit too graphic for some - but this is REAL. Full marks to author and narrator - thank you both.

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  • Geraldine Darlington
  • 09-29-19

Brilliant performance, great writing

The terse narration of Ellroy's punchy script is perfect. Fiction is so well interspersed with fact that you cannot ascertain the difference.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-19

Terrible performance

Don't attempt a woman's voice if your only go-to is sounding like a petulant child. Urgh. Fantastic book, partly ruined by the narration; will try Chris Lane's version instead.

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  • marc
  • 07-21-19

Epic

Fantastic voice performance. Perfectly capturing Ellroy's clipped style.
I couldn't stop listening.
Compulsive please listen.

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  • Mr. Mark Lewis
  • 05-23-19

JFK squared

Fabulously intriguing and intricately woven whos who tale of the 60's leading right up to that nightmare on elm street. Give it go you'll love it

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  • Lornie Lou
  • 08-30-17

Gripping "What if?" offering fresh eyes on JFK

Excellently researched and written account of the shadowy world of internal espionage that was rife in the years following WW2

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  • Harrow
  • 04-07-16

Perfect narration of a near perfect novel


American Tabloid is a monster of a novel written in a distinctive, and powerful, voice.

I loved the book when I first read it, but the audio version is just so much more fun. The narrator is absolutely on the money for every individual voice, and the overall tone of the whole work.

It's a superb performance, and even if you have read the book, I would recommend this without hesitation. It's a hell of a ride.

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  • Thomas
  • 02-26-19

Hard boiled and cold blooded

This is an impressive and important work by one of America's great contempory authors. Jeff Hardings performance perfectly suits the subject.