Listen to another Hap and Leonard novel.
©2009 Joe R. Lansdale; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
If you have read the two previous books in this series, you know what to expect. Lansdale writes fun characters, and has a great turn of phrase.
Narrator Phil Gigante is fantastic. He makes each characters voice unique, and you can tell he is having a great time with this material. If you haven't read any Hap and Leonard novels before, start at the beginning with 'Savage Season.' If you are returning, then be happy to know that this is another great entry in the series.
This is another excellent installation of the Hap and Leonard series. Unfortunately, the audio version is somewhat spoiled by Mr. Gigante's use of a stereotypical "dumb Southerner" accent, even for the obviously intelligent and forward-thinking main characters. This is a shame, since the clever dialogue between Hap and Leonard is part of what makes the book so enjoyable. I read the first two books in this series and enjoyed that experience much more - the story is smart and funny and full of suspense. My only other complaint is the constant and gratuitous use of the n-word. I am from and of the South and grew up in a time when that word was commonly used, so I'm not shocked, but it's seems the author is like a dog with a nasty little bone when it comes to that word.
Sure. There's mystery, plot twists, etc. But the snappy, southern-fried dialogue between protagonists Hap Collins and Leonard Pine as written by Lansdale--and performed by Phil Gigante--are the real reason anyone shoud read the Hap and Leonard series. Great book! Great listen!
This story deals with many serious themes , including racism, homosexuality and male friendship. Albeit they are considered seriously, this is not a treatese but a mistery, The light banter between the two main characters, that they keep going even in the most grivious situations, also helps the reading. In summary, the story has depth, but it is a good mistery and a pageturner (... or the equivalent for an audiobook)
I have only a very sketchy knowledge of inflections in various areas of the US, and surely listening to the performer helped me.there. The fact that he has a pleasant voice also helped.
I was hooked, and sometimes scared of what was coming, like in a good story.
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