All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job - eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself - Rain knows he can't refuse. Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry through underground no-holds-barred fight clubs, mobbed-up hostess bars, and finally into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza. It's a war Rain can't win, but also one he can't afford to lose - a war where the distinctions between friend and foe and truth and deceit are as murky as the rain-slicked streets of Tokyo.
©2003, 2013 Barry Eisler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Originally published as Hard Rain in 2003.
Without a doubt! I have now relistened to all of the John Rain books. I really like this series a lot. I had previously listened to a couple of them by a different narrator and was not to impressed with the books but with Eisler narrating they are fantastic. I can not believe the difference. I had originally found them to drag but I do believe that was due totally to the narrator. These books really move right along at a fast pace. WOW!
The other John Rain books, the Gray Man books (Greaney),Victor the Assassin (Woods) and the El Ray books (Blake).
Excellent job narrating. He brings his characters to life.
I highly recommend this series now that they have been rereleased with the author narrating. They are at a lower price then they had been previously and are a much better listen.
I liked that we got to see the softer side of John Rain. He winds up helping his friend in the Tokyo FBI and getting even with the other side for some of their bad works. I think the back and forth between Rain and his 'friends' made the story more touching. You keep hoping that he is going to change.
When Rain goes to the aid of Naomi, the dancer he met and ultimately gets injured himself.
John Rain of course. Barry Eisler is a good narrator. Who would think the author could also make the reading so good.
It made me sad in places because John Rain sounds so alone and sad and unable to do anything about his situation. I keep hoping.
The emerging trust between "Tots", the young CIA chief (I don't know how to spell his name and I probably didn't spell "Tots" correctly either) and John Rain. It gives him some sort of support system in his ghost-like existence.
Only the other books in the John Rain series. These books are unique.
Yes, and I rally like them. For someone who didn't have a background as a professional narrator he does really well with altering his voice and being able to characterize both women's and men's voices as well as different ages. It surprised me! Who better than the author to put the feelings and knowledge of his subject into words? Also, his personal knowledge of Japan and the language enables him to pronounce the place names and language exchanges between characters perfectly.
I would have liked to, because it was hard to stop listening. But they are way too long to listen to in one sitting. That is actually good, because I look forward to picking up where I left off, the next day. I'm sure I will listen to these books again and again because there is so much detail to the stories.
I came across books 4,5, and 6 at my library audiobook section. I was hooked right from the start but the library didn't have any others. I knew that Audible would. I'm not usually into novels about assassins, but there is so much more to these books than just that. I've learned so much about the Japanese culture, the changes that are happening there, the traditions that are disappearing and so much more. Also, the characters aren't stagnant from book to book. They grow and change, they make mistakes that they regret or that they learn from. The author has such insight into human nature and is so knowledgeable about how bureaucrats align with big business and crime syndicates to enrich themselves and manipulate other governments. Although these are fiction novels, they ring very true to what we see going on worldwide. After listening to the 3 books of the series, mentioned above, I am now going back to the beginnings of John Rain's story and then will go on past there. They just get better and better!
Narrator was excellent, his command of Japanese is impressive. He is very detailed and I like that in his books. I don't have to stop and ask, "Now, who is talking?" Logical progression but not your every day endings. I like the facts and research. Fun books.
wow! What a treat it is to listen to these stories narrated by Barry Eisler! poetic, soulful, funny, captivating. I have really grown to love this guy John Rain, a fun character, ...a humane killer. ..Makes me think back to the Greek epics. ... I think Rain and Odyessus would have gotten along famously. .... I would love to hear Eisler narrate the Odyssey. . anyway, I am glad to have discovered this series. I am 100% hooked!
Great stories, great reading by the author. He brings the characters to life beautifully. Thrilled to have found the series!
I really enjoyed the Rain series - the first time. I purchased seven. When I saw all new titles, I was delighted and purchased five more! Until I realized they were the same books, Mr. Eisler just decided to rename them. A dishonest way to sell books, in my book! I'm done with Barry Eisler.
Considering that I have a reading disorder, the Audible compamy has quenched a great day of time with Audible as my greatest personal fre
This series has truly filled a void that 200+ Books, and many of those in a "Series", had seemed impossible to find again.
I met John Rain a long time ago in a single 1 time buy. I didn't realize or simply find any more in the John Rain exploits.
If you enjoy espionage, Hunting and Killing of the bad guys, this series is for you. Eisler creates the feeling like you can "experience" the surroundings of Countries in this world that few seem to write about. (Other than the many History, and Classics) I am hooked and Rain is someday going to merge with another set of Novels in a similar Series.
Buy these, you will thank me. IF YOU LIKE the ADRENALIN.
Eisler as a narrator? it is an easily odd transformation from, a middle of the road narrator through to a "must have voice".
Book one is a good place to start. A Clean Kill in Tokyo.
Only someone who has genuinely experienced this land can take you on the ride your will be HOOKED on.
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