John Rain
Books in series9
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(4.0 based on 7073 ratings)
  • 1

    A Clean Kill in Tokyo: John Rain, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (151)

    Half American, half Japanese, expert in both worlds but at home in neither, John Rain is the best killer money can buy. You tell him who. You tell him where. He doesn't care about why… Until he gets involved with Midori Kawamura, a beautiful jazz pianist—and the daughter of his latest kill.

    Tarike says: "Beautiful Flaws"
    Beautiful Flaws

    The human mind is so complex, so vast, yet, so inherently primal. Barry Eisler captures this oxymoron in a very ingenious set of ways.

    Thi..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 16 2014 by Tarike (Ocala, FL, United States)
  • 2

    A Lonely Resurrection: John Rain, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (110)

    All John Rain wants is to get out of the killing business. But with his discretion, his reliability, and his unique talent for death by "natural causes," no one is willing to let him just retire. So when an old nemesis from the Japanese national police force comes to him with a new job - eliminate Murakami, a killer even more fearsome than Rain himself - Rain knows he can't refuse. Aided by an achingly desirable half Brazilian, half Japanese exotic dancer he knows he shouldn't trust, Rain pursues his quarry into the heart of a shadow war between the CIA and the yakuza.

    shelley says: "Better the second time around"
    Better the second time around

    Without a doubt! I have now relistened to all of the John Rain books. I really like this series a lot. I had previously listened to a couple of them ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 26 2014 by shelley (Raleigh, NC)
  • 3

    Winner Take All: John Rain, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    John Rain has disappeared to Brazil to escape the killing business and the enemies encircling him in Japan. But the CIA isn't willing to lose its premier "natural causes" contract killer, and they force Rain to take on a high-risk assignment: eliminate a ruthless arms dealer operating in Southeast Asia. The upside? Financial, of course, along with the ongoing chimera of moral redemption. But first, Rain will have to survive the downside: a second assassin zeroing in on the target; the target's consort, an alluring and dangerous woman with an agenda of her own.

    Mark says: "Good stuff"
    Good stuff

    Barry Eisler does a good job narrating his own books, I prefer his versions over the others. Rain is a fun hero character, and the stories are always ..Show More »

    Reviewed on March 03 2014 by Mark (Houston, TX, United States)
  • 4

    Redemption Games: John Rain, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (107)

    After nearly dying while taking out a target in Hong Kong, Rain has a new employer, the Mossad, which wants him to fix a "problem" in Manila. He also has a new partner, Dox, whose good-ol'-boy persona masks a sniper as deadly as Rain himself. And he has a new hope: that by using his talents for something good, he might atone for all the lives he has taken. But when Rain's conscience causes him to botch the Manila hit, he finds out the next problem the Mossad wants fixed is himself. Is Delilah, his Mossad lover, coming to help him? Or was she sent to finish him off?

    shelley says: "REDEMPTION GAMES redeems John Rain series"
    REDEMPTION GAMES redeems John Rain series

    I've tried the John Rain books before and wasn't a big fan, but then I tried the Ben Treven series and wanted more (there are only two so far). So, I ..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 20 2014 by shelley (Raleigh, NC)
  • 5

    Extremis: John Rain, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (68)

    Even for an average citizen, a love triangle is dangerous business. For assassin John Rainn - "one of the most compelling lead characters in the genre" (USA Today) it's going to be downright deadly. When Rain learns that his former lover, Midori, has been raising their child in New York, Rain senses a chance for reconciliation, perhaps even for redemption. But Midori and the child are being watched by Rain's enemies, and Rain's sudden appearance puts them in terrible danger. To save them, Rain is forced to use the same deadly talents he had been hoping to leave behind.

    Max says: "Great narration!"
    Great narration!
    Reviewed on February 10 2014 by Max (Richmond Hill, ON, Canada)
  • 6

    The Killer Ascendant: John Rain, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Hunted and finally cornered, John Rain faces his deadliest enemy ever: himself. For Rain, "the most charismatic assassin since James Bond" (San Francisco Chronicle), getting out of the life was never going to be easy. But with a new identity in Paris, and the help of his lover, Mossad agent Delilah, he was beginning to leave the killing business behind. And then he receives a message from rogue CIA operative Jim Hilger: we have your friend Dox. Do as we tell you, or he dies.

    shelley says: "Barry Eisler narrates perfectly"
    Barry Eisler narrates perfectly

    In this book Dox made it really great! His character is so humorous. I love the sense of humor attributed to him. Even through his brutal interrogati..Show More »

    Reviewed on April 23 2014 by shelley (Raleigh, NC)
  • 7

    The Detachment

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (891)
    Story
    (894)

    John Rain is back. And “the most charismatic assassin since James Bond” (San Francisco Chronicle) is up against his most formidable enemy yet: the nexus of political, military, media, and corporate factions known only as the Oligarchy. When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America. But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fast paced read..."
    Fast paced read...

    Fast pace book which is read by the author. Loved the book. Love the author.

    I did rate the peformance with 4 stars to indicate that he ..Show More »

    Reviewed on September 17 2011 by Andrew Stone (San Diego)
  • 8

    Graveyard of Memories: John Rain, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (288)

    What makes a legendary assassin? For John Rain, it was the lessons of love, war, and betrayal he learned in Tokyo in 1972. Fresh from the killing fields of Southeast Asia, Rain works as a bagman under the watchful eye of his CIA handler, delivering cash to corrupt elements of the Japanese government. But when a delivery goes violently wrong, Rain finds himself in the crosshairs of Japan’s most powerful yakuza clan.

    katelyn says: "Eisler does it again"
    Eisler does it again

    I was a little ... hrm ... hesitant about this book when I learned that it was a back-story book instead of a chronologically "next" in the series boo..Show More »

    Reviewed on February 14 2014 by katelyn (CA, US)
  • 7.1

    Paris Is a Bitch: A Rain-Delilah Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Barry Eisler
    • Narrated By Barry Eisler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    For most couples, a quiet dinner for two at Auberge de la Reine Blanche on the Ile Saint Louis would be just the thing to smooth out the complications in a romance. But for gorgeous Mossad operative Delilah and trying-to-retire contract killer John Rain, nothing is ever easy, and when Rain sees a crew of hard-looking men setting up outside the restaurant, he realizes someone has been bringing her work home with her. Is it a hit - or something even worse?

    Theo says: "Great little read"
    Great little read

    It explains a bit about John Rain's tempestuous relationship with his lover and the reason for his return to Tokyo.

    Reviewed on December 14 2012 by Theo (Wonga Park, Australia)