The book was fine. Enjoyable, if a bit predictable. But the narrator made it, @ times, unbearable. If he read any slower, he would have stopped! I fast forwarded several times just because I couldn't stand it any longer! And it was not the text that made it drag, but the pace of the speaker. Will avoid this narrator in the future.
Todate, I have listened to all of Harlen's books. Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors.
I usually listen in my car while commuting. I think that this book is as good as any of his others. There were nights when I sat in th driveway glued to Play Dead waiting for a chapter to end before shutting down my iPod.
I disagree with the negative reviews. If you like Harlen, you'll like this book.
Since Audible has no rating system for adult content this is my meager attempt to warn listeners who prefer more family-oriented material of the presence of strong language and sexual content in this book. Hopefully this review will help you avoid the annoying process of starting the book and having to stop when you hit the offending content and ask for a refund.
I do not wish to purchase any more books where Scott Brick is the narrator. It's possible that he gets hired in an attempt to drum up some drama in an otherwise vacuous novel but it just doesn't work. It's not just true with this novel but trends with every novel he narrates. I can't listen to them anymore.
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Wow, that was bad!!! So how come I rated it 2 stars instead of 1? Or why didn’t I just give up? It was the author’s disclaimer that saved it for me. He starts the book off with a warning: “Okay, if this is the first book of mine you're going to try, stop now. Return it. Grab another. It's okay, I'll wait." This is a bit of clever marketing if you ask me, because now you’re EXTRA curious! How bad exactly is this thing??? HA! Pretty darn bad!
I feel like criticizing the [very very very] bad writing it not fair because even if the author himself knows it’s crap who I am to judge? I’m not a literary critic, I couldn’t do it better myself…. I just know what I like!
But here I go anyway.
It was cliché, corny, amateurish, melodramatic… I rolled my eyes so many times I’m surprised they didn’t get stuck up there! It was all too much – like he had the kernel for 17 stories and crammed them all into one book. Plus, it’s PACKED with ridiculous lines like (I’m paraphrasing):
•She needed to find answers, and she needed to find them now! (insert dramatic music)
•She did not want to be exposed to the dangerous weapon of love (barf)
•You wont let me love you because even though you are a top model, inside you still feel like that fat little girl nobody loved (oh please!)
•I’m so afraid of my feelings (gimme a break)
•He loved her so much it hurt (yeah yeah whatever)
•Her looks were not only dangerous, they were lethal (what does that even mean! Come on!)
But having said all that, I agree with other reviews that it still shows promise. He obviously has a great imagination and his current success proves it.
He’s forgiven for writing a little train-wreck. It entertained me.
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.
Yes, he has written some fairly good books.
No one in particular. I always see Scott brick as a tremendous asset to sell ANY audiobook.
Probably not, but I listen to audiobooks purely for recreation, so that time is not too valuable.
End of story was apparent almost from the first hour or so, as I have cobean to have a serious fault with.
I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.
When I heard Coben wrote this 20 years ago a red flag went up. However, it was a good listen....especially if you like sustained suspense.Granted, the writing was a little heavy handed, reminiscent of a paper written for "novel writing 101." It would be a good soap opera titled "Beautiful Laura."The dramatic style of the narrator contributes to the not so subtle presentation...not a positive thing.
Not bad for a starter novel.Coben's later books are much better.
Love his mystery stories
Could tell this was a first work, but still enjoyed it.
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".