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2.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 52.75 out of 5 2.75 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: Tim Cain Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9780062006035
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New York Times bestselling author Elmore Leonard brings his trademark wit and inimitable style to this twisting, gripping—and sometimes playful—tale of modern-day piracy

Dara Barr, a documentary filmmaker, is at the top of her game. She’s covered Bosnian women, neo-Nazis, and post-Katrina New Orleans (for which she won an Oscar), but now she’s looking for an even bigger challenge. So she and her right-hand man, a six-foot-six, seventy-two-year-old, African American man named Xavier, head to Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, to tackle modern-day pirates. Once they start filming, though, they find a whole lot more than they bargained for.

They quickly learn that almost nobody in Djibouti is what he seems. A whole mob of colorful characters patrols the surrounding seas, including a pirate commander who’s more like Robin Hood than Captain Hook, a cultured diplomat with dubious connections, a rich playboy who knows more than he lets on, and an American-born terrorist with lofty ambitions. But then there’s the recently hijacked LNG (liquid natural gas) tanker: just the thing an aspiring terrorist is looking for. What Dara and Xavier don’t know, though, is who’s going to be the one to get the prize and what they’re going to do for it.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Tremendous fun for those who can’t get enough of the author’s snappy patter. For Tim Cain, it’s a chance to demonstrate his ability to deal with pages of witty dialogue, and he shines, demonstrating quick vocal shifts, wide-ranging accents, and well-thought-out pacing. The result is a smoothly efficient, entertaining drawing room comedy in which not even terrorism is taken too seriously.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Although the story line is fast paced and twisting, [Tim Cain]  manages to keep up a steady tempo, allowing listeners to stay on track and fully enjoy Leonard’s latest adventure.”  

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 5/13/2011

    " A lesser elmore leonard but that's still pretty decent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Les | 4/29/2011

    " Never thought I'd give less than five stars to an Elmore Leonard book, and I hate to do it here, but have to. I've read everything he's published and this is the only one I didn't get into. Sorry! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edward | 4/27/2011

    " I think that I am getting over Elmore Leonard. This was ok but not terrific. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 4/26/2011

    " Classic Leonard. Best in awhile, and that's sayin sumpin. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney | 4/25/2011

    " Interesting combination of Somali pirates and film making..... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/20/2011

    " I usually love Elmore Leonard, but found this one a little hard to follow. Fun setting, though amongst the pirates of the Indian ocean. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keirsten | 4/5/2011

    " I enjoyed the premise and characters, but the conclusion wasn't much of a conclusion and it was a bit annoying that it fit into the characters' desire for a cinematic ending. Pirates and the forces behind them are pretty fascinating, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CD | 4/1/2011

    " Book number 1600 added to my lists. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 3/29/2011

    " Good escapist ,but implausible story centered around the Somali pirates and a journalist making a documentary film "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lhymowitz | 3/26/2011

    " An average Elmore Leonard is still better than most books. This is an average Elmore Leonard book. I just finished and I'm hard pressed to remember much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 3/22/2011

    " Perhaps its me and my changing/evolving reading interests but it feels like Leonard has lost his fast ball. I haven't really been able to stay with his characters since the Hot Kid. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jmrathbone | 3/20/2011

    " I intended to describe the plot, but there wasn't one. "

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About the Author
Author Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard (1925–2013) wrote more than fifty books during his highly successful career, including the bestsellers Djibouti, Road Dogs, Mr. Paradise, Tishomingo Blues, and the critically acclaimed collection of short stories, When the Women Come Out to Dance. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. He was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award of the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Tim Cain’s resume includes off-Broadway and regional theater. He has narrated live events with varied artists such as jazz performers Eric Reed and Patti Austin, in addition to several holiday seasons traveling with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. He can also be heard on audiobooks by authors Walter Mosley, Caroline Kennedy, and James Patterson.