Reader was boring and I really didn't care about the characters. It felt like the neverending book. I've had 20 hour books that seemed shorter than this, so when I looked back and saw it was only 8 hrs I couldn't believe it.
The story had some leaps in the plot that you just had to go along with. Its the first Elmore Leonard story I've encountered that wasn't set in contemporary Florida or Detroit. His focus on the details of dust-bowl Oklahoma sound real, with references to historic characters mixed with those in the story.
The protagonist was one dimensional. The narrator did a good job with different voices for the characters. His voice for the dim-witted antagonist sounded to me like a George W impersonation.
I'd recommend for a long drive -- where you won't focus on some of the leaps in the plot.
Well written, good characterization and setting, well plotted story. The rather flat narration took awhile to get used to, but it matched the laconic nature of the story's protagonist, Carl Webster, the "Hot Kid" of the title.
I have either read or listened to many Elmore Leonard books. His terse, direct dialog driven narrative has always appealed to me on several levels. "The Hot Kid" impressed me more than any of Leonard's novels in recent memory. I think it's due to the set of characters being more rounded than often. All the primary ones have back stories, plus historical events and characters frequently move across the stage. Plus, there are one liners such as, "you can't live on oil," interspersed throughout the tale.
Additionally, the protagonist, Carl, could be seen as a prototype for Raylan Givens, both being unflappable US Marshals.
The narration fits the story perfectly. I really enjoyed this one.
The Hot Kid is one of the more entertaining books I've pulled recently.
Arliss Howard does a fine reading but his character performances are pretty limited when compared to other performances. He lacks the depth in voicings lacking the diversity of character I would hope for.
The Hot Kid's got what everyone wants!
I got a kick out of Elmore Jame's "The Hot Kid" and loved the fact that it kept me guessing right to the end.
It is a little bit western and a whole lot crime novel.
I think the narrator did a fair job doing a ton of male southern accents! Sure, they are similar, but I could tell by the inflection of his voice who was speaking. I thought he was a great reader.
The characters are Leonard's interesting blend of good & bad all in one. The Oklahoma landscape makes a hot, dusty backdrop that adds to the story's overall feel. Its a great crime story that feels one part western (Carl seemed a little cowboy quick draw to me) and one part crime spree.
Its a winner!
I think Elmore Leonard is a master of characterization and voice. He has an amazing ear, especially for male characters, and shows restraint in plot development. He never drags his characters through obligatory misery, cliff hanging or crisis resurrection miracles. I love this author.
this is a really fun book. the good guy, carl webster, is a u.s. marshall who wants to stop lawbreakers, but he mostly just wants to be famous. he keeps a crime reporter nearby, so the world won't miss a minute of his heroics and cocky quips.
jack webster is the son of an oil tycoon, who robs banks because he enjoys it, even though his dad would willingly support him. he loves being notorious, and once he starts killing people, he gets a real thrill from it.
what's interesting is that carl's motivations aren't much different than the bank robbers he's chasing. he seems to worship them in a way, always trying to outdo them and even dating their girlfriends. carl isn't even interested in any woman who isn't a "gun moll." jack tells carl he's going to kill him the next time he sees him, so carl helps jack stay out of prison to finally prove he's the better man.
We love everything Elmore Leonard -- even watched every episode of Maximum Bob, so when we heard he set this book in the early 20th century, we were anxious to see how it turned out. While the setting has changed from balmy Miami to the Dust Bowl, Leonard's writing remains quirky and entertaining, and Carl Webster and his entourage are every bit as entertaining as Chili Palmer and his gang. Arliss Howard read the story like he had seen it all first-hand -- an outstanding combination of writing and narrartion!