Dream Town Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Private investigator and World War II veteran Aloysius Archer heads to Los Angeles, the city where dreams are made and shattered, and is ensnared in a lethal case in this latest thriller in #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci’s Nero Award-winning series.
It’s the eve of 1953, and Aloysius Archer is in Los Angeles to ring in the New Year with an old friend, aspiring actress Liberty Callahan, when their evening is interrupted by an acquaintance of Callahan’s: Eleanor Lamb, a screenwriter in dire straits.
After a series of increasingly chilling events—mysterious phone calls, the same blue car loitering outside her house, and a bloody knife left in her sink—Eleanor fears that her life is in danger, and she wants to hire Archer to look into the matter. Archer suspects that Eleanor knows more than she’s saying, but before he can officially take on her case, a dead body turns up inside of Eleanor’s home . . . and Eleanor herself disappears.
Missing client or not, Archer is dead set on finding both the murderer and Eleanor. With the help of Callahan and his partner Willie Dash, he launches an investigation that will take him from mob-ridden Las Vegas to the glamorous world of Hollywood to the darkest corners of Los Angeles—a city in which beautiful faces are attached to cutthroat schemers, where the cops can be more corrupt than the criminals . . . and where the powerful people responsible for his client’s disappearance will kill without a moment’s hesitation if they catch Archer on their trail.
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|Listening Length||11 hours|
|Narrator||Edoardo Ballerini, Brittany Pressley|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 19, 2022|
|Publisher||Grand Central Publishing|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #59 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1 in Historical Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#2 in Historical Mystery
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It seemed to me that the story line was more a picture puzzle that needed to be constructed in order for the plot to make sense. Each antagonist was a piece of the puzzle, i.e., information for Archer to add together to solve a murder and locate a missing person. But along the way, I lost which character’s piece of information added to the “puzzle” story line as a whole.
The book was a period piece about the movie business, and the celebrities working in that business in Hollywood California circa 1953. That, of itself, made the read somewhat interesting in that I used to live in LA, albeit not in that era. But saying that, I did not get much else out of the read. I do not retell story lines in my reviews.
Although I have read other of Baldacci’s books about this character, in summary, I find I am not much of a fan of the “Archer” character, or the story lines of the books he is in.
Top reviews from other countries
Lacks cohesion and credibility. Hides the lack of a story in endless descriptions.
Tedious and turgid.
I persevered , until 44% mark and gave up