The story was fantastic. Raylan goes to Italy. Another layer of Elmore Leonard's complex character has been revealed. I really enjoyed the short book. The narrator was so-so. He has a boring voice, and doesn't do Eastern Kentucky very well.
This is a disappointment after seeing Justified on TV. The story isn't very interesting and the character of Raylan Givens is secondary to a two bit aging bookie from the south coast of Florida. Perhaps the next in the series will offer a more interesting and compelling listening experience.
The plot just isn't very engaging and the characters are very one dimensional.
I actually thought the Mr. Adams did a good job with limited material.
The entire story line in Italy dragged on forever and it wasn't even remotely plausible.
If you've seen the show Justified, you know who Raylan Givens is, but this book is great even if you haven't seen it.
The story is compelling from page one, and the characters are so well crafted you feel like you've known them for years.
The performance is also wonderful and worth mentioning - so much so that I'm a little disappointed the next book in the series is read by someone else. But here's hoping that one is as good as this one.
The story was fast paced and moved very well.
Raylan Givens gives the reader a consistent presence to guid through the book.
This was my first listen to this narrator. Honestly he was just ok.
Super great read! Now I have a great base for the FX show.
I can't tell you the loose ends without giving the book away. They are so obvious and ridiculous that the characters completely lose credibility. The book is just not well structured. You keep hoping for the good stuff to hit, and it just doesn't.
If you want a book to go with the television series Justified, just leave this entire series alone and forget it. Sadly, this would have been so much better if the guy who read it didn't try to sound Southern, and dumb at every single opportunity. The hero of the book is an idiot? That does not sell books.
This was read and came out as dry as toast. It could have been so funny if it had been read right. I wouldn't want to know any of the characters in this book on a personal level. There are so many losers it should be a convention. I bought books 2 and 3 (2.5) and they sucked just as badly. I was hoping for it to get better. When read, this could have been such an opportunity to create an unforgettable character. Instead, it's like the guy just read it to get a paycheck. No soul. No heart. No understanding of any of the people depicted in this book. I would love to read this myself to all of you just to prove a badly written book can be made better with some effort from the extemporaneous speaker.
I don't like this author. I don't like the reader.
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I'm a big fan of Elmore Leonard for several reasons; first and foremost of which is...fantastic dialogue! This is always what I look for first in a book. "Pronto" is no exception. It always feels natural when a character like Givens speaks. Even the non-dialogue passages sound like dialogue. Alexander Adams' performance feels perfect for this style, and Leonard's work in general. This is a fast paced listen, meaning there is very little wasted on needless prose. It doesn't feel like Leonard is TRYING to make his characters funny...they just are! Bing, bang, boom...good story, great listen!
Great to hear the origin of Raylen Givens for the Justified fans
Audible readers add to the story and read much better than I do. Work on woodworking and thus makes projects enjoyable
Yes, mostly because it is exciting to learn some of the background of the character Raylan Givens from the TV show Justified
Yes. I didn't know where it was going at any given time.
This was the only time I have ever listened to Adams. Very nice narration
Not really. I laughed at times.
After listening to a few very lengthy books, I was looking for something a little shorter and a little less intense. So, I read Riding the Rap and Pronto back to back and they were exactly what i was hoping for. Leonards quirky style made for a fun adventure.
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This book was good not great just good. Rayland is by far the most interesting character in the book. Pronto doesn't have to many twists or turns but it is enjoyable. I'm going to give the other books by Elmore a try before I come to any kind of conclusion about his books.As far as this book goes is it a Buy or a pass? I would say pass this one up it's not the greatest.
Those hoping for a episode of Justified in book form will be slightly let down, but if they power through it it'll bring an entertaining performance of the memorable character that is Raylan givens.