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Mark

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  • Free Fall: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    Elvis Cole is just a detective who can't say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix. And Jennifer Sheridan qualifies: Her fiance, Mark Thurman, is a decorated L.A. cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer's sure he's in trouble - the kind of serious trouble that only Elvis Cole can help him out of.

    robert says: "CPC all you'll ever need (Crais, Pike, Cole)"
    "Agree with other reviewers: This one you can skip."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Different narrator. Mel Foster would be good for other books, but reduces Joe Pike from everybody's personal hero to just some sidekick with a few guns. And a better-suited narrator would have helped overcome the frustrations brought on by the lead female character.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Rewrite the female lead character to be way less annoying. Being somewhat annoying is part of her charm; her draw. I get that. But when you wish you could reach through the speakers and strangle this lead character that Elvis Cole somehow has any patience for, the whole listening experience is way too frustrating. This aspect made it difficult to develop any connection with some very important characters.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mel Foster?

    Luke Daniels or Robert Crais. Both do Pike as he was meant to be heard.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Free Fall?

    None. I don't think there are scenes that detract from the story or slow the pace too much. Along these lines, I never choose an abridged version over an unabridged. I might feel differently about cutting scenes in terms of a 'reading' experience, but not for a 'listening' experience.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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