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Publisher's Summary

Sex and Violence in Hollywood will take its place on the shelf next to other Garton classics like Live Girls and The New Neighbor. This blockbuster is a chilling combination of thrills, terror, and black humor, plot reversals and a climax so shocking that it will leave you shaken. Adam Julian, son of a Hollywood screenwriter, has a life many would kill for... and some would kill to keep. He's tangled in a web of forced sex, coerced into robbery, and it's only a short step to killing as a choice. At the center of the book is a sensational murder trial which oddly resembles the O.J. Simpson case. The cast features an abrasive, star-struck female judge, blundering prosecuting attorneys, a nerdy defendant who reserves his right to silence, and Rona Horowitz, a pint-sized, ball-of-fire of a defense lawyer. The defendant may be guilty, but energetic Rona tries one outrageous legal stunt after another in order to exonerate her client. Drenched in the glamour, and the sleaze, of high line and lowlife Hollywood, this satirical and entertaining look at the criminal justice system, turned inside out and upside down by showbiz at its best and worst, is a panorama of crime, corruption, and violence delivered with grim authenticity and hilarious awfulness.
©2001 Ray Garton (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By Kent Knopp-Schwyn on 07-13-17

Good book weak narrator

As always Seth Michael Donsky is not a good narrator at all. However, listening to this was one of the only ways I was going to get around to this book. It is a fun tale especially if you think of it in terms of a way over the top screenplay. It plays out in your head like a B Grade thriller with A Grade production values and special effects. You really don't feel much for the characters and you can actually see where everything is headed but it is still a lot of fun to go along for the ride. The books is really sort of 2 parts - first part is sex and crime and then you have a courtroom drama/activity followed by the ending zinger. Have fun, just wish they would have gotten another and MUCH better narrator.

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By Bender on 05-31-15

Terrible reading

Seth Michael Donsky makes it impossible for me to get into the story. All his characters jumbles together in the same strained, over-emoted whining. I forced myself through 30 minutes or so but had to give up this one.

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By victoria on 08-31-13

miscast reader

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

would have worked better as a short story

What will your next listen be?

Whatever takes my fancy, S/F, crime, history............

How could the performance have been better?

a slightly younger voice would have suited the story better

What character would you cut from Sex and Violence in Hollywood?

The best friend's gay parents were irrelevant

Any additional comments?

I bought this thinking it would be a murder mystery, most of it was like a badly written teenage angst rant going nowhere. Most of the story is over long and the end is very predictable.

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