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Editorial Reviews

Rocker and poet Henry Rollins draws on his dramatic stage presence and a guttural delivery to portray the hard men with bad intentions in this classic short story. Rollins excels at applying just the right amount of emphasis to the well-honed sentences, tight-lipped dialogue, and rising tension of the dramatic scenes and makes this tale his own. Equally distinctive is the growl in his voice. Listeners looking for the best version of this Western story will enjoy Rollins's pitch-perfect performance.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard launched his career as a writer of Westerns. This classic story is the basis for the 1957 film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, and the 2007 film starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
©1954 Elmore Leonard; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Robert J. Voelker Morris on 01-03-08

Enjoyed a lot

I very much enjoyed this audio book, one of the better "listens" I've had among the many audio books I've heard.

I will warn the casual browser thinking this is a long and drawn out narrative like the film versions, this audio is only about 30 minutes long.

That said I really thought Leonard packed in a lot of compact storytelling and characterization for such a short piece (Leonard in general has some very fascinating takes on the Western genre, actually in all the genres he has written stories for). I found the take on the hero character to be refreshing and interesting. Listened to this on a long road trip and surprisingly found myself very engaged in the story, so much so I can kind-of understand disappointment at it being so short since I wanted more.

The audio itself is pretty straightforward and can't say it is very best production I've heard, but I did think Rollins’ narration fit the streamlined story and was nothing to complain about. Again, I recommend this, but understand that people might want more for their money in regards to time duration, but say give it a shot anyway—and don’t judge a story by its run time!

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By C. D Strother on 01-18-08

Good Story

Good short story and the reading is well done. Nice, succinct modern writing, in sort of a noir style. Wonderful to have this short story available. I had just seen the 2007 version of the movie and the original back to back, and it was really great to hear what the screen writer and director had started with from Elmore Leonard. They came a long way from the short story. I would say that EL's story went other places altogether than either movie did. Very different protagonist.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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