Elmore Leonard Audiobooks Collection – 37 Unabridged Books


Elmore John Leonard Jr. (born October 11, 1925), better known as Elmore Leonard, is an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures.
Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk and Rum Punch, which was filmed as Jackie Brown. Leonard’s short stories include ones that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current TV series on FX, Justified.
Leonard was born in New Orleans, but because his father worked as a site locator for General Motors, the family moved frequently for several years. In 1934, the family finally settled in Detroit. Leonard has made the Detroit area his home ever since.
In the 1930s, two major events occurred that would influence many of his works. Gangsters such as Bonnie and Clyde were making national headlines, as were the Detroit Tigers baseball team. From about 1931 until they were killed in May, 1934, Bonnie and Clyde were on a rampage. The Tigers made it to the World Series in 1934 while winning it in 1935. Leonard developed lifelong fascinations with both sports and guns.
He graduated from the University of Detroit Jesuit High School in 1943, and immediately joined the Navy, where he served with the Seabees for three years in the south Pacific (gaining the nickname ‘Dutch’, after pitcher Dutch Leonard ). Enrolling at the University of Detroit in 1946, he pursued writing more seriously, entering his work in short story contests and sending it off to magazines. He graduated in 1950 with a degree in English and Philosophy. A year before he graduated, he got a job as a copy writer with Campbell-Ewald Advertising agency, a position he kept for several years and wrote on the side.
Leonard had his first success in 1951 when Argosy published the short story “Trail of the Apaches”. During the 1950s and early 1960s, he continued writing westerns, publishing over 30 short stories. He wrote his first novel, The Bounty Hunters, in 1953 and followed this with four other novels. Two of his stories were turned into movies at this time: The Tall T and 3:10 to Yuma.
Leonard-or “Dutch,” as he is sometimes called-got his first break in the fiction market during the 1950s, regularly publishing pulp western novels. He has since forayed into mystery, crime, and more topical genres, as well as screenwriting.
Leonard now lives with his family in Oakland County, Michigan.
Commended by critics for his gritty realism and strong dialogue, Leonard sometimes takes liberties with grammar in the interest of speeding along the story. In his essay “Elmore Leonard’s Ten Rules of Writing” he says: “My most important rule is one that sums up the 10: If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.” He also hints: “Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.”
Elmore Leonard has been called “the Dickens of Detroit” because of his intimate portraits of people from that city; however, Leonard has said, “If I lived in Buffalo, I’d write about Buffalo.” His ear for dialogue has been praised by writers such as Saul Bellow, Martin Amis, and Stephen King. “Your prose makes Raymond Chandler look clumsy,” Amis told Leonard at a Writers Guild event in Beverly Hills in 1998. Stephen King has called him “the great American writer.”

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Chili Palmer series

Elmore Leonard – Get Shorty (read by Alexander Adams)
Elmore Leonard – Be Cool (read by Ron McClarty)

Raylan Givens series

Elmore Leonard – Pronto (read by Alexander Adams)
Elmore Leonard – Riding The Rap (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Fire In The Hole (read by Richard Poe)
Elmore Leonard – Raylan (read by Brian D’Arcy James)

Ordell Robbie & Louis Gara series

Elmore Leonard – The Switch (read by Mark Hammer)
Elmore Leonard – Rum Punch (read by Garrick Hagon)

Carl Webster series

Elmore Leonard – The Hot Kid (read by Arliss Howard)
Elmore Leonard – Up In Honey’s Room (read by Arliss Howard)

Jack Ryan series

Elmore Leonard – The Big Bounce (read by Campbell Scott)
Elmore Leonard – Unknown Man No. 89 (read by William Dufris)


Elmore Leonard – Out Of Sight (read by George Guidall)
Elmore Leonard – Tishomingo Blues (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Maximum Bob (read by George Patterson)
Elmore Leonard – Killshot (read by Rider Strong)
Elmore Leonard – Freaky Deaky (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Cuba Libre (read by George Guidall)
Elmore Leonard – Road Dogs (read by Peter Francis James)
Elmore Leonard – Pagan Babies (read by Ron McClarty)
Elmore Leonard – Stick (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Mr. Paradise (read by Rober Forster)
Elmore Leonard – Swag (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Mr. Majestyk (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Bandits (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – The Complete Western Stories Of Elmore Leonard (read by Tom Wopat, Henry Rollins, David Strathairn and William Atherton)
Elmore Leonard – City Primeval (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Touch (read by George Guidall)
Elmore Leonard – Cat Chaser (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – Gold Coast (read by Frank Muller)
Elmore Leonard – The Moonshine War (read by Mark Hammer)
Elmore Leonard – Split Images (read by George Guidall)
Elmore Leonard – The Bounty Hunters (read by Josh Clark)
Elmore Leonard – The Hunted (read by Mark Hammer)
Elmore Leonard – Forty Lashes Less One (read by Josh Clark)
Elmore Leonard – Gunsights (read by Josh Clark)
Elmore Leonard – When The Women Come Out To Dance (read by Richard Poe, Henry Strozier, Tom Stechschulte and Barbara Rosenblat)

Chili Palmer series

Raylan Givens series

Ordell Robbie & Louis Gara series

Carl Webster series

Jack Ryan series