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3: 10 to Yuma | [Elmore Leonard]

3: 10 to Yuma

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard launched his career as a writer of Westerns. This classic story is the basis for the 1957 film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, and the 2007 film starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.
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Rocker and poet Henry Rollins draws on his dramatic stage presence and a guttural delivery to portray the hard men with bad intentions in this classic short story. Rollins excels at applying just the right amount of emphasis to the well-honed sentences, tight-lipped dialogue, and rising tension of the dramatic scenes and makes this tale his own. Equally distinctive is the growl in his voice. Listeners looking for the best version of this Western story will enjoy Rollins's pitch-perfect performance.

Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Elmore Leonard launched his career as a writer of Westerns. This classic story is the basis for the 1957 film starring Glenn Ford and Van Heflin, and the 2007 film starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.

©1954 Elmore Leonard; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

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    Robert J. Voelker Morris 01-03-08 Member Since 2005
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    "Enjoyed a lot"

    I very much enjoyed this audio book, one of the better "listens" I've had among the many audio books I've heard.

    I will warn the casual browser thinking this is a long and drawn out narrative like the film versions, this audio is only about 30 minutes long.

    That said I really thought Leonard packed in a lot of compact storytelling and characterization for such a short piece (Leonard in general has some very fascinating takes on the Western genre, actually in all the genres he has written stories for). I found the take on the hero character to be refreshing and interesting. Listened to this on a long road trip and surprisingly found myself very engaged in the story, so much so I can kind-of understand disappointment at it being so short since I wanted more.

    The audio itself is pretty straightforward and can't say it is very best production I've heard, but I did think Rollins’ narration fit the streamlined story and was nothing to complain about. Again, I recommend this, but understand that people might want more for their money in regards to time duration, but say give it a shot anyway—and don’t judge a story by its run time!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 01-18-08
    C. D Strother Potomac, MD United States 01-18-08 Member Since 2000
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    "Good Story"

    Good short story and the reading is well done. Nice, succinct modern writing, in sort of a noir style. Wonderful to have this short story available. I had just seen the 2007 version of the movie and the original back to back, and it was really great to hear what the screen writer and director had started with from Elmore Leonard. They came a long way from the short story. I would say that EL's story went other places altogether than either movie did. Very different protagonist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-17-14
    Emily Mount Macedon, Australia 08-17-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Saddle up to hear this great Western"

    3:10 to Yuma is a short story packed with drama which sees a deputy marshall waiting with a dangerous prisoner to make the train which will take the prisoner to jail and earn the deputy marshall a $150 bounty. It's a classic Western and made a fantastic film - but note that this is NOT the same story as the film, it just inspired the film.

    Henry Rollins is a perfect choice to read this story - his voice is subtle enough to convey everything the story and its characters need and has the toughness required to narrate a gun-toting Western and keep the listener engrossed.

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    M. Harrison 07-02-12
    M. Harrison 07-02-12

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    "Leonard's the master..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes; it's Leonard at his best.


    What does Henry Rollins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There's something about Rollins' voice that just brings to story to life.


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    Beverly springfield, VA, United States 05-01-10
    Beverly springfield, VA, United States 05-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Understand why it is a classic"

    This reminded me of how powerful a good short story can be. The story has been made into movies twice, and neither have the power that this did. The story is told with an economy of words, but it had me from the opening.

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    John College Station, TX, USA 06-07-09
    John College Station, TX, USA 06-07-09
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    "Short but sweet"

    Very nice short story that is read with lots of passion.
    Highly recommended.

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