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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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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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