I was happy when I first discovered Harlan Coben, and have enjoyed most of his material. Had this title been my first experience with the author, I think it would have been my last. For me, the main character, Jake and his constant obsession over his old love, got real annoying. and many times throughout the narration, I found myself saying "Enough already, just get on with it".
Though the concept of the story was good enough, there was way to much filler, and with all of the pining, I quickly started to dislike the main character.
Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, and I think he did a fair job with what he had to work with here. I am not sure if it was Scott Brick or the material, but the over dramatization also became very annoying.
I kept hoping it would get better. I wish that I had read some of the reviews before I purchased this title.
Cut out all of the obsession over an old love, ( I got the point after the first few times) perhaps an abridged version would be more enjoyable.
Scott is one of my favorite readers, and seeing him listed as the narrator contributed to my purchasing this title. However, all of the drama Scott read into the story, contributed to making the story drag on.
I have read other Harlan Coben books (years ago) and thought they were ok. Not "amazing" not "terrible." I wanted to like this book, but the only thing I found it had going for it was Scott Brick doing the narration.
Spoiler alert -
Here is my summary of the entire story. Protagonist decides to look for his long lost "true love" despite his promise to her that he would never look for her. He is warned REPEATEDLY that doing so will cause many others to come to harm. He does so anyway. Many others come to great bodily harm. Selfishly, he continues on his quest. More people come to harm.
I listened to the entire story because I was driving and it helps me tolerate my LONG drives. I kept hoping for a neat turn in the story - Nope! just a selfish jerk pursuing a woman who told him to leave her alone.
Have enjoyed all my Scott Brick listens!
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I have NEVER heard such a boring monotone reader. Absolutely the worst. I had to push myself to keep listening and quite frankly thinking of sending it back in protest.
If Harlan Coben stuck to his witty, sarcastic dialogue. This was such a departure, and I kept rolling my eyes throughout the story.
The narrator was working with sappy material, and acted it out appropriately, I guess.
That's the question that plagues Jake Fisher. When Jake is dumped 6 years earlier, after falling in love with Natalie, he was willing to bow out. Now, it appears she's missing and some very bad people want to know where she is. Everyone in this story has a secret and not telling it, which is driving Jake mad, but the worst of it all, is that Natalie is missing and he doesn't know if she's safe or not. The whole book is a huge dangerous puzzle that doesn't get solved til the end, but keeps you guessing as the clues mount up.
The kind of book that I wanted to go to the end and read it, just to get rid of the anxiety, but I didn't so I thoroughly enjoyed it, as everything unfolded.
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.