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Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 6 | [Robert Crais]

Sunset Express: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 6

Elvis Cole, wisecracking private eye, finds himself embroiled in a controversial LA murder case. A wealthy WASP entrepreneur appears to have murdered his wife. A hot-shot defense attorney takes the case and hires Elvis to find proof that the L.A. detective - rumored to be dirty - fooled around with the evidence.
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Elvis Cole, wisecracking private eye, finds himself embroiled in a controversial LA murder case. A wealthy WASP entrepreneur appears to have murdered his wife. A hot-shot defense attorney takes the case and hires Elvis to find proof that the L.A. detective - rumored to be dirty - fooled around with the evidence. But as Elvis investigates, he becomes more suspicious of the media-loving lawyer than the cops. With sidekick Joe Pike and girlfriend Lucy Chenier in tow, Elvis carries the day.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2006 Robert Crais; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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    Steven Redwood City, CA, United States 09-10-12
    Steven Redwood City, CA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Readers Make or Break an Audiobook."
    What would have made Sunset Express better?

    The reader was so poor that I chose not to listen to the book. I will not order anything else with this reader.


    What was most disappointing about Robert Crais’s story?

    The reader


    Would you be willing to try another one of David Stuart’s performances?

    NO


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment; I've enjoyed the rest of Robert Crais's books and would have probably enjoyed this one.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not willing to sit through poor readings

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    --------------- California, USA 04-02-12
    --------------- California, USA 04-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Waste of time"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hans 08-31-12
    Hans 08-31-12
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    "Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother"
    What disappointed you about Sunset Express?

    Completely Wrong Performer

    don't bother, seriously... I've got the complete series and it's good -- but skip this one...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 05-12-14
    Barbara 05-12-14
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    "Entertaining but poor quality, garbled at spots"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Naturally, Elvis & Joe


    What three words best describe David Stuart’s performance?

    Not as good as some of the other books he has performed.


    Did Sunset Express inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, write this review.


    Any additional comments?

    None.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Divide, CO, United States 09-03-13
    Thomas Divide, CO, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "First Elvis Cole Novel I have something bad to say"
    Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or David Stuart?

    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).


    If you’ve listened to books by Robert Crais before, how does this one compare?

    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.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Stuart?

    I'd like to get Mel Foster back.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon San Dimas, CA, United States 10-08-11
    Shannon San Dimas, CA, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Nasally Narrator!!!"

    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

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    JS Colorado, United States 06-09-13
    JS Colorado, United States 06-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Great narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Sunset Express the most enjoyable?

    The reader captured Elvis Cole as clever, funny and low key, not as the typical tough guy.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Although the ending was predictable in some ways, there were still surprises. I did have a hard time turning it off.


    What about David Stuart’s performance did you like?

    Loved him. He portrayed Elvis Cole the way I imagined him to be from reading many of the books.


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

    I could have.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Iowa City, IA, United States 05-10-13
    Dan Iowa City, IA, United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Narrator and production ruin the book"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen LACEY, WA, United States 02-01-13
    Karen LACEY, WA, United States 02-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I loved this book!"
    Would you listen to Sunset Express again? Why?

    I would listen to this again, and actually am right now with my husband. This book has a great reader and the story is full of action and love and humor, and intrigue through the whole book. Was sorry when it ended.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, there were a few plots and they were intertwined through out the book.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were many good ones, but I love all the scenes when Joe Pike and Elvis Cole are together, they are a great team and it's fun to listen to their banter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Zade Lawrence, KS United States 12-13-12
    Zade Lawrence, KS United States 12-13-12
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    "Great Story, Not the Best Narrator"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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