An avid reader who cherishes my time with a good book!
I'm not sure if it was my intense dislike of the narrator or that this story just didn't compel me, but I could not wait until this one was over. The narrator's voice seemed to be to be completely mismatched to the character. The overly dramatic reading make the dialogue sound very contrite and corny through most of the book. I have read Coben before and I have been a fan but I was wholly disappointed with this novel which seemed drab and drawn out. I felt myself rolling my eyes quite a bit throughout. Without giving too much away, the real reason for absence of Natalie for the last six years, hardly seemed worth all the effort in the end.
I don't know who would like this book...
Prof. Fisher is v. one-dimensional...he so "in love" it's hard to believe he can put on his sox in the morning, nevermind take on a gang of mobsters. He has 3 shallow "emotions": love, fear, anger. Natalie is so undeveloped it's hard to see what there is about her that keeps Prof. Fisher thinking of her every day for 6 years. This sounds more like sickness than love....
I thought that i could listen to Scott Brick read a dictionary and be enthralled...but this book proved otherwise. He sounded like he was on the verge of tears for 12 hours; it was exhausting to listen to him. True, he didn't have much to work with...why did he even want to read this book???
If this had been a real book i would have thrown it in the trash. Only the long work commute kept me listening--barely.
The story would be better if the main character had less angst and stopped whining long enough to demonstrate that he was a decent human being. . Translation: he was terribly narcissistic !
The plot seemed totally contrived and unbelievable. In addition because I didn't care about the characters, I stopped trying to understand the plot. It had too many implausible twists and turns.The main character was incredibly self centered, narcissistic, and consequently unattractive. I felt like Corben was attempting to romanticize stalking.
Less angst and more humor.
Boredom, apathy, and disappointment
Manipulative writing with far too many trite phrases. One dimensional characters. None of the cracking humor of earlier books. And Scott Brick, while not as annoyingly melodramatic sounding as usual, is still an annoying narrator.
Almost anything else. The "hero" is a self-absorbed twit who sounds like a 13-year old with a first crush. He is a stalker, going so far as to stalk his object to her (supposed) husband's funeral. The story is so convoluted and stupid, it hurts. And the narration - If Scott Brick gets any sadder, he'll die, I'm sure of it., or I will of sheer boredom.
The main character and the reader...and the fact that I wasted money on it. On a different note, I hated the fact that "Jake" must have had 3 or 4 concussions, yet never needed treatment, had no effects from TBI, just continued on because he's so tough. What a crock.
He is sooooo slow and soooo serious and every word is sooooo heavy with importance. Very distracting.
...most of them. This book didn't need to have been written, it adds nothing to my library anyway. Wish I could have a refund
Skip it, don't buy it, don't waste a credit. The Myron Bolitar/Mickey Bolitar reads are much better if you need to read this author.
Trite, repetitious, predictable and boring!
It read like a cheap romance novel. This is first time I ever read this author and never will again.
It was fine. The book was disappointing.
#1 - the reader
#2 - the story
No, but I'll never knowingly by a book read by Brick again. I've read paper versions of Coben and they were OK, but I'll probably avoid his audiobooks as well.
The reader, Scott Brick, is WAY over the top melodramatic to the point of whiny. I'm making a note to never purchase a book read by Scott. Brick.
Actually, a bit of nausea.
Because of the reader, I couldn't tell if the story was as bad as it seemed, or if it was the narration that made it so. I do think the plot line was weak and more than improbable. I nearly quit listening several times.
I listened to many good books of the same author, and this one should be written in a hury. Full of cliches, impossible situations, previsible situations, coincidences out of nowhere. I am disapointed with this author who wrote very good novels in the past
Less cliches, more acceptable and possible situations
The performance was fine
It begun with a compelling start, a good hoke to catch the listener/reader, a missing person who belonged to the past of the protagonist, but the author got lost in his immagination and turn out the worst book of his I ever listened.
Up to this book, I bought any book from Harlan Coben without a doubt, from this poor work on I will be more careful and give a second thought before buying anything from his.
i like to read. i like to listen.
I bought this book based on all the amazing reviews I've heard about this book. Didn't find it as suspenseful, exciting or even well written as I'd anticipated. I think the concept was so good, but the book didn't deliver.
The mystery was easy to figure out. I knew "whodunnit" not far into the story...and i was sadly disappointed that i was right. it's so much better when as a reader your original guess is twisted and turned on it's head so that you are surprised. i was never surprised when listening to this.
The physical book may be good to read, but don;t under any circumstances get the audio. I'm sure Scott Brick is a nice guy, but he should keep his day job. I couldn;t take it and basically threw my money in the garbage.
Turning off the sound
No one in reality speaks the way he did. He speakssssssss sooooooooo slowlyyyyyyyy