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Publisher's Summary

A classic true story.

©2014 Jack Olsen (P)2015 Evan Olsen, Su Olsen

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  • inov8v
  • Hampstead, MD, United States
  • 05-20-15

interesting story...tough listen...

Would you try another book from Jack Olsen and/or Rich Miller?

i have enjoyed jack olsen but struggled with this book...i stuck it because of the story but it was a tough listen...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Give a Boy a Gun?

the judge's decision at the end of the book...restored some faith in the judicial process...

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  • Carol
  • Belle river, ON, Canada
  • 01-18-16

This book is okay...

Not one of the better Olson's books. I wasn't thrilled with the narration, but maybe due to how the story was written.

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Dull

The story line was very good. However the presentation was dull. I finished it but I found it hard to stay focused.

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Disappointing

What did you like best about Give a Boy a Gun? What did you like least?

Jack Olsen continues to be my favorite true-crime author, but the narration this time around killed the story for me. Once the narrator pronounced Herefords as HER-A-FORDS it went downhill from there. By the way, it's pronounced phonetically as "HERFERDS" - I guess he didn't grow up around cows. It's unfortunate, with a better narrator this might have been a great story.

Would you be willing to try another book from Jack Olsen? Why or why not?

I have most of Jack Olsen's books and will continue to buy them.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His delivery is lackadaisical and uninteresting. He should also learn how to pronounce what he's reading properly.

Was Give a Boy a Gun worth the listening time?

No; I kept struggling through it but it never did.

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A murder/execution and the public response

Where does Give a Boy a Gun rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Pretty good, but I have read a lot

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main people involved

Which character – as performed by Rich Miller – was your favorite?


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

Finished in a few days

Any additional comments?

This book reveals some of the ideology behind the Patriot Movement.

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  • JBJ
  • North Carolina
  • 02-11-16

My First Audible Book

Would you consider the audio edition of Give a Boy a Gun to be better than the print version?

I was going to get the Kindle version but then I saw in the review that the Kindle version has some problems. I had gotten an Audible gift subscription for Christmas so I thought I would try the Audible version. I was going on a long trip and it seemed the perfect time to explore Audible. I have not seen the print version of this book.

What other book might you compare Give a Boy a Gun to and why?

This is also the first Jack Olsen book I have "read" and I will definitely seek out others. Right now I cannot think of any other book that compares to it, even though I read a lot of true crime books.

Which character – as performed by Rich Miller – was your favorite?

Bill Pogue, the older game warden. It was also interesting to hear about Claude Jr. and Claude Sr. There were a lot of very interesting characters in this story.

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

There was already a TV movie made about this, but I have not seen it yet. I think a good tag line would be A Misguided Justice.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book as an Audible book very much. My next Audible book will be another Jack Olsen book. The narrator was excellent. More like a storyteller than a reader and I really enjoy storytelling performances.

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  • Andrew
  • 02-17-17

Claude's believers fought the law, and the law won

most excellent work Jack. well told and explained. sympathizers be damned, justice prevails in the end.