Hollywood Station : Hollywood Station

  • by Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by Adam Gruper
  • Series: Hollywood Station
  • 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, Batman has assaulted Spider-Man. Marilyn Monroe reported the crime and three Elvises witnessed it. It's business as usual for the cops out of Hollywood Station. But while they deal with the costumed crack-heads, prostitutes, purse snatchers, and ordinary lunatics that haunt the boulevards, in the streets behind the lights and crowds, the real Los Angeles simmers, never far from boiling point. But add a diamond robbery, the Russian mafia, and a cluelessly ambitious glass freak and something has got to give.

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What the Critics Say

"It's a serious pleasure to have Joseph Wambaugh back in Los Angeles and writing another blisteringly funny police procedural about the LAPD." (New York Times)
"Terrific characterization." (Kirkus Reviews)

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an unrelenting joy

I am a harsh marker - but this is a 9/10 audiobook.

Contrary to the slightly misleading publishers blurb, this is an ensemble story which only really focuses on one story towards the end of the book. A full and diverse range of police officers and citizens are given a thorough outing and each of them brings a unique joy. While there are undoubtedly moments of drama and pain, the emotive core of the book is comic; Wambaugh has a perceptive and critical eye for Americana and all that lies within in it, with the cultures of drugs, police, politics and of course hollywood sent up in a style that quite frequently made me laugh out loud.

It should also be noted this audiobook is a fantastic medium; this is one of the best narrations I've heard from Audible, and the chapters are at just the right length at around 40 minutes.

I can think of few people to whom this would not appeal; as highly recommended as anything else on this site.

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- Gregory

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-09-2007
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks