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  • A Cool Breeze on the Underground

  • By: Don Winslow
  • Narrated by: Joe Barrett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (306 ratings)

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A Cool Breeze on the Underground

By: Don Winslow
Narrated by: Joe Barrett
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Summary

“One of America’s greatest storytellers.” (Stephen King)

Neal Carey is not your usual private eye. A graduate student at Columbia University, he grew up on the streets of New York, usually on the wrong side of the law. Then he met a PI who introduced him to the Bank, an exclusive institution with a sideline in keeping its wealthy clients happy and out of trouble. They pay Neal’s college tuition, and Neal gets an education that can’t be found in any textbook, from learning how to trail a suspect to mastering the proper way to search a room.

Now it’s payback time. The Bank wants Neal to put his skills to work in finding Allie Chase, the rebellious teenage daughter of a prominent senator. The problem is that she’s gone underground in the London punk scene. To get her back, Neal has to follow her into a violent netherworld where drugs run rampant and rage is the name of the game.

©1991 Don Winslow (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A fresh voice, immensely likeable....Winslow shows he's got what it takes to hook a reader....Where he goes next with Neal is anyone's guess, but it's bound to be a great ride." (Mystery Scene)
"A flair for language, quick wit, and detail complete a winning first novel." (Library Journal)
"Winslow keeps his plot moving quickly despite many twists and turns." (Pittsburgh Press)

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A big disappointment!

A nothing experience - weak narrative and characters - a far cry from his current compelling cartel themed novels. Will be returning this one.

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You see the story

Brilliantly written so the excellent narration brings it to life. Throughly enjoyed the trip and look forward to others

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poor research

nobody in the UK calls a wallet a purse. a purse is a ladies wallet. We also don't call a car an auto. I've never heard worse accents in any book. Cockney sounded Irish and Yorkshire sounded a cross between Scottish and Irish. Not one English accent was anywhere near authentic

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Offensive English accent

The plot of the story was pretty good but it was spoilt by the terrible mannerisms of the London characters and the accent was more Irish at times than London

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It was going ok up until the narrator started his English accents!

Filled with every perceived stereotype the Americans have about the English, delivered with some of the worst UK accents I’ve ever listened to!

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Diet Don Winslow

If you're looking for a war on drugs level thriller this will disappoint.
I think if I'd read this I'd have enjoyed it but Sweet Jesus the accents!! Irish (mine so especially offensive), English, Pakistani and Chinese -not necessarily in that order of offence - were varying degrees of awful. AWFUL!!!

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Captivated

An American observes the real London. One of those books I didn't want to end. My first Don Winslow - where have you been all my life? Great story. Fabulous writing - the drugged up punk music concert must be the finest example of psychic distance / stream of consciousness. Brilliant.

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Most ridiculous accents!

story had so much promise but utterly spoilt by the terrible, ridiculous accents that made it laughable

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This was quite a story, ready for another

I cannot believe that Audible is not availing us of any of the other books in this series. Very very disappointing

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Good story, full of twists, voice characterisation could be better.

It is good twisty plot with some great characters, none of whom are perfect.
Other commentators have mentioned the accents. The English, Scottish and Irish ones do tend to wander a bit between but I didn’t find it a massive drag on my enjoyment.

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