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Raylan: A Novel | [Elmore Leonard]

Raylan: A Novel

With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece. So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them.
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With the closing of the Harlan County, Kentucky, coalmines, marijuana has become the biggest cash crop in the state. A hundred pounds of it can gross three-hundred thousand dollars, but that’s chump change compared to the quarter million a human body can get you - especially when it’s sold off piece-by-piece.

So when Dickie and Coover Crowe, dope-dealing brothers known for sampling their own supply, decide to branch out into the body business, it’s up to U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens to stop them. But by the time Raylan finds out who’s making the cuts, he’s lying naked in a bathtub, with Layla the cool transplant nurse about to go for his kidneys.

Dark and droll, Raylan is pure Elmore Leonard - a pause-resister filled with sparkling dialogue and sly suspense that are the hallmarks of this modern master.

©2012 Elmore Leonard, Inc. (P)2012 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Roy United States 02-20-12
    Roy United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Raylan to be better than the print version?

    I walk about an hour each day and then spend around 30 minutes in the backyard doing odds & ends jobs. During this time I listen to books which I find make these tasks much more enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the TV show Justified and found this to be a couple of the TV shows wrapped up in an audible format.


    Which character – as performed by Brian D'Arcy James – was your favorite?

    Raylan, of course,


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, way too long for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe if you like the TV show Justified then you will like the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 02-12-12
    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 02-12-12 Member Since 2009
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    "loved it!"

    First, the narrator was excellent. We all know and love Timothy Olyphant's voice, but Mr. James did a great job with all the characters and soon disappeared into the story perfectly.

    "Raylan" has three storylines intertwined. In the first, I can see the essence of Episode 5 from "Justified" Season 3, "Thick as Mud" involving stolen kidneys. In the second, I see the essense of Episode 8 from Season 2, "The Spoil" involving the mining company woman requesting Marshal Givens to protect her, later trying to seduce him, of course. Although, in both cases some characters and events are changed and narrowed in focus to fit the episode restrictions. The third storyline is completely new, but I'm sincerely hoping we see the bones of that storyline later in an episode or even separated into two episodes of Season 3 as I'd love to see the scene with Delroy Lewis in drag. Very funny and tense at the same time.

    I had no trouble following all the characters, especially since we know a lot of them from "Justified" and Harlan County, although a few have been changed in gender, etc. Definitely my favorite book of Leonard's Raylan Givens character. Leonard has such a nice sharp rhythm with his dialogue. Loved it. Loved the Tennessee Ernie Ford reference. Favorite quote -- Art Mullen said,"You don't think of your manners and let the woman go first, not when she's pointing a gun at you." That's so Raylan!

    Highly recommended as just a fun read, light entertainment... with some gunfire thrown in.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Oxford, OH, United States 09-01-13
    Diana Oxford, OH, United States 09-01-13
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    If you could sum up Raylan in three words, what would they be?

    Backstory Details Explanation


    What other book might you compare Raylan to and why?

    I don't read this genre much.


    Have you listened to any of Brian D'Arcy James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    For those who want to follow a modern day Lawman saga


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of the cable TV show "Justified." This book filled in some details that made me better understand the series--sometimes the series cuts scenes and doesn't call sufficient attention to small details and you miss elements of motivation. I enjoyed listening to Raylan for that reason...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James E. Henderson Tyler, TX United States 04-17-13
    James E. Henderson Tyler, TX United States 04-17-13

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love the character of Raylan as I am addicted to the show Justified on FX. Good narrator.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndi United States 01-02-13
    Cyndi United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narrator was awesome! good voice changes"
    Where does Raylan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top. I am a fan of the TV show Justified, which is based off of Elmore Leonard's characters. in a previous book. The narrator is what made it a perfect match to the mountain folk Elmore was writing about.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked them all for different reasons, one wa because they were so stupid, or so evil, or just believable. Each one had a richness that made the story a great read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the beginning with the kidney stealing scam.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was sad when it was over, wished it kept going. I'll have to wait for the next season of Justified to continue following the characters.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Darby Green Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 02-20-12
    Darby Green Bay, Virgin Islands (U.S.) 02-20-12 Member Since 2010

    I was born in 1967. Haven't died yet.

