This is one of my favorite books in the series. The story catches up with Myron and the crew a few years down the road. The tension is strong throughout and I'll bet you can't figure out whodunnit before the end.
This story is packed with great Myron and Win dialogue. The only problem is that the audiobook is read by the author. As I was listening I couldn't help but think how great this would have been if read by Maroz or really any good voice actor.
Could be better
While I love Myron Bolitar, I might have stopped reading tis book because the narration was so bad. It proves what I've always said--an author who is not a trained actor (like Rob Lowe or Alan Cumming) should never read his own work. After 7 books read by Jonathan Marosz it was difficult to get into the characters, Coben slurs, rushes, and stutters over some words. If I had not already had 7 books of Marosz, it might not have been so glaring, but glaring it was in this book. A great, great disappointment.
Kind of. The story wasn't Mr. Coben's best, but it wasn't awful, by any stretch.
No, not on the edge of my seat. It was pretty good, but not riveting.
No. As much as I appreciate his writing, I couldn't stand listening to him read. (Before I realized this was "narrated by the author" - about an hour in - I thought they got Colin Quinn's less literate brother to read it.) I didn't know what they had done with Jonathan Marosz, but I wanted him back.
Isn't this the same question as the 1st???
Apologies, Mr. Coben. I enjoy your work very much, in print. But please have someone else read it. Mr. Marosz's versatility lends itself well to your wonderful cast of characters.
I'm a big fan of the Myron Bolitar series, but this one had the smelly smell of something that smelled smelly. I understand that Mr. Coben is the real voice of all his characters, but he need not subject his public to his narration. Hire a professional for Pete's sake! I hope he never tries that again.
It would have if I hadn't been distracted by the narrator.
If you love this series, skip the audio version of this book. Get the dead tree version & use your eyes to read. This one almost completely ruined it for me.
Harlan Coben is an amazing writer, but as an actor, he is challenged. I almost stopped listening to the book many times because the voices did not work for me, but the story was compelling.
I had to stop with an hour left. I couldn't handle the narration any longer. Horrific to listen to.
Not if he is narrating......
anyone who doesn't mind that the narrator is horrid. Harlan needs to stick to writing and not narrating. It is so awful
the absolute worst impersonations. His characters didn't even stay with the same accents in the same conversations. (RE: Esperanza has an accent and a slighter higher pitch in the first line but sounds exactly like Myron in the next few lines)
I plan on "returning" this book because it is so bad, i can't get through it. The story is great but OMG I can't complain enough about the narration.
Terrible narration. Don't know why they switched and the author read his own book but that is exactly what it sounds like, someone reading in a dull manner. The story is not as good as previous ones and it seems like he is searching for that "twist": at the end. You just has to stop 2/3 of the way through and think "who is the most unlikely person" and voila, you've got it.
I would say this is an average audio book. I love these characters. I wish the usuals (Wynn, Esperanza, Big Cindy, etc) played bigger parts; they seemed periphery this time around; it was more about Myron. I perhaps would have like the book less if I wasn't already invested in the characters. I have been listening to these books starting with book 1, in order.
No. No. No. Sorry, Mr. Coben, but you were not good. You are a great writer that I enjoy, but leave the reading to the professionals. All the characters sounded the same or had some over-the-top accent. Case-in-point - Edna Skylar sounded like Ednar from the PIXAR film The Incredibles. On the other hand, Wynn didn't sound nearly as preppy as "usual". Sorry if this sounds exceptionally harsh, but Coben reminded me of the voice of Barney Rubble from the old Flintstones cartoons.I would have stuck Jonathon Marosz.