Long Lost was a good listen. The book slowed just past the middle and some of the loose ends took too long to tie up, but the ending will leave you wondering about a possiblity you never imagined.
Harlen Coben has gotten too sentimental. The first few Bolitar books were sharp and crisp. This one is too full of hesitations and sentimental feeelings that don't ring true. Bolitar has always been a bit of a dufus but now he's a sappy dufus.
The good news is that this is a book that is easy to listen to and if you are a Coben fan, yolikely u will find it acceptable. However, I did not think it one his better efforts. This was a story with a modestly clever ending but you have to endure what I felt was an awkward blend of quips, puns and murders. Further, the quips and puns were mostly tired and in some cases repetitive (there were countless terrible puns involving the name of a stewardess named Mee). It seemed the French detective was thrown into the story to create a diversion from an otherwise lackluster group of characters. Bolitar needs to grow up - there are too many instances where he clearly knows what he should or shouldn't do and then does the opposite. This creates situations that he should not been part of. I know this is supposed to be fiction, but the coincidences are too improbable to take very seriously.
"The Boys and Especially The Girls from Conn."
An improbable plot is swaddled in the impossible.
H.C. conceives a homage to Ira Levin via Henny Youngman. Neither money nor likelihood impede the homophobic-homophile Bolitar. The narrative, at its best, is plodding. Imagine Thanksgiving with butter, gravy and whipping cream and nothing else.
This is an immature, insubstantial effort meant to capitalize on some very important themes. The listener [no fault of the reader] simply doesn't care.
Dragging in the Jean Reno-French cop for his "charisma" is an obvious, strained attempt to create false sentiment so that it will ache when le cop is knocked off... with undue gallantry.
Coben would be better off offing Bolitar's friends. Good editing would get rid of the comic strip characters; and the Ira Levin updating may have worked. Without the editing, "Long Lost" is a novel chuck full of kitchen sinks.
Coben has been much better.
"Ladies and Gentlemen," as Bolitar would announce, "I give you "Long Lost"... Please keep it."
Just loved it! Myron Bolitar is one of my very favorite characters and Harlan Coben has never let me down! A riveting storyline that I could not leave. Hope there is more to come...and soon!
I found this story plausible, very intriguing, with a wonderful French policeman character, and an excellent narration by the narrator. Not having listed to earlier Myron Bolitar audiobooks, I'm not accustomed to the other narrator. I truly enjoyed Weber's narration skills. Of course, good narration can only be accomplished with a good story, great dialogue, and great characters, amply provided by Coben.
Awesome!!! This is probably one the best in the series. I laughed out loud at some of Myron's quips and always love Win. Bolitar fans will LOVE this book.
I rarely purchase additional books, normally get my two per month. This was promoted on Audible at a sale price and it was more than worth it. As my title states, it was a good find. I thought that I had figured out the plot in the first couple of hours but I was wrong. I'm glad I was. The story did not go in the usual direction.
Steven Weber did an excellent reading. He reminded me Scott Brick. I want to hear more of his work. Great job Steven!