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L.A. Confidential

Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Series: LA Quartet, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
4 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Christmas 1951, Los Angeles: a city where the police are as corrupt as the criminals.

Six prisoners are beaten senseless in their cells by cops crazed on alcohol. For the three LAPD detectives involved, it will expose the guilty secrets on which they have built their corrupt and violent careers. The novel takes these cops on a sprawling epic of brutal violence and the murderous seedy side of Hollywood.

©1990 James Ellroy (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-18

awesome

wonderful, ellroy a great writer and Mr Harding a v fine narrator ... brought me great pleasure

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  • Paul D
  • 05-01-19

Forget the fil,

I enjoyed the film but the book is in a different league. Long and complex written in a terse economical style. I found it difficult to follow at times as it requires a degree of concentration I sometimes lack but worth the effort. Two things I very rarely do: 1. Re-listen to a book; 2. Award five stars. I will be doing both.

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  • simon lee
  • 08-30-19

don't bother

I didn't like this at all. Difficult to understand what is going on. Terrible writing style.

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  • David X Reiver
  • 07-24-19

Stops and starts.

Great story, decent narrator, but the audio is off, so a lot of chapters start mid sentence.

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  • Richard Ashmore
  • 06-06-19

Very good book and fantastic performance

Really enjoyable book and brilliantly performed by Jeff Harding. I was debating purchasing the book beforehand because of the negative reviews with people complaining about struggling to keep up with the plot because of the amount of characters, and that it didn't work well as an audiobook etc etc, but I loved it. There is a lot going on and a lot of twists and turns but I enjoyed it. I watched the movie years ago and I saw James Ellroy complaining in an interview that he didn't think the performances in the movie were great, or true to his characters, but I have to disagree. It may be because I watched the movie first, but the performances in the movie were spot on, and really close to the characters in this book. Great book though. And I reckon that Jeff Harding could read through a dictionary and make it sound action packed and interesting. Definately worth a listen

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  • A. Curtis
  • 05-29-19

Brilliantly read, but confusing

Like a few other reviewers have said, this can be a very confusing book. I lost the story a couple of times with so many characters. It's very long also. The middle bit dragged for me a little. The narration is brilliant though. Really well done with lots of good accents and voices.

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  • Street
  • 04-09-19

Confusing at best

This is confused story which is difficult to follow and I only managed about the first 4 hours before giving up - the only redeeming feature was the performance of Jeff Harding.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-16

Not for audio

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

This book was not suited as an audiobook, the tone and pace of the story does not come across well when in audio ...the characters did not come alive as the dialogue in the book was best read than spoken

What could James Ellroy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not put it in audio

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Harding’s performances?

I love Jeff Hardings performances , it was because of him I chose this

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Yes it is a good novel

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  • MR K Boucher
  • 04-06-19

Narrator

I am only a few minutes into this book. I just can't stand the narrative of this person Mr Jeff Harding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-19-19

Better than I thought

Took a few times to listen to...then I got into it different from the movie buts it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it...very well done...have to check out the other books...