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In this rollicking, rollercoaster ride of a novel, Hap Collins and Leonard Pine take a break from their day jobs to search for Florida Grange, Leonard's drop-dead gorgeous lawyer and Hap's former lover, who has vanished in the Klan-infested East Texas town of Grovetown. Before she disappeared, Florida was digging up some dirt behind the mysterious jailhouse death of a legendary black bluesman's son, who was in possession of some priceless blues recordings. To Hap and Leonard, something doesn't smell right. With murder on their minds, Hap and Leonard set out to investigate as only they now how...chaotically.
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©2009 Joe R. Lansdale; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Excellent

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.

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Darker, More Violent, No Fun

I loved the first two in the series, but this one is long and redundant. You can see the villain a mile away. By the final quarter, I increased the speed on the narration—I wish I had much earlier. Really hope the next one is better.

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Laughed out loud. Many times

Always enjoy these books laugh out loud often. Easy lite read. Well worth a credit, am sure u will want more
Some f bombs. Try it

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Oh man I love me some Hap and Leonard

Great one! Better than 2nd. About as good as 1st. I'm on to book 4 now.

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Lansdale + Gigante = pure East Texas mojo

What made the experience of listening to The Two-Bear Mambo the most enjoyable?

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!

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

You betcha.

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Deep story but also a very enjoyable mistyery

What did you like best about this story?

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)

What does Phil Gigante bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

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.

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

I was hooked, and sometimes scared of what was coming, like in a good story.

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Great story. So-so narration.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Two-Bear Mambo to be better than the print version?

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.

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