Birder at Large
Crais is awesome...but the person who hired the narrator and thought that it was recordable should find another job. The narration and quality of the recording is so horrible that I'm afraid I've had enough...I don't even want to listen to it - and I really hate not finishing a book, but life is too short to listen to bad books. Pass on this one...trust me. Read it perhaps - but do yourself a favor and do not listen to this Lawlor guy.
The first installments in Robert Crais' Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Private Investigator series, and also the first that I've read, was in my opinion a very good book. I really liked the character of Elvis Cole. From his quick one liners to his collection of Disney paraphernalia and his overprotective "father" instincts toward his clients, Elvis Cole is a very likeable guy. Bring in his partner Joe Pike, the strong silent type, and you have the perfect match. The story was very good, if somewhat far fetched at the end, but I read it for entertainment and not the psychology of criminal behavior. I will definitely read more in this series!
The book was not up to the standard set by Crais. The narrator's voice was annoying and quite a let down after Mr. Daniels. Even Evis was not up to par. Thank goodness for Pike. I almost gave up on it. I have never considered abandoning a Crais book before this one.
This wasn't a bad story I just got tired of Elvis Cole. Every woman wants him and he is tougher and smarter than everyone else and that was distracting for me.
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
THIS IS THE ONE TO TURN TO WHEN ROBERT PARKER IS BUSY DOING THINGS OTHER THAN SPENSER AND HAWK. CRAIS BRINGS THAT SAME FEEL OF MALE BONDING TO THE MYSTERY STORY WITH HIS CHARACTERS OF ELVIS COLE AND JOE PIKE. HELL, THEY MAY EVEN BE A MORE LETHAL PAIRING THAN HAWK AND SPENSER. THE STORY CARRIES ALL THE ACTION, HUMOR, AND SELF DEPRECATING ASIDES THAT FANS OF THE PRIVATE EYE STORY HAVE COME TO EXPECT. WHICH ISN'T TO SAY THAT CRAIS IS DOING AN IMMITATION, BECAUSE HE IS NOT. HE HAS A STYLE AND VOICE THAT IS ALL HIS OWN. AND PATRICK LAWLOR ELEVATES THE NARRATIVE WITH HIS UNIQUE READING. HIS VOICE IS PERFECTLY SUITED TO THE MATERIAL. HE KNOWS WHEN TO CAMP IT UP FOR THE HUMOROUS ASIDES, AND WHEN TO KEEP IT REAL FOR THE TENDER MOMENTS. THIS ONE'S A CONTENDER FOR TOP TEN LISTENS OF THE YEAR.
British Mystery Buff
This was the first book by Robert Crais I have ever tried, and only the second audible book I have sampled. I enjoyed it although the sound at times was difficult to hear even with the volume turned all the way up, which was disappointing. I will try his other books, reading them this time because I did like his writing style and story line. I wasn't crazy about the voices used by the reader, and agree with another reviewer that it was at times annoying. I am looking forward to actually reading them for myself, but not an audible version.
If I heard them say Jesus Fing Christ one more time I was going to throw up. And what is with him sleeping with two different girls in two days. Talk about taking advantage of the situation. Then our hero shred child porn only to have to calm himself about a 16 year old a few pages down the line. If it hadn't been for wanting to find out what was going to happen to the boy I would have tossed it earlier.
I was desperate for another good series. Would have never picked this one because of the Title and I prefer Urban Fantasy, but a friend recommended it and I took a chance. By the way the title is explained. Great book. Great Series. If you like talented writing, smart characters, believable plot, and a protagonist that can get hurt but mostly kicks A**. This is the book. No doubt.
I live to ride my bike.
Robert Crais books such great reviews that I thought to try one. Obviously, I did not like it because I purchased it in 2003 and never wrote a review. Here is now 2016 and because I considered buying one I thought to revisit the one I had. Yep,now I remember why I did not read another.
Elvis is dull and tires to have a sense of humor. The level of action and toughness that I like is in the character Joe Pike. Now I will try one where Joe is front and center before I write Crais novel off my list.
If they had the generous return policy in 2003, I would have returned this book.