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After serving time for armed robbery, Ernest "Stick" Stickley is back on the outside and trying to stay legit. But it's tough staying straight in a crooked town - and Miami is a pirate's paradise, where investment fat cats and lowlife drug dealers hold hands and dance. And when a crazed player chooses Stick at random to die for another man's sins, the struggling ex-con is left with no choice but to dive right back into the game. Besides, Stick knows a good thing when he sees it - and a golden opportunity to run a very profitable sweet revenge scam seems much too tasty to pass up.

©1976 Elmore Leonard (P)1996 Recorded Books Inc.

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Can't beat this with a stick (sorry).

How many times I gotta tell you? Elmore Leonard and Frank Muller just make almost everybody else look silly. Leonard wrote this in 1976 and Frank recorded it in 1996. And yet, it is so fresh and so utterly memorable that it could have been done last week. Just hearing Mr. Muller read the climactic chapter, #26, is so thrilling that you cannot find anything more exciting than his voice. I probably read this when it came out, and yet I never could have imagined the performance that brings this book to life so vividly that now I may never forget Ernest Stickley, Emma "Kyle" McLaren, Eddie Moak et al. Stick has just gotten out of a maximum security prison in Jackson, Michigan. Seven years in a true horror story. He goes to Miami to see his daughter. He rather suddenly finds work as a chauffeur for Barry Stamm, boy financial wonder. He meets Chucky Gorman, a pill-popping drug dealer; Lionel, his "bodyguard,"; Nestor the Cuban drug guy, his hitman Avillanosa...each of these characters is drawn so quickly, with such a perfect ear for how people talk, that they just jump out at you. Leonard takes his time with the setup, not rushing as usual, drawing you in. Then the final scam starts, and once again you cannot possibly in your entire life imagine a climax so visual, so startling...I know one can't say "so unique," but Leonard and Muller will cause you to reach for superlatives just to try for a description that comes close to the mastery here. I am again so glad that Audible has released these works; I would pay twice as much to hear these as I do now. (I hope they're not listening.) Do yourself a favor. You will not find anything more thoroughly entertaining than these two guys.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Highly Entertaining

As almost always with Leonard, the writing is smart, spare, and engaging, with a likable hero up against some scary dudes. The narrator (Frank Muller) was the best ever. His death was a loss to this art form.

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Very funny!

This wad easy to listen to from start to finish. Frank Muller once again reads perfectly, bringing atmosphere to your listen, go ahead and try it!

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Slick story!

Another Leonard classic. Stick is such a great character and Cornell, Kyle, Mokey and Chucky fill our the ranks as eccentric players in this crisp fast moving tale.

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Classic Elmore Leonard

Great characters, as always. A bit light in the story. Amazing performance. You'll spend a fair bit of time casting the movie in your head, but you won't miss anything.

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Loved it!

Elmore Leonard is the perfect author for the Audible experience. Fascinating characters at a blistering pace. Fabulous narration. Two words

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Excellent Leonard Novel

Where does Stick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Stick was an excellent read.

What other book might you compare Stick to and why?

This book is similar in style to other Leonard novels but the uniqueness of the personalities of the characters and the plot twists make for an interesting story.

Any additional comments?

I especially like the way Mr Leonard develops his characters. You feel like you know the characters good and bad in the course of the novel. I can't wait for the next Elmore Leonard novel.

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Great Book. Great Narration.

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

Yes. It is a classic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stick?

The introduction of Kyle.

Which scene was your favorite?

The gas incident.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It is almost like street poetry it is written so well.

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Interesting and entertaining

Where does Stick rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Stick was a good listen. I am a mystery fan so I may not rate it as high as others but I liked the audio.

Would you be willing to try another book from Elmore Leonard? Why or why not?

Yes, because I found it entaining

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

Lots of laughs

Any additional comments?

Frank Muller was outstanding. Many different voices done well.

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  • David
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 07-09-12

Classic Elmore Leonard with fantastic narration.

Where does Stick rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Right up at the top of all my Audible experiences.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Stick?

When he took the Rolls Royce to visit his daughter.

Have you listened to any of Frank Muller???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I know that I've heard Frank Muller before but this time it was memorable. His command of accents, syntax and nuance are just unbeatable.

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

Oh, the laughs just kept coming.

Any additional comments?

I was extremely sad when it ended.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful