From Elmore Leonard, the author who has influenced more writers than any other, comes a collection of the stories that launched his phenomenal career. From the very first short story he ever wrote, "The Trail of the Apache", through five decades of classic western tales, this collection is a must-have for every fan of Elmore Leonard.
This collection includes the following stories:
©2004 Elmore Leonard; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
The stories were all so good! The narrators were excellent. I'd read many Leonard novels, but never his western ones and never any of his short stories.
Leonard's quality as a writer, bringing detail to the portraits of the times, the place, the artifacts and, especially, the interactions among whites, blacks, Apaches, and Mexicans. He doesn't stint in showing the racism, prejudice and injustice of the Southwest in the 1880s and '90s.
I can't say because there were so many vivid characters.
I just wished that some of the stories were longer or that there were more of them.
This audiobook is a SELECTION of 11 stories from the paper book that contains 30 stories. The stories themselves are unabridged, but the "complete" collection is not here. I wish they were. Moreover, the stories selected are presented out of the order they appear in the book, which is strictly chronological in order of publication, from 1951 to 1994. I wonder why this was done. I'm not blaming Audible for either of these issues.
In this collection of stories I saw a side of elmore I had not known was there. He really "cowboys up" and tells real seeming stories about real seeming folks.His farmers and cowboys talk and look just like cowboys and farmers-not choirboys!
Just got into Elmore Leonard's works a few months ago. So far I've fully enjoyed everything he's written. I didn't realize how many stories he's written that have been made into very good movies. Love the way he sets a scene but even more I enjoy the dialog between characters.
Too hard to pick just one.
Yes. Always does a very good job.
Again, too difficult to pick just one.
Good compilation of short stories of the old west. If you like westerns I would recommend this, but only if you like westerns.
My only complaint is that this is sold as unabridged. When the cover image (taken from the book I realize) states THE COMPLETE WESTERN STORIES OF ELMORE LEONARD, and the audiobook is presenting six of those stories, it is an abridgement. Just because none of the stories themselves have been abridged doesn't make in an unabridged version of the book. Other than that the readers are good and the stories (the six presented) are quite good.
I would recommend this to a friend who liked western novels, but not to most people.
I have not listened to or read Elmore Leonard before, but he compares favorably with other western writers I have read.
A mixed bag
Yes, it was worth listening to.
I got this mostly for the 3:10 to Yuma story, researching the story and he movies made from it. I generally find western novels to be a fun distraction but don't expect great literature or anything vaguely like historical accuracy. A fun commute audio book, easy to pick up and easy to set aside.
Love the feel of these old time yet timeless Westerns. I live in Tucson AZ so it was a lot of fun to know the locations in many of these stories.
You can tell Mr. Leonard was cutting his teeth as he readied for Raylan, et al
Everything in one book. If you love 3:10 to Yuma.....get this book.
Every story has different narrators .....keeping it fresh and exciting.
great value too.
Love this author for many years now.
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