Extended Audio Sample

Download Hollywood Moon: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample Hollywood Moon: A Novel, by Joseph Wambaugh Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (649 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Wambaugh Narrator: Christian Rumme Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hollywood Station Series Release Date:
Regular Price: $19.98 Download
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Download learn more )

There’s a saying at Hollywood station that the full moon brings out the beast—rather than the best—in the precinct’s citizens. One moonlit night, LAPD veteran Dana Vaughn and Nate “Hollywood” Weiss, a struggling-actor-turned cop, get a call about a young man who’s been attacking women. Meanwhile, two surfer cops known as Flotsam and Jetsam keep bumping into an odd, suspicious duo—a smooth-talking player with dreads and a crazy-eyed, tattooed biker. No one suspects that all three dubious characters might be involved in something bigger, more high-tech, and much more illegal. After a dizzying series of twists, turns, and chases, the cops will find they’ve stumbled upon a complex web of crime where even the criminals can’t be sure who’s conning whom.

Wambaugh once again masterfully gets inside the hearts and minds of the cops whose jobs have them constantly on the brink of danger. By turns heart-wrenching, exhilarating, and laugh-out-loud funny, Hollywood Moon is his most thrilling and deeply affecting ride yet through the singular streets of LA.

Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the things that sets Wambaugh’s cops and crooks apart from those in so many other mysteries and police procedurals is that he fixes both firmly in the same realistic social context…That constant is the spine that runs through Hollywood Moon, as it has through all Wambaugh’s LAPD novels. It’s what allows you to find the black humor genuinely funny and to experience these masterful novels as something more than entertainment.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Entertaining…Spare and punchy prose fuels descriptions so on target that readers will feel they are riding shotgun, gazing out on Tinseltown’s tawdry landscape.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “It’s the larger-than-life miscreants who really take the biscuit. The usual collection of drag queens and murderous crackheads begins to seem almost quotidian against the cast of villains here…Both cops and criminals converse in a no-holds-barred, over-the-top fashion that is just lacerating enough to ring true…Idiosyncratic and highly individual fare.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Where would the reader encounter such off-the-wall types except in a Wambaugh romp? And what other author could present cops, street people, and career criminals with such deadeye credibility? Or transpose slang up and out from the drug world into cop speak with absolutely perfect pitch? Only Wambaugh.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “At least fifteen characters hit the Los Angeles streets in this book, and because of Joseph Wambaugh’s colorful writing and Christian Rummel’s amazing narration, all are well differentiated and fun to follow…Wambaugh is at the top of his game…He takes the time to develop the characters while keeping the plot moving. Rummel never stubmles, shifting and deftly juggling the many identities. Under a Hollywood moon, it seems, anything can happen.”


  • “Christian Rummel, [Wambaugh’s] partner on the ride, translates the vivid prose into something resembling an audio play…Wambaugh sets a swift pace as he drives his cops and criminals toward each other and an inevitable collision, and Rummel has no trouble keeping up, adding his own spin around the novel’s hairpin turns.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “A narrator’s dream…Rummel manages the reading with aplomb, considerable abandon, and seemingly obvious enjoyment. He knows when to narrate seriously, exaggerate, tone things down, and pump up the volume…Wambaugh fans are in for a treat.”

    Booklist (audio review)

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rhonda | 2/19/2014

    " Am listening to this in my car, and enjoying it! I recently listened to Hollywood Station, which was also quite entertaining. Though these are works of fiction, they are set in around Hollywood, real places, streets, street life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Loraine Alcorn | 2/9/2014

    " Joseph Wambaugh's Hollywood Moon is a fast paced really funny Police procedural book that was a joy to read. Filled with hilarious anecdotes and tons of action it will make you want to read every book in the series . I have all of these and they never fail to both give me a giggle and keep me interested . "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin Allmaras | 2/8/2014

    " Hollywood Moon is a fun fast paced novel based on the LA precinct located in Hollywood. I would say a little bit better than Hollywood Crows. Flotsam and Jetsam the two surfer Hollywood cops make a funny and serious return with Flotsam's fear of clowns and some other crazy antics. The storyline is based on a young latino male who is trying to get out from under his mothers control. As Malcolm the young latino is rebelling against his mother his anger towards her and other women of her age is mounting. The only relief he finds is at the expense of these older women and that is by attacking them. In the interim the author goes into detail about the lives and the superstitions that go on at Hollywood station. As Hollywood Nate an aspiring actor and his partner Dana Vaughn are the ones who are to locate Malcolm as his attacks are increasing in fury and damage. As Nate comes to grips with his acting career he also starts to develop an appreciation for Dana his older partner. Also a major part of the story is dedicated to Dewey and Eunice a couple of con artists. They hire local college kids and transients to help them steal information to get credit cards and then to buy merchandise with them. Eunice is the brains behind the scams and also one mean and nasty woman. She treats her husband Dewey like a dog by constantly comparing him to her ex-husband who is in jail. By now Dewey thinks Eunice has socked away almost a million dollars that he doesn't have access to. As Dewey becomes more paranoid two of the runners in his scams decide to turn the tables on him. Now the craziness really begins as everything comes to a crashing conclusion. Read this book you will enjoy it. The surfer dudes come to the rescue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Maria | 1/28/2014

    " Good gritty police story. "

  • > Show All
Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Joseph Wambaugh

Joseph Wambaugh, a former LAPD detective sergeant, is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Onion FieldThe Blue KnightThe BloodingThe Choirboys, and other fiction and nonfiction works. He has won a number of awards, including the Edgar Award and the Rodolfo Walsh Prize for investigative journalism. He served in the US Marine Corps and later joined the Los Angeles Police Department. With regret he resigned from the LAPD in 1974 after fourteen years of service but continued with his writing. His first four books and his work on the Police Story television series in the 1970s set new standards for subsequent writers, and many acknowledge their debt to him. He lives with his wife in California.