No. I am a fan of Harlan Coben and the narrator Scott Brick. My poor review has nothing to do with either of them but instead the audio quality. Its as if it was recorded using a tin can and a string making it hard to listen to. I quit after 3 minutes and plan on using audibles return policy.
Interesting and complex plot. Book is too long. Much of the excess is the narrator talking to himself trying to figure out his feelings. Boring and over dramatic. Author also spends time developing concepts of wisdom concerning Russian Jewish mob culture. Which might be worth something to think about until you see it is the advice of some of the story's worst liars and murderers.
Harlan Coben and a good story with a many twists and turns. I was casually listening, so didn't really see the end twist coming in this one. Scott Brick's narration is his usual. If you like him (and I do) you will like this one. The glaring negative is the sound quality. Did you guys record this on a 1970 portable cassette tape machine?
Sound engineers, you might want to test the quality of your capture early on. Any teen with an iPhone could have made a better quality recording than this. That aside, it is a good tale that is generally believable. Scott Brick does his usual good job.
The secondary story in this book is more compelling than the main story, in my opinion. I may have liked it better if I was reading it instead of listening to it.
The main character is self righteous and the dialogue is sometimes too much. I want to tell him to get to the point or STFU numerous times. I don't feel that the dialogue is realistic, and just didn't care about any of the characters.
The narration is over the top. I felt like the narrator needed to tone it down some.
One of my favorites so far - and I am an avid murder mystery listener. Finally some nice character development. ..where I know and care about the individual characters.
tired of surprise endings that are NO SURPRISE AT ALL...... IT'S ALWAYS THE BEST FRIEND OR THE HUSBAND THAT "DID IT"
I hated how they had anyone who called on the phone sound fuzzy and far away- super cheesy
The story was good, but not his best
imho - ymmv
I just finished my first Harlan Coben, and I was riveted all the way.
I see other reviews like "Coben's worst I've read" and that makes me really happy (in anticipation).
Some say it is slow; I didn't find that .. but then I do tend to listen on 1.25-1.50x. Rather, I found the slow reveal delectable: I *think* I know where this is going, but I really need to know..
So I loved it and can't wait to read more ... despite the sound quality of the edition I read sucking in a 1980's tape-to-tape bootleg kind of way. Really, this is the worst I've ever heard on audible.
Coben reliably brings a story full of intrigue, suspense and mystery. Scott Brick, as always, is the perfect narrator for this type of story.
Happily married mother of three. Avid reader. Love Audible!
I have been reading a lot of this author lately and I'm really enjoying him. What I need for a book to be "great" is kind of complicated. I need to be able forget I'm reading a work of fiction, I need to be surprised by the plot from beginning to end, and it has to be so good I can't put it down. That's a tall order. This author consistently delivers and this book is no exception. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although there was some foreshadowing, it was in no way predictable and I only picked out one or two smaller plot twists. Nothing ruins a book for me like already knowing what's going to happen. I have no motivation to keep reading. Not here. This one kept me guessing. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written yet plausible story line expertly woven with complicated plot twists and well developed characters. And the performer? Knocked it out of the park. He's one of my favorites. This book is worth your time and money. Enjoy and happy reading!