I had to stop listening 30 minuted in. The narrator was irritating.
I don't know
Did not finish it.
Poor audio quality make this performance unlistenable. The narrator may be fine, but I could not hear him because the modulation was so bad. Audible needs to pull this title and get it fixed.
Okay, I get haiku
Winter downpour; Even the monkey needs a raincoat.
—Matsuo Bashō, The Monkey's Raincoat
but I do not get what it has to do with this story.
I get that this is a well-received, award-winning book, but I didn't really like it. I like cops, detectives, soldiers, action and suspense, but I was not impressed.
I will read the second just so that I can see if I have misjudged this series. I loved his book Suspect, cried in the PROLOGUE, and wish he had written more about this guy than Elvis Cole.
I for the book started slow. After about two hours into the book the action began to pick up. Initially I thought there was too much detail about individuals.
I have progressed the action and the story grew on me. Final part of the story and the last gun fight is what bumped the book to 4*.
I was so excited about this series, until the reader began to speak!
Yes, if Patrick Lawler isn't reading it!
He put emphasis in the wrong places; paused too often; read it as if it were a lark.
Can't tell -- didn't finish the book
I think I could have liked the book, but the narration was abysmal. I really tried listening, but I just could not make it all the way through this book. I thought it just might be me, but other reviewers said the same thing. Dang....and I was so looking forward to getting into another series of crime/mystery books, too.
Almost didn't finish listening to this book because the reader was so bad. Suffered through listening because I wanted to see how the story ended. I like Elvis and he is better developed in later books, but I wanted to see how it started. This narrator was just so whiny and sarcastic sounding even when he wasn't supposed to be.
Elvis is an interesting and complex character.
By using a different reader.
I like the idea of Elvis and Joe and I like Robert Crais as a writer. I'll stay with the series a bit longer but I won't listen to anymore books read by Patrick Lawlor. Guess I'll just have to check them out of the library!
The very poor performance
I generally like Crais' stories. I think the performance caused me to lose interest. Never finished will ask refund.
not really sure.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
good as the first Elvis
Elvis was very loose in this first one
Absolutely not, he is just awful and this was a fun start to a GREAT series.
I did as this was the first of the series, I have them all, CD/cassette and some downloads.
Elvis and Pike are a great listen. Some readers just Ok, but the dialogue makes up for their reading style.
the best reader for series is James Daniels, so get those stories first. Yes Elvis evolutes as RC writes. My all time fave is the Watchman owned in MP3 and downloaded. I have re listened to this one many times as it features my all time fave character Pike. RC tried to write more Pike stories, but he made the mistake of reading his 2nd full length Pike story, then after awful reviews of his reading, he turns over the 3 Pike book to Luke Daniels, another flop. Hint: Go Back to What Works