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Raylan Audiobook

Raylan: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Adam 02-20-12
    Adam 02-20-12
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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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-13-16
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 06-13-16

    I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "A Safe Mediocre Novel for Safe Fans of F/X Series"

    “I always felt, you don’t have a good time doin crime, you may as well find a job.”
    ― Elmore Leonard, Raylan

    I'm just going to review this really quick. Raylan is built on three main stories/episodes that are all loosely tied together. It wasn't the best Elmore Leonard out there (may be the weakest Elmore Leonard novel I've read/listened to yet). In some ways this novel seems destined to suffer from the success of the Raylan Givens franchise (see F/X series). The novel almost seemed written with the guarantee of options that the book would get used in the existing series. It holds no surprises and few major disappointments. Most risks taken by Elmore Leonard were taken years earlier. This is a safe novel sold to safe readers.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Lissa 05-12-17
    Lissa 05-12-17
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    "Justified read!"
    Would you listen to Raylan again? Why?

    I enjoyed the TV series based on these books, and so read them afterward. Enjoyed the stories and the narrater did a very good job. Recommend them to those who have seen the series, and if you haven't seen it, you should.


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    Richard L. Wilson New York City 04-06-17
    Richard L. Wilson New York City 04-06-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Nothing better on a road trip"
    What made the experience of listening to Raylan the most enjoyable?

    Having an Elmore Leonard story read to me on a 1619 mile road trip made up for the tiring drive on Interstate Highways. Nothing better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Stevens 03-31-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Better if you never saw the show."

    Just OK. Story is a mix of parts that never quite seem to come together.

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    Rukus May 10-05-16
    Rukus May 10-05-16
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    "Cowboy hat lawman...mmm"

    I love a story that brings characters to life. Easy to imagine that shower scene.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Slemp 08-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Too sporadic"

    Like 8 episodes of the show rolled up into a book. Great voice actor. Good story. Just no payoff at the end.

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    Rchard Reeves Ridge Manor, Florida 04-20-15
    Rchard Reeves Ridge Manor, Florida 04-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Elmore Does Raylan Justice, One Final Time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you've followed Justified, or The previous books this one adds the icing on the cake


    What other book might you compare Raylan to and why?

    When the women come out to play, the short story "Fire In The Hole" is inside this book


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

    First time nod he did Raylan justice. Sounded a lot like him


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

    Yes, very easy to read as all Elmore Leonard's books. In his words, if you feel like your reading it it's not worth reading.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think you'll be sorry for getting this book. I enjoyed it and the reader made his voice just like Rayland from Justified when he was speaking

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver 08-19-14
    Oliver 08-19-14
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    "Totally justified"

    If you're a fan of the show this book is a bit of an alternate reality, it's laced with familiar characters (although some have different names and genders) situations (it's still Raylan chasing a mix of stupid and evil yet believable villains) and locations (Harlan county is the same as it always is) but is still new and fresh.

    It's written in the same fast crackling pace of your average EL novel and the only complaint is that it tries to jam a bit too much into the story so the reader might get whiplash as it veers from one whole season's plot to the next.

    If you enjoy the show and or enjoy EL then this is an easy choice.

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    R. Hannemann Lafayette, IN USA 01-26-14
    R. Hannemann Lafayette, IN USA 01-26-14

    R. Hannemann

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    "Raylan: my common sense cousin"
    Where does Raylan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Good


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Raylan because he reminds me of my MO cousins


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was Boyd (imaginatively) giving the bullets to shoot Ms. Carol.


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

    Raylan: runagin American


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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