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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (850 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Ryan Series Release Date: August 2004 ISBN: 9780060783228
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“The greatest crime writer of our time, perhaps ever!”
New York Times Book Review

When the all-time greats of mystery/noir/crime fiction are mentioned (John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, Robert Parker, etc.), Elmore Leonard’s name invariably tops the list. A true Leonard classic, The Big Bounce showcases all of the Grand Master’s acclaimed skills—twisty plotting, unforgettable characters, dialogue so razor sharp it could draw blood—as he chronicles the misadventures of a larcenous young man in a Michigan resort town who’s irresistibly drawn to a dangerous femme fatale, a rich man’s plaything, and the nasty little caper they plan to pull off together—if they can somehow manage to survive each other. The acclaimed creator of Raylan (aka U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, lately of TV’s smash hit Justified), Leonard has never lost the mojo that makes him “the King Daddy of crime writers” (Seattle Times).

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Leonard is a writer you read with your fingers crossed, amazed at his high-wire act, reading dialogue that always sounds like Leonard even though the characters never quite sound the same. You love the jargon as they explain their criminal specialties. You savor the way he pulls oddballs and misfits out of the shrubbery and sets them to work at strange day jobs and illegal night jobs, and shows them wise to the heartbreaks of the world but vulnerable to them.”

    Rogert Ebert

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norman | 2/16/2014

    " ok, formulistic, but this is where the formula came from :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 woody | 1/27/2014

    " Just ok, kind of weird book with the main character, Jack Ryan being a criminal and not all that likable. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gaston G. | 1/19/2014

    " I'm glad to see that many people say this is not one of Elmore's best. I found it difficult to stay interested in the story and ended putting it down about 3/4 of the way through. This was my first read of Elmore Leonard. Based on the fact that so many people praise him, I may try one of his newer writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 1/10/2014

    " I'm slowly becoming a big Elmore Leonard fan. He writes solid, modern crime fiction about interesting people who rarely do the expected. It doesn't hurt that the dialog is usually a joy to listen to. This was one of his first after an early start writing westerns, about an ex-con/ex-baseball player and a thrill-seeking kept woman. How they fit and how they don't kept me engossed throughout. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 12/5/2013

    " Not one of his best. Too hard to figure where the inevitable scam is coming from. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/22/2013

    " definitely not my favorite Leonard book but still find myself not putting it down "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Saeed Saeed | 9/18/2013

    " An old Leonard tale from 1969. Very pulpy with cardboard characters. Some fun and oddball moments but forgettable. Great thing that Leonard got better and better with time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Marble | 9/13/2013

    " Always well written, always well plotted, Leonard writes about people on the fringe. These two central characters are beyond the fringe. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 8/30/2013

    " The only Elmore Leonard I didn't like. Seems unfinished. And it was a movie, too? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 8/8/2013

    " Elmore Leonard's characters drive his stories. That is one of the things I like best about his books. People are far from perfect. Scruples are compromised. Things happen. And all the while the voice telling the story is as cool as can be. I have never been disappointed with Leonard's books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 1/3/2013

    " This book was largely boring and did not hold my interest well, but it was on cd and a large part of that had to do with the fact that the person narrating spoke in a monotone most of the time. The end was not very good either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 8/26/2012

    " Very clever. I always love Elmore Leonard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 8/20/2012

    " Not one of his best, but a decent beach read. I was confused by how dated it felt until I realized that I had a reprint of a 1969 novel. That explains a lot - he has really progressed as a writer since then. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 8/17/2011

    " I've taken a crack at reading this book a couple of times and I just don't connect with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 6/9/2011

    " This was actually pretty disappointing for an Elmore Leonard book. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are a hardcore Leonard fan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/10/2011

    " Recommended by James Madison. Sharp characters utterly foreign to me. Well paced story with modern ending, as in no ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jude Bloom | 2/8/2011

    " Apprentice work or Elmore Leonard. A warm-up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Derrick | 1/21/2011

    " A good book, immensely hard to find but worth reading if you liked the movie or Leonard's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Norman | 12/7/2010

    " ok, formulistic, but this is where the formula came from :D "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Simon | 10/21/2010

    " I've taken a crack at reading this book a couple of times and I just don't connect with it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 9/4/2010

    " The only Elmore Leonard I didn't like. Seems unfinished. And it was a movie, too? "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 6/2/2010

    " This was actually pretty disappointing for an Elmore Leonard book. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are a hardcore Leonard fan. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 woody | 8/30/2009

    " Just ok, kind of weird book with the main character, Jack Ryan being a criminal and not all that likable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 D | 6/8/2009

    " This was beach reading to be sure but I enjoyed it just the same. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/30/2008

    " Not one of his best, but a decent beach read. I was confused by how dated it felt until I realized that I had a reprint of a 1969 novel. That explains a lot - he has really progressed as a writer since then. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 6/16/2008

    " Always well written, always well plotted, Leonard writes about people on the fringe. These two central characters are beyond the fringe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruce | 5/20/2008

    " Not one of his best. Too hard to figure where the inevitable scam is coming from. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cheri | 3/3/2008

    " This book was largely boring and did not hold my interest well, but it was on cd and a large part of that had to do with the fact that the person narrating spoke in a monotone most of the time. The end was not very good either. "

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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

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air.