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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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    Fran Johnston Belen, NM USA 02-19-13
    Fran Johnston Belen, NM USA 02-19-13 Listener Since 2009

    Moondancer

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    "Narrator destroys story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    NO! As a book, maybe, but I couldn't get past the awful narrator. I listened to Suspect and the narrator was very involved with the book, unfortunately, this one is not.


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

    Didn't get that far


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

    McLeod Andrews!


    Could you see The Monkey's Raincoat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO


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    Richard 10-29-12
    Richard 10-29-12
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    "not awful"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Joe Pikes voice was like Christian Bales batman voice, i.e. awful, other characters were just surfer dudes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    QRabbit Surprise, AZ USA 07-25-12
    QRabbit Surprise, AZ USA 07-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Simon said"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    said, said, said, never heard an audible book where the read actually reads the said bits and what's worst there's a character named Simon...Simon said. GAG me!! I COULD NOT GET pass the first chapter.


    How could the performance have been better?

    leave out the said bits and a performer who has different voices or characters


    What character would you cut from The Monkey's Raincoat?

    said


    Any additional comments?

    said it all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kathy Nashville, TN, United States 03-13-12
    Kathy Nashville, TN, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Impossible to tolerate"
    What disappointed you about The Monkey's Raincoat?

    The story is stilted and disjointed and the narrator is absolutely the worst ever.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robert Crais again?

    No


    How could the performance have been better?

    By having been aborted at its inception


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carolyn ogden, UT, United States 03-12-12
    carolyn ogden, UT, United States 03-12-12
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    "I enjoyed the story very much. Mr. Lawlow is good."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, a good story, it kept my interest. Wanted to find out more about Pike, his strange partner and the first book is a good introduction to him.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Monkey's Raincoat?

    Description of Pike. Also, towards the end when Elvis and Pike were searching for the boy and avoiding being killed and finally capturing the bad guys.


    What does Patrick G. Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He reads it well so that it is understandable and easy to follow. When he spoke for a female character, I had no problem with knowing who was speaking. I guess the difference between reading the book and hearing it is that I can go out walking and listen to it or listen at night when I don't want to read. I had no problem listening to Patrick G. Lawlor and I could combine listening to the story with exercise.


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

    no, I like to look forward to hearing more of the story another time.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for being a reliable company for which to download books. I like your selections even through I've read several of the books you offer.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HJ 03-05-12
    HJ 03-05-12

    Love to read

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    "My first Robert Crais book"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Great plot and interesting characters.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I love private detective stories.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Elvis Cole


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Nothing. Excellent work.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    Great read. I am reading Taken now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    toni 03-05-12
    toni 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "not so much"
    What made the experience of listening to The Monkey's Raincoat the most enjoyable?

    I do love Crais' work


    Any additional comments?

    I did not enjoy this narrator. I don't think I will purchase anything by this one again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pete ERIE, CO, United States 06-03-11
    Pete ERIE, CO, United States 06-03-11
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    "love Robert Crais, didn't like the narrator"

    I've read many of the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books. They're great. This is my first audiobook from Audible. When you read, your mind fills in what you don't see and hear. I expected listening to an audiobook to be just a little closer to watching a movie, because your mind has to fill in a bit less. In this case, I had to fill in *more*, because I had to imagine what a real Elvis Cole would sound like, instead of the wimpy voice of this narrator. I'll skip book 2, to the third audiobook in the series, just to try a different narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharyn G. 05-03-11
    Sharyn G. 05-03-11
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    "good Elvis BAD narrator"

    I just couldn't get into this book. I started it several times. Finally made my self listen. The plot was alright but I just did not like the narrator. He might be fine for other books but he was wrong for this book. His voice just irritated me to the point that I wasn't paying attention to the book. Sorry I purchased this book.

    Sharyn

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maxpower San Diego, CA United States 04-29-11
    maxpower San Diego, CA United States 04-29-11 Member Since 2015
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    "lame, cheesy, dated, boring"

    OK, the main character had some amusing lines. But this book was really quite cheesy overall, and not just because of the 25 year old pop culture references.

    The story was completely pedestrian and didn't pay off. The women inexplicably and with no explanation fall into bed with the protagonist. Then we meet the character's friend, Pike I believe, a Dwight Schrute-like character who reads too much Soldier of Fortune magazine. We know he's menacing, you see, because he wears sunglasses indoors! Wow.

    The narrator should probably not be in voiceover work. He is a decent enough actor but his voice is reedy, nasally, and kind of irritating. Kind of nerdy sounding. Not fitting at all for these characters, who are apparently supposed to be tough guys.

    Avoid!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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