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The Black Dahlia

Narrated by: Jeff Harding
Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
4 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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A neo-noir crime novel from the legendary crime novelist James Ellroy.

Los Angeles, 15th January 1947: a beautiful young woman walked into the night and met her horrific destiny. Five days later, her tortured body was found drained of blood and cut in half. The newspapers called her 'The Black Dahlia'. Two cops are caught up in the investigation and embark on a hellish journey that takes them to the core of the dead girl's twisted life....

©1987 James Ellroy (P)2016 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Great story, so so narration

The story was well-written and atmospheric but I had a hard time listening to all the women voices, which the narrator performed in whiny, high-pitched voices that made them sound rather ridiculous.

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  • wfcmoog
  • 05-03-19

good modern take on Hard Boiled, Black Mask style

Elroy perfectly encapsulates the feeling of the Hammett and Chandler, but unlike them, it's a bit more long winded.

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  • Brianako
  • 03-15-17

One of the great noir stories

One of the great noir stories, albeit one that could have ended a few chapters earlier. The last two twists were unnecessary. The first 9/10ths were brilliant

Excellent performance by Jeff Harding, except for a hilariously bad Scottish accent. American performers generally cannot do Scottish or Irish accents and only spoil things when they try to.

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  • E. Maddock
  • 07-16-16

Great book, great narrator, but that Scottish accent!

The narrators voice has to match the tone and mood of the book for me to be able to enjoy an audio book and not find their voice/accent a distraction. Jeff Harding was a perfect narrator for this dark, moody LA based novel, an insight into so many types of pain and a story where every character is morally corrupt. It's a wonderful novel and Harding is great- but, that Scottish accent he attempts is nothing short of ridiculous. I don't know what he's basing it on, but it sounds like Mrs Doubtfire doing an impression of an Irish person at panto. Its absolutely dreadful. If only someone else had read those parts.

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  • Kosta-Koffe
  • 05-30-18

Would have profited from some editing.

I was absolutely grabbed by the brilliant beginning and the middle, very atmospheric and full of life-like personages, but the story should have ended a three chapters earlier to make this book almost as good as "LA Confidential".

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  • N
  • 06-17-19

Tortuous

A classic of its type with a reliably sure footed performance by Jeff Harding, however the story based on a real life unsolved murder or convoluted and sordid. The first in a series by J Elroy but I'll stop here.

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  • Mrs Reeh-Taggart
  • 06-03-19

Didn't get it?!

Literally couldn't even finish this book, I don't think I got even a third of the way through it. I found it so confusing, there were too many characters, they didn't seem to be very "fleshed out", and there were too many introduced in too short a space of time...
I was really excited about this book, as I love the crime genre, but this was too long winded for me...took a long time to get anywhere.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-17-18

Loved the period feel

Excellent reading and characterisation by the narrator making of involved and often chilling story human, accessible and compelling. Felt like a long listen but enjoyable throughout.

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  • MAGGS
  • 04-03-16

The Black Dahila - good read but some parts quite disturbing & some readers light not like the choice language in book

The Black Dahila - good read but some parts quite disturbing & some readers light not like the choice language in book
Jeff's narration great as always

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  • Jimmy P
  • 02-19-18

Highly recommend if you like crime fiction

An excellent story well told. Brilliant writing style. Scottish accent the only let down, it had an Irish sound, a minor point, but because a lot of the venom comes through that accent its important. Other than that the narrator was excellent

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  • Justin
  • 09-22-16

Well worth the pay off

Seemed to deviate a bit but the all comes together. Awesome story and story telling. Well worth the read..... Or listen.

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  • Ben
  • 03-09-19

Excellence

I went looking for an example of detective noir style and was referred to this book by a friend.
It is perfect, it captures the style exactly and gets under your skin in the way the case gets under the characters skins.
Recommend whole heartedly. An iconic text.