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Elvis Cole and Joe Pike were Private Investigators. Pike used to date a woman, Karen. Her father and Pike had become very good friends. Karen went missing and her father called Pike after a couple of day. Cole was also known and well liked by Karen's father.
Karen's body was found dead by two men while they were taking a walk. The Homicide Division of the LAPD were now in charge. However, Cole and Pike were retained, per Karen's father's request. This being the outcome was due to the fact that the father of Karen was quite an influential man with the LAPD.
The book was a good mystery. The process of finding the killer was exciting. There was an unknown factor that the LAPD did not want the public to know. Cole nor Pike were given a warm welcome to the task force by the LAPD for this reason. Therefore, they had to do a lot of their own investigation without their assistance. However, Cole and a female member of the Homicide Division did eventually, after much effort from Elvis, consent to help. He's quite the romantic.
I gave the narrator, Ron McLarty, only three stars because his interpretation of the female voice was not good. However, this did not cause me not to want to listen.
The characters were well developed. The novel was exciting and I wanted to continue because it held my interest. The story had twists and turns that kept me quite interested. I finished the book in two days.
L.A. Requiem was an easy listen and I would encourage that you purchase the book.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
The story was great and the narrator was great but it was dated and the production suffered from dated technology as well. However...it is worth the listen. The story & plot is full of twists and turns, it's funny and so, so sad. I laughed and even teared up on occasion. Elvis and Joe are brothers to the end and I love that dedication they have for each other. The mystery is unsolvable until the very end and then very surprising. I enjoyed the story but mainly I enjoyed just Elvis and Joe!
Definitely! Elvis and Joe are great together. The kind of bond you can't imagine unless you have.
Elvis and Joe.
The bond between the two
Being in the Military and deployed.....the bond.
Low mark due to narrator. You can hear the salva he smacks while reading
We get to see the back story that makes Joe Pike who he is today. Very interesting to see where he came from and why he is the way he is.
Ron McLarty is about the best narrator I've listened to. Just a great voice & delivery. Made a huge difference in the listening experience
Whispersync is sketchy at best
I so enjoy Audible...helps me get my to-do list accomplished.
After listen to many excellent books, I finally got a dud...so I cut my losses and stumbles on to this book and author. Love it and the narration was excellent. I am going to look into the series now! Happy Listening :D
No and there is no comparison. He is EXCELLENT!
I love the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series. It was hard to take a break from listening to this story. Very supenseful. I did not care for the ending. Overall though it was a great book.
I liked Ron McLarty's tone of voice. He made the story very exciting an suspenseful.
There a few parts of the book that moved me. The bond and friendship that Elvis and Joe have is very moving. They would do anything for each other.
Almost anyone. I was distracted from the story listening to this guys smack his words and breathe hard. Good deep voice but irritating to hear his lack of moisture. It was like watching Marco Rubio give his State of the Union review. Instead of concentrating on the story; I could almost visualize the white gunk forming in the corners of his mouth.
Ever since I was a child, I've been comforted by spoken word and stories . I love Simon Vance's narratives, Anthony Bourdain's humour.
I am brand new to this series and to be frank, picked this one bcause it was the longest!
I can't remember when I have been so interested in a story. The narrator is excellent, and has a variety of different vocal styles to keep things interesting. I loved the character development. The only thing I gotta say...a Puerto Rican accent is NOT like a Mexcian American one. But that's a small indiscretion. Thanks ... I will be picking up some more Joe Pike and company stories.
When you put this all together, it's better than you might think. The story might appear to be far-fetched, but given the current news out of LA about a rogue cop on the rampage, it all becomes more plausible. We get some good back-story on these characters, and they become more than the stereotypical set of action figures. McLarty's narration is solid, and suitably hard boiled for the material. This was my first foray into the works of Robert Crais, and I want to hear more.