Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.
©2006 Robert Crais; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio
I read Robert Crais's book 'Taken' which was fantastic. This book was a huge disappointment. Poor narrator. There are two main woman characters in this novel, it is 'grating' to hear him try and impersonate a southern belle. The ending is ridiculous, leaves you so unsatisfied.In short, don't waste your time.
Yes, to have it re-recorded for better sound quality. Not up to Audible quality. Sounds like they just recorded from a tape that is going bad.
Naturally, Elvis & Joe
Not as good as some of the other books he has performed.
Yes, write this review.
I will willingly go to the next Robert Crais book because of my enjoyment of his previous novels. I will reluctantly suffer through another David Stuart reading so I can get the information from the book to carry onto the following one (which, thank goodness, has another narrator).
The previous Elvis Cole/Joe Pike novels have been a lot of fun. The stories have been interesting, and Elvis Cole has been a witty and fully enjoyable character. Unlike this book, the previous books do not revolve around the relationship between Elvis Cole and Lucy Chenier. In this book, the relationship took a lot of the attitude and the fun out of Cole's character. Without such a big involvement from Lucy, this could have been a solid and fully enjoyable story. The previous novels certainly are.
Also, David Stuart as a narration choice is unfortunate. Mel Foster was far superior to David Stuart as narrator, both in channeling the characters and in narration style. Where Mel Foster is laid back and smooth in his delivery, David Stuart is sloppy and mousey. David Stuart also seems to have a speech impediment that is hugely distracting.
I'd like to get Mel Foster back.
When the author came back to the main story, it was pretty engaging. Unfortunately, the main story is peppered with Cole daydreaming about Lucy. But it is a generally good story.
I only have one more David Stuart fiasco to suffer through (Indigo Slam) before moving on to a decent narrator. I'm seriously considering skipping it, but I'd hate to lose any kernels of information that may be referenced in later books. So I suppose I'll probably get it.
Completely Wrong Performer
don't bother, seriously... I've got the complete series and it's good -- but skip this one...
I love Crais books and have listened to/reader almost all by now. The naarator and production of this book are horrible. I could not tell whether the narrator simply felt like all female characters (and some men) needed to speak with a lisp or if the production was so shoddy that it just sounded that way. Avoid this version.
Love Robert Crais and he lives up to his precedent in this book. The performer does fine with fluency and voices, but he has an obvious lisp, which makes Elvis sound a bit fey. It just doesn't fit the character. Still worth listening to for the story, which is quite good.
The reader was so poor that I chose not to listen to the book. I will not order anything else with this reader.
disappointment; I've enjoyed the rest of Robert Crais's books and would have probably enjoyed this one.
I'm not willing to sit through poor readings
I'm not even half way through the book and the sound of this stuffy nose narrator is so annoying! His woman's voice sounds like a deeper more stuffy nosed whine with a lisp! The thing is that the story itself is really good, so I'm continuing on... hand this guy a tissue
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