I may try another Coben book but not if Scott Brick is narrating;unless, Brick gets over the overdramatization and matches his tone to what is appropriate in the story!
I would not recommend this book. The story is overall is not bad and the author often nicely interjects a little humor to balance more serious scenes. The main character is a little too stupid at times. I value more background and deeper understanding of setting than this story delivers. Scott Brick detracts from the flow intended by the author as he overly dramatizes and creates incongruent sinister tone to every line.
No opinon on who. I would choose a narrator that understands and delivers the intended story. Scott Brick was capable of that in the early Clive Cussler books. My opinion is that he now is more interested in himself and his voice than he is in using his voice to relay the author's intention.
Coben has gotten lazy with his writing. I have been reading or listening to his stuff since the first Bolitar book. This was horrible, barely got throu it
Brick is an all-star
I hope this is a one time fall for Coben, guy has done some great stuff but this is a piece of ....
A Perfect Thriller
Great and unpredictable plot
Great voice, well narrated
It moved me and had me on the edge of my seat!
This book was worth the listen. It had a unique plot and I enjoyed it.
I wondered if the main character was nuts and imagined his summer love. The least interesting was the ending.
The main character.
No. It's a bit ordinary and predictable.
Yes, I usually enjoy his books more.
No. It ended where it ended.
An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I'm not sure if it was my intense dislike of the narrator or that this story just didn't compel me, but I could not wait until this one was over. The narrator's voice seemed to be to be completely mismatched to the character. The overly dramatic reading make the dialogue sound very contrite and corny through most of the book. I have read Coben before and I have been a fan but I was wholly disappointed with this novel which seemed drab and drawn out. I felt myself rolling my eyes quite a bit throughout. Without giving too much away, the real reason for absence of Natalie for the last six years, hardly seemed worth all the effort in the end.
Just when you think you have figured out who the "bad" person is, another twist to the story happens. Harlan Coben has a way with leaving you hanging on for that next sentence to be read.
The plot was so good that at times I would just sit in my car with the book playing to hear the rest of the story.
The narrator, Scott Brick, is by far my favorite person to listen to when reading a suspense book. He is able to take you there with his voice and leave you hanging on his every word as if he really was the character he is portraying at that very moment. He is an awesome, awesome reader.
I didn't want it to stop when it did. I was excited to get to my car every morning, noon, and night just to hear the rest of this story.
Harlan Coben has yet to let me down with any of his books, and I think I have read them all.
I don't know who would like this book...
Prof. Fisher is v. one-dimensional...he so "in love" it's hard to believe he can put on his sox in the morning, nevermind take on a gang of mobsters. He has 3 shallow "emotions": love, fear, anger. Natalie is so undeveloped it's hard to see what there is about her that keeps Prof. Fisher thinking of her every day for 6 years. This sounds more like sickness than love....
I thought that i could listen to Scott Brick read a dictionary and be enthralled...but this book proved otherwise. He sounded like he was on the verge of tears for 12 hours; it was exhausting to listen to him. True, he didn't have much to work with...why did he even want to read this book???
If this had been a real book i would have thrown it in the trash. Only the long work commute kept me listening--barely.
The story would be better if the main character had less angst and stopped whining long enough to demonstrate that he was a decent human being. . Translation: he was terribly narcissistic !
The plot seemed totally contrived and unbelievable. In addition because I didn't care about the characters, I stopped trying to understand the plot. It had too many implausible twists and turns.The main character was incredibly self centered, narcissistic, and consequently unattractive. I felt like Corben was attempting to romanticize stalking.
Less angst and more humor.
Boredom, apathy, and disappointment