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The Lost Coast Audiobook
The Lost Coast
Written by: 
Barry Eisler
Narrated by: 
Barry Eisler
The Lost Coast Audiobook

The Lost Coast: A Larison Short Story

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Publisher's Summary

For Larison, a man off the grid and on the run, the sleepy northern California town of Arcata, gateway to the state's fabled Lost Coast, seems like a perfect place to disappear for a while. But Arcata isn't nearly as sleepy as it seems, and when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening.

©2011 Barry Eisler (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    pamela bathurst, Australia 10-01-12
    pamela bathurst, Australia 10-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Too violent"
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    I was shocked at the violence in this book and did not cope or appreciate the predatory nature of the protagonist and the amount of violence delivered by him. I usually love Barry Eisler, but this was way over the top for me and I felt sick listening to this short story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-18-12
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    "Skip this One!"

    We thoroughly enjoyed the entire Rain (seven books) and Ben Treven series (Fault Line and Inside Out) and listened to all of them in order. Willing to try just about anything written by Barry Eisler, it was an easy decision to try the Lost Coast. If you are into graphic homosexuality, then perhaps this short story is for you. Wow - I did not see this coming from Eisler. Extremely disappointed such a talented author would go down this path. This may have been my final Eisler purchase.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Roaring Springs, TX, United States 10-02-11
    Karen Roaring Springs, TX, United States 10-02-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Just Wrong"

    Not even close to story line of character...was disapointed not worth the extra cash to make sure you don't miss anything in next big story

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 01-24-12
    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 01-24-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Weaker than Usual"

    Interestingly, the author/narrator did not do his homework on one small but annoying point: the location of this story -- Arcata -- is pronounced "Ar-kate-a" not "Ar-cat-a." After all, Eisler often includes such details as the model of a particular knife. The story is provides a part of the back-story for a character who appears in other books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas 04-21-13
    Douglas 04-21-13
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    "NOT EXPECTED/ENJOYED"
    What would have made The Lost Coast better?

    There should have been more disclosure in the synopsis that this was an erotic homosexual rape short story. Sure, it involves Larison, and anyone who knows this series knows his "secret" but this short story amounted to nothing more than a forcible rape by Larison of a young college male. There was nothing entertaining, enjoyable, or worth the cost of the audiobook about it.
    The synopsis says of the story: "...when three locals decide Larison would make a perfect target for their twisted sport, Larison exacts a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening. "

    Reading this, anyone is sure to think that it's going to be some shooter violence revenge. I mean, we're talking about a hardened killer, right? Beating a couple guys up, and then forcing the weakest of them all to perform oral sex on him is not my (or anyone's, I'd think) idea of "a lifetime of vengeance in one explosive evening."

    EPIC FAIL.
    It may be enough to make me abandon this series, and this author altogether, which would be something I regret as all his other works that I've read or listened to have been great.

    But seriously... homosexual rape? That's Eisler's idea of a lifetime of vengeance??
    Did I mention: EPIC FAIL?


    Has The Lost Coast turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It's quite possible turned me off from any new works by Eisler (I've already read or listened to everything currently available by him).


    What didn’t you like about Barry Eisler’s performance?

    The performance was ok; I'm just so disgusted with the story-line that I didn't want to give any positive review.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Coast?

    I'd have cut the entire story...


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 01-04-14
    Mark MALDEN, MA, United States 01-04-14
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    "Not as bad as the reviews say"
    If you could sum up The Lost Coast in three words, what would they be?

    Not that bad


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not what you expect from Barry Eisler but gives you insight to that freak Larison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To short to really have one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    If your homophobic then this is not for you. Deliverance but not with hicks...it is OK but wouldn't want to see it in a movie.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    susanalexander WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-25-13
    susanalexander WASHINGTON, DC, United States 04-25-13
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    "Hated this Tale of Child Rape"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This story was really disturbing. I was accustomed to the John Rain series and this was a horrible let down. There was no entertainment value here.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    NW by Zadie Smith.


    What didn’t you like about Barry Eisler’s performance?

    If anything was good It was all wiped away by the assault scene.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Lost Coast?

    The sexual assault of the kid.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a warning but it wasn't sufficient.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 04-09-16
    Linda 04-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Disgusting"

    This was truly disgusting, nothing at all interesting, just gratuitous hardcore vileness. Wish I hadn't paid for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Richardson Auburn, AL US 11-05-15
    D. Richardson Auburn, AL US 11-05-15 Member Since 2013

    I'm a bored Alabamian looking for a way to escape!

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    "Larison is a Scary Dude"

    I really liked this short story. Of all the characters in John Rain's world, Larison clearly is the one you never want to mess with. This story is simply a 45 minute answer to "Why wouldn't you want to cross Larison?" Because he is a hardened killer who just happens to have issues as well. Now most of it comes from his time interrogating people. He can't get some voices, images, whatever out of his head. It makes him deadly. And he is gay...so what?!

    I think it was Eisler who said, what would happen if Larison came across some homophobes who wanted to beat up gay people? Okay I'm paraphrasing, I hope, but this is what happens. You mess with Larison, you play with death. Larison is the only character in the John Rain world that scares the crap out of me. He's like the silent pit bull that let's the burglar in the house, but won't let him leave because what would be the fun in that? He decides to take a break from looking over his shoulder and steps right in it.

    My impression is that this story is very appropriate to the Larison character. In terms of the story, I didn't find anything too particularly graphic. It's what happens, right? If you are use to snapping bones protruding out of skin, or brain matter landing on the sofa, this may not be your thing. But if you know anything about Larison (read Inside Out or The Detachment), it makes perfect sense.

    If I want a quick listen to a story in the John Rain universe, this is one of my favorites. I also like the Dox short story, The Khmer Kill too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-03-15
    Linda Bowie, MD, United States 05-03-15 Member Since 2012

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    "Not My Favorite Character in the Series"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I was glad it was a short story. I don't like bashing people for their beliefs and this book crossed the line for me. I am open to all lifestyles and would have preferred consensual activities.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Larison but because he was the main character. He didn't play off of anyone else.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one.


    Could you see The Lost Coast being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't care for this story. I'm not sure why it is relevant to the other story lines. Stick to John Rain and all is well. Let Larison fade away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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