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The Monkey's Raincoat Audiobook

The Monkey's Raincoat: An Elvis Cole Novel

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Publisher's Summary

When Ellen Lang's husband disappears with their son, she hires Elvis Cole to track him down. A quiet and seemingly submissive wife, Ellen can't even write a check without him. All she wants is to get him and her son back - no questions asked.

The search for Ellen's errant husband leads Elvis into the seamier side of Hollywood. He soon learns that Mort Lang is a down-on-his-luck talent agent who associates with a schlocky movie producer, and the last place he was spotted was at a party thrown by a famous and very well-connected ex-Matador. But no one has seen him since - including his B-movie girlfriend.

At the same time the police find Mort in his parked car with four gunshots in his chest - and no kid in sight - Ellen disappears.

Now nothing is what it seems, and the heat is on. It's up to Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, to find the connection between sleazy Hollywood players and an ex-Matador.

Investigate another case with Elvis Cole.

©2008 Robert Crais; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Robert B. Parker has some competition on his hands....Elvis Cole is an appealing character and Crais' style is fresh and funny." (Sue Grafton)
"Is Bob Crais good? Put it this way: if they're taking you out to put you against the firing squad wall, and you want to enjoy your last moments on earth, pass on the last cigarette and ask for an Elvis Cole novel." (Harlan Ellison)

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    John P Raeder Jr 01-20-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I had to stop listening"
    What would have made The Monkey's Raincoat better?

    I had to stop listening 30 minuted in. The narrator was irritating.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I don't know


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick G. Lawlor’s performances?

    NO!!!!!!!!!!


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

    Did not finish it.


    Any additional comments?

    No

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    Jim Richmann Bisbee, AZ USA 07-25-15
    Jim Richmann Bisbee, AZ USA 07-25-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Poor audio quality"
    Any additional comments?

    Poor audio quality make this performance unlistenable. The narrator may be fine, but I could not hear him because the modulation was so bad. Audible needs to pull this title and get it fixed.

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    laurie 04-16-15
    laurie 04-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Surprised"

    Other reviewers did not like the narrator and was reluctant to spend my credit I was very glad I did and I have found a new author.

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    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 04-06-15
    Trudy Owens Orem, UT, US 04-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "And the title means......?"

    Okay, I get haiku
    Winter downpour; Even the monkey needs a raincoat.
    —Matsuo Bashō, The Monkey's Raincoat
    but I do not get what it has to do with this story.

    I get that this is a well-received, award-winning book, but I didn't really like it. I like cops, detectives, soldiers, action and suspense, but I was not impressed.

    I will read the second just so that I can see if I have misjudged this series. I loved his book Suspect, cried in the PROLOGUE, and wish he had written more about this guy than Elvis Cole.

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    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 02-10-15
    J Jaeckle Granbury, TX, US 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good finish slow start"

    I for the book started slow. After about two hours into the book the action began to pick up. Initially I thought there was too much detail about individuals.
    I have progressed the action and the story grew on me. Final part of the story and the last gun fight is what bumped the book to 4*.

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    Catherine 01-14-15
    Catherine 01-14-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Bad Reader Ruins Book"
    What disappointed you about The Monkey's Raincoat?

    I was so excited about this series, until the reader began to speak!


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

    Yes, if Patrick Lawler isn't reading it!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He put emphasis in the wrong places; paused too often; read it as if it were a lark.


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

    Can't tell -- didn't finish the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alberta Wasilla, AK, United States 11-18-14
    Alberta Wasilla, AK, United States 11-18-14 Member Since 2010

    Alaskan quilter

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    "The narrator really spoils this book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I think I could have liked the book, but the narration was abysmal. I really tried listening, but I just could not make it all the way through this book. I thought it just might be me, but other reviewers said the same thing. Dang....and I was so looking forward to getting into another series of crime/mystery books, too.


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    MGS425 Dawsonville, GA, United States 10-30-14
    MGS425 Dawsonville, GA, United States 10-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Book OK, reader awful"
    What did you like best about The Monkey's Raincoat? What did you like least?

    Almost didn't finish listening to this book because the reader was so bad. Suffered through listening because I wanted to see how the story ended. I like Elvis and he is better developed in later books, but I wanted to see how it started. This narrator was just so whiny and sarcastic sounding even when he wasn't supposed to be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elvis is an interesting and complex character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By using a different reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the idea of Elvis and Joe and I like Robert Crais as a writer. I'll stay with the series a bit longer but I won't listen to anymore books read by Patrick Lawlor. Guess I'll just have to check them out of the library!

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    Dina 07-08-14
    Dina 07-08-14
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    "Very poor reader. Found the performance dull."
    What disappointed you about The Monkey's Raincoat?

    The very poor performance


    What was most disappointing about Robert Crais’s story?

    I generally like Crais' stories. I think the performance caused me to lose interest. Never finished will ask refund.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Patrick G. Lawlor?

    not really sure.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 06-28-14
    Karen 06-28-14

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    "get James Daniels to read again"
    Where does The Monkey's Raincoat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    good as the first Elvis


    What did you like best about this story?

    Elvis was very loose in this first one


    Would you be willing to try another one of Patrick G. Lawlor’s performances?

    Absolutely not, he is just awful and this was a fun start to a GREAT series.


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

    I did as this was the first of the series, I have them all, CD/cassette and some downloads.
    Elvis and Pike are a great listen. Some readers just Ok, but the dialogue makes up for their reading style.


    Any additional comments?

    the best reader for series is James Daniels, so get those stories first. Yes Elvis evolutes as RC writes. My all time fave is the Watchman owned in MP3 and downloaded. I have re listened to this one many times as it features my all time fave character Pike. RC tried to write more Pike stories, but he made the mistake of reading his 2nd full length Pike story, then after awful reviews of his reading, he turns over the 3 Pike book to Luke Daniels, another flop. Hint: Go Back to What Works

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