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Honky Tonk Samurai Audiobook

Honky Tonk Samurai

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Publisher's Summary

Now the basis of the new series on SundanceTV.

Only Hap and Leonard would catch a cold case with hot cars, hot women, and ugly skinheads.

The story starts simply enough when Hap, a former '60s activist and self-proclaimed white trash rebel, and Leonard, a tough black, gay Vietnam vet and Republican with an addiction to Dr. Pepper, are working a freelance surveillance job in East Texas. The uneventful stakeout is coming to an end when the pair witness a man abusing his dog. Leonard takes matters into his own fists, and now the bruised dog abuser wants to press charges.

One week later, a woman named Lilly Buckner drops by their new PI office with a proposition: Find her missing granddaughter, or she'll turn in a video of Leonard beating the dog abuser. The pair agrees to take on the cold case and soon discover that the used car dealership where her granddaughter worked is actually a front for a prostitution ring. The mystery of her disappearance only deepens from there.

Filled with Lansdale's trademark whip-smart dialogue, relentless pacing, and unorthodox characters, Honky Tonk Samurai is a rambunctious thrill ride by one hell of a writer.

©2016 Joe R. Lansdale (P)2016 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Employing an East Texas drawl, narrator Christopher Grant ably gives voice to the mismatched investigators and their longtime friends and allies, along with ne'er-do-wells.... Grant's laconic delivery helps provide a Dust Bowl feel to this suspenseful production, right through its twist of an ending." (AudioFile)

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    Colin 02-08-16
    Colin 02-08-16 Member Since 2015
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    "More Classic Hap and Leonard"

    First things first might as well get it out of the way, Phil Gigante is not the narrator of this book after a long a successful history of narrating Joe R. Lansdale books a change had to be made (see last part of review for more info as to why) Christoper Ryan Grant does a decent job of filling in those giant boots though. He didn't have the range of Gigante but does a passable good ol boys accent which seems to fit the setting, maybe a bit more deep south vs South/South western. But it doesn't distract from the story which is the most important thing.

    Story wise Lansdale remains at the top of his game. The language of these books have always been their strong parts and Honky Tonk Samurai carries that forward. There are absurdist moments, that literally had me laughing out loud in the check out line while listening on my ipod. In many ways you know what you are going to get when listen to a Hap and Leonard novel, the two long time friends who are the laid back get along to get by type of guys are pulled into some form of trouble/mystery and have to fight curse and con their way out of it. I won't spoil things but will say there are some significant changes to the formula in Honky Tonk that break the status quo and may point to end game for the dynamic duo. The story features many series favorites putting in appearances including the fun and cocky Jim Bob Luke, the grizzled veteran Martin and of course the tough as nails but still manages to be sexy Brett.

    I would say, you would enjoy the story if this is your first Hap and Leonard novel, but you will get a much deeper appreciation if you have been following the series up to this point, as it does touch on themes and relationships that have developed over the history of the two main characters. Either way give it a go you will not be disappointed, and if you have even 1 funny bone in your body it will be tickled.


    *Note:
    Many are upset about the departure of Phil Gigante who readings of these books have helped to shape the identities of the characters within. But before you judge the book or audible too harshly take a second and enter his name into google and you will understand why he isn't doing the book and I actually applaud audible for getting rid of his services even knowing that it will probably lead to some negative reviews. So while its a loss talent wise, there is a gain in integrity and I look forward to hearing more Lansdale books by Christopher Ryan Grant in the future.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stefan 03-01-16
    Stefan 03-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "No masterpiece."
    What was most disappointing about Joe R. Lansdale’s story?

    The tone it was written in. It was somehow off-hand and lazy and nobody really came across as likable. The story, while on the outset interesting, fell flat and I wasn't rooting for anyone. Hap and Leonard appeared to be, if anything, tired and off their game. The prose felt forced and where I used to laugh or at least chuckle a book or two ago, I could only shake my head this time.


    What three words best describe Christopher Ryan Grant’s performance?

    It was okay. Phil Gigante would have been my preference, as others already noted, but Grant isn't so bad either.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Hap and Leonard surely are the golden goose for Lansdale, and he certainly deserves his success. This book just felt like fan-service to me and lazily done at that. Too bad. Question in general: why isn't there an audio-book of the full-length book before that, Devil Red?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth Bain 02-24-16
    Ruth Bain 02-24-16

    RueRue

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    "Another Lansdale Classic !"

    This was one entertaining story ! I have followed the (mis)adventures of Hap and Leonard since the beginning of the series,and each one gets better. Action, humor, unique characters, it doesn't get much better. And, IMHO, the narration was fantastic ! Please have Christopher Ryan Grant narrate the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Scottsdale, AZ, United States 06-16-16
    Patrick Scottsdale, AZ, United States 06-16-16

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    "Too Much Gratuitous Vulgarity"

    The story might be all right if one can get past the gross and nearly constant vulgarity. Certainly, Leonard and Hap are interesting characters. But really - this is not literature, art or even the least bit enjoyable. Not for kids and not for mixed company. Maybe suited for a fraternity stag party.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Fee Sheffield, AL, United States 04-07-16
    Fee Sheffield, AL, United States 04-07-16 Member Since 2014

    Felicia F.

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    "tissue?"

    I missed Phil Gigante, but adjusted. I wanted to wait until the next book was out (I hate waiting).
    Again, Hap and Leonard sets out to rescue a friend's family member, and they just may be in over their head this time.

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    Amazon Customer 04-02-16
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    "Enjoyed the storyline"

    Loved all the characters. Had to keep listening - all 10+ hours! Love Hap and Leonard. Marvin was such a character. I found myself laughing out loud!

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    JayEvan Montgomery 04-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Hap and Leonard are back at it again"

    Another great book in the HAP and Leonard series. I can't wait to see what happens next.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annmignon Terranova Nashville, TN USA 03-14-16
    Annmignon Terranova Nashville, TN USA 03-14-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Very entertaing!"

    First audio book and loved. I bought it after hearing the author in an interview.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Wright 02-02-16
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    "I LOVE the series… but…"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I hate when they change reader’s mid-series and Christopher Ryan Grant may be good in other performances but he didn’t have the vocal diversity of Phil Gigante


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hap and Leonard

    Their Frindship


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Christopher Ryan Grant?

    Phil Gigante


    Any additional comments?

    I hate when they change reader’s mid-series and Christopher Ryan Grant may be good in other performances but he didn’t have the vocal diversity of Phil Gigante

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful

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