Yes, get Scott to calm down.
No. I read or listen to every Harlan Coben published. But this one, I gave up because Scott Brick tried to over dramatize every sentence from the opening. It got annoying.
He must think that reading a novel is like turning it into a one man Shakespeare play. Give the characters character, but let us listen. Don't overwhelm us with breath taking drama in every sentence of the book. It gets tiresome. Like, just read the book dude.
No, I gave it up after 30 minutes. I am going to buy the book instead.
Tell Scott Brick that he has a great voice, bit it is an Audio Book.
It just didn't matter anymore. I'd already endured about 30 minutes of denouement, and anything else anyone said about it all, offered any more explanation, it was going to be unbearable, so I quit.
I dunno. I usually love Harlan Coben, I love Scott Brick narrating the Nelson DeMille books, but something wasn't working here.
Some of it was technical. There are three main characters who get about equal hunks of the story. Two are men, one is a woman. For the woman, Brick uses his trademark whispery voice, so you can tell when the story is about her. But for the two men, he didn't differentiate in their voices. That was a problem for me because over and over and over, the story would move from one man's tale to the other, with no break of any kind. No new chapter, no break in narration, no pause of any kind, so there was nothing to tell the listener that other man's story was now the subject. I thought it was very confusing. I never knew who's story was being advanced -- many times, I too far in to make backtracking the iPod a good idea. Finally I just let it go and gleaned what I could about whomever they were talking about.
It might have been me. Several other things niggled at me. For one thing, I have a pathological dislike for people who use the phrase, "Do you know what I mean?" after every sentence, sort of as a verbal pause. And here, ALL these characters were uttering that little ditty, assuming, I guess, that their thoughts were so deep, so profound, so full of EXISTENTIAL MEANING that no one could be expected to understand. Feh! Clearly not dialogue worthy of Coben.
Then too, this was another example of a tough-guy writer exposing his soft underbelly and trying to write romance. I think it comes off a bit weird -- I disliked it for the same reasons I really didn't like William Kent Krueger's "Northwest Angle". Loved every other one of Krueger's books, but when he went all soft and syrupy, dipping into analyzing the nature of love, he lost me. When I buy his books, I want action, danger and death -- not romance. I feel the same about Coben. Wish he'd stick to what he does so well, leave the soul searching angst to Nora Roberts.
I realize this book is attractive to many women -- no spoiler here, I won't tell you why. But it isn't for ALL women -- it sure wasn't for me.
Story seems disjointed.
The story was boring.
Maybe a different narrator.
A very disappointing book, I like all the Myron Bolitar books by Harlan Coben, but this one just never got my interest. I kept waiting for the book to grab my attention but it never did. The story line was a little confusing and the reader Scott Brick just did not seem the right one for this book, although some of his other narrations have been good.
If this was the first book I ever listed to by Coben I would never have read any of his other books.
This book was just a waste of my time.
Favorite books are Mystery & Thrillers followed close by SciFi & Fantasy.
I love mysteries that keep you guessing with lots of twists and surprises. This was just that book. Loved Scott Brick, he never disappoints.
I drive for a living, spending up to 13 hours a day in a truck. Commercial and satellite radio bore me - audio books are my salvation
The story was fluid and kept me engaged throughout. Scott Brick's performance was, as always, rock solid.
Scott Brick is one of my "go-to" narrators when I'm aimless and looking for something new to listen to. I enjoy his work, his ability to truly differentiate characters and his seamless transitions. He can take a mediocre work and make it good - when given a great story, he makes it epic.
Although a little slow to start, with a 13 hour shift in front of me, the book didn't make it to Day-2 - I devour audio books, and this one has made the rare jump to the list of books I'll listen to more than once.
Yes, to view the story again, knowing the ending. I think it will enrich the story.
That it was about gritty and sorted people without stooping too low to get that view.
Yes. I always enjoy his performances. Spot on!
Is "hooker with a heart of gold" simply a fairytale?
yes i have another book of harlans on my wish list
it is a good story,kept me guessing who did it.
I was excited to download the latest Coben book. As I started I noted the book shifted around between characters quite frequently, however, I assumed they would be tied together quickly. This never happened for me. I was totally bored and did not finish the book. This is the first book I have downloaded that I failed to finish. Save your credit.
Overly dramatic boring
The whole book
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I have been a Harlan Coben fan and have listened to most all of his earlier works, he was not up to his usual standards in this book. Although the ending was pretty good the plot line was thin, the story didn't hang together and the reader ran one conversation into another without a pause so sometimes you didn't know who was speaking.
Reader's voice was rather flat and ran conversations together. No pauses to change scenarios.
Yes. As far as I'm concerned, Harlan Coben is one of the most gifted mystery writers today, and the character development in this book is excellent.
Prior to this book, I had never listened to Scott Brick, but he was great. His pacing and phrasing only made the book more engaging.
There's a scene where one of the main characters is face to face with death, and Coben's command of the English language makes the listener feel as if he or she is there; it's quite amazing.
This book is filled with many great scenes, like the one I previously mentioned. Picking just one as a favorite isn't possible.
While I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn't want to listen to it in one sitting because it's packed with emotion. Therefore, it's best digested in smaller doses.
If you like Harlan Coben, you won't be disappointed. If you're not familiar with him, what are you waiting for? He's an excellent author, and this is a highly enjoyable book that I strongly recommend.