I am a full time student. I love to read but have no time to read for fun; audible is the perfect solution to that.
I don't know it this story is any good cause the narrator is putting me to sleep.
yes, it is entertaining.
No. Believe it or not. This is my first thriller book.
This book keeps me involved. It made the 40 mins + commute easier.
I agree with the other posters here that the "ick" factor was excessive and unnecessary. Not sure why it was necessary for the writer to include that particular aspect since the device did not result in any real assistance to solving the crime(s). The two weirdos were used like a red herring, maybe to divert the reader from discovering the true perpetrator.
For me, I sort of "knew" 2/3 thru who was heading up the myriad disappearances. You will too. It's okay, though since you won't be quite sure. The ending is a bit trite. All the explanations and justifications for lifetimes of disappointment, fear, revenge and uncertainty.
The text was good; deep and satisfying. The primary characters mostly believable -- especially Ray Levine. Megan was too dippy to have been who she used to be and her husband way too tolerant.
Left unfinished were the punishments meted out to the people who set the weirdos on the prowl, but other than that, mostly satisfying, understandable, and 75% believable. This won't deter me from another Coban story -- I have liked others of his before -- but I will pay close attention to reviewers who cite the stuff that (for no apparent reason) is included to make me squirm. I can take horror and gore, if it serves a purpose. Here, I don't feel it served anything but an appeal something I can't quite recall. It reminds me of something I've read -- like in Preston & Child, or another series. I am hoping this wasn't a copy-cat effort to compete with the likes of P&C.. there is no way to beat those two at their game.
Harlan Coban should stick to what he does best. If he needs torture and horror, I hope it is better justified in future books.
In all, I liked it. It kept me "turning the page," and I only laughed a few times at improbable scenarios.
The suspense and action.
Yes, because it kept you wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Yes, when Cassie against everything to be honest with her husband.
It's an excellent book
It might just be me, but I cannot stand the reading of Scott Brick, the narrator. Everything he reads sounds the same and he has no ability to modulate his voice based on the content he is reading. I listened to him perform one of Brad Metzler's novels and barely tolerated it, but the story was so good I didn't want to stop. I recently returned another Metzler audiobook once I discovered this same performer. And now again. From now on I will pay closer attention to who the narrator is prior to purchasing. I did not listen to enough of the book to even rate the content.
Like you, I love to read. I think I love to listen even more.
The concept was good. The writing left a lot to be desired.
Did a serviceable job.
I'm a professional painter and love ennobling, enlightening literature
YES TO SCOTT, NO TO HARLAN
NO BECAUSE THE GRAPHIC VIOLENCE IS REPULSIVE.
HE WAS PERFECT
I SO ADMIRE THE CONSTRUCTION. BUT I DO NOT LIKE TO READ ABOUT SERIAL MURDERS, ETC, SO I MADE A MISTAKE IN CHOOSING THIS BOOK.
The story kept me intrigued and kept me guessing. I couldn't wait to find out how all the pieces fit together.
The character development was thorough. The reader had a smooth pleasant voice.
My favorite scene was when the two women fight to the death. It was equally tough to listen to because I could visualize it.
Overall, this is a good listen. If you like a good thriller, you won't be disappointed.
Anything done by narrator Scott Brick always bring the novel much more alive and real. He is absolutely brilliant.
Yes, I would recommend because of the interesting characters and excellent narration. The dialogues are fresh and entertaining. Momentum builds throughout and the pace really quickens in the final two hours.
I empathized with the Cassie/Megan, and the dilemma she faced stepping into her past while trying to keep it from destroying her current life.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators and conveys tension, uncertainty, conviction or joy, delivering what each scene demands. You identify with the characters as they struggle through their introspections as they piece together the clues of the mystery. The character's internal monologues express their feelings as well as their thoughts.
The scenes when Ken and Barbie are stalking Cassie/Megan are well written/voiced and full of tension.
"Stay Close" has complex characters and dialogue, intrigue and mystery, a solid 4, but just misses the mark of a truly excellent, can't-put-it-down storyline. I was more interested by how characters acted/interacted than what they did. It would make a great episode of an hour-long detective show but doesn't have enough substance for a 2-hour movie.