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Indigo Slam

An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel, Book 7
Narrated by: David Stuart
Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (607 ratings)

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Life in the California sun suits Elvis Cole - until the day a fifteen-year-old girl and her two younger siblings walk into his office. Then everything changes.

Three years ago, a Seattle family ran for their lives in a hail of bullets. Hired by three kids to find their missing father, Elvis now must pick up the cold pieces of a drama that began that night. What he finds is a sordid tale of high crimes and illicit drugs. As clues to a man's secret life emerge from the shadows, Elvis knows he's not just up against ruthless mobsters and some very angry Feds. He's facing a storm of desperation and conspiracy - bearing down on three children whose only crime was their survival...

©2006 Robert Crais (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

Critic Reviews

"Recommend Elvis and Joe to anyone who likes Spenser and Hawk or Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell." ( Booklist)
"David Stuart demonstrates considerable skill at fashioning character voices that are evocative but not overdone. He succeeds in capturing both Cole's easygoing nature and the tension of action scenes." ( AudioFile)

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Worst listen of my life

I love the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike books but the narrator on this one ruined the entire book for me. What kind of narrator pronounces word incorrectly??? I was going to let one mispronunciation go but when it kept happening with different words, it was too much. I couldn't even concentrate on the story. Honestly I don't understand why you would have multiple narrators for the same characters and story lines, it ruins the experience. Save yourself the agony read this book and avoid the audible version, its awful.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother

Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother

story is good, series is good, but Completely Wrong Performer -- don't bother

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Horrible narration

David Stuart absolutely does not work as Elvis Cole. I picture him as a 20 year old accountant fresh out of college weighing about 140 with Thick glasses. His russian accents are cartoonish, sounds like Boris from Rocky and Bullwinkle. I rarely stop listening to even the worst of books always hoping that it will get better but I don't think I am going to make it with this one.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Mispronouncements annoying

This is a pretty good book, but got off to a bad start with me (Ch 3) because of reader mispronouncements. If you're reading a book set in LA, you need to know how to pronounce location names. Sepulveda and La Cienega are the glaring examples. Why didn't production staff pick up these errors? They're so distracting!

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OMG....Wish We Had More Than 1 Narrator to choose!

Where does Indigo Slam rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Bottom...only because of the Narrator. He sounds like a 14 year old kid. And can so not do female voices. I have been hocked on Robert Crais for a since I read LA Requiem. I started at Book 8 and listened forward. Now I am going backward. I so wish the same narrator would read throughout the series but I understand that is not always possible but changing every 2 books is a little extreme to me but I got use to them. However, not this one. Although he reads well and is easy to understand I can not for the life of me see that voice belonging to Elvis Cole or Joe Pike!!! I see he also was the narrator in Book 6 and this is going to be tough to get thru this one so not sure I will buy Book 6 via Audio. I would have given this book 5 stars if not for the narrator. I was excited about listening to this book thinking it would be kinda funny with Joe interacting with kids but sadly I am not sure I can listen to the remainder.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elvis and Joe as always

How could the performance have been better?

Different Narrator

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

I'm not even sure I can get thru the first couple chapters.

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Wrong voice for Elvis

This was my 8th Elvis Cole book on Audible. Obviously I really enjoy the series.

After nearly 250 Audible books, this is the first listen that has prompted me to write a review.

While the narrator does a good job with most characters, his voice is so wrong for Elvis that he distracts and ruins an otherwise good story. He would be better suited for the first person voice of Peter Pan than the quirky but tough Elvis Cole.



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Always love Robert Crais

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes... nice listen... amusing and intriguing

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

...always has a twist

Have you listened to any of David Stuart???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Great - easy to understand - amazing "Personality"

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

-read too many to remember just one moment

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I love the series.

I love the series. But Mr. Crais needs to do some research on the Glock pistol. He has mentioned it twice in this series and both times he has made major mistakes about it.

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David Stuart could be better

The narrator is mediocre but not as bad as Lawlor. The accents are laughable. The phrasing is good but he doesn't sound at all tough.

The story line and plot were decent. However, Cole is not too bright. He goes in without backup on a regular basis--when even I know it is a trap. And, in this book, even Pike is not as sharp as usual and gets himself tied up at gunpoint alongside of Cole. Bang!!! Bang!!! So ends the Cole and Pike agency but for the grace of the author. That isn't even a spoiler because it could happen any number of times in this book and in the series. I can't even count the times when basic precautions are skipped. Left gun in the trunk. Walked in to a trap when the bad guys are expected to be waiting, etc. All the while Pike not covering his back. Dum da dum dum. Fat, dumb, and happy.

Pike frequently babysits the client when he should be babysitting his unwary partner. They need a third partner to handle client defense duties or subcontract them. But they probably can't afford it with all the pro bono sympathy work that Cole takes on.

After the second time that the bad guys show up when they weren't supposed to know about the secret location, the reader both knows who is selling them out and when and how the next attack will happen. But our hero is trusting and clueless, taking no precautions and ending up at gunpoint for the gazillionth time. Dumb! He would be long dead except for even dumber bad guys who seem to be reluctant to drop the hammer when they have the upper hand. Author losing enthusiasm?

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Narrator AWFUL

Stuart mispronounced several words numerous times. His voice intonation is better suited for ither types of stories
I will not purchase any books Stuart is the narrator of. Sloppy preparation sloppy oroduction