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Free Fall: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 4 | [Robert Crais]

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

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.
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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.

Five minutes after his new client leaves his office, Elvis and his partner, the enigmatic Joe Pike, are hip-deep in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops, and conspiracies of silence. And before the case is through, every cop in the LAPD will be gunning for a pair of escaped armed-and-dangerous killers: Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2008 Robert Crais; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

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    robert richmond, VA, United States 01-17-12
    robert richmond, VA, United States 01-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "CPC all you'll ever need (Crais, Pike, Cole)"
    Would you listen to Free Fall again? Why?

    Yes, there is always a detail missed that you find later.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Poitros and Grimes, they never allow their personal feelings towards Pike to keep them from helping to see justice is done.


    What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

    Voice and inflection gives realism to varied characters of gender and ethnicity.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Elvis Cole, reserve chute for those of poor judgement.


    Any additional comments?

    As much as I would like to see any of the Pike and Cole series go to film, I feel the style, story, and characters would not be done justice much like the works of Stephen King.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 11-23-11
    Amazon Customer Chatsworth, Georgia, United States 11-23-11 Member Since 2011

    Onewanderer

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    "As usual a great "read""
    If you could sum up Free Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Noir Elvis Style


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wise-cracking P.I. Elvis Cole and his deadly side kick Joe Pike


    Have you listened to any of Mel Foster’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first listen to Mel - He pegged Elvis Cole and the tone of the book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    You could break this one up or listen all the way through and come away satisfied.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jo Anne 10-30-11
    Jo Anne 10-30-11
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    "story better than reader"

    Crais is always a good, reliable listen. This reader almost ruins it, but not quite. I dislike buying abridged books, but in this case I wish I'd bought the abridged version with a better reader.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Julie Fort Pierce, FL, USA 02-05-10
    Julie Fort Pierce, FL, USA 02-05-10
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    "Ugh! The Narrator!"

    I have listened to all of R.C. books with various narrators and loved them all (included the newest one, The First Rule). I gave lesser stars for this work because the narrator was so awful that I abandoned the audio version for the print version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Sturbridge, MA, United States 03-02-13
    Mark Sturbridge, MA, United States 03-02-13
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    "Agree with other reviewers: This one you can skip."
    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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    Pamela memphis, TN, USA 01-23-13
    Pamela memphis, TN, USA 01-23-13 Member Since 2005

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Too boring!"

    Crais was noted as a top writer of crime mysteries, but really he is not in my opinion. This is kind of like a beginners mystery. It's boring and just goes on and on. Now I did get this because I listened to the preview of his new novel on Audible and it sounded really good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen San Diego, CA, United States 01-28-10
    Karen San Diego, CA, United States 01-28-10 Member Since 2009
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    "I'll stick to the print version of Elvis Cole"

    I am a great fan of Robert Crais/Elvis Cole and this is my second audio disappointment. The first book I listened to (The First Rule) was read by the author. Bad choice. This book is narrated by Mel Foster, who is NOT the right voice for the wise-cracking "World's Greatest Detective". I guess I'll stick to print versions of Robert Crais novels from now on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Eugene, OR, United States 06-27-09
    Robert Eugene, OR, United States 06-27-09
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    "If not for ... it would be good"

    This was my first Elvis Cole and Joe Pike novel and it will probably be my last. Here is this ultra competent guy, Joe Pike that towards the end of the story apparently messes up so badly several people get killed. I say apparently because there is no explanation as to how it happened. It's as if the author wrote the ending first, couldn't figure out how to have Joe Pike screw up so badly, so he just left that part out.

    If, unlike me, you can overlook this one major flaw the book is worth the credit and well paced with good character development.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 05-19-14
    Barbara J. Anderson Huntington Beach, Ca 05-19-14 Member Since 2009

    paws4me

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    "Good Writer should have a good narrator"

    The narrator killed this book for me and I am a Crais fan. If you can get past the narrator you might like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah Philo, Il, United States 03-23-13
    Deborah Philo, Il, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2012

    deener303

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    "Riveting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Free Fall to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It was very suspenseful. It keep you listening. I did not particularly care for the ending.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tight bond between Elvis Cole and Joe Pike. I also liked the thrill of the story.


    What about Mel Foster’s performance did you like?

    I loved his voice. He is very entertaining.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    What Elvis Cole did to help his friend Joe Pike.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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