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This Storm

A novel
Auteur(s): James Ellroy
Narrateur(s): Craig Wasson
Durée: 26 h et 36 min
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A massive novel of World War II Los Angeles. The crowning work of an American master.

It is January 1942. Torrential rainstorms hit LA. A body is unearthed in Griffith Park. The cops rate it a routine dead-man job. They're grievously wrong. It's a summons to misalliance and all the spoils of a brand-new war.

Elmer Jackson is a corrupt vice cop. He's a flesh peddler and a bagman for the LA chief of police. Hideo Ashida is a crime-lab whiz, caught up in the maelstrom of the Japanese internment. Dudley Smith is an LAPD hardnose working army intelligence. He's gone rogue and gone all-the-way Fascist. Joan Conville was born rogue. She's a defrocked navy lieutenant and a war profiteer to her core.

They've signed on for the dead-man job. They've got a hot date with history. They will fight their inner wars within The War with unstoppable fury.

©2019 James Ellroy (P)2019 Random House Audio

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  • Mr Dangerous
  • Los Angeles, Ca
  • 2019-06-09

Pulp. Mucho Pulp. Too much pulp.

I'm a fan of Ellroy. This one was just okay. The writing felt overly pulpy even for Ellroy. I never quite connected to the characters and story like I have with other books. I found my mind wandering at certain points. If you are a fan of Ellroy you'll probably like this.

Craig Wasson gave an okay read. But he's no Christopher Lane - the guy who read American tabloid.

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  • Joe
  • 2019-06-17

Best narration I'vd heard (500+ audible books)

Raw, complex and enlighting story told in Ellroy's fierce straight-ahead style. It engaged me from the get-go. Wasson's narration is the best I've heard in more than a decade as an Audible listener. He brings each of Ellroy's many characters to life.

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  • Blackenedghost
  • 2019-07-17

This... trash

Ellroy's better days are behind him. His stories have always been brutal and ugly, but at least he could grip and compel you in the actual tale he was telling
Now, he just mindlessly and incoherently rambles on and on. I truly believe that all he does now is vicariously live out his own racist, violent, and sexual perverse fantasies through his, "stories". I think I'm done with this guy.

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  • Tom
  • Warm Springs, Georgia
  • 2019-07-03

Could listen for hours . . . And did!

I love Ellroy’s work. His paragraphs of five word Haikus are pure poetry and he can spin up a world of 1940’s Hollywood Cops, Crooked Pols and their Molls is unmatched. This story may not have been his strongest but it was good to hear his voice again.

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  • Alex
  • 2019-07-11

Not for the faint of heart

The Demon Dog of LA noir is back. This Storm feels like a Tarantino film transmogrified to the page. Its 26 hours of unrelenting extreme violence, racism, complex corruption, and worldwide destruction. Its certainly the most absurd and over the top Ellroy has ever been, and the least grounded in reality. I personally loved that, but I could see it being off-putting to hear about Himmler bathing in virgin Jewish blood or nazi orgies. Craig Wasson is a masterful storyteller and his inflections and emphasis make the story land 10 times harder. I can't recommend it enough, but know what you're getting yourself in to.

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  • Nat Smith
  • 2019-07-09

Impossible to listen to.

This is by far the worst audiobook I have ever listened to. The narrator is awful and the story is worse. Every sentence clipped. Like. He. Couldn’t. Think. Of. Any. Other. Way. To. Write. And. Not. Just. Once. In. A. While. But. Every. Damn. Sentence. Fragmented.

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