|# of Units:||11 CDs|
|Length:||13 hours, 30 minutes|
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Story was good, narrator was great. Could listen to him all day.
The Black Dahlia is so dark and gruesome a story, I wanted to quit listening the whole way through. Instead, James Ellroy's talented crime writing and Stephen Hoye's perfect narration of this sordid tale kept me listening against my better judgment. The novel is sickening downward spiral of violence and deceit. Ellroy is a dark conjurer casting wordy spells to drive readers into a morbid obsession with a horrific true crime not unlike his protagonist, Detective Bucky Bleichert. Do yourself a favor. Skip this selection so you don't get hooked in the very first chapter.
I liked this book alot. I found it very interesting, I tend to like the longer unabridged books, so if you are not like me you may think it drags. It kept my attention that is for sure.
Too much going on. There was so much interconnection with all the characters, it was hard to keep up. The movie was even worse.
Similar to the movie, I was disappointed that this book did not center more on the actual case of the Black Dahlia. This is more about people that investigated the case, and their lives. The book was better than the movie, though. There was more a feeling of getting to know and understand the characters in the book, than the movie. I would not bother with this book again, though.
I hated this book. It nothing but a snuff novel full of sick people. The only compliment I can give is that I had to know the end of the story and could not stop myself from finishing. Now that I know the end I wish I had never started.
This book was a pleasure to listen to. The narrator is EXCELLENT and gives the feeling of a noir type story. Very edgy. I LOVED the main characters, Bucky and Lee, and it was difficult to go into the house after my commute because I needed to know what happens next. Truly a terrific book. The afterword by the author was also worth a listen. I need to read more by him because he seems like a VERY INTERESTING character himself.
This was an interesting and scary crime drama, loosly based on a real-life unsolved murder. There are lots of surprises and twists and turns, and the book is well read by the reader to sound like a 1940s gumshoe detective novel.
James Ellroy was born in Los Angeles in 1948. His L.A. quartet -- The Black Dahlia, The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential and White Jazz -- were international bestsellers. American Tabloid was Time's Novel of the Year in 1995; his memoir My Dark Places was Time's Best Book and a New York Times Notable book for 1996. His novel The Cold Six Thousand was a New York Times Notable Book and Los Angeles Times Best Book for 2001. He lives on the coast of California.