Omg, Harlan! Buddy! What were you thinking? Who put it in your head that you could narrate your own books? My friend, I so enjoy Myron and his insane buddy, Win, but when you speak for them, I think I'm listening to Yogi Bear (thanks for that, previous reviewer.. I was in the midst of listening to this and already annoyed, and then I read your review, and that's been stuck in my head ever since).
I had to listen to this because I absolutely love Myron and Win. I'm almost through the entire series, so how could I skip? All in all, it's isn't the BEST Myron Bolitar novel, but it is enjoyable.. well, aside from Harlan's narration. Thankfully, it wasn't an extremely long book, or I might've had to skip it and hope for the best. I got so used to Jonathon Marosz being the voice of Myron and Win, and I thought he was really good. I don't know why he didn't finish out the series. However, Scott Brick is an EXCELLENT choice, and I look forward to finishing the series with him.
Sorry I couldn't really comment more on the actual story - I'm still too distracted by the narration. Synopsis? A missing girl who is the daughter of Myron's friends. He gets mixed up in it and struggles to find her. His past demons are stirred up over it all.. and that's the part I found a little unbelievable. Myron is still thinking about Brenda, a friend who was murdered, a friend he wanted a relationship with but never had one. Myron's angst would be more believable if it was Jessica who had been murdered since we are told she is the one who Myron believes is his soulmate.
I don't mean to confuse here - I HIGHLY recommend the entire Myron Bolitar series. They are decent suspense stories, and the characters are funny and lovable. I REALLY enjoy Windsor (aka Win). Just prepare yourself with this particular book, and try to ignore the impulse to hunt Harlan down and slap him for this.
I love Harlan Coben, and when I saw he was reading his own book, I thought this might be an extra bonus. However, it turns out Harlan is not his own best reader. He isn't terrible, but after listening to his books read by the masterful Scott Brick, Harlan would be advised to leave the reading duties to others.
This is a terrific story, or course, like all of his books.
Harlen Coben should stick to writing not narrating. I love his books but he should have a professional actor do the reading. His reading detracted from the story.
I love your stories, especially the Myron Bolitar series, but please please leave the narration to the professionals. If you have your own ideas on their performance, explain it to them, please, don't try doing it yourself. This was the least enjoyable narration I've listened to, especially after enjoying so much the narrations of Jonathan Marocz, who did an excellent job of establishing the characters in past books.
Love the author, love the series, love the book, HATE HATE HATE the narrator!!! It was so horrible that it would have been comical if it were not so embarrassing. And then to find out it was the author? Are you kidding? Is that some kind of strange narcissism? If so, step away from the microphone and get back to the computer, which is where your gifts are!
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I was a fan of Harlan Coben until...this book. He should leave the narrating to the professionals. I emailed Harlan Coben with a question about the book and the response was sooooo rude I was mortified. I will NEVER listen or read another one of his books again.
The story is great! Well written and in typical Harlan Coben, Myron Bolitar style (which I love). However, the author's narration is pretty horrible. Sorry Mr. Coben, keep writing and please, don't narrate your work for publication again!
My husband and I are both huge fans of Harlan Coben novels, the Myron Bolitar stories and the stand-alone novels. We will usually save one to listen to together on a trip, but we had to stop this one 1/3 of the way into the story because Mr. Coben's reading was killing the story for us. We went and bought a printed version, mourning the loss of Jonathan Marosz and his wonderful inflections. This is a good Myron Bolitar story, but too painful to listen to.