Oh the pain
Conversations where secrets are revealed drag on and on, the hero fails to call the police (or run away) when he ought to, and there's a substantial amount of soap-opera level hand-wringing over lost romance. But the reader does an absolutely amazing job given the material. There were a few unpredictable plot twists, and I did listen until the end. A decent piece of escapism, as long as you can make it through the long speeches of love lamentations, delivered with an admirable level of commitment by Scott Brick.
I am the author of "Inner Fears", a thriller by MFKing. I am a social media manager for Jazz Social Media. Audio books are my main entertainment, and I think the best entertainment offered today.
Harlan Coben always spins a good tale, and I want you to know that I recommend this book, it's just that I felt kind of smacked in the head by dear Harlan. This is over the top, and talk about trying to force puzzle pieces in where they don't belong... As I listened I kept saying to myself--here's where the music swells and this happens--and sure enough, it happened. Then I'd say: the only things that could make this more stupid is if this happened--and then sure enough, it would happen. No surprises. Well, it was a surprise that I wasn't surprised. "Tell No One" is not going to happen twice.
I think a super successful writer must get to the point where he knows what ever he writes will be a best seller, and some things are not as important as they used to be. I saw it happen to Dean Koontz in a big way. Writing for friends--using their names and homes so they can say,"Hey, Frank--this is me!" But those aren't the people paying for these books. I'm paying. I want the writer to write for me.
I think he had a wager with fellow writers to make as many ridiculous "smile" metaphors as possible, and to have the most predictable ending ever--what every TV writer and book writer have ever done (except for the big fire to sort things out at the end). He gave away the entire plot with the "the doctor was his MOTHER" re-played joke, and I could see a writing group chewing on that one and laughing--at me. The ending Itself was so sappy it made me almost physically ill.
His research wasn't up to par, either, and there were a few statements made by characters that they wouldn't have known--or maybe he put that in to make me feel smart.
Just a start.
Wish I could get the ending out of my head, but I'm afraid that bell can't be un-barfed.
JAKE WAS SO PATHETIC !!!! ARE MEN VERY PATHETIC REALLY ABOUT L O V E ???
I HOPE MEN ARE NOT THIS ANNOYING ABOUT THEIR LOVE
IT IS VERY DISTURBING AND REALLY UNREALISTIC.
I WANT TO PUKE SPECIALLY WHEN JAKE TALK ABOUT HER??????? AND HIS LOVE FOR HER AND TALK TO HER.
ALL OF IT
I WANT TO RETURN THIS BOOK
Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
I can see from the reviews that some have taken the narrator, Scott Brick to the woodshed on this one, and I must admit at the beginning of the book some of the drama was really not called for. But all in all, I do love Scott Brick, and as the story progressed, so did the urgency. I really liked the actual story, and so what if it's a love story? It was that, but so much more. And it was anything but predictable. Excellent writing and kept me listening until the wee hours . . .
But if you've read other stories by this author, then this plot will be waaaaaay too familiar.
No. There are other forms of torture that I would find preferable to slogging my way through that drivel.
The characters are unrealistic, the writing is terrible, the story drags on & on. It was like a poorly written and performed Raymond Chandler novel. Old fashioned, one dimensional, trash.
It was overly dramatic, his attempts at reading the female-spoken dialog was hideous. I listened for quite some time, trying to figure out if it was poorly written or poorly read and finally decided it was both.
I kept listening for a while because I wanted to know what happened, so there was a good mystery for the first few chapters. Then I stopped caring and when I found myself yelling at the book I realized there was no point in continuing.
I really hoped they killed both Jake & Natalie. Horribly.
He is phenomenal! As soon as the book started, his voice got my attention. His voice, tone, description etc was so engaging. Will look for other books he narrated. He's awesome.
I am not done with the book yet. I am not good at sarcasm, but it had some that were pretty funny. Love the story, thrilling etc.
This story moves along very quickly and you never want to stop reading. Even even when you feel that you have figured it out it always takes a turn you are not expecting. I recommend it highly.
An okay book, although rather predictable. I much prefer the author's Myron series, but I wanted to try so,etching different. Quick and easy mystery novel. I did like that it takes place with in the same universe of the Myron serious and makes brief minor references to them. I would recommend this book to any in need of a fun mystery to kill sometime this summer.
The story was ok, although it seemed to drag on in spots but maybe it was the horrible narrator.
The man was reading this story as if it was Shakespeare or poetry; in whispered dramatic almost British accent. Harlen Coben is humorous and this narrator could not pull off the humor because he was trying to be too dramatic. We almost could not continue after we began the story because we could not stand his tone/voice. He didn't have a terrible voice, it just did not match the tone of Coben. He seemed to make the parts that were draggy even worse. I can't even finish the book. It wasn't just me either - there were three of us listening in a car on a road trip and finally we had enough and had to cut it off.