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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elmore Leonard Narrator: Mark Hammer Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN: 9780061993664
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“Leonard is tops in his field.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune

The great Elmore Leonard, “America’s pre-eminent crime fiction writer” (Chicago Tribune), takes readers back to Prohibition days in the back hills of Kentucky in a rollicking story of guns, greed, and illegally brewed corn liquor. The Moonshine War is a tale of the chaos that ensues when a gang of city slickers sets out to steal thousands of dollars-worth of homemade whiskey from a hell-raising country boy—who is anything but the easy mark they were expecting. A rediscovered Elmore Leonard classic, The Moonshine War is a wild ride bursting with the author’s hallmark delights: the twisty plot, the gripping suspense, the wit and, of course, the razor-sharp dialogue. It’s no wonder that the creator of U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens—lately the star of the hit TV series Justified—is always listed among the mystery and crime fiction elite, including John D. MacDonald, Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Robert Parker, and often at the very top of the list.

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  • “Narrator Mark Hammer sets the scene using a gravelly voice and an Ozark drawl for this rerelease of an early Leonard novel…Hammer’s greatest contribution comes from the lethargy he portrays as the men plot while partaking of their best product, sipped from dirty Mason jars.” 

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jacob | 5/9/2011

    " A fun read from Elmore Leonard about bootleggers in rural Kentucky in the 30s. Tightly plotted and suspenseful. One of my favorites of his. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandblock | 3/27/2011

    " Enjoyed it, Elmore Leonard was a good story teller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 10/31/2010

    " A real Leonard gem. I'd also be willing to bet a reasonable amount of pocket change that Quentin Tarantino based a bit of the backstory for Brad Pitt's character in Inglorious Basterds on an amalgam of characters/events from this moonshine yarn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pf87 | 7/21/2010

    " Prohibition-era shenanigans in the South plus a mystery that keeps you guessing. Great cast of characters and short enough to breeze through in a weekend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Reid | 7/13/2010

    " This book has a pretty stock plot and stock characters. However, the setting is vivid and beautifully crafted. And Elmore Leonard's style is solid enough to make even a grocery list engaging. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Blayne | 4/21/2010

    " Book on cd. Very good reader...more details later. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sidney | 3/20/2010

    " Finished listening to this one on books on tape as well. It is fine, vintage Elmore Leonard, but the greatest joy lies in the skill of the narrator, Mark Hammer. His variety of southern accents is thrilling, his voice always delicious. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jack | 12/29/2009

    " Great tale of stills in the hills during prohibition--filled with revenuers, bootleggers,strong silent types and even a prostitute with something approaching a heart of gold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 DJMikeG | 6/12/2009

    " Fun story of moonshiners versus revenuers in Prohibition era rural Kentucky. This would make an excellent movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jack | 3/9/2009

    " Very enjoyable, full of Leonard's trademark dialogue and fast plotting. Ending a bit weak, but elsewise a fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 10/12/2007

    " Great characters, great backdrop, great dialogue. I listened to this on tape, and the reader was excellent. One of my favorites. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 9/30/2007

    " I just took a little Elmore Leonard break. I like his writing, but I tend to get his books confused with one another. It's good to know, though, that I can pretty much always pick up an Elmore Leonard book for a good read. And I think he wrote a gajillion of them. "

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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

Mark Hammer has had long and distinguished career in the theater. After earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, he completed an MFA degree at Catholic University. For twenty-three years after that, he served on the drama faculty at that university and as co-chairman of its MFA acting program. For the last sixteen of those years, he was also a member of the resident acting company at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. There, he had significant roles in both classic and contemporary dramas. He was twice nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performances in Cloud Nine and The Wild Duck. He has also appeared in several Broadway plays. Hammer was proud to be chosen to narrate the opening film of the permanent exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum.