Born with earbuds.
The book has some overarching themes (gray versus black & white, keeping promises, fresh starts) and explores these very well--sometimes at the expense of the immediate story.
The book really takes off early on when the main character realizes that the husband of the woman he loves has died and he can't wait to get in touch with her again.
Scott brings the main character's love-sick puppy qualities to the surface. This is good for some, and annoying for others. Overall, I think it is the way Coben intended the character to be so don't blame Scott.
Coben books always have solid pacing and interesting starting premises so the book was easy to keep listening to. However, at some point, it became a little tedious waiting and waiting for the payoff. The author could have added some side-plots to the story or developed the relatively flat characters further to prevent some readers getting bored. The single plot line also put too much pressure on the ending to live up to expectations. In fairness, Coben has guts to still write one-off novels rather than always writing series books.
The book is definitely worth reading, and is entertaining despite its flaws. If you have read all Coben's books, you will find this one a bit below par. The negatives are a main character that's only moderately likable and whose actions are only moderately plausible. Most of the main characters best traits seem borrowed from Myron Bolitar such as sarcastic self-talk.
Drop the soapy love obsession. It got old after the first few times; I found myself saying, all right already. And I really wished the guy would quit getting beat up. I wanted someone I could cheer on; instead I found myself joining the other characters who told Jake, DROP IT ALREADY!!
Oh I'll pick another Colben book since the last 3 was outstanding. This was really, really bad and I'm glad it wasn't the first I had read from Colben or I would never have bought another.
He made Jake sound stupid as well as love sick.
the second and third attack. Come on the guy is supposed to be big as well as a professor and he can't keep from being attacked???
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.
I like the way Coben injects a sprinkling of romance into his mystery/thriller novels and this one definitely fits the mold. I had difficulty unraveling the mystery until Coben revealed what was happening. Some of the reason for this was because he wove a complicated tale, but most of it was because the tale was pretty unbelievable. But there are many examples of well-written fiction that strain credulity and I have no problem suspending my belief threshold if the story holds my interest. And this story certainly held my attention. I didn't want to shut my iPod off. There were also some marksmanship issues near the conclusion of the book that put some serious strain on the aforementioned credulity, but to reveal what they were might spoil some of the fun. Coben fans will like this book.
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.
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.
This story was so contrived it was painful to sit through it. I tried to accept it as a fun, light-heated read, but in the end realized I spent most of the story time wanting it to end. To make matters worse, the narration was worse than the story itself. Brick sounded as if he were reciting rather than reading or portraying the characters. I thought I was listening to a trumped up attempt at recreating "Johnny Dollar" (an old radio show.)
I hate to say it but most anything will be better than this. I only wish I could get my credit back.
This is a great mystery! It hooked me from the first sentence and it just kept reeling me in! The narrator is excellent and I can't say enough about his voice! It is read like a story should be read with all the emotions (and longings in this case) that the author intended. I have not read much of Coben (maybe one many years ago) but I would recommend this one to any mystery lover... Highly Recommend...
I was trying to decide it it was the author or the narrator that I disliked so much, and I decided it was both........After I had listened to about 25% of the book, I had to abandon it because it sounded like the whining melodramatics of a 17 year old girl trying to write meaningful poetry, which ends up being neither meaningful nor poetic. I chose this title because the author had been recommended to me and the audiobook was on sale, so I thought Bingo! Perfect opportunity! Well, I'm glad I tried this author's book on sale, because, frankly, it's drek. I was intrigued by the concept of the story: Man is dumped and has his heart broken, but nevertheless accepts an invitation to attend the wedding of his now-ex to her old beau; years later he reads about the new hubby's death, but then he discovers the dead man's widow is not his old flame, that the wedding he attended never seems to have existed, and the old flame can't be found and no one knows of her existence. Yeah, sounds intriguing until you get to the execution and discover the writing is ponderous and the narration is somehow both melodramatic and soporific. I'll pass.
This book felt a little like an older HC book, Tell No One. Both really enjoyable and the Scott Brick/Harlan Coben combo is always a good listen, but it's a standard HC mystery/thriller. I'm looking forward to the next Myron Bolitar book.
There's a chance this might be a decent story, but we'll never know. The over-the-top dramatic narration reduces the story to barely tolerable. Couldn't wait for it to end. Perhaps the narrator should have read a little Myron Bolitar before he took on the Jack Fisher character. Take a pass on this.