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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.
Instead of showing a copyright date of 2010...Audible should have explained that this was an early work of Coben's, long before he had perfected his craft.
The writing is sophomoric, predictable ,cliched and dated.
I think I'll read a zombie book. More realistic.
I had thought that Scott Brick could make any book sound good. Even he couldn't save this one.
Go ahead and buy this book. I love to say "I told you so".
I am a Coben fan so I decided to try the re-release of his first novel. I guess some things are just better left on the shelf. Play dead is in a word, tedious.
I Love Coben. but I hated this book ...worst ever
Made even worse by over dramatic Scott Brick's reading
Scott Brick keeps me from buying certain books but I thought I'd make an exception since it was a Coben....WRONG
So this is in fact my first Harlan Coben novel, I totally see why he said to put it back if you haven't read anything else of his. I definitely felt a twinge of embarrassment for him with some of the writing. EVERYONE in the story is too gorgeous for words, some of the characters are a bit over-characterized. BUT...it was a good story with a couple of good twists at the end, if still just a bit implausible, but it's fiction right? If you can stand that it almost seems like young adult fiction (not all the way but close) then you'll be able to enjoy this book.
The narrator on the other hand almost sunk this whole ship! He is overly dramatic and everyone seems like they are in constant agony the way he reads it! It's not the worst ever but I wonder if a different reader would have made me give it another star.
Overall, this is a good "filler" audio for when you want to pick something up that's a good length and not too expensive until your credits renew.
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.
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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 really enjoyed this story. The narrator is one of my favorites. Very enjoyable and makes you want to keep playing to find out the next twist
I heard that this is his first book & his newer books are much better. Everyone has to start somewhere.
I Almost quit reading it many times. The book should have been 10 chapters shorter. He went over and over the same things and strung them out way too long. The plot was a bit preposterous but hey, it's fiction. I will give his newer books a try.