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  • Up in Honey's Room

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Elmore Leonard
    • Narrated By Arliss Howard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    The odd thing about Walter Schoen, German born but now running a butcher shop in Detroit, he's a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler, head of the SS and the Gestapo. Honey Deal, Walter's American wife, doesn't know that Walter is a member of a spy ring and gives shelter to escaped German POWs. But she's tired of telling him jokes he doesn't understand; it's time for a divorce.

    Pat C says: "Funny"
    "Funny"
    Overall

    The only thing I didn't like about this audiobook is that it isn't longer.
    The story centers on Honey of the title. She is a southern woman living in Detroit at the time of the main action (1945). Among her claims to fame is that she was once married to an American Nazi named Walter who could possible win the award for being the most boring man alive. Walter’s claim to fame is that he is a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler (the most hated man in the world). Walter is so clueless that he’s proud of this resemblance. The scenes from the first and only year of their ill-fated marriage open the narrative. If you are at all familiar with Elmore Leonard’s style, you know that his picture should be next to the term “low key” in the encyclopedia. He is famous for his virtuosic dialogue and with Honey he has created the perfect vehicle for his dry wit and pithy commentary. There is plenty of exciting and sexy action in this short novel carried out by several memorable characters, one of them being Carl (or Carlos) Webster, the star of “The Hot Kid”. Arliss Howard narrates and he is pitch perfect in conveying Leonard’s trademark tone. He is excellent with all the different accents (German, Russian, Southern U.S.,etc.) He is subtle and yet distinctive in his portrayal of female,male, young, old voices. I strongly recommend this one for pure listening enjoyment.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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