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.
©1954 Elmore Leonard; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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!
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.
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.
Yes; it's Leonard at his best.
There's something about Rollins' voice that just brings to story to life.
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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