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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,671 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Billie Letts Narrator: Lou Diamond Phillips Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN: 9781594831577
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In 1972, the town of DeClare, Oklahoma, was consumed by the terrifying murder of Gaylene Harjo and the disappearance of her baby, Nicky Jack. When the child's pajama bottoms were found on the banks of Willow Creek, everyone feared Nicky Jack was dead, although his body was never found.Nearly 30 years later, Nicky Jack mysteriously returns to DeClare. His sudden reappearance will stun the people of DeClare and stir up long-buried emotions and memories. But what Nicky Jack discovers among the people who remember the night he vanished is far more than he, or anyone, bargains for. Piece by piece, what emerges is a story of dashed hopes, desperate love, and a shocking act with repercussions that will cry out for justice...and redemption.

Full of the authentic heartland characters that Billie Letts writes about so beautifully, Shoot the Moon is a hypnotic tale filled with suspense and emotional truth. It further establishes Billie Letts as an American writer to be reckoned with, an original storyteller whose words go straight to our heart.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Kathe Mazur’s easy-on-the-ears voice makes the story an enjoyable companion on a long road trip. She uses nuances in her voice to move between past and present, giving us a sense of the story's characters, culture, and community.”

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  • “Letts peppers her prose with a cast of quirky characters, including a quartet of nosy, domino-playing senior citizens and a perky pool-hall owner who bakes peanut-butter pies. Readers of Sue Miller and Wally Lamb are sure to embrace this memorable tale of love, loss, humanity, and hope.”

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  • “Perfect for the beach.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeanie Brandon | 2/18/2014

    " I have enjoyed every one of billie letts books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tamara | 2/18/2014

    " Don't read this book looking for something deep and thought provoking. Read it for what it is, an interesting, quick, fluff kind of read. If you read it for that, you will really enjoy it. :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alison | 2/15/2014

    " This was a fine read (for book club), but I don't know that I really got anything out of it either. It was an interesting story, and I liked the main characters. It seemed to be written for drama's sake, which I'm sure plenty of people like. I prefer books that inspire me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane.foxlemongmail.com | 2/13/2014

    " A good beach read, but not too much more. Interesting plot line, but the prose lacked creativity. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 2/9/2014

    " This book was too fun! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 1/27/2014

    " This was a quick and interesting read. There was a killing/kidnapping to solve, and it had some good twists throughout. It wasn't at all predictable, which I appreciate, and the author wrote a great storyline with funny, relatable characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 1/26/2014

    " Cute story, but I felt like it dragged a bit at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Corky | 1/23/2014

    " I don't even want to say how long I have had this advance readers copy....finally read it last weekend and really enjoyed it. The characters were believable and the story moved fairly quickly. The end was somewhat predictable but heart warming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christie | 1/18/2014

    " At times it seems that justice will never come but you have to be patient. When in a difficult situation something good may happen, like meeting the person your meant to be with. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Harmony Brownfield | 1/16/2014

    " a good mystery, entertaining. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy Hillen | 12/27/2013

    " I loved the suspense and the story line of this book. I have read several books by Billie Letts and love the details she gives to her stories and her characters. You feel like you are a part of the community she is writing about. This is a good feel story with a little mystery to boot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Thart2002 | 11/27/2013

    " The book is okay but it isn't riveting. The character development was okay but I didn't fall in love with any of the characters. The story was somewhat interesting but didn't draw you in. I would say it was just an okay book. My "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 9/6/2013

    " Enjoy all of her books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Smith | 3/10/2013

    " A really good read! I had forgotten just how talented Billie Letts is at developing great characters and stories. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lacey | 11/3/2012

    " Semi-predictable and hard to get through. Seems like most other murder mystery movies I've seen. Been there done that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trudy | 10/29/2012

    " Mystery surrounding the disappearance of an infant in a small Oklahoma town. I listened (and read text at the same time)to the audio version. The story was very good and pulled at my heart strings. The narrator (Lou Diamond Phillips) was superb! Surely one of my favorites books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jan Ackerson | 8/1/2012

