I think there's a good story here -- I've long been a fan of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. But I can't be sure about this book because I had to abandon the audio version after 2-1/2 hours. I could no longer tolerate Steven Webber's narration. The sample does not give an adequate taste of the Webber's style. Imagine a 10th grade student with delusions of acting talent reading a story to a 5th grader and you'll have a sense of what to expect. Everything is over-dramatized, particularly the dialog, which is embarrassingly exaggerated. Webber does about the worst New York accent I've ever heard. My reaction may well be idiosyncratic -- several other reviewers have been highly complimentary of the narration. I do not know what they liked about Webber's work. Whatever it was, I wish I had found it too. Instead, I'm going to have to pay to read the book on my Kindle in the hope that I can keep Webber's voice out of my head as I do so.
For those of you used to great plots, actions, and characters in the multiple outstanding Coben novels "Live Wire" may well be a disappointment. First of all, the plot and resolution are so improbable that most readers will say "Huh?" Secondly, this novel is dominated by wise-cracking dialogue to such an extent that it is irritating. Finally, superhero Windsor Horne Lockwood III, with his omniscience, omnipotence, and infinite wisdom, wealth, and power, belongs more in a comic book than a novel. The reader knows that no matter what seemingly impossible situation Myron Bolitar gets into, Win will figure out a way to rescue him and punish the evil doer. Hopefully, Coben will end the dynamic duo with this novel and use his great talent to bring us back to the quality we have come to expect from his earlier novels.
Harlen Coben brings an intriguing plot to every book he writes. This one is a standout because of the characters. He includes the usual suspects from Big Cindy to Win, but introduces new characters that come alive within a few pages.
Very engaging and well executed story. Great performance from the narrator. The only additional comment would be this book left me want Coban to write a book about Win Exclusive of the Bolitar series. I think this would make a very interesting study in a human mind. Also the action could be amazing.
Live Wire succeeds where so many other series fail. By taking risks with his characters, Harlan Coben keeps them dynamic and fresh. A few are moving into new stages in their lives, making me wonder what lies ahead.
As a special treat, Big Cindy starts to come into her own as a character. The scenes and dialog featuring her and Myron are a delight -- and Steven Weber's narration does them proud. Nothing like driving to work on US 1/9 and the Polaski Skyway and finding myself laughing out loud in my car to brighten my day. Coben keeps his writing lean and the story on track. Excellent work from an author who is both a genuine talent and a professional -- not to mention a really funny guy.
Wise-cracking Myron Bolitar and Win are more entertaining and articulate than ever in this long-overdue return to the witty reparte of Coben's sports agent/detective and his brilliant, beautiful, rich but madly psychopathic friend and protector. I actually stopped reading Coben for a spell, not wanting to wallow in the seemingly endless darkness and misery of kidnappings and child abductions. Wit and humor trump suffering and tragedy, and make for a much more enjoyable reading experience. Steven Weber is great as the narrator.
I have loved everything I have read by HC to this point but this was a waste. Whiney adolescent reader, souless characters I could care less about and a story i couldn't wait to be over. BORING!
I found this story riveting, but the performance by Steven Weber was fantastic! I plan to listen to more books with Steven Weber as the performer. Phenomenal!!
Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.
I love Myron Bolitar and I can't seem to get enough of Coben. I have read all of his audio books and I can't wait for the next one.