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    "Good Leonard is better than great... whoever."

    It's fun to see Raylan Givens again and as I'm a big fan of "Justified" it's nice to see him in a familiar context. Namely, Harlan County, Kentucky. In fact, most of the characters in this book come right out of seasons 2 and 3 of the series, but with some significant changes. Characters that died on the show are alive, and sometimes with slightly altered names that fit Elmore Leonard's greater continuity.

    That's part of what's fun here: the melding of the two universes, and it works just fine. My problem with the book is that it seems fairly lightweight for Elmore Leonard. He's such an entertaining writer with a mind that shoots sparks out like a catherine wheel, but this one seemed a little... tired, maybe. I don't think he wrote it just to make a buck, but maybe Raylan and Elmore are slowing down a bit.

    It's not that the book isn't fun- it is. Lots of fun. But it it's not FREAKY DEAKY fun, or PRONTO fun (the story that introduced Raylan Givens to us). Raylan seems to be a hybrid of the character from the earlier books and the television character, which is fine- I saw Timothy Olyphant as I listened to this book- but I was taken out of the story a couple times while I tried to figure out the continuity differences.

    That said, it's always nice to read some good Elmore Leonard characters- and this book has a lot of 'em. Some we kind of know, and some we're introduced to here for the first time. And nobody writes dialogue like Elmore Leonard. And there is some nice growth for Raylan as well and an ending that will make fans of the television show stop and go, "whuh?!!"

    The narrator does a nice job with the book too. He reads the offbeat dialogue with a clear understanding of the inflections and rhythms, something I often screw up the first time I read a sentence. Very well done in that department.

    RAYLAN is not the best Elmore Leonard book I've read/heard, though I know opinions vary and there's no accounting for taste (most people liked TISHOMINGO BLUES more than me too...). It's prettygood though, and like I said in the headline: Good Elmore Leonard is better than many writers at the top of their game. Give it a try.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Cullowhee, NC, United States 09-15-13
    Jane Cullowhee, NC, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2008
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    "ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS REALLY DISAPPOINTED ME"
    What would have made Raylan better?

    fewer characters with more distinct characteristics I think. It seemed to go around in meaningless circles. Raylan himself was weakly drawn.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elmore Leonard again?

    I guess so. I've truly enjoyed some of his others.


    Any additional comments?

    Narration was well done despite the weakness of the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 02-24-12
    Amanda United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A disappointment"

    I was excited by the prospect of listening to Raylan, as I've become a fan of not only Elmore Leonard's novels but also the the TV Series Justified. While the book is only six hours long for the unabridged version, I've still yet to finish it, I find it so bad. Normally I finish one book before I purchase another, but it's almost as if I am looking for any other book so I don't have to finish this one.

    If you've spent any time watching the show, skip listening to the book. The plot is basically just a rehash of seasons one and two, only the characters have been given different names in several instances. The book is also covering some of the story arc from season three too.

    Not wanting to get into plot spoilers, I must say that the folks putting together the writing for the TV series have done a far better job than Leonard has done for this book. It's as if he wanted to cash in on the Justified success, and phoned it in by ripping pages directly from the scripts and trying to tailor them to his new novel. Pronto, Riding the Rap, and Tishimingo Blues are far better examples of Leonard's work. I'd recommend avoiding this novel, but if you feel that you must listen to it, wait till it drops under $10...

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Tavares, FL, United States 02-20-12
    Adam Tavares, FL, United States 02-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "TV script pawned off as a novel"

    I saw this mediocre writing performance re-worked into a passable "Justified" program a few weeks after I listened to it. As a novel, however, it fell completely flat.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen New York, NY, USA 08-22-12
    Stephen New York, NY, USA 08-22-12 Member Since 2004
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    Where does Raylan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is first rate Leonard. The book compares interestingly with the use of these stories in the TV series.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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