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
Ph.D. Psychologist and Coach
One of the worst audio books I've ever listened to. Verbose melodrama that should have been left in Coben's bedside drawer. Thank goodness his work improved after this first mess -- why has he foisted it on us now?
No matter where you go, there you are.
Debbie from La Quinta nailed it pretty well. Coben is simply squeezing every buck he can out of his loyal fan base by publishing this adolescent farce. I resented every minute of this silly waste of time.
I finally decided to fill my brain with THC and laugh insanely as this inane joke plodded along. "We're brother and sister!" Pause. "So what!"...............
Coben has never really achieved gravitas as a storyteller. He's always been entertaining, but a lightweight. This thing validates that notion.
I would have given it no stars but Audible.com will not allow it!
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.
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.
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.
wyoming road warrior
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.
loved this book so I didn't put it down or turned it off like halan suggested in the beginning thanks for being honest I will diffinitely choose another by Harlan coben
I was shocked that this was Harlan Coben's first book. Wonderful story telling!
Hard to pick one. They are are very well developed.
Uh - oh ;-)