This is one of my favorite Elmore Leonard books. The characters are so well developed they feel real by the end of the book. The story flowed well a..Show More »nd really held my interest.
My highest praise goes to the narrator. As a native Oklahoman, I tire of fake southern accents which are more ridicule than reality. Arliss Howard gets the accent spot-on. The only way to fully experience this book is by listening to it as read by Arliss Howard.
The only thing I didn't like about this audiobook is that it isn't longer.
The story centers on Honey of the title. She is a southern woman livi..Show More »ng in Detroit at the time of the main action (1945). Among her claims to fame is that she was once married to an American Nazi named Walter who could possible win the award for being the most boring man alive. Walter’s claim to fame is that he is a dead ringer for Heinrich Himmler (the most hated man in the world). Walter is so clueless that he’s proud of this resemblance. The scenes from the first and only year of their ill-fated marriage open the narrative. If you are at all familiar with Elmore Leonard’s style, you know that his picture should be next to the term “low key” in the encyclopedia. He is famous for his virtuosic dialogue and with Honey he has created the perfect vehicle for his dry wit and pithy commentary. There is plenty of exciting and sexy action in this short novel carried out by several memorable characters, one of them being Carl (or Carlos) Webster, the star of “The Hot Kid”. Arliss Howard narrates and he is pitch perfect in conveying Leonard’s trademark tone. He is excellent with all the different accents (German, Russian, Southern U.S.,etc.) He is subtle and yet distinctive in his portrayal of female,male, young, old voices. I strongly recommend this one for pure listening enjoyment.
I was very disappointed in this book. I was expecting some new Carl Webster stories and instead I am hearing shorter versions of three other books tha..Show More »t I already own.
The narrator is not as fitting as the narrator on the original books. If Mr. Leonard wanted to put out this book he should have used his original narrator or just cut in snippets from the original books