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.
No, I wouldn't listen to Six Years again because of Scott Brick's narration. Coben's writing style is good, really nice in fact, a genre I like. But I always avoid anything narrated by SB. This time I took the plunge..and was disappointed all over again. Sorry, I won't go that route again.
The six years of hope and love that never got lost.
Pick a different narrator!
No, small portions please.
I'm a big fan of Harlen Coben & this one kept my attention with lots of twists and turns. I guess some people didn't like the "love story" aspect but it didn't bother me. I'm a romantic & want someone willing to do anything for me! LOL I spent more time working in the yard, just so I could keep listenting. It was worth the credit for me with a strong story line & narration. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as listening - I really like Scott Brick as narrator.
Scott brick is always amazing, although he seems to do very well with sarcastic characters.
Lots and lots of clever twists and turns, but they get tedious after a while.
He becomes the narrator in the story as written by Coben.
I loved it until the last 1/3. It had good character development and I liked the characters. The last 1/3 I had to listen to with lots of breaks.
Yes, I never guessed what was going on so many twists and turns.
The confrontation between Benedict and Jake...drama!!
Just get it!
I have been a fan of Harlan Coben for years and look forward to Scott Brick's narration. But this was the worst of both I've experienced.
It was not particularly interesting at all. I can honestly say that there was not a single surprise in the story. Everything was clearly telegraphed and easily guessed. This story does not come close to the typical thrill ride of a Coben story. And the hackneyed slang and conversational stopgaps were not worthy of him. I hope I never hear the phrase "the mind goes where it will" again.
So many ways. I don't expect Scott Brick to give all the characters different voices. But the exact same phrasing, intonations, and inflections for each and every one is dreary. And the story did not need his added melodrama. It was over-the-top on its own.
Oh God, please no.
Everything. It's hard to pay attention to the story because the reader is too annoying. I don't think I will be able to finish. Too whiny.
Don't know. Stay Close was okay
Michael McConnohie or Dick Hill, someone with a less whiny voice
Best: Kept you guessing until the very end.
Worst: I thought it was going to more of a psychological thriller (totally my fault) so I was a little disappointed that it was not.
It was very interesting and there were just enough clues to keep me listening without giving away the ending.
He did okay. In general I am not a huge fan of male narrators and the way they make women sound. But Brick did an okay job of differentiating between characters. I also thought his voice was a little old for the age of Jake.
I thought the premise was great. I enjoyed the story but thought the execution could have been a little bit better. I realize it is fiction and that the author needs to make certain things happen for the mystery to unfold and for the main character to be able to find the clues. BUT I thought there was a lot that was just a little to coincidental.
Coben may as well have started out, "It was a dark and stormy night..." because "Six Years" is as close to a melodrama as anything I've had the misfortune to read (or listen to) in a very long time.
Actually, it starts out just fine -- for the first hour or so, I was interested, thinking I'd found a good one. But then alas, the love bug bites. On and on and on, big-guy Jake Fisher protagonist (literally, a big strapping linebacker kind of guy) shifts into serious moaning over his lost love, Natalie, who he'd dated for three months six years ago, but who had then ditched him and immediately married someone else. At her wedding -- to which he went, but of course! -- Natalie begged him to 'leave us alone', and for six years, Jake did. But then....
From that point on, it was surreal. I tried to play this 'theater of the mind' out in my head. It's so unseemly: Here's this big guy, a tenured professor of political science, well liked among students, who spends HOURS our of time moaning, whining, fantasizing and carrying on about his lost love Natalie, how it was so earthshakingly "special", how theirs was a once in a lifetime passion, no one else could ever understand, no other woman would ever do, how their love will last forever, even if they never see each other again... ta da, ta da....
You get the idea. If that had been a woman carrying on like that, we would have said, "Sheesh, girl! Get over it! He married someone else! Move on!" But since it's a guy weeping and emoting all over the pages like that, I guess we're supposed to believe that it's just a manly man, getting in touch with his feelings.. How sweet.
In fact, he goes on for so long, with no indication whatever of EVER quitting, I started to wonder if the Jake the protagonist was going to become a stalker. Was THAT the plot? Then I started to think: I suppose most of us women, at one time or another, had a relationship with a man who simply wouldn't give up, who kept on and on, to the point that we felt actual fear. For most of us, time was the cure. the guy went away, eventually. But here's Jake. Doesn't look like he'll ever move on --
Unfortunately, this is not a stalker book. That might have been more interesting. Suffice it to say that Jack Fisher is a lovesick mess, pure and simple. The plot is inherently incredible -- doesn't matter what it is, in the face of so much sloppy love talk the plot takes second place. Who cares?
And while I've greatly enjoyed many of Scott Brick's narrations -- especially Nelson DeMille's Jon Corey series -- this one is absolutely insufferable. Brick's overwrought reading -- literally groaning with unrequited love, now and then -- brings on barf-time. Lemme outta here, this is BAD. Save your credit and remember Harlan Coben when he wrote really good thrillers, not sloppy fourth-rate romance.