• The Moonshine War

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Mark Hammer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (349 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It was Prohibition, and a big, hell-raising Son Martin had himself something special: $125,000 worth of Kentucky's finest home-made whiskey, no one was going to steal it. Because when it came to shooting, fighting, and outsmarting the Big Boys, Son Martin wasn't just good. He was bad . . .dangerous. . . and deadly.

©1969 Elmore Leonard (P)1996 Recorded Books Inc.

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Classic Elmore Leonard

The Moonshine War is the story of Son Martin a Prohibition Era bootlegger in rural Kentucky. Son's father hid over $100,000 of top grade moonshine. Now Frank Long, an old army buddy of Martin's is looking for it. Long is now a prohibition agent and wants the whiskey for himself. Long brings in some bootleggers to help him and things get hot.

This book was published in 1969, but like all great books, still holds up to repeated readings. This has Leonard's classic style. Heavy emphasis on dialogue, interesting characters, and sudden explosions of violence.

Mark Hammer gives a wonderful reading of the text. His voice captures the sound of the hills and the rhythm of Leonard's prose.

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A good as it gets...

I loved everything about this book, but the narrator nailed it! Without him, I am not sure what my reaction to listening to a Leonard book would look like. I've read every book he's written and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE his writing.

This was the first time I listened to a reading of one of Leonard's book and it was everything I hoped it would be. The narrator was stellar. Can't go wrong - as far as I am concerned.

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Awesome

Would you listen to The Moonshine War again? Why?

i loved the dialogue. It is so clever and witty.

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It was a great listen. I love Mark's performance his accent. Leonard is such an intelligent writer and I love his work.

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Whiskey

The story was interesting and the way the characters were written it seemed like the main character stood above everyone watching them as a silent parent watches children blunder as they learn to walk. The antagonists in the story certainly were written with a mean streak to them but at times were fettered by their inability to understand the steely resolve of the main character, Son Martin, and his desire to keep the faith alive, the fires burning and his family history intact. The narrator was good but his pace seemed a bit slow at times adding to the idea that we were actually in Kentucky during prohibition on a lazy summer day. He was able to convey the different characters very nicely by changing his voice patterns, etc. I love Elmore Leanord's ability to tell stories and the manner in which he does.

In summary; whiskey is for drinking, not for burning.

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Elmore Leonard is the Clint Eastwood of fiction

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Had trouble putting it down. Good character development and good plot.

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So good

Elmore Leonard never disappoints with his books . This was a surprise, because I have never heard of this book. Just terrific

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Story draws you in, great narration

This was my first Elmore Leonard novel, and I think I'm hooked. He takes a fairly simple premise and keeps drawing you in further to the different nuances to the plot and characters. The narrator was perfect. I've disliked his narration in some other books he's done, but this one was brilliant. The gravelly voice, the voices and accents, and the cadence all added to the story. I never knew a moonshine war could be so interesting.

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Great listen!!

RIP Mark Hammer; one of the best narrators ever and RIP Elmore Leonard; a truly great writer!

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Narration can complete the story

Mark Hammer is a master of narration (see Forrest Gump). Time flew by while I was listening to this.

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good read

This was my first Elmore Leonard book. I liked it and I will probably do another one. The Narrator, Mark Hammer did a great job as well.