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  • Little Green

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 12
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279

We last saw Easy in 2007’s Blonde Faith, fighting for his life after his car plunges over a cliff. True to form, the tough WWII veteran survives, and soon his murderous sidekick Mouse has him back cruising the mean streets of L.A., in all their psychedelic 1967 glory, to look for a young black man, Evander "Little Green" Noon, who disappeared during an acid trip. Fueled by an elixir called Gator’s Blood, brewed by the conjure woman Mama Jo, Easy experiences a physical, spiritual, and emotional resurrection, but peace and love soon give way to murder and mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good to the last drop as always.

  • By Nathaniel Eason on 09-30-16

Non-stop action

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

All the books in the Easy Rawlins series have romance, sex, violent action, intrigue, philosophy and morality. Read the first two books in the series and I imagine you will not be able to stop until you have read all 14. I have listened to all 14 books 3 times and I am trying to move on to other books by other authors but I find that each time I listen to one of the books in the "Easy Rawlins" series I enjoy it more than the previous listens. Michael Boatman is a superb narrator!

  • Blonde Faith

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

Easy Rawlins, L.A.'s most reluctant detective, comes home one day to find Easter, the daughter of his friend, Christmas Black, left on his doorstep. Easy knows that this could only mean that ex-marine Black is probably dead, or will be soon. But Easter's appearance is only the beginning, as Easy is immersed in a sea of problems.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not great

  • By Timothy Frescona on 10-27-07

Loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

Series continues to more than satisfy. Michael Boatman is my preferred narrator of this series. I listened to this novel 3 times before giving it a 5 rating. Enjoy!

  • Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery

  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: J.D. Jackson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 301

In this new mystery set in the Patty Hearst era of radical black nationalism and political abductions, a black ex-boxer self-named Uhuru Nolica, the leader of a revolutionary cell called Scorched Earth, has kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith, the daughter of a weapons manufacturer, from her dorm at UC Santa Barbara. If they don't receive the money, weapons, and apology they demand, "Rose Gold" will die - horribly and publicly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story weak ending.

  • By Andrew Menyweathers on 02-11-16

Satisfying, complex plot

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-14-17

I'm on my third listen of this and all the books in the "Easy Rawlins" series. Just as I once could not get enough of Louis L'Amour novels, I find myself equally satisfied with the Los Angeles inner city drama and detective work of Easy Rawlins. Each book progressively entertains as it travels from post WWII to 1968 Los Angeles life within the black inner city. The language slowly transforms from raw and gritty to sophisticated speech as "Easy" self educates himself via voracious reading and "street survival" as a developing self taught detective. Walter Mosley is a gifted writer who amazes me with his grasp of language. He mixes "street language" with Ebonics, similes, metaphors, and hyperboles to create a vivid picture of most every scene. I'm impressed with Mr. Mosley. I expect to reread this series over and over again. The narrator is good but I like Michael Boatman, the original narrator of the series, the best.

  • White Butterfly

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294

The police don't show up on Easy Rawlins's doorstep until the third girl dies. It's Los Angeles, 1956, and it takes more than one murdered black girl before the cops get interested. Now they need Easy. As he says: "I was worth a precinct full of detectives when the cops needed the word in the ghetto." But Easy turns them down. He's married now, a father -- and his detective days are over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • honest and open

  • By bonnie on 10-04-10

Another Satisying audiobook

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Please read my other more detailed reviews of the other "Easy Rawlins" audiobooks I've reviewed. Love the narration of Michael Boatman. He floats effortlessly between the different characters and carries you to them seamlessly.

  • Charcoal Joe

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery, Book 14
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493

Picking up where Rose Gold left off in LA in the late 1960s, Ezekiel "Easy" Rawlins finds his life in transition. He's ready to - finally - propose to his girlfriend, Bonnie Shay, and start a life together. And he's taken the money he got from the Rose Gold case and has, together with two partners, started a new detective agency. But inevitably a case gets in the way: Easy's friend, Mouse, introduces him to Rufus Tyler, a very old man everyone calls Charcoal Joe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best Easy ever!

  • By Jason Jackson on 01-20-17

My "favorite" so far in the series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Exciting plot, rich characters, and a satisfying ending. Highly recommend!!! I'm already debating whether I go next to "Gone Fishin or Bad Boy..." Enjoy!

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  • A Little Yellow Dog

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Howard Weinberger
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

November 1963: Easy's settled into a steady gig as a school custodian. It's a quiet, simple existence - but a few moments of ecstasy with a sexy teacher will change all that. When the lady vanishes, Easy's stuck with a couple of corpses, the cops on his back, and a little yellow dog who's nobody's best friend. With his not-so-simple past snapping at his heels, and with enemies old and new looking to get even, Easy must kiss his careful little life goodbye - and step closer to the edge...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's not what you say .....

