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The Wanted

Elvis Cole/Joe Pike, Book 17
Lu par : Luke Daniels
Durée : 7 h et 38 min
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It seemed like a simple case - before the bodies starting piling up. Investigator Elvis Cole and his partner, Joe Pike, take on the deadliest case of their lives, in the new masterpiece of suspense from the number-one New York Times best-selling author

When single mother Devon Connor hires private investigator Elvis Cole, it's because her troubled teenage son Tyson is flashing cash and she's afraid he's dealing drugs. But the truth is devastatingly different. With two other partners in crime, he's been responsible for a string of high-end burglaries, a crime spree that takes a deadly turn when one of them is murdered and Tyson and his girlfriend disappear.

They stole the wrong thing from the wrong man. Determined to get it back, he has hired a team that is smart and brutal, and to even the odds, Cole calls in his friends Joe Pike and Jon Stone. But even they may be overmatched. The hired killers are leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. A few more won't make any difference.

©2005 Robert Crais (P)2017 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • FhvnEd
  • 31/12/2017

Not what I expected after waiting for so long

After having listened to every Robert Crais novel from the very first encounter with the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series, I couldn't wait to get my ears on the latest edition. If you follow the series, you begin to sense a real connection to the characters. You can visualize the cat and the A-frame sitting in Laurel Canyon and the yellow corvette and the arrows on Joe Pike's arms. His writing style makes listening easy and fun. The problem with an audio book is you usually get an instant sense of comfort or unease when the narrator utters the first sentence. Such was the case here. Crais has had some very good narrators in the past, and has used the same few many times. It's always best when the narrator just blends into the background and you concentrate on the story rather than the teller. Not so here. I was uncomfortable (annoyed may be a bit strong) at hearing the narrator begin. The writing is just as crisp and the self-deprecation the character displays is always evident, and the little asides he mutters (usually to himself) are just as interesting and fun as before, but the narration doesn't allow you to sit back and enjoy it as in past editions. Luke Daniels did not capture the mood of the series or of the characters. His voice was always what I concentrated on rather than listening to the story. The book is vintage Robert Crais, don't get me wrong, but I'd prefer it if he had used one of his previous narrators who have the style and the characters down in such a way that you immediately were back in that comfort zone where you found yourself sitting on Elvis' deck with your legs dangling over the edge as you watched a red-tailed hawk circle the canyon while Joe stood rock still against the wall and Elvis fed beer to the cat.

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  • Wayne
  • 26/04/2018

Not bad; not especiallygood

The best thing about The Wanted is the superb narration by Luke Daniels. Long time fans of Elvis Cole and Joe Pike will likely find the plot to be weak compared to other Robert Crais novels.

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  • mdokr
  • 30/12/2017

Hardly worth the wait

About 3/4 of the way through the book I felt like strangling the teenagers myself. They did not gain my sympathy at all, especially the airhead/ Valley Girl- sounding Amber. She had zero redeeming qualities. I have almost all Mr. Craise’s books and usually enjoy them, but this one didn’t measure up, I like Joe Pike as a character, but in this one I don’t see why he was included. Better luck next time.

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  • Sue
  • 28/12/2017

Not his best work.

A Crais novel is like pizza, there's no such thing as bad pizza, but this wasn't his best. Am I glad I listened to it? Yes. Will I listen to it again and again like some books in this series? No.

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  • Kay Tracy
  • 29/12/2017

disappointing from this series

Better than Lee Child's most recent, but still disappointing- standard plot, not enough Pike, disappointing.

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  • SV Cor
  • 13/01/2018

What did you do with Robert

Forever his books have been WOWssssssssssss.
Do not know what happened here.
Hope future writings will be worth reading.
Luke Daniels has always been one of my favorite narrators.
Must have had bad direction who's one.
Not pleasant to listen to.

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  • Ann
  • 02/01/2018

STRICTLY FOR YOUNG ADULTS

Robert Crais seems to be catering lately to Young Adult readers. The story involves 3 teenage characters carrying out 18 home invasion burglaries without the police discovering their true identities, even though none of the teenagers appeared capable of keeping their shoes tied, let alone skilled in planning and carrying out complex burglaries. Luke Daniels narrated the story well, as usual, but this book is not for Adults. Not worth a credit.

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  • Jean
  • 18/03/2019

Engrossing

It has been a number of years since I read an Elvis Cole book by Robert Crais. I have always enjoyed Elvis’s wisecracking narration. In this book Elvis and Joe are after a trio of teenagers who are on a burglary spree. Unfortunately, they stole something from the wrong person and are now being hunted by some bad guys.

The book is well written; the plot twists and turns and the dialog is witty. It is a fun book to read. Elvis has a black cat he calls Cat. The cat primarily ignores him. The book is hard to put down but requires little thinking. The book makes a good get-away-from-it all story.

The book is seven hours and thirty-eight minutes. Luke Daniels does a great job narrating the book. Daniels is an actor and well-known audiobook narrator. Daniels has won thirteen Earphone Awards and has Three Audie Nomination.

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  • bfulton
  • 04/01/2018

Excellent story line here.

I’ve been reading Robert Crais’ Elvis Cole books since the early 1990’s. Joe Pike has been a main draw. The story here was really excellent: interesting all the way through; believable; and likable, or at least understandable, characters.

I don’t know if Robert Crais reads these reviews, but I have 2 comments for him from many years of following his work. (1) He did not in the past write woman very well. Lucy, with her make-up kits and inexplicable tantrums, was a bad read. He almost lost me there. (2) Elvis’s wisecracks are not all that funny. I could see someone putting down a good book because some are so not-funny that you might think it’s going to get worse. We need an editor for true clever humor.

I really liked this book, and obviously, from my 5 stars, I highly recommend it.

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  • Sam
  • 30/12/2017

I wait patiently for Cole and Pike between books

Crais brings each character alive and plays them off each other brilliantly. I love the fact they balance on their weaknesses as much as their strengths. I appreciate the fact that he's maintained relationships between books ...Ben is back

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