I was a Reading Specialist by trade , but mostly I'm a wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, and servant to four cats.
I love Scott Brick, he's one of my favorites, but I'm not sure if he decided to be over the top or the book gave him little to work with. Story and narration come off as trying too hard, especially trying to make clever commentary on story events. Pretty disappointing. Sorry, Scott!
No. The book ties up all threads and there's nowhere else to go.
I have no idea.
The plot was so uninspired. The reader tried to add interest with some over the top reading, but it did not work in my opinion. I thought it was Boring! Boring! Boring!
I have no desire to read another book by this author.
Too dramatic, over the top. His read like he was on a roller coster.
All the boring stuff.
About half way through I didn't care about Natalie or if he ever found her.Stupid premise.
Sticking with the plot and weaving in the other stories in a neat package.
No I will continue to read this genre.
Hmmm I agree another narrator but the story line is still bad.
Mother, sister, police officers from all over, professor watching her fiancé's daughter, cookie, best friend, assistant. Way too many characters.
I would rather buy a well written novella than listen to a filler novel.
I ordered this book the minute it was available and I was not disappointed! Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors and this is at the top of my list! The opening scene was strange and very typical of Coben's writing. I could not stop listening and trying so hard to figure out the very convoluted angle of the plot. It does stop and make you wonder who can you trust? I was not disappointed in the ending, I was disappointed that it was ending!
Really good listen.
Jake was my favorite character even though he was a flawed, flawed man. Perhaps it was his flaws that made him likeable. If he were my brother or friend, I'd advise him to see a therapist for his inability to let "sleeping dogs lie." But it is also one of the elements that kept this story moving like a freight train through the night.
Scott did a reasonably good job with this material. I've heard better interpreters, but I've also heard worst. He worked for me.
Victim or villain?
I "read" audio books when I drive, clean house, walk the dogs, or work in the yard. However, I could not turn this one off. I've got the cleanest house in the neighborhood and I have this book to either thank or blame.
I like Harlen Coben. Some of his books are great. Some are stinkers. This one isn't great.
Scott Brick does his usual over-dramatic performance. I can tolerate that for good dialogue. This dialogue is just awkward. With Brick, it moves into painful.
It's a good plot, but the reasoning and action is poorly thought-out. The main character, a college professor, evidently doesn't have the reasoning skills of an 8 year old. I can't remember how many involuntary "D-oh!"s escaped while listening.
Save this purchase for the bargain shelf of a used book store.
For my money, no author has the ability to create vivid characters and palpable relationships the way Coben does. This story was told in the first person and done so effectively. As I was going through it, I felt just as confused as Jake, wondering what was true and what was false. I also felt his love for Natalie and his anguish over losing her, not to mention the roller-coaster-ride of emotions Jake experienced throughout the rest of the story.
The first Harlan Coben book I read was The Innocent, and it’s my favorite, quickly followed by Tell No One. Six Years is one of Coben’s best novels. It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. Filled with compelling characters and mysterious circumstances, this twisting tale of suspense is a must read.
I don't read romance novels because I simply don't enjoy them. So when I get one disguised as a suspense novel, I feel cheated and very annoyed. The lovesick character's illogical actions and the never ending passages professing his undying love had me skipping through the whole book until the last hour when I just couldn't take it any more and deleted the audio off my iphone. I had zero interest in finding out whodunnit and why.
The performer was annoying. His voice inflection was distracting. I did want to finish the story as there was suspense. But in the end, I found it contrived and quite ridiculous. I see from other reviews that I am in the minority.Someone compared it to Tell No One by Coben, which I thought was great. (I read it with my eyes.)
A good editor might have directed Mr. Coben to Guidestar where he could have gotten the Form 990 for "Fresh Start" for free.
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.