The Thicket

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew Ortiz on 01-12-14

Lansdale will knock you out!

What did you love best about The Thicket?

Lansdale's ability to tell a great and funny story, even in the midst of a dark East Texas tragedy. For the audiobook version, Will Collyer brought this dark tale to life.

What did you like best about this story?

Lansdale's use of dialogue between his characters. Each personality is described so vividly as Lansdale's ability to effectively bring his characters to life is shown. I love the change in language between these characters as they are all so very different.

Which character – as performed by Will Collyer – was your favorite?

My favorite was Shorty.

Any additional comments?

This is a highly recommended book! Not only does Lansdale once again deliver a great story, but Will Collyer does a fantastic job of breathing life into the characters. A must read!

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Pat on 04-27-14

Loved this Book..so satisfying

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Such a good read/listen..totally satisfying..funny..harsh..warm

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Thicket?

The showdown

Which character – as performed by Will Collyer – was your favorite?

Shorty..intelligent..diligent..funny..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes..and I did

Any additional comments?

I so loved this book..really well done..bravo..

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Piscopo on 01-31-14

You always win with Lansdale

The story is very good. There are several memorable characters. I wish this was a series. When a book stays with me several days after finishing, I know it's a great book..

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3 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 11-11-14

JESUE FORGIVES, SO WHY NOT ENJOY YOURSELF

I LIKED READING IT, BUT DECIDED I DID NOT WANT TO LIVE IT.
Just like the last Lansdale I read, this started out like a Mark Twain novel. THAT WAS THE SIZE OF IT AND I PUT IT ON TO WEAR. Once you get to know the characters it sounds similar to True Grit. Then it turned very very dark. Like a J.A. Konrath novel the killing and explicit torture just would not stop. lansdale wants you to understand why the main good character, Jack Parker, agreed to killing the bad guys instead of capturing them. I thought the point was made fairly early on and the continued body count and descriptive tortures could have ended much sooner. I really like Lansdale's writing and think he is extremely intelligent and witty. I think he should have more confidence in his writing and know when to stop the rubber necking. I KNOW HOW THE HORSE ATE THE APPLE.

Q: I'M A CORRECT IN MY ASSUMPTION?
One of JRL's talents is coming up with interesting characters. I also like how he includes the black man in most of his writings. This is my fourth writing of his to enjoy and all have had black men included in the main characters. This stars Jack Parker (IT IS BETTER TO BE DEAD THEN RED IN THE HEAD.), who is very similar to the female lead in True Grit. Eustace, the grave digger, is part Comanche, black, and white. The Comanches COULD TRACK A FART UNDER A ROCK IN A RIVER. Shorty is a dwarf, who is well educated, often called a midget and tends to lecture a lot and who kicks serious ass. Jimmie Sue is a whore, who takes Jack's virginity and wants to marry him. I WANTED TO GROW UP TO BE A PRINCESS, INSTEAD I AM A WHORE. Then there is the six hundred pound hog and I just loved grandpa. Those are the good guys. The bad guys are Cut Throat Billy, Fatty and Nigger Pete.
A: I GUESS YOU HAVE ASSUMPTED RIGHT.

The narrator is excellent and makes listening a better experience then reading the book.

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15 of 24 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Stephan B. Collins on 09-11-14

It's a hoot!

Where does The Thicket rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five

What other book might you compare The Thicket to and why?

A bit of "No Country...", a bit of Elmore Leonard, mix in some McMurtry.

What about Will Collyer’s performance did you like?

His timing is exquisite.

Who was the most memorable character of The Thicket and why?

They're all good.

Any additional comments?

I wish Lansdale would write some more Western-genre novels

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By David on 01-16-14

A quirky Western Adventure with bite

If you could sum up The Thicket in three words, what would they be?

Weird Wild West

Who was your favorite character and why?

"Shorty" the midget bounty hunger, because he had a quick temper, a quicker mind, and a very broad grasp of life, and the world. He improved his lot in life by dreaming.

What does Will Collyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

This is Will's coming of age story. While reality whittles away at his high moral standards, and the things he believed he knew about it, it hands him the tools and relationships to forge stronger beliefs of his own. He's honest, true, and a real-world sort of hero in the making.

Who was the most memorable character of The Thicket and why?

Hog, because how many times do you get a supporting character that is a wild, smelly animal treated like one of the team?

Any additional comments?

This book reminds of the author's "The Magic Wagon," and treats the old west in a very realistic way, as opposed to the fast-shooting, trail-riding westerns that line most bookstore shelves. Gritty, and strange, littered with memorable characters and unforgettable action. A great book.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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