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  • Racing the Light

  • Elvis Cole/Joe Pike Series, Book 19
  • Written by: Robert Crais
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
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Racing the Light

Written by: Robert Crais
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Publisher's Summary

*On Reader's Digest's list of "30 new books we can't wait to read in 2022"*

Private investigator Elvis Cole and his enigmatic partner Joe Pike are back on the case in this brilliant thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Robert Crais.

Adele Schumacher isn't a typical worried mom. When she hires Elvis to find her missing son, a controversial podcaster named Josh Shoe, she brings a bag filled with cash, bizarre tales of government conspiracies, and a squad of professional bodyguards. Finding Josh should be simple, but Elvis quickly learns he isn't alone in the hunt—a deadly team of mysterious strangers are determined to find Josh and his adult film star girlfriend first.

With dangerous secrets lurking behind every lead, Elvis needs his friend Joe Pike more than ever to uncover the truth about Josh, corrupt politicians, and the vicious business cartels rotting the heart of Los Angeles from within. And when Elvis's estranged girlfriend Lucy Chenier and her son, Ben, return, he learns just how much he has to lose...if he survives.

Written with the heart, humor, and relentless suspense for which Crais is famous, Racing the Light delivers Elvis Cole's most dangerous case yet.

©2022 Robert Crais (P)2022 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

“Daniels provides a superb narration that leads with a steady, centering general narrator voice that is a perfect match for Elvis Cole. From authentic Louisiana accents to manipulation of pitch and tone, Daniels uses all the techniques to deliver dynamic dialogue for a large cast of uniquely voiced characters.”Booklist

"A whirlwind of action, fisticuffs, and stray bullets, along with Crais’ usual dose of heart and humor, make for a riveting and satisfying read."Booklist (starred review)

Racing The Light is another grand slam for the master storyteller Robert Crais. If there’s a better dynamic duo than Elvis Cole and Joe Pike in all of crime fiction, I’m not aware of it.”—David Baldacci

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  • Empress Karen
  • 01-11-22

Welcome Back Elvis and Lucy

I was lucky enough to pre-order this book on the last members only sale so I literally stole this book. Luke Daniels does an incredible job of bringing us right into Elvis‘s office as the Pinocchio clock looks on and quietly listens to our hero. If you are a fan of Master Crais as I am, I own all of the audiobooks in this series, this book will bring you enjoyable listening hours. The publisher summary says it all and no need to add to it and spoil the mystery. If you are new to this series this book will introduce you to a hero that you can enjoy when you go back and buy more. My favorites, The Watchman, LA requiem and all the rest of the books narrated by James Daniels, Luke’s brother. I had Re-purchased from MP3 and downloaded The First Rule which Mr.Crais narrated himself and it is terrific at 1.1 or 1.2x speed. He narrates the story as if you were right behind his desk as he wrote it, so it’s special and not to be missed.
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  • Shelby
  • 04-11-22

Lose Luke Daniels

I don’t know why he is still using Luke Daniels as a narrator he has no idea who Elvis Cole is. He tries to read Coles humor and it just always falls flat. I miss James Daniels. He got Elvis and Joe. The story itself is good as always, but it’s just not as enjoyable, listening with a poor narrator.

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  • charliegirl
  • 05-11-22

I love Crais -but can't get past the narrator

I have read every Robert Crais book he's written. Love them all. Could not wait to get this, but then the narrator's voice doesn't fit at all the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike feel of other books, let alone any books. Sounds like someone narrating a 50's documentary. It's so irritating - feels condescending, and I can't finish book.

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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 01-11-22

Another highly entertaining mystery

Racing the Light is Book 19 in the bestselling Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Series of excellent detective stories from award winning author Robert Crais. Of course I listen to each and everyone and love them all.
I fell in love with the city of Los Angeles thanks to the beautiful writings of Michael Connelly and Robert Crais. So, each time one of them releases a new audiobook it is a day of celebration for me.
I picked up Racing the Light this morning and listened to it For eight hours straight. Now, I’m sad it ended, but I am very happy with the level of entertainment that it provided.
Elvis and Joe are back, the writing is excellent, the action moves fast and Luke Daniels delivers another top-notch performance, delighting the listeners and elevating the narrative experience.
Can’t wait for the next one to be available, although I’m sure it will take some time.
Luckily, the next Harry Bosch novel from Michael Connelly is coming in just a few weeks, so my time in the city of Angels will be extended. Robert Crais is one of the most talented crime writers out there and Racing the Light shows us once again why this is the case.
I hope that you found this review interesting and will consider leaving a helpful vote below. Thank you! Take care, stay safe, and don't forget, always listen with your heart.

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  • Kelley Jo
  • 10-11-22

Needs a new narrator

Another very good story by the author, but the narrator sounds like a bad female impersonator with the flu when trying to do the women’s voices. And he makes Joe Pike sound like a tough-guy cartoon character. I’ll probably go back to reading the hardbacks of Crais’s books as, like I said, the stories are always good.

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  • Freudian Slip
  • 07-11-22

Narrator ruined this book

His characters were annoying, several sounded like Scooby Doo or Beavis and Butthead. Impossible to focus on the story and enjoy the book. I may be forced to buy it in another format.

