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Narrated by Jennifer Jason Leigh

Quentin Tarantino’s long-awaited first work of fiction - at once hilarious, delicious, and brutal - is the always surprising, sometimes shocking new novel based on his Academy Award-winning film.

Rick Dalton: Once he had his own TV series, but now Rick’s a washed-up villain-of-the week drowning his sorrows in whiskey sours. Will a phone call from Rome save his fate or seal it?

Cliff Booth: Rick’s stunt double, and the most infamous man on any movie set because he’s the only one there who might have gotten away with murder....

Sharon Tate: She left Texas to chase a movie-star dream and found it. Sharon’s salad days are now spent on Cielo Drive, high in the Hollywood Hills.

Charles Manson: The ex-con’s got a bunch of zonked-out hippies thinking he’s their spiritual leader, but he’d trade it all to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.

Hollywood 1969: You shoulda been there

©2021 Quentin Tarantino (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great Book Ruined by Leigh

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is, in my opinion, Tarantino's second best movie and one of my top ten favorite movies of all time (Pulp Fiction is #1). Because I'm an obvious Tarantino fan and loved the movie so much, I was excited to get this audio book. I pre-ordered on Audible and listened as soon as it became available.
Talk about a bring-down bummer!!! Jennifer Jason Leigh is THE WORST audio book narrator that I have ever heard. Not only is she monotone, but she consistently has vocal fry throughout the reading. For those of you who don't know, "vocal fry" is the croaky speech idiosyncrasy that was popularized by young girls like Kim Kardashian. Many females use vocal fry these days, and I (plus several people I know) find it extremely annoying and definitely not appropriate for professional settings such as a book narrator. According to my wife who is annoyed by vocal fry even more than I, women talk like this because they think they sound intelligent, sexy, or they are just simply copy-catting what they see on TV. As far as I'm concerned, this audio book was completely ruined because of the incessant vocal fry. If you think you can stomach Jennifer Jason Leigh's reading performance, then this great story is worth a listen. If not, read the book yourself on Kindle or buy the actual book. Tarantino has done a great job on this novel, and if you're a fan, you'll love it! I just ordered the paperback version of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Amazon for $7.48, and I'll also be ordering the hardback when it is released this Fall. In the meantime, I think I'll go watch Hateful Eight 'Extended Version' on Netflix just so I can enjoy the demise of Daisy Domergue.

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Great story, not so great narration.

The story is very interesting and gives a lot of details that aren’t in the film. My only criticism is the choice of Jennifer Jason Lee as the narrator. She’s so monotone and uninteresting to listen to. Tarantino should have had someone like Samuel L. Jackson or Kurt Russel narrate.

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JJL was the wrong choice for narrator

This a man’s story, and should have been narrated by a man. Her voice in this audio book is dry, monotone, no inflection, and just grates on my nerves. This is a wonderful story and it’s unfortunate they didn’t do it justice by choosing a better narrator.

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Can't understand a word

I gave up less than 5 minutes in. Couldn't understand a word of it. JJL was a terrible choice for a narrator. She's a talented actress, shouldn't be here at all. Feel like asking for a refund. I love audiobooks but I'll need a paperback version of this.

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Unbelievably Bad Narration

Jennifer Jason Leigh is far and away the worst narrator I've ever heard. I get they might have wanted a Tarantino alumni, but this is unbearable to listen too. I celebrate this man's entire filmography but I'll return this and just buy the hardcopy.

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You know the story is good. But the vocal fry is brutal and makes it impossible to get through. It’s a real shame- please recut this with someone else.

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Defending JJL

Performance is great. Don't know what people are complaining about. Love all the different voices she's able to do.
Also... to appreciate this book, you gotta understand what QT is referencing here, the popular movie novelizations of the 1970's. QT is such an incredible historian in his own way -- and not just about film. The amount of research that goes into his work is seriously impressive.
I know taste is an individual thing, but...
JJL rocked it.
And this book does exactly what it set out to do.
HP

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12 hours of vocal fry

Love the movie and maybe the book will be OK. But the narration here is incredibly annoying. shut it off after 20 minutes. Can’t listen to 12 hours of vocal fry.

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Performed Masterly.

The Once Upon A Time In Hollywood novelization is masterly. It allows Tarantino to amass this wealth of context like an avalanche building towards every scene. I highly recommend the audiobook. Listening to Jennifer Jason Leigh recite Quentin's writing is an experience unto itself.

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Great book

It is a great read and expands on the movie, makes me want to write my own novel.

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