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Rain Dogs

By: Sean Doolittle
Narrated by: Basil Sands
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Publisher's Summary

It was one hell of an inheritance for former Chicago reporter Tom Coleman: a broken-down pickup truck, ramshackle campground, a canoe livery - and one pot-smoking, barely working employee he doesn’t need, doesn’t want, and can’t afford. But the truth is, after losing a child and a marriage, Tom doesn’t really care. And life is nice and quiet in the middle of nowhere. Until a drug lab blows up near his property—putting Tom in contact with the woman he once loved, a small-town cop with a chip on his shoulder, and a powerful local who doesn’t want him poking his nose where it doesn’t belong. Tom doesn’t want to get involved in the first place. But in the hardscrabble Nebraska Sandhills, storms gather suddenly and bad blood runs deep. Now a quiet summer on the river is turning into a dangerous season of grudges, betrayal, and violent reckoning—and it’s already too late to find shelter...

©2005 Dean Doolittle (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Narration is awful

Narration sounds like AI. listened to another book from this author with awful narration can’t do it twice.

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Nebraska love!

I’m from Nebraska so I’m so happy I found this author. I was just disappointed with the narrator and how many pronunciations he messed up....towns and locations. Otherwise I loved it!

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monotone narrator and pointless boring story

struggled to finish and kept waiting for a more interesting plot or a twist, which never came.

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When It Rains It Pours

What did you love best about Rain Dogs?

I really dug the Nebraska atmosphere. Where Minnesota was practically a character in the movie 'Fargo,' the same holds true for Nebraska in 'Rain Dogs.'

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the idea of all this scandal, gossip, and dirty dealings all going on with the backdrop of a bucolic little tourist trap, all highlighted and amplified through the shenanigans of the characters, both bad and worse.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Honestly, more should have been done to better convey the emotion of the characters. Through much of the audiobook, the narration felt very dry and uninspired. Rather than listening to a richly textured portrait of these characters, I felt like I was listening to one of those film reels from science class in high school.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Death won't drive you to drink, but it'll teach you how.

Any additional comments?

It's a good story overall, but would have been better served with better narration.

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pronunciation is key

if you're going to do the research learn how to pronounce the names correctly atleast.

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Good story kinda ends abrupt

Like that this isn’t sexually explicit in any way, but is still a target audience of adults. Every character is developed with damage and recent personal grief. Narrator is a bit choppy though.

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Held my interest

finished it in one day. It was different and it didn't take place in a big city.

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Narration needs redone

I couldnt even get past chapter 2. The narration were HORRIBLY DONE. what I heard of the story line, it might have been an ok book.

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Rain dogs

This book kept me entertained for hours! the characters were always getting in trouble and throw in a mean cop for a measure of injustice.

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Hard to Follow

Maybe it is my fault, but the plot was hard to follow. I had to back up and replay many sections. It did not gtab me and force me to listen nonstop like many of the other works offered here. And although I'm from California, I an married to an actual woman and have never used drugs... except maybe a little caffein occasionally.

The reader's performance was good; the problem was with the story.