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.
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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.
The narrator read the book in a flat monotone that left me looking for any excuse to stop listening and do something else. And, once I stopped I looked for any excuse not to get back to it. That's not typical of the way I listen to a good book. His style reminded me of Kevin Costner's emotionless and boring style of delivery. I think the story likely is a good one but it's hurt by the way it was read. I think I'd like the book more if I read the actual printed book.
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.
Loved the character development.
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!
Save your money. It's so bad, I can't even finish it. The reader ruins it for me. He is boring and doen't make the characters come alive. It started off well but.....