Like many other reviewers, I've read all of Coben's books and this is the worst. Dr. Jake sounded more like a ditzy high school girl than a highly educated professor. I agree with Malia that Scott Brick made the character sound worse--sorry Scott, you are one of my favorite narrators. Archer is a master at character development and story telling. Have I given up on Coben? Probably not, but I'll wait to read the reviews and not pre-order. A good way to get beyond this experience would be to listen to the first two volumes of Jeffrey Archer's series--Only Time Will Tell and The Sins of the Father. Part three is due out next month.
yep!! Very good story with lots of twists and turns. Kind of a stretch how someone could get that infatuated over someone they knew such a short amount of time...and have it continue for six years of absence... but if you can get past that, you'll enjoy the story.
The story line is great and so many surprises.
This book is by far the best by Harlen Coben. I kept looking forward to my next opportunity to continue listening.
I like every one of Scott Brick's performances. He is a master story teller. Absolutely the best.
The whole book.
A great book. Definitely worth the credit. I wish all stories were like this. I am not sure my wife would appreciate my absence as I listen to the stories.
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I am usually a big Harlan Coben fan and a huge Scott Brick fan (narrator) as well...the story line was so predictable and well....sappy! Does a man ever, truly ever, pine for a woman for 6 yrs?? That is basically the point of the story. I was very disappointed and couldn't believe this is the same author who wrote "Tell no one" and "The Woods". Scott did his normal performance but the story line took away one of his stars based on the melodramatic acting.
A Great Story
Jake. He loved Natalie unconditionally and was willing to do whatever it took to find her.
Whiny - shaky - distracting
Loved the story. Nothing extreme though.
Nobody can tell a story like Harlan Coban. His books contain, for my money, the best combination of mystery story and wise cracking humor. This story lived up to his best so far, but the always-close-to-tears voice of the narrator nearly obscured the "lighter" side of the tale. Bring back Jonathan Marosz!
I would listen again to pick up details I missed the first time.
My favorite character was Jack. He was a romantic and a "real" guy who knew how to love.
I felt I really heard Jack's voice. I liked his performance.
I laughed several times at the humor Coben included to break the tension. I couldn't stop listening which is the result of great writing. This wasn't just a book with a suspense plot but with emotion, too. That's the type of book I enjoy the most.
I loved the opening act which set up this sappy book. I liked the ending act even if it wasn't the usual super duper wild ride we expect. Oh my, the middle is muddled. Too many underdeveloped characters, too many obvious hints, too many fights, too many needless deaths and too much whining. When I think of a book about academia I expect a ride with "Indiana Jones". I believe the abridged version would have been better.
I kept saying would you like some cheese with the whine Jack which is as silly as the endless pining of the main character.
Coben never developed the underlying question of what I thought was his intent. Should I act in a black or white world or one that grey permeate throughout. Idealist or Pragmatist?
I expected more. I liked the ending. It's unusual to read a novel that gives closure to a story and avoids questioning the authors typical need for the big surprise.
Harlan Coben is an amazing author, I love his work but I hope its Sixty Years before he pens another like this one.
How about one more hit of Myron and the gang please? Pretty please!
The story was good and interesting but the narrator was not. I was not able to concentrate on the story due to his performance.
It was interesting and I put up with the narrator to get to the end.
Narrator could have been different. Or, instructed to perform differently.
Mom of 3 essentially grown kids that are friend more than kids now. I am finding time to rediscover past pre-parent passions such as pediatric ER nursing, quilting and road biking...my house is cleaner and more organized than ever because I can listen to a book and accomplish life mundane/routine life necessities!
As a Harlan Coben fan, I found the book to be a great disappointment. The storyline is slow and tedious, the main character boring and ending predictable and saccharine. I actually had to force myself to finish listening this book which is extemely rare for me. I found the overall story to be depressing and it took a few days to shake my malaise. It is good for authors to branch out but Harlan needs to bark up a different tree.
I will approach his next work with trepidation and wait for reviews and feedback before purchasing.
Kept you guessing.. different story than the usual mystery
The plot was interesting and a well written story
Words fail me.... I cant tell you how grating his voice was... I actually feel bad insulting someone but it cant be helped. All I can say is.. dramatic.. breathy voice... over acted... just did not fit the character or the words he was reading. Just beyond annoying.. the story was worth overlooking the voice but it was very difficult.
No... its not really emotional or a tear jerked...
Great read.. enjoyable and even a little surprising.. hard to surprise me since I read 3 or 4 books a month