  • By J on 04-05-03

Another good story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

This was good but not my favorite so far in the Easy Rawlins series. Also, I miss the outstanding narration of Michael Boatman. I still enjoyed the story but the ending was not as satisfying.

  • Black Betty

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

Detective Easy Rawlins returns in a mystery set in 1961 Los Angeles as Easy accepts a job searching for a beautiful woman nicknamed Black Betty who works as a housekeeper in Beverly Hills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm already looking fwd 2 my next "Easy" adventure

  • By Xavier on 05-05-17

I'm already looking fwd 2 my next "Easy" adventure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Colorful characters from the inner city. Insight into life in Los Angeles inner city life from the perspective of a patriotic African American veteran of WWII who lives life in the "gray". He knows life is not clear cut "black and white" on moral issues living in a community that is still steeped in the traditions of America's previous 400 years. He has the heart of "Sir Lancelot" but he knows he does not live in "Camelot". He helps people and he hurts people as a pseudo private detective. He works with the "establishment" and he breaks the rules and would be treated an outlaw if caught breaking the rules of law when he sees a higher moral justification. I love other genre's such as counterespionage, detective, adventure and historical fiction but I find the "Easy Rawlins" series so comfortably enjoyable. It reminds me of past characters in my early life in the 50's and 60's before leaving the south side of Chicago, going off to college in small town Iowa and subsequently becoming a officer in the USMC during the final two years of the Vietnam War era. I really find this series so enjoyable and I regret the books in this series are less than 10 hours long. I wish they were 16 to 24 hours long so I could enjoy a longer story.

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  • A Red Death

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

It's 1953 in Red-baiting, blacklisting Los Angeles, a moral tar pit ready to swallow Easy Rawlins. Easy is out of "the hurting business" and into the housing (and favor) business when a racist IRS agent nails him for tax evasion. Special Agent Darryl T. Craxton, FBI, offers to bail him out if he agrees to infiltrate the First American Baptist Church and spy on alleged communist organizer Chaim Wenzler. That's when the murders begin....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Easy Rawlins is also an easy listen.

  • By Martin on 12-21-14

Loving this series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

Reminds me of my early life in Chicago growing up in the 50's and 60's. Since living in LA from the 1970's through 2017, I am familiar with all the locations as well as the nature of the characters. I am loving every hour of listening pleasure. Read my extended review on the 'Easy Rawlins' series as detailed in my review of "Devil in a Blue Dress".

  • Devil in a Blue Dress

  • An Easy Rawlins Mystery
  • By: Walter Mosley
  • Narrated by: Michael Boatman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,736

Los Angeles, 1948: Easy Rawlins is a black war veteran just fired from his job at a defense plant. Easy is drinking in a friend's bar, wondering how he'll meet his mortgage, when a white man in a linen suit walks in, offering good money if Easy will simply locate Miss Daphne Money, a blonde beauty known to frequent black jazz clubs.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beware of Mysterious Sexy Women with Big Suitcases

  • By Jefferson on 02-13-11

Love this series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I live in LA. So much of the locations, culture, characters are familiar and entertaining. Although I grew up on the Southside of Chicago, the similarities to LA are comfortably familiar. Just as I've enjoyed "listening' to espionage/counter-espionage stories that have characters from Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, I have equally enjoyed this series of drama stories set in the inner city of Los Angeles.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Gunmetal Gray

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,165

After five years on the run, Court Gentry is back on the inside at the CIA. But his first mission makes him wish he had stayed on the outs when a pair of Chinese agents try to take him down in Hong Kong. Normally the Chinese prefer to stay eyes-only on foreign agents. So why are they on such high alert? Court's high stakes hunt for answers takes him across Southeast Asia and leads to his old friend, Donald Fitzroy, who is being held hostage by the Chinese.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greaney sets the bar even higher.

  • By JACKIE on 02-17-17

The "Gray Man": #1 favorite in counter espionage

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-17

If you loved Mitch Rapp as a counter espionage hero, you're going to love the "Gray Man" and the writing skills of Mark Greaney. The "Gray Man" fights terrorist in the 21st century as "Sir Lancelot" fought bad guys during the medieval period. He fights ferociously against the Chinese and Russians elite special forces as well as the Thai and Vietnamese crime gangs and finally the Italian underworld. "Spice" is added to the story through the exotic Russian special forces agent the "Gray Man" must battle: she's clever, tall, lean, strong, sexy and deadly. Throughout his adventures of fighting terrorists he must also "rock the boat" when ordered to do something against his "Sir Lancelot" moral code. The ending is satisfying and sets the scene for the next 'Gray Man" adventure. It was over 16 hours of fun! I can't wait for the next book.