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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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    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.


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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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    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 06-24-14
    Claudia KALISPELL, MT, United States 06-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't make it past the naration"

    Simply horrible, wrong voice for this type of book and character! Need someone with a deeper voice!!!

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    Sharon United States 06-02-14
    Sharon United States 06-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Just not for me"

    I have read and enjoyed other books by Crais, but I just didn't love this one. I did finish the book, but mainly because I was out of credits and waiting on new ones.

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    Click1st 02-22-14
    Click1st 02-22-14
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    "Narration horrible but the story itself was okay"

    I feel like I wasted 8 hours of my life on this book. The constant 'He said' and 'She said' made for a horrible audio read. The author forced the narrator the speak in monotone since the book is filled with He/She saids. I bought this book bc I absolutely and completely LOVED Robert Crais' book Suspect. I will not be going any further in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 01-13-14
    Teddy AGUA DULCE, CA, United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Like??What? What I read is obvious..I am a computer programmer from before we had computers (APL anyone?) I just saw a coyote in our canyon

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    "Nice start of series"
    Any additional comments?

    I've read most t of the Spenser books; this is a change. two new guys to learn to like, well plus a few peripheral characters who I'm guessing will return. Nice to have it set in LA for a change... I will be buying more... I like this world so far.

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    Leonard Lewes, DE, United States 10-25-13
    Leonard Lewes, DE, United States 10-25-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Read Lescroart, Sanford or Connelly instead."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not so much


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not especially realistic


    Was The Monkey's Raincoat worth the listening time?

    Its a toss up....no


    Any additional comments?

    Social worker becomes private eye. Partner is a sociopathic killer. Enough said.

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    F. Lacy 10-04-13
    F. Lacy 10-04-13 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "My Favorite Narration In The Series"

    This is probably my favorite mystery series of all time and I just loved the narration from Patrick G. Lawlor. The narrators change quite a bit in this series, but this first book and narrator is my favorite. As far as the story itself, this is a great intro to the Elvis Cole / Joe Pike series and has an original villian (not a cookie cutter bad guy).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa United States 09-04-13
    Teresa United States 09-04-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very poor quality recording"
    What would have made The Monkey's Raincoat better?

    It may have been a good story but the recording was so bad I couldn't get through it.


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