He used to be on the bomb squad, but it's not until he transfers out that Chris Mankowski really begins juggling with dynamite. Rape and revenge are just the tip of the iceberg in a twisty tale that brings Detroit's denizens to life - and occasional death - in all their seedy glory. Electrifying, explosive, and unexpected, this is Elmore Leonard at his suspenseful best.
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From 4/12/15 on, I will only rate a book 5 stars if it so good I will listen to it again. To date, the Bino series tops that list.
Leonard is a master of character building with a minimal amount of words. This yarn is feasible, funny, original and loads of fun. It's a train wreck waiting to happen, but getting there is so much fun!
The late Frank.Muller's brilliance really shine through with the distinct voices every character demands.
Yes. Elmore Leonard was born to write for the audio genre. All of his novels are amazingly entertaining and because they are all conversation-filled, audio playback, especially when read by the erstwhile Frank Muller (maybe the best that ever was) or Groege Guidall (alive and the best there is). I've read/listened to almost all of E. Leonard's works and long for more.
Any Elmore Leonard...Any!
Always makes me laugh.
I wish your service were cheaper; I go through these books very quickly. I listen in the car, the gym and when I'm home alone, cooking.
Glad that I finally got to Audible.com.
I am a 65-year-old psychologist, married for 25 years, with two sons who are 25 and 22. I love reviewing the books and the feedback I get.
I just finished listening to Freaky Deaky, and there is a smile on my face as wide as the room I'm in. You just cannot have a better combination than Frank Muller and Elmore Leonard. Both artists with immense gifts, extraordinary skills and so prolific that we are honored to be able to listen to so much of their work. This book is set in Detroit, as many of Leonard's books have been. Both he and Mr. Muller know their territory back and forth. Our hero is Chris Mankowski, a suspended Detroit PD bomb expert. Our criminals are three; a man named Donell, a woman named Robin and a guy named Skip. Chris also meets and falls for an actress named Greta. The potential patsy of the piece is a pathetic multi-millionaire named Woody. Mr. Leonard takes his usual time setting the stage, but by the last five or six chapters the thing picks up speed and literally races to the finish. There is no way on earth that you can predict any part of the end, even if you've read dozens of Mr. Leonard's books. He is so inventive that words sorta fail me (sorta). It is hard to imagine having a whole lot more fun listening to an audio book than you get from listening to one of the Leonard-Muller collaborations. The twists and turns, Frank's absolute mastery of what he does, the quick pieces of dialogue with which Mr. Leonard creates these characters: what a pleasure! I can't guarantee that you will love this, which is too bad. I'd like to. These two guys are on top of the heap.
Yes because of the narrator and Leonard keeps his stories interesting to the end. Usually not some rapid ending without reason as to how it got there
Seemed more formulatic Elmore rather than some of his other work. He's written a ton so there's bound to be a few less good. With that said it'd be a decent listen for a plane ride.
First listen to a Leonard
narration was fair but I didn't find it engaging
I'll try a few other similar fiction audibles. So far non fiction seems to suit this medium for me. I just downloaded Killing Floor which is supposed to be a good read, so I'll give it a listen and see if this genre is for me on audible.
Not Elmore's best but if your a fan it might be worth a try.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
“It doesn't have to make sense, it just has to sound like it does.”
― Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
"I don't see how you endure those people, and endure group effort, and endure conferences and stupid revision requests and kindred bullshit. Please write the Hollywood book and kill them off in ugly ways."
-- John D. MacDonald in a letter to Elmore Leonard in 1986
A fun, but messy, Elmore Leonard Detroit novel. While technically set in Detroit it has the feel of a California/Hollywood novel. I'm not sure exactly why, but between the actors, movies, pills, acid, trust funds, and ex-hippies this book might smell like Leonard's Detroit, but it rubs you hot and raw just like LA.
Almost the entire cast of this book are former 1960s peaceniks, including Chris Mankowski the cool and calm, probationed police protagonist. I could probably dicker with Elmore Leonard's lax attitudes towards rape and money, but for the most part, that is just bitching about a pit in pretty sweet peach. I liked the book, even when the plot was spinning me like a drunk dervish.
Great performance by Frank Muller. The story is good, though some of the '60s radical details seem a little corny (seriously, who has a "craving" for LSD?). If you're new to Leonard, start with something like Swag, but if you know you like him you'll enjoy this.
Say something about yourself!
This was my first time reading or listening to an Elmore Leonard book and I was disappointed. The plot isn't that great, I though some of the characters were shallowly written, and I thought the ending was especially weak. Frank Muller is the absolute best and his performance here is very good.
Retired book buyer/book manager for wholesale distributor in the 5 largest northeast states. Prolific reader who was inundated with ARCs.
Wild fun, funny dialogue, changing allegiances and a very unusual and clever plot line distinguish this captivating crime story. Fascionating characters and a journey into a world of fascinating characters. Compelling.
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