Raylan : Raylan Givens

  • by Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by Brian D'Arcy James
  • Series: Raylan Givens
  • 6 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece.
So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But by the time Raylan finds out who’s making the cuts, he’s lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla the cool transplant nurse about to go for his kidneys.
Dark and droll, Raylan is pure Elmore Leonard - a pause-resister filled with sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master.

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loved it!

First, the narrator was excellent. We all know and love Timothy Olyphant's voice, but Mr. James did a great job with all the characters and soon disappeared into the story perfectly.

"Raylan" has three storylines intertwined. In the first, I can see the essence of Episode 5 from "Justified" Season 3, "Thick as Mud" involving stolen kidneys. In the second, I see the essense of Episode 8 from Season 2, "The Spoil" involving the mining company woman requesting Marshal Givens to protect her, later trying to seduce him, of course. Although, in both cases some characters and events are changed and narrowed in focus to fit the episode restrictions. The third storyline is completely new, but I'm sincerely hoping we see the bones of that storyline later in an episode or even separated into two episodes of Season 3 as I'd love to see the scene with Delroy Lewis in drag. Very funny and tense at the same time.

I had no trouble following all the characters, especially since we know a lot of them from "Justified" and Harlan County, although a few have been changed in gender, etc. Definitely my favorite book of Leonard's Raylan Givens character. Leonard has such a nice sharp rhythm with his dialogue. Loved it. Loved the Tennessee Ernie Ford reference. Favorite quote -- Art Mullen said,"You don't think of your manners and let the woman go first, not when she's pointing a gun at you." That's so Raylan!

Highly recommended as just a fun read, light entertainment... with some gunfire thrown in.
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If you could sum up Raylan in three words, what would they be?

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What other book might you compare Raylan to and why?

I don't read this genre much.


Have you listened to any of Brian D'Arcy James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

He's good.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

For those who want to follow a modern day Lawman saga


Any additional comments?

I'm a big fan of the cable TV show "Justified." This book filled in some details that made me better understand the series--sometimes the series cuts scenes and doesn't call sufficient attention to small details and you miss elements of motivation. I enjoyed listening to Raylan for that reason...

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- Diana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-17-2012
  • Publisher: HarperAudio