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Taken Audiobook

Taken: An Elvis Cole - Joe Pike Novel, Book 15

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Publisher's Summary

Crais has never written a book with the power and intensity of Taken.

When Nita Morales hires Elvis Cole to find her missing adult daughter, she isn’t afraid, even though she’s gotten a phone call asking for ransom. She knows it’s a fake, that her daughter is off with the guy Nita will call only "that boy", and that they need money: "Even smart girls do stupid things when they think a boy loves them."

But she is wrong. The girl and her boyfriend have been taken by bajadores - bandits who prey on other bandits, border professionals who prey not only on innocent victims, but on one another. They steal drugs, guns, and people - buying and selling victims like commodities, and killing the ones they can’t get a price for.

Cole and Pike find the spot where the couple were taken. There are tire tracks, bullet casings, and bloodstains. They know things look as bad as possible.

But they are wrong, too. It is about to get much worse. Going undercover to find the couple and buy them back, Cole himself is taken, and disappears. Now it is up to Joe Pike to retrace Cole’s steps, burning through the hard and murderous world of human traffickers to find his friend. But he may already be too late.

Thrilling, emotional, passionate, with some of the best characters and well-crafted writing in all of crime fiction, Taken is further proof that "Crais just keeps getting better." (Publishers Weekly).

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

©2012 Robert Crais (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-11-12
    J.A. Salt Lake City, UT, United States 06-11-12
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    "Good Cole - Not so good Pike"

    First and foremost, I am a Robert Crais fan. I love his books, and therefore by association I am a fan of the audiobooks. This is a good story and you are always trying to guess what is going to happen next. I enjoyed it very much.

    The only drawback....is Pike's voice. I don't know if I was wanting something else, or the narrator wasn't sure how to voice him, but Pike's voice is just off somehow. To me it sounded like a "gargling-rocks-I'm-Batman" voice and I just never thought Pike sounded that way.

    Others may have a contrasting view, but I was just not at happy as I could have been. Having said that, I enjoyed the book and will definitely be back for more.

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    larry west linn, OR, United States 06-11-12
    larry west linn, OR, United States 06-11-12 Member Since 2008

    Audio addict. Love the narrators!

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    "How does Crais top this story?"
    Where does Taken rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What other book might you compare Taken to and why?

    Other Elvis and Joe books because I enjoy the writing and humor.


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

    Yes, about as expected, which is very good.


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

    Can I say that? What about giving away the plot?


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! This is one of those books that I wanted to get through to learn the outcome, while simultaneously wishing that it wouldn't end and that I could read it for a couple of months. Loved it.

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    Peterack Alexandria, VA 05-28-12
    Peterack Alexandria, VA 05-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Exciting Entry In the Cole Series"
    If you could sum up Taken in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting page-turner!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Taken?

    So many...and I had to share them so as not to give the plot away.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Most of his vocal work was good. I did not care of his Joe Pike choice (or perhaps direction given/taken)...it was not much more than a Clint Eastwood impression.


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

    This is what I want a "book on tape" to be like..where I am still concentrating on driving but am listening to intently that I do not miss a thing.


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    Jeffery Auburn, MA, United States 05-07-12
    Jeffery Auburn, MA, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Another Crais gem, if you like hard-nosed crime drama you have to read this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tension, the driving pace of the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Luke Daniels’s performances?

    Yes, he and James Daniels are the best narrators for the Cole/Pike stories.


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

    The story had me in fear for Elvis Cole's life.


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    Carl Denver, CO, United States 04-29-12
    Carl Denver, CO, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book for traveling"

    It felt a bit contrived, but was a great book for traveling across country. No one is as capable as Elvis and his buddy, but then this type of novel doesn't require that anyone really be that smart.

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    Patricia 04-24-12
    Patricia 04-24-12
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    "One of the Absolute Best"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    the plot was Addictive - Could not go on without knowing


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

    Luke Daniels is an aquired taste


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    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 04-23-12
    phyl Hillside, NJ United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Not as good"
    This book wasn???t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who has not read Crais


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will read Crais again


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Taken?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I miss Elvis' sense of humor.

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    Victoria Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-12
    Victoria Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical Crais"
    Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or Luke Daniels?

    I always enjoy Robert Crais' books, if only because I like the characters, humor, and action. It's pretty much mindless enjoyment


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Crais? Why or why not?

    yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There were times I could not tell which character he was speaking for. Elvis and Joe Pike are always identifiable, but there were times I had to listen carefully to the plot to figure out who was supposedly speaking.


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

    yes, it has great characters and an interesting plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I HATED the back and forth time lines in the book. Just as I get caught up on one phase, I'm jerked back to days before with another character. Very frusterating.

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    Victoria Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-12
    Victoria Tucson, AZ, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical Crais"
    Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or Luke Daniels?

    I always enjoy Robert Crais' books, if only because I like the characters, humor, and action. It's pretty much mindless enjoyment


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robert Crais? Why or why not?

    yes.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    There were times I could not tell which character he was speaking for. Elvis and Joe Pike are always identifiable, but there were times I had to listen carefully to the plot to figure out who was supposedly speaking.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    yes, it has great characters and an interesting plot.


    Any additional comments?

    I HATED the back and forth time lines in the book. Just as I get caught up on one phase, I'm jerked back to days before with another character. Very frusterating.

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    michael south pasadena, CA, United States 04-19-12
    michael south pasadena, CA, United States 04-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "good but not his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I like the setting (California Desert) but thought the plot line was not as interesting or textured as some of his others.


    Would you recommend Taken to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Still a good listen


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

    About the same


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

    Not necessarily. I like them to last awhile


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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