    " Not quite as good as "Where the Heart Is", but still excellent, with a great cast of characters to get to know and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 5/30/2012

    " Loved it! Still thinking about the characters. Maybe I liked it more because I was able to read it in big chunks, but still think it's a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jerri | 4/30/2012

    " Great mystery love story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Abbey | 3/20/2012

    " eh. I think the problem was that I didn't really like any of the characters. But, the killer was unexpected and yet still plausible. It was a well told story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ginny | 2/16/2012

    " This book was a bit more serious and somber than her other novels, and I found myself missing her usual quirky characters, however, I did enjoy it. It was entertaining, and had a twist that I didn't see coming. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Yelverton | 1/5/2012

    " This was an interesting book, but it was quite uncomfortable for the reader in certain places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/18/2011

    " This was an interesting and entertaining book. It was an easy read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 12/10/2011

    " I thought this was an entertaining book, but not quite as good as "Where The Heart Is". The build-up of the mystery was great, but the resolution was kind of a let down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dorothy | 11/23/2011

    " Shows a much deeper side of Letts. Lot more depth than her previous works. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanya | 10/15/2011

    " Only gave it 4 stars because the other two were so much better. It still was a good book though. I can't wait to read her others. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rebecca Labbe | 10/10/2011

    " This book is the equivalent of watching "Murder She Wrote." Boring plot, horrible dialogue, and just in general a pile of dreck. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 10/9/2011

    " 3.5. It dragged a bit on audio, but went really fast in print. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dev | 9/26/2011

    " Cute book to read and pass the time; a good summer read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brandie | 6/25/2011

    " I love Billie Letts, but I just couldn't get into this one. Hopefully someone else can appreciate this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sev3nty | 6/15/2011

    " Eh, I am not a big mystery fan. This book was cute, and I didn't guess the end. Kept me engaged, but didn't excite me too much. Cookie cutter mystery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Polly | 5/19/2011

    " Good mystery with intricate characters. LOVE Billie Letts characters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/10/2011

    " I enjoyed it and it was a quick read. I never guessed who killed Gaylene until it was finally revealed. I liked how all the characters got wrapped up in the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dhali | 5/7/2011

    " Easy to read, likeable characters, a novel sure to give you a good time. "

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

    " This was just a quick mindless read, moderately entertaining. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 4/28/2011

    " I was going to give this book 4 stars, but then it turned kind of anti-adoption at the end and I just couldn't be ok with it anymore for personal reasons. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat | 4/28/2011

    " The preface of this book is so complicated that it almost made me put it down - again I think. But once the book started I remembered why I liked it the first time. Lots of interesting people in smalltown Oklahoma and an interesting story that isn't obvious at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lorene | 4/9/2011

    " Trite, cliche,...don't waste your time on this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Casey | 4/6/2011

    " Another easy to read, but fun story by Billie Letts. Love that she writes about small towns, but big characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sue | 4/6/2011

    " No worse than Grisham, with themes that are in some ways perhaps more complex and subtle than his. The characters and the plot require some suspension of disbelief, but they're likeable enough (or villanous enough) for the reader to persevere in this essentially quick read. The ending is clever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeselle | 3/21/2011

    " Found it on booksale and I liked the cover and the title so I bought it. It was a nice read, and I really liked it. It had a bit of suspense like can't-wait-what-will-happen-next feel. I find myself excited as I kept reading. The story ended well and I was happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 3/5/2011

    " A baby that disappeared many years ago, presumed dead, returns to the small town where he was born. His return has the townspeople confused and the powers that be uncomfortable. A good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillybeads81 | 2/26/2011

    " Wasnt my favorite book by Billie Letts. "

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About the Author
Author Billie Letts

Billie Letts is the author of numerous highly acclaimed short stories and screenplays, as well as several beloved novels. A former university professor, she lives in Oklahoma.

About the Narrator

Lou Diamond Phillips is an accomplished actor with numerous film, television, and theater credits. Among his films are La Bamba, Young Guns, and Young Guns II.