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Download Vanilla Ride: A Hap and Leonard Novel #7 Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joe R. Lansdale Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2009 ISBN:
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Hap Collins is an east Texas redneck, with a liberal bent, and a weakness for Texas women. Leonard Pine is a black, gay, Vietnam veteran. Not who you'd normally pick for best friends but there you go. Together they share an affinity for the martial arts and are a bundle of trouble, but trouble is what they love.

When an old friend of Leonard tells him that his daughter is dating an abusive, no-good drug dealer, Leonard does the only thing a man of his disposition would do: he offers to get her back, and invites Hap along for the fun. Wrapped in the Texas heat, they raid the drug dealer's hideout, rescue the girl, cause general chaos, and then proceed to teach the dealer a lesson by flushing ounces of raw cocaine down the toilet. That was their first mistake.

Turns out the lowly hoods are pawns in a vast crime operation known as the Dixie Mafia, and when the Mafia comes calling for Hap and Leonard an all out car chase gunfight ensues, people die but Hap and Leonard come out on top.

Their second mistake, however, was busting up one of the Dixie Mafia henchmen, who happened to be undercover FBI. Now they find themselves under arrest with only one chance to clear their name. The FBI has a Mafia man who is ready flip, but he will only do it if they can assure safe passage for him and his son. The problem is his son has skipped town with a load of the Mafia's money - some three hundred thousand dollars worth. In exchange for a clean slate, the FBI wants Hap and Leonard to find him and make sure he and the cash are returned safely.

Not even Hap and Leonard can imagine the killers they will come up against this time. Suffice to say, they are big, fast, and deadly, but none of them are as smart or lethal as the legendary Vanilla Ride, who Hap and Leonard are just about to meet. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 2/20/2014

    " Hap and Leonard are asked by a friend to retrieve his wayward daughter from the grips of a local drug dealer operating out of a trailer. What follows sees the two protagonists battling it out against the Dixie Mafia, corrupt cops and Vanilla Ride - the best hit man (or woman) in the business. The exchanges between Hap and Leonard are humorous providing a nice break from the otherwise brutal and bloody world these two find themselves in. 'Vanilla Ride' read like one epic shootout to the next with one in particular set in suburbia being the most memorable. While this is the first Hap and Leonard book I've read (7th in the series), I didn't feel like I had to have read the previous ones in the series to gain an appreciation of the character back stories - a sign of good writing. 4 stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 2/18/2014

    " Can't believe what compulsive reads these books are for me. It's a pretty rare series that I fall for this hard. These are exactly like Hardy Boys stories but with sex and violence and middle aged protagonists. I'm having too much fun to worry excessively about anything except what happens next to Hap and Leonard. "

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

    " Another excellent entry in the Hap and Leonard series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas Pluck | 2/7/2014

    " I really liked this one. It had more action and laughs than some of the previous Hap & Leonard novels, without going over the top. I burst out laughing several times, and we meet a cast of grotesques who could have novels of their own. To summarize; the duo helps an old friend save his granddaughter from a drug den, and their good intentions spiral into a tornado of death and destruction. Death is too close a comrade in this one, but Mr. Lansdale shows us just how discomforting it is to make him your buddy. A fine adventure from one of our best writers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 2/1/2014

    " I love Joe R. Lansdale and I'm a huge fan of his Hap & Leonard series. I haven't read all of them . . . yet. This is a great return to the series for Lansdale with its poetic vulgar language and violence. A blast! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/23/2014

    " Shedrick & I listened to this in the car. I love Hap & Leonard! I actually laugh out loud at parts! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/22/2014

    " Looking forward to racing through this as I did with the last couple of Joe's. He never fails to engage and entertain you the reader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rock | 1/19/2014

    " Probably more like 3.5 stars, but for me it did not have the charm of some earlier books in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 1/2/2014

    " I picked this off the new shelf, unaware that it was number seven in a series. I was totally sold after the scene in the trailer, one of the greatest ass-kicking scenes I have ever read. Needless to say, I have begun to work my way through the earlier installments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bonnie | 11/15/2013

    " Hap and Leonard return with their usual laugh out loud dialogue and page turning plots. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 11/1/2013

    " Another great installment of the Hap and Leonard series. Seemed reinvigorated after the lukewarm Captains Outrageous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Missyjohnson1 | 10/26/2013

    " Hap and Leonard are rude,crude and often socially unacceptable but are still a lot of fun. I will be interested to see when Ms Ride pops up again. reminded me of a movie when you knew that there would be a sequel "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 8/21/2013

    " Very entertaining book with very funny one liners. Dialogue is great between the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony B | 7/13/2013

    " A kick ace, quick, and exciting read. Always like Lansdale's characters. Big T is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Muld00n | 12/22/2012

    " Parts of this book were laugh-out-loud hilarious. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Massimo Foglio | 11/25/2012

    " Ottimo episodio della serie Hap & Leo, pieno delle consuete gag e delle consuete avventure dei due squinternati ma simpaticissimi "investigatori". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Baird | 11/18/2012

    " If you like Hap Collins and Leonard Pine, you'll love this book. Gritty, funny, plenty of action. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam McCanna | 11/17/2012

    " first hap and leonard book i've read in a long time... every bit as good as i remember! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debdanz | 5/5/2012

    " I like the Hap/Leonard series (his other stuff is too graphic/gory for me), but this one just didn't have anything new to offer. Sometimes the same ol' same ol' is comforting, but right now it is just boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Trina | 2/8/2012

    " I loved this book! It was so funny that I wish that I could give it ten stars. I got this book from the library but I intend to buy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Derek | 2/25/2011

    " One of Lansdale's best, which is saying some. Great dialogue (as usual), great pace (as usual), and quite a bit of philosophy wrapped in great action set pieces. Wish there was more of Brett (Hap's love interest), but still great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimmyh | 2/20/2011

    " Great mix of stories, featuring Mash-Ups of not only books, but some movies as well. Awesome Illustrations as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burke | 11/2/2010

    " Was a super fun read "

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About the Author
Author Joe R. Lansdale

Joe R. Lansdale is the author of over thirty novels and numerous short stories. He has received the Edgar Award, more than fifteen Bram Stoker Awards, the Horror Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, a Critics’ Choice Award, and many others. His novella Bubba Ho-Tep was adapted to film by Don Coscarelli.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.