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.
The narrator was the first disappointment. I will never buy another book that he reads. He is FAR too dramatic and he did not take a break when scenes changed. Left you wondering what was going on? You finally realize he has started talking about other people and other places. Just a little break would have helped make that transition.
Leave out at least 10 of the characters. At least.
Scott Brick has a good voice, but he is overly dramatic and I can't believe the police speak to suspects with such distain/hatred ESPECIALLY when they are interviewing a doctor. At the first of the book he was so overacting ... it got better, but it was still so over the top ... about 3/4 of the way through I wasn't sure I could finish it. His over enunciation and "attitude" just drove me to distraction ... made it hard to concentrate on the words he was reading.
There are so many, I don't know where to start. Moe would be one. He had a small part, so why have him? Honestly it would not matter who you cut out, the story was still so unbelievable. This was my first Harlan Coban book ... and probably my last.
Before I bought, I read the reviews ... "You'll be sitting in your garage listening to this one." No, you won't. Save your credit.
I've become an avid "reader" since I discovered audiobooks a few years ago. Also a cat lover - at left is Prince Harold
There were too many characters and story lines for me to keep them straight. I couldn't remember who'd done what to whom and who sent that devastating email - or one of them. I suppose all the stories were brought together in the end but by that time I was too confused to care.
The basis of the main characters' story seemed thin to me; why so much angst over monitoring their teenager's computer? I would think it's the responsible thing to do, especially if you think he may be involved in dangerous activities.
Another thing that made the book confusing was the one narrator. I felt that the men's voices were all the same, except for the couple of African American characters for whom he did affect a "black" accent. The women all sounded alike; very much like a man trying to sound like a woman by using a soft whispery voice. I think that there should have been 2 narrators, maybe 3. One for men, one for women and maybe one for teens and children if the other 2 couldn't handle it.
The reader Scott Brick seems to be reading this novel in a strange, overwrought fashion that sounded to me like a parody of the text. It doesn't deserve a parody: the story is a good plot with attractive and interesting characters. I deleted this audiobook and another Coben read by Scott Brick. I'm reading the text of "Hold Tight" as an ebook instead. Coben is a popular writer and deserves a better reader.
Fun, entertaining listen. Harlan Coben does a good job presenting the characters, their problems, solutions and thought processes. Scott Brick narration is his usual believable voice. This was a great diversion during the day-don't miss this enjoyable audio!
Another excellent read by Harlan Coben! One thing I will warn (for any of you who haven't read Coben before) is that his stories have many layers---- and, therefore, many characters! If you're a visual person like me, you will need to pay close attention to characters' names so that you can keep all the plot lines straight. If you can do this, you will not be disappointed! Coben is great, and Scott Brick is hands-down the best narrator I've ever listened to!
I've read / listened to and enjoyed other Coben books, but anyone claiming this is Coben at his finest must have a high tolerance for pain. The author and his characters spend long tedious hours self-absorbed and ruminating about their various neuroses and spoiled children. I still have five chapters to go and I don't think I can take much more. The plot - such as it is - is now painfully obvious and really wasn't worth it. No one thinks or behaves like these freaks ... don't waste your time and precious credits. Oh, and the narration is exhausting as well. His voice and affect seem to overly dramatize every idiotic, self-absorbed line of dialogue, as if each is pregnant with deep meaning. It's almost as if Coben is using the characters to spew out his own feelings and editorial observations on society today ... about which he seems to actually know very little.
Listen to this book, then guess the author. Jodi Picoult, right? Oh wait, I'm not a Picoult fan, she just exhausts me. Coben is all cause ridden in this one, just when I wanted a good thriller. I'll keep reading Coben, just not recommending this one.
I have listened to every Harlen Coben book ever written, so let's just say I am a huge fan. (Please Harlan, write some more Myron Bolitar novels!) This book, however, seemed to be a little of a stretch, what with all the loose ends coming together so neatly at the end. It was just a little too "tidy". Having said that, it is still a great listen, and Scott Brick could make the Yellow pages interesting. If you don't know Harlen Coben, he's done better, but you'll still want to listen to this one.