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The Black Dahlia Audiobook

The Black Dahlia

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Publisher's Summary

On January 15, 1947, the tortured body of a beautiful young woman was found in a vacant lot in Hollywood. Elizabeth Short, the Black Dahlia, a young Hollywood hopeful, had been brutally murdered. Her murder sparked one of the greatest manhunts in California history.

In this fictionalized treatment of a real case, Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard, both LA cops obsessed with the Black Dahlia, journey through the seamy underside of Hollywood to the core of the dead girl's twisted life.

©1987 James Ellroy; (P)2006 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Passionate, violent, frustrating...imaginative and bizarre." (Los Angeles Times)
"Ellroy's powerful rendering of the long-reaching effects of murder gives the case new meaning." (Library Journal)
"Building like a symphony, this is a wonderful, complicated but accessible tale of ambition, insanity, passion, and deceit, with the perfect setting of booming, postwar Los Angeles." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Alyssa 06-21-16
    Alyssa 06-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "The Black Dahlia"

    This book is definitely not for the faint of heart. Sometimes vulgar; sometimes explicit; sometimes downright gory. If you can stomach the vivid scenes depicted, it's a wonderful read. The narration is top notch. Hoye brings the story to life in ways most narrators tend to miss. The story itself is incredibly riveting, minus a couple "where did that even come from?" moments, it will keep you on your toes til the end.

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    Terry Warwick, NY United States 06-10-16
    Terry Warwick, NY United States 06-10-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The best listening experience in 3 years!"

    Just finished listening and I am still reeling from the author's powerful prose. Excellent "film noir" atmosphere - the narrator's performance was absolutely superb! His voice was so versatile and compelling, it really made me stick with this book. I know I would have put it down if I was just reading by myself. His voice and the narrative take you right back to the 1940's, right after WWII. The writing is excellent - the subject matter is almost beyond a nightmare, not for faint hearted. The narrative is gritty, somewhat pornographic and definitely not of our politically correct times. I have to admit I found parts of it offensive. It was not easy to listen to, but the dialogue sounded authentic to how policemen must have spoke at the time.
    The storyline had so many highs and lows - twists and turns, especially near the end!
    This book is a work of fiction, based on two murders, one famous murder of a young woman in California and another murder of the author' s own mother. It's not just a crime drama, it's a study of obsession, guilt and redemption.

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    Zohra O'Doherty 11-08-15
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    "Slow to get into, but still fantastic."

    Brilliant performance. Thoroughly enjoyed the afterword. Loved the historic setting of Los Angeles in the forties. Some very good twist and turns. Highly recommend.

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    Jason C 10-29-15
    Jason C 10-29-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good story, great narration"

    Good noir detective novel.

    The story seems like it's going to go off the rails in the 3rd act, but keep with it - it's worth it.

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    Austin 07-23-15
    Austin 07-23-15
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    "Simply Fantastic"

    Fantastic work that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time and keeps you guessing and solving the case right alongside Bucky.

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    Amazon Customer 02-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    The book covers a lot more than the movie. I like the book ending. Great plot twists and finding out who was dirty and who was played.

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    Liz 01-23-15
    Liz 01-23-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Real emotions & flaws, sensational story"

    Captures the tortured path a policeman makes as he chases a ghost and discovers his own demons and those of his seemingly upright "family" and fellow lawmen.

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    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 12-29-14
    Cliff RED BANK, NJ, United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Now This Is Storytelling!"

    I couldn't put this story down. Great character development, fact-based fiction, action-packed plot. I want more! Yes, the language is corse, and at times offensive, but The Black Dahlia's protagonist and his fellow officers are people who spoke and thought that way.

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    Lauren Lanning 06-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Probably not the best person to ask"
    Would you try another book from James Ellroy and/or Stephen Hoye?

    I very much dislike James Ellroy, but I'm interested in the Black Dahlia, so I thought I'd give it a chance. No. The reviews warned about strong language, and I will reiterate that warning. There is basically only one kind of language I have a problem with and that is racial slurs. I realize that this is a book set in a different time period, but it just seems so unnecessary. Ellroy's writing is so arrogant I just couldn't stomach it.


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    Todd lakewood, CO, USA 03-11-14
    Todd lakewood, CO, USA 03-11-14 Member Since 2009
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    "The Black Dahlia will pull you in"
    What made the experience of listening to The Black Dahlia the most enjoyable?

    The Narrator voice matched the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    Based on fact


    What about Stephen Hoye’s performance did you like?

    His voice added to the story


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I dare you to watch Black Dahlia


    Any additional comments?

    As you read this book you will find yourself asking for more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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