... the narration is HORRIBLE!!
Harlan Coben is one of my very very favorite authors and the book is lost in the terrible narration.
I always look forward to a new book by Harlan Coben. This got good reviews on Audible, but I found it disappointing. I thought the plots twists and turns were interesting, but the dialogue wasn't believable and many parts were written as though by a high schooler--getting the plot moving but with ordinary language. The reader didn't lift the poor writing out of the hole so that didn't help.
Harlan Coben has to be one of my favorite authors. I loved this book and especially enjoyed hearing some of the familiar names from the latest of the Myron Bolitar series (especially in the ending). "Caught" had me thinking I had solved the crime numerous times...but each time it sent me in another direction. I disagree with previous reviews that criticized the narration. I listen to audio books weekly as I travel and found McDuffie's narration as Wendy Tynes to be quite good; however, I did think the voice of Dan Mercer was somewhat irritating but it was not a major part of the narration. If you like fast moving mysteries and like Harlan Coben, you cannot go wrong with "Caught".
I consider Harlan Coben one of my favorite authors and have read all of his books, but this one was not one of his best. The Narrator was aweful in my opinion. We need another Bolitar novel.
I love Myron Bolitar and I think Jonathan Marosz is one of the best narrators in the business. That said, this latest offering by Harlan Coben was a huge disappointment for this once-avid fan. In fact, I spent most of the time thinking that it was written by some underling and not very well edited. It was certainly not well narrated, as other reviewers have noted. The basic story line could have been compelling and the characters might have been made interesting if not a little amusing, and the plot could have been believable, but they weren't. There is a cameo appearance by Win about halfway in, but any frail hope of a little witty repartee is quickly crushed, first by the female narrator's awful portrayal, and then almost mercifully by his lack of a meaningful role. Oh, and the "surprise ending, well... no surprises there.
In all, it's not a terrible book, just a terrible disappointment for a Myron Bolitar fan.
Great Book! Kept me guessing the whole time. I hadd a hard time listening at first when the narrator changed her voice, it was very hard to listen to. However, Great I recommend this one!!
I am not putting any spoilers in this review, but, if you are like a friend who is a big Coben fan and do not want to know anything whatsoever about the book to preserve the surprise of Coben's mesmerizing plot twists, stop reading now.
Overall, Caught was a good book. I think it was his best novel in a while (I do not read the Bolitar books so I am speaking of the stand alone novels). However, while the plot twists are there in a way they were missing in his last three standalone novels, they no longer hit me like getting blind sided by a bus the way Tell No One and some of the earlier books did. The story is engrossing and keep me "turning the page" but it is like he has lost a step for lack of a better term. Of course, to be fair, for me, the bar for a Harlan Coben novel is so high thanks to his early books that it is hard for him to hit that bar anymore. Were this another author of whom I did not expect so much, I would probably give it four stars. I think that speaks highly of his work.
The audible version was interesting and pleasant enough to consume while driving around town for a week. The woman's voice who reads 95% of the novel is okay enough, but at times her voice sounded petulant when I didn't think the text called for it. I got used to her though.
I have read several Coben books (stand alone and Bolitar novels) over the years, and if you like Coben novels, you know what to expect with his latest effort. This is not as good as TELL NO ONE (a high water mark for Coben in my opinion), but it is better than HOLD TIGHT (which I found kind of unbelievable and overall less enjoyable). Granted, the plot of this novel strains credulity here and there, but generally the story moves and the conclusion makes sense in the larger aspects of the story.
I just wish some character motivations had been made clearer (without going into too much detail, a character's boss does a set of things in the novel that I don't quite understand and seemed to provide the character motivation as opposed to really making sense in what would happen in the "real world") - and some of the descriptions of character behavior (and technology) seem a bit off and outdated. For example, Tenafly was rapping about Charisma Carpenter? I'm a Buffy fan from way back, but would he really be rapping about someone whose acting heydey was nearly 10 years ago? I get this was supposed to be humorous and all, but it was lost on me and repeated a bit too often.
The plot has several twists and turns and while I think some events in the conclusion are predictable, not all of them are, so this should keep most readers guessing and interested throughout.