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  • RueRue
  • 11-11-22

Ruined by narrator

One of my favorite authors, but this story was ruined by terrible narration. Ok story, including a well return of several favorite secondary characters from previous stories - Eddie Ditko 👍 - and some irritating characters - Lucy Chenier👎. Hard to enjoy any of it because of the awful narration 👎👎👎👎👎

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  • Ryandougan
  • 05-11-22

Disappointing

Everything about this audiobook was disappointing. It feels like the author just went through the motions writing this book. The story was boring and the narration was awful. I have read or listened to all the Elvis Cole books, and this one stunk.

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  • Michael
  • 02-11-22

Racing the Light - A Disappointment

Unfortunately one of the weakest of stories in the Elvis Cole - Joe Pike series. The narrator, Luke Daniels, is annoying in his performance, more annoying than in his previous Elvis Cole - Joe Pike performance. Maybe it is time for a walker for Elvis and a wheelchair for Joe. After pre-purchasing this selection and waiting several months to receive it, it was a disappointment.

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  • James R. Ellis
  • 16-11-22

Really bad narration

So sad to see this author whom I have enjoyed reading and or listening to sink to this low standard. The narrator ruined any chance of enjoying the story at all- he ruined it for me entirely. With his narration the story became a joke. Very disappointing.

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  • Peter S.
  • 02-02-23

Loved it.

Gritty but good. If you have enjoyed the other Elvia Cole novels you will love this.

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  • VSK
  • 31-01-23

Sigh.....(in a good way)

had not checked for a while if an Elvis Cole and Pike book had come out.

low and behold YES !! listened to it in two days (could have done it faster but was savouring the book)

It's modernised (not the first one but i read a comment earlier where someone said its now too modern, it is not!!) for the people that may like the "older" books, they may not like the modernisation but it needed it. (from the beginning of the series to now, to much technology changed, and it does not take away from the enjoyment out of the book) also it needed updating as Mr. Crais would run out of time with his characters. (in the past more than once I would shout in the car..... phone Pike, or take your phone out!!)

I love the humour, the things that are always there ( Pinochio and Mickey) Pike the man of few words that always has your back , the other caracters that return, as I said I love the humour plus the cat.

This book for me did not disappoint. I love the story, hilarious nicknames, just one thing I did not like, it ended!! I wish the books were longer.

I have listened to the whole series at least twice and will again.

if you never listened to any of the series. I highly recommend that you do so!! I would give them 10 out of 10!! if I could!!

will not say anything else about this book.... just get it and listen to it yourself!!!

ENJOY!!!

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  • Cathy H.
  • 17-01-23

Not up to usual standard

My review is totally influenced by the narration, as I really felt that the voice characterisations were poor! Pike sounded like Darth Vader and all other males, including mercenary Stone, sounded like 14 year old surfer dudes! The “bad guys” sounded like mafia mobsters from the 30’s….In the end, I was totally distracted from the story! Really disappointed as I’ve been waiting so long for the next instalment. At least I was kept awake on long drives as I was shouting “that’s not how John Stone sounds” at the stereo!!
I suggest fans read this rather than listen to it.

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  • Richard A
  • 13-01-23

Up to the usual standard

An updated storyline to reflect the modern world. Good thinking by Mr Crais!
Nothing against the narrator (Luke) but I wish William Roberts was still narrating this series

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  • Mr B Roberts
  • 10-01-23

Great to be back

It was really good to spend more time with Elvis and Joe after not reading these books in a long time. This new novel didn’t disappoint, plenty of twists and turns, with the story keeping you on your toes as you waited to find out what would happen next. Excellent, would recommend!

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  • Dimebar
  • 07-01-23

Not his best but still fine

Not as much Cole and Pike action as I’d like but still an ok story with a good pace. Performance is ok if a little one-dimensional (everyone has a deep gruff voice!).

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-23

Not up to his usual standard

A rather simplistic story. Maybe should have read it rather than listening to it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-11-22

Not Crais’s usual standard

Very disappointed. I’m a huge Cole/Pike fan and have been eagerly awaiting this book and now am feeling quite let down. The plot was a bit lame and I definitely did not enjoy the narration. Joe sounds nothing like that in my head!
Now things seem to be sorted between Elvis and Lucie can Barclay please come back into Joe’s life!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-11-22

disapponting

too full of unnecessary detail which slows the development of the plot; ending diappointing

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  • blueshound
  • 10-11-22

Good but not brilliant .

I was happy to be back in the company of , Elvis and Joe but this isn't one of the best in the series . It ambles along amiably before slowly petering out . Still , Robert Crais , in average form is better than the vast majority of writers at their peak .

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  • Adrian gough
  • 01-01-23

I used to really like Robert crais books .

This was terrible. Boring story , the narrator was the worst I’ve heard. Almost unlistenable. I made myself finish but it was a slog. I would never buy another crais audiobook . Shame as I once was a fan .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-12-22

Story was predictable, a bit boring, reading was worse.

I would suggest Robert Crais finds another narrator, the story wasn’t great but the narration was terrible. His change of voices needs work. I wouldn’t recommend this book, I like Cole and Pike, this was the worst yet.