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  • Little Green: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Walter Mosley
    • Narrated By Michael Boatman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (110)

    We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

    Kim says: "Mosley and EZ - Older, wiser, better than ever."
    "Resurrection is painful but Easy is no Zombie!"
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    Where does Little Green rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to over 300 books. Easy Rawlins mysteries remain one of my favorite detective genre characters. Walter Mosley is masterful in providing a strong sense of the political, social and cultural environment in which his characters exist. You can feel, smell and touch the era and the tensions of the day. This resurrection of the character is not as flowing as most of the books in the series, but I am awash in thankfulness for the return of Easy Rawlins.


    What other book might you compare Little Green to and why?

    Little Green is more of a patchwork of devices and elements from other Easy Rawlins stories. It is clear the author is exploring what life is left in the character.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator improved as the book progressed. It felt like the narrator had lost his feel for the character at the beginning of the book but as he became reacquainted through his many takes his familiarity with the terrain, neighborhoods and characters began to return and it began to sound not so much like a reading but instead, the telling of a familiar story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mouse carrying Easy up the cliff and the return of Bonnie were significant moments for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The political social commentary built into the fabric of this series remains spellbinding for me. The characters remain illuminated by their humanity and ability to cope with all obstacles in 60's-70's AMERIKA!

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