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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A Safe Mediocre Novel for Safe Fans of F/X Series

“I always felt, you don’t have a good time doin crime, you may as well find a job.”
― Elmore Leonard, Raylan

I'm just going to review this really quick. Raylan is built on three main stories/episodes that are all loosely tied together. It wasn't the best Elmore Leonard out there (may be the weakest Elmore Leonard novel I've read/listened to yet). In some ways this novel seems destined to suffer from the success of the Raylan Givens franchise (see F/X series). The novel almost seemed written with the guarantee of options that the book would get used in the existing series. It holds no surprises and few major disappointments. Most risks taken by Elmore Leonard were taken years earlier. This is a safe novel sold to safe readers.
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- Darwin8u "I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^"

A disappointment

I was excited by the prospect of listening to Raylan, as I've become a fan of not only Elmore Leonard's novels but also the the TV Series Justified. While the book is only six hours long for the unabridged version, I've still yet to finish it, I find it so bad. Normally I finish one book before I purchase another, but it's almost as if I am looking for any other book so I don't have to finish this one.

If you've spent any time watching the show, skip listening to the book. The plot is basically just a rehash of seasons one and two, only the characters have been given different names in several instances. The book is also covering some of the story arc from season three too.

Not wanting to get into plot spoilers, I must say that the folks putting together the writing for the TV series have done a far better job than Leonard has done for this book. It's as if he wanted to cash in on the Justified success, and phoned it in by ripping pages directly from the scripts and trying to tailor them to his new novel. Pronto, Riding the Rap, and Tishimingo Blues are far better examples of Leonard's work. I'd recommend avoiding this novel, but if you feel that you must listen to it, wait till it drops under $10...
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- Alex

Book Details

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