Hollywood Station : Hollywood Station

  • by Joseph Wambaugh
  • Narrated by Adam Grupper
  • Series: Hollywood Station
  • 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Grand Master of the police procedural returns to the Los Angeles Police Department in a gripping new audiobook about life in one of the more sensational police forces. They call him the Oracle. He's got 46 years under his belt and more hash marks than a football field. More importantly, he has a crew of cops to look out for on the streets of Hollywood. From his understaffed office at Hollywood Station, he keeps a close eye on his squad who spend their day in patrol cars, and their nights in the underbelly of a city that never sleeps. As they make their way from the drug dens to dirty street corners, a string of seemingly unrelated events lures the cops of Hollywood Station to their most startling case, reminding them that nothing is too horrific or extreme for Los Angeles.
In his long-awaited return to the LAPD, Joseph Wambaugh takes his listeners on a raucous ride through the streets of Los Angeles and into the heart of the LAPD, where no one's safe from the gritty city - especially the cops.

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What the Critics Say

"Outstanding....The master proves that he can still deliver." (Publishers Weekly)
"A triumphant return....High-voltage suspense drives the tale, and as always, Wambaugh's characters, language, and war stories exude authenticity." (Booklist)

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Excellent

Great listen/book. Believable intertwined plots, and Adam Grupper's reading is superb;very fluid and his instant use of different voices for the different charcters gives the reading a "movie" type feel. GOOD JOB ADAM!!
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- wsoxfan2005

Patience...it IS classic Wambaugh

The first chapter of this book is VERY off-putting. Two supposedly older cops talking in surfer/valley girl accents that nearly drove me crazy, dude. Also, I thought might be a collection of vignettes from one LAPD division, but it was more than that. Eventually, all the threads come together and the crime/investigation unfolds before your eyes. Classic Wambaugh style. It is a pretty good listen.

I was a little bothered by the somewhat overdone narration for some parts, but the overall story kept me listening even when the narration was not very good. I wouldn't rate it up there with Wambaugh's best or even second-best, but it's okay.

If you've liked Wambaugh in the past, just get passed the first, oh, 20 minutes or so and you'll be hooked...like really, dude.
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- Deborah

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-13-2006
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio