Scott's performance as usual is annoyiing with the way his voice is always so sing-song. Every sentence the tone goes up and then down - it sounds like a soap opera and is distracting from the story since it doesn't track with what is important in the text.
Don't you just love a great story well told?
I was disappointed, so many rave reviews I expected great things - this was not a "fun" thrill, more just a scary dark "thriller". The book is no ringing endorsement of parenthood. It is certainly reflected in the words of many characters. The primary plot point is about spying on children using state of the art software. But it quickly veers off in so much darker areas. In the end it resorts to the old system of primary characters explaining what happened! (Like an Agatha Christie book.) I had to listen to the entire thing twice the plot is so thick, so filled with seemingly unrelated thing,and so many bad things happen nearly pointlessly (of course, only to move the plot) to such good people that one feels a complete lack of fairness by the author for many of his characters. One of my favorites - a teacher's one comment overblown beyond any verisimilitude, or even much common sense on the family's part. This book really stretches even my very wide contrivance limits. I did finally enjoy the last ten minutes or so - small reward for so much time.
Another perfect book by one of my all-time favorite authors, Harlan Coben. I was sad Coben's latest book did not include my fictional dream man, Myron Bolitar, however, this unsettling story made up for it, hitting very close to home. As the young mom of a teenage daughter, I was profoundly disturbed by the hauntingly realistic themes. 'Would you want your parents to know all that about you?'" Technology and our children can be dangerous and scary. I highly recommend this book.
This was the first Harlen Coben book I've tried, and I found it exciting and intricately plotted. You're never quite sure what path he'd going to lead you down next! The characters all come across as real people, complete with foibles and inconsistancies. Highly recommended!
I have listened to every one of Mr. Cobens books and I thought this one was wonderful as usual. He keeps you going until the end and then there is always a twist that you would have never thought. That's what keeps me waiting for the next one. So, please don't make us wait too long. Thanks so much for keeping your fans entertained. This one is well worth the read and wait. I also hope there will be more Myron Bolitar.............
I have been an Audible customer for quite a few years now - I have purchased and listened to well over a hundred books. Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors. But his publisher should have known better than to hire Scott Brick to narrate his book. I couldn't listen to more than an hour of this overly, intensely, continuously dramatic reading. It wore me out, ticked me off, and made me forget to listen to the story. I'll never download another Scott Brick narration. I'm sorry I wasted the credit on this one. Two stars because Coben is such a great writer. I'm off to buy the paperback.
You'll need a scorecard to keep track of the story lines in this book. Great advice on raising teens mixed with another of Harlens' really bad guys. And you have to listen to Scott Brick...for a long, long time.
I love Harlan Coben books. There isn't a book he's written that I don't adore. This is the first one I tried in audio book format. I could not get through it. The narrator managed to make every character loathsome and pathetic by fading out the ends of sentences, or intoning them with an upward inflection. I finally gave up, deleted the files, and decided to wait for the paperback, lest this book be ruined for me altogether.
I enjoyed this book, not as much as The Woods, but still very good. However, Scott Brick has to be the most annoying narrator I have encountered. His whole read was over the top. Doesn't he know the suspense and thrills are in the words not how he says them? I would definitely read more Coban but never another read by Brick.