Never, ever, ever. He practically whispered the entire book and failed to bring any suspense to what should have been a thrilling novel.
Harlan Coben-Only if there were no other books to choose from and I was going on a road trip and really really needed a book to listen to Scott Brick-I spent the credit because I do like his narrations and thought that I might enjoy the book.
I don't think so
It has just enough suspense to keep you wondering where the story might be going....maybe next chapter will get to the point and the drek will end.....I held on to end because my curiosity got the better of me...all the while rolling my eyes at the endless wandering of the story
Someone that has a vivid imagination and is not concerned with details.
Mitch Rapp or Dave Robecheaux
The reader was simply annoying. If the reader had been more realistic like George Guidall or Richard Feronne may the story line would have been more believable.
The main character, Professor Jake whats his name. Really? a professor who works in academia daily can beat up hardened mob muscle. A 30+ professor who's only altercations were his experiences as a bouncer in college.
The ending was good enough. Even parts of the story line and getting to the truth was sort of interesting. But it would have been better if the professor was into boxing or some sort of martial arts which made it slightly believable that he would not fear dangerous men with guns.
I may avoid the narrator entirely after this book. If I cared enough to read it, or hear another version, I might find that the book was mildly entertaining. It certainly had a great many twists and turns, mostly improbable and many foreseeable, but the narrator got so annoying that it became difficult to actually keep up with the plot.
I have listened to several books narrated by Brick in the past, and, though he has never been my first choice of narrators, he was not an impediment. This time, however, he was so overly dramatic that it was very distracting. I found myself laughing at his dramatic narration and not paying attention to the book itself.
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
This is the crux of the matter -- what would one like best, what would one like least? Given the decidedly mixed reviews, extreme at both ends, any one person's take will depend on what they like best or least in a book that is part mystery, part double chase, part thriller, part love story. Six Years wins out on mood (dark, brooding, mysterious) and, to a point, suspense. But character and motivation are iffy, depending on how much you buy into what drives the narrator/protagonist, college prof Jake Fisher, all 6'6-230 ex-bouncer pounds of him.
It's the Heisenberg Principle of art -- if your expectations are too high, you're likely to be disappointed, if they're low, you'll probably like it. I saw all the negative reviews about the slow pace and questionable characterization. I came close to choosing not to listen to Six Years. I ended up going for it on the recommendation of a friend (Coben in general, not this particular book). But coming in with low expectations, I found myself pleasantly surprised.
Yes, there were moments when the narrator's thought process was too, uh, thought out -- a paragraph or two when a simple statement would have sufficed. Yes, his obsession is over the top, clearly designed to drive the plot rather his character, or at the very least failing to do the latter. Yes, the whodunit and why they dun it, after taking too long to emerge, isn't exactly the be all and end all that would justify the hours of hand wringing.
So, some flaws, for sure. But overall, I liked it and I couldn't wait to find out the who, what, why. Definitely more so early on while me the reader and Jake the protagonist were trying to figure out what exactly was going on, somewhat less once the reasons emerged. My only explanation for why that may be is that my expectations were exceeded by enough of a margin for me to get sucked into it, and I wasn't too disappointed in the end.
At first, yes. But then I started to wonder if the suspense was being dragged out too deliberately, unfolding too slowly and with not enough of a clue for me to figure it out.
The performance did not make or break the book. Scott Brick is a prolific reader whom I have listed to a number of times is different genres without even realizing it, which is perhaps the best thing you can say -- the book carries the day, for better or worse. Here, he is as deliberate in his pace and as ponderous in his tone as the book wants him to be. If that's a problem, it's in the writing, not the reading.
A movie, sure -- too neatly sewn up at the end to justify a series. I already know that Hugh Jackman has been signed to play Jake Fisher, so it's hard for me to come up with my own suggestions for that role. I don't think there are any supporting roles large enough to warrant speculation, not even Jake's love interest, who is spoken of more than she actually appears.
I have listened to hundreds of books on tape and have only had to quit a book because of the narrator twice. This is one of them.
The narrator uses a tone of voice that portrays the main character as some whiny sniveling weakling.
I listened for three hours and couldn't take another minute of it. I will read the book so that I can make the character my own.
At the end it took a minute for me to decide if I loved it or hated it. So I settled on somewhere in the middle. First I loved it for all its twist and turns. Even when I was not listening I was still thinking about what will happen next. It left me thinking...."what's going on"...however, I hated his motives towards the middle, and hated the end even more. I do not want to give it away so I will just leave it at that. Six years had such a strong begging, but much to be desired towards the end.
Cobee\n-never, if I can remember (I've made that vow before. Usually lI ike Scott Brick.
Back to John Connolly, maybe Daniel Silva
Way over the top. If his goal was to get you to despise the self obsessed, breathless main character, it was a great job.
I would get the hero killed in this first fifty pages and start over This is the worst since Nighfall by Nelson Demille.
One of the nicest things my wife ever told me was, "You don't have to listen to it just because you bought it?
This has been the most boring incredibly slow book I have ever listened to. Had just finished Tell No One and could not wait to start this one. Are you positive it's written by Harlan Coben? He should read his own description of professors who like the sound of their own voices—he evidently was mesmerized by his own prose. Glad he was but, please spare us. Scott Brick is one of the worst readers. So melodramatic, so not able to make his characters sound anything but silly. If I could give his narration a minus, I would. So disappointing. Makes me think three or four times about buying anymore of Harlan Coben's books. I don't have to think twice about buying anymore of Scott Brick's book—I certainly won't.
A different narrator, and perhaps a better story line, something a bit more believable.
It was so overly dramatic, made the story line totally ridiculous, could not wait until the book ended. Nobody would ever believe this story line, and he did not help. It was like an old B movie, you just keep going thinking it will get better. It did not.
It finally ended.......
I normally love Harlan Coben books, this was a total disappointment. The story line was boring and unbelievable. I cannot believe it was written by the same author.