Amarillo

  • by Bill Durham
  • Narrated by Michael Butler Murray
  • 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the Texas Panhandle town of Amarillo, New York attorney Max Friedman is assigned to represent a nightmare client. Joe Wagner is a violent man, dangerous both to family and friends. As Max builds his defense case for murder, he reveals a reason for Joe's violence. But is it a justification? The characters whom Max meets during the course of his investigation include Smith Dixon, a career criminal trying to change the course of his life; Carl Puente, a gambler desperate for a big score; Carl's brother-in-law Freddie Odom, a family man drowning in alcoholism; legendary police detective Champ Phillips; Angel, a pool hall owner who both frightens and attracts Max; and Bailey, a wolf-dog hybrid who is the bouncer at the pool hall.

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Nice Visit But Wouldn't Wanna' Live There

Amarillo apparently isn't at the end of the world, but you can see it from there. Regardless, I enjoyed NYC attorney Max Friedman's visit to the place. Oddly the small town adopts him quickly without reservation. There's a first.

Yet Bill Durham makes it reasonably believable along with his quick brush-stroked characters.But then Durham drags us into a conundrum. You know, one of those questions with a number of completely contradictory but reasonable answers. And each of the answers opens a deadly door.

And... and... Michael Butler Murray does a generally good job of making this legal/courtroom adventure work. I say generally because he reads Max Friedman's NYC accent only when the plot specifically reminds us of the lawyer's origins. And then it slips away. Pity.

But I quibble. All-in-all this forgettable story entertained me through hours of chores and commute. Which is what I wanted, and got.
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- Ted

High Plains Excellence

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

I am recommending this book to everyone. The descriptive writing is remarkable. Those who grew up on the Plains will recognize and appreciate the landscape and the characters immediately. Those who have never been to the Panhandle of Texas will have a good look/listen to the lay of the land being described in detail so sharp it is as clear as a High Pains sky.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Amarillo?

I like the first impressions of Max, the New York attorney, who finds himself in Amarillo by accident.


What does Michael Butler Murray bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I like this narrator and feel he did an excellent job.


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

I have listened to this book twice. The first time was shortly following a surgery and on a pretty hefty dose of narcotics. I remembered liking it very much, but had some gaps in memory, and decided to listen again.I listened to it almost non-stop over two days. It was more remarkable than I remembered.


Any additional comments?

I am perplexed about the negative review regarding "language". I find the language to be mild for the subject matter, and no worse than tv, movies, or most books. It would not have been as realistic without the language used.

I really like this book and recommend it highly.

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- Brownp

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-25-2016
  • Publisher: William C. Durham