No doubt. Jonathan Marosz is the perfect narrator for Coban's novels. He has that growly, sardonic delivery that matches the dry humor of Coban's central characters.
As usual in HC's books, the main character is a more than decent human who loves his family and underestimates his own worth. Above that foundation, Coban has structured a mystery with enough twists to keep you on your toes (although his foreshadowing did give away the denoument).
When Will struggles to defend Julie against her attacker, he still sees himself as a subpar rescuer.
No, but in large chunks.
This is probably the best stand-alone (non-serial) Coban novel to date.
The story dragged on and on, never got better. I kept trying to get into it, but ended up falling asleep instead. Ending is stupid. Never buying a Harlan Coben book again.
I have read just about everything by Harlan Coben - I absolutely love his stuff...but despite all the great reviews this book got, I just couldn't get past the first hour.
I've started it, given up and restarted it about 4 times and just can't get hooked. It's just too slow a start and the narrator has done nothing to pull me in.
I don't think I'll go back to it a 5th time, even in desperation.....
I would try another book by Coben, but I will actively avoid anything read by Marosz.
I like Coben's plots, there are a lot of twists and turns.
His reading was completely unemotional. There was no difference between his characters, and there was no change in emotion in any way. It was like chalk on a board after a while.
I would recommend other Coben stories, but not if he uses this reader.
who am I?
Coben, absolutely! Marosz -- not without lisetening VERY CAREFULLY to the preview, and being assured his cadence has changed from what he used for this book.
I thought the story fantastic: oodles of plot twists that kept my attention. The narrator -- well, he does "voices," and they're OK. BUT, when he's reading either narrative or 1st person (the book is partly in 1st and partly in 3rd person), EVERY sentence has the same cadence. This drove me to distraction. The only reason I finished is because the story was so interesting.
I gave "overall" three star only due to the narrator
Just when you think you know it all, you don't. Just when you think you are at the end, hold on for a couple more twists. I have become a big fan of Coben, but he has outdone himself with this one. Some of his other books are so, so, and others much better. Gone for Good is his best.
The plot, ending and the second half of this story was really great. It was hard to get through the first half of this story. It was hard to keep my interest going. I stuck with it and it was worth it. The narrator was ok, but his rhythm was more like a newscaster telling of a crime that just took place. I'll try another Harlan Coben book and hope it's better.
My first Coben book -- and I will read more -- but there were some very predictable turns, which was annoying.
Yes, but a bit monotone.
Professional woman, reading constantly
When it comes to an audio book, I have found that if I can't put the book down and go about my daily business, it's a winner. Started this book yesterday, and listened on into the night........finished up at about 2 a.m. Like I said in my short headline, scarey, creepy with a good plot twist........very unexpected. Keep 'em comin', Harlan. I'll read whatever you've got..........
I am a voracious reader and that includes both print and audio books. I love to listen to a book while working (graphic design) and I especially love a great Harlan Coben novel, but I would say the audio and print editions of these books are equal in my mind. (However, I prefer Scott Brick as the narrator!)
There are always many memorable moments in Coben's novels. Unlike a lot of mystery-thrillers, Coben's novels have layer upon layer of truths to uncover. A mystery within a mystery! Just when you think you have predicted a likely outcome, the proverbial tables turn and the most unlikely of conclusions is unveiled.
In Gone for Good, that "change of heart" happens not only when the truth about "Sheila" is revealed, but the heart shifts again and again with Will's brother Ken...
My favorite character was definitely "the ghost" if only because he is portrayed as so obviously (seemingly) "evil" only to be the sort of underdog in the end. "The ghost" is far from innocent; lurking in the shadows and contracted to kill, he seems the least likely to bring any light to Will's life - even when Ken's true nature is revealed. I was gripped in suspense up to the very last moment (as is often the case with Coben's thrillers) certain that "the ghost" would take every last shred of hope; what might be found in the innocence of a child, and leave Will with nothing. Instead, "the ghost" takes the last threads of the unfortunate predicament in which Will finds himself, and ties the loose ends as best he can - and voila! I have fallen for the "bad guy!"