Scott Brick has the whiny, urgent, at-the-end-of-my-rope voice down pat. It perfectly fit this overly long and unbelievable story. By the end of the book I was thoroughly sick of Jake, and hoped that when he found Natalie she'd permanently put him out of his misery. Meh...
This book was totally unrealistic and boring...and the narrator talked so slow, I thought I would scream before it ended!
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 bought this book with a buy one get one free sale of and am sorry I picked this one. I have listened to over 30 audible books and this is the first disappointment. The writing is poorly developed and sophomoric. The story is written entirely in the first person with the protagonist uttering every single mundane thought that enters his mind. I thought I was going to pull my hair out if I heard the narrator say "What to do?" one more time or the answer "I don't know" an equal number of times. The narrator made matters worse by beyond tedious with a sing songy tempo punctuated with overtly dramatic exclamations. It was like he was trying to puff up drama or tension through his voice because the writing boring and flat. The grating performance just makes a bad book even worse. I could not finish it.
live and learn . . . on to the next one!
I read a lot of books in this genre. I didn't care for this one. I like stories to give me useful clues as to what in the world is going on. This one didn't. I kept expecting the pieces - and there were lots of them - to fall into place, but that happen didn't until late in the book. There could have been a good story here, but it needed more care in the telling.
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.
This one was a definite page-turner. Parts of it were predictable but there were still plenty of twists and turns to keep me reading, anxious to get all the details. I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle and I enjoyed the print version more. While Scott Brick is usually a solid narrator, I was not overly fond of his reading for this book. His cadence and intonation just didn't fit the character for me. He wasn't horrible, but the voice in my head was better this time around. Definitely well worth reading!
This felt a little overly dramatic. The narrator was great, but it felt a little too complicated for a love story.
You can't go wrong with Harlan Coben, always a good and gripping story. I don't think this was his best book - supporting characters are better in other works - but the plot twists and the sense of humour remain brilliant.
I did not like Scott Brick's narration. He was too heavy on the cynical side of the main character, who seemed always too blasé, and failed to make a clear distiction among characters' voices. In certain dialogues, I could not know who was speaking.
Overall, an entertaining audiobook.
Couldn't stop listening!!
Jake-learns to break the rules and take chances, which pay off in the end
No, I haven't but I would like to in the future.
The ending was pleasing.