I have enjoyed many Harlan Corbin books, but was amazed at how truly bad this book is. Not until I downloaded it did I discover that it was his first attempt at writing, a fact that should have been obvious in the summary. In any case it is one of the few that I will never finish, Scott Brick does his worst job as a reader, and coupled with a bad book means I just chalk this one up to a wasted credit.
Good book but did struggle to finish it! Harlen Cohen's is indeed a good story teller and this was a good story. I didn't appreciate the sex that seemed to have been put in because the author thought it would sell, a young author's attempt to people please. I read every Harlen Coben book and appreciate each one to date. True to HC's style it was hard to decipher till the end who the killer was, the plot was intricate but took forever to unravel itself. HC has come a good way since. Good narrator - enjoyed the Australian accent, but did not like the Women's voices, sounded like some sleazy guy mimicking a woman, the romantic and sensual tones were sad funny.
Those who are not concerned with overblown dialog and descriptions.
I have enjoyed more recent books by Harlan Coben.
The best thing about this audiobook was Scott Brick's performance.
Despite the disclaimer at the start of the book, Coben should NEVER have released this as a "new" audiobook. (It was written over 20 years ago and may be his first book.) Listening to it was like slogging through molasses---dialog and descriptions were overblown, and there are holes in the plotline big enough to drive a truck through. I have enjoyed his more recent books-- the stories are taut and engaging. Play Dead just can't compare--it's for those who like hand-wringing, emotional dialog and florid descriptions. Sorry I purchased it.
I have read many books by Coben and the others were really good, Thats why I got this one. Bad choice on my part
It was pretty predictable half way through. and the ending was like a cheap chick flick. No real ending to too many loose ends.
I think he did the best he could with what he had.
I would have had the ending rewritten.
Can't really think of anyone.
If Scott Brick would stop singing and whining and just read!
All I can say is if you decide you really want to listen to this book, be sure increase the playback speed to as fast as you can handle it. Even though Scott Brick does a flawless job of narration, his over dramatic tendencies drug this story out even longer than needed. On top of the fact this story could have been edited down by half. I wanted to start pulling my hair out by the 10th hour. Harlan Coben is a wonderful storyteller and there was evidence of his skill although his immaturity as a writer showed through. He gives us fair warning to not read this book if this was your first book written by him. That's a pretty good indication of what you can expect from the story. Whether this is your first or tenth Coben book, I would suggest you heed the advice of the other reviewers before dropping the credit. Overall, the book is filled with beautiful people who are supposed to be smart but doing stupid things. Throughout the book expect to get inundated with the most beautiful women in existence and men stumbling around them with their tongues hanging out. There are also a good many people doing evil and underhanded things which, in the end will turn out to be worthless and totally without common sense. I don't know why I punished myself through 17 hours of torture. I only wished I realized sooner, rather than 12 hours in to the story I could speed up my playback.
Coben is at his most verbiose worst. The story is intriguing, but his narrative is much too overbearing, and becomes tedious. Scott Britt's reading does nothing to relieve this sense of overplay, if anything, he adds to it. The story, which is complicated and intricate, is good, but way too long, and I found that I just wanted it to end and be done with. Normally, I love Coben, but maybe because this was written years ago, things were different.
Scott Brick can make a statement like "The sun is shining and it is a perfect 80 degree day!" sound like "Your dog just died and your parrot is on its way out too".
He has this annoying and monotonous speech pattern where every sentence ends in a down pitch. His pacing is good and when he is reading dialogue, he is fine--even better than fine; but, oh, that boring, everything is sad, (or maybe he is trying to portray "moving"?), he just sounds like the sub-text of every sentence is "How sad, I'm so sorry".
I usually love Coben's work and have been a faithful reader for years. This book is by far the most plodding, boring book I have ever read and I'm disappointed in it.