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  • Six Years

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....

    G. House Sr. says: "Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!"
    "Worst Coben Book Ever Worst Scott Brick Narration"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    I agree with Lynn, Gail and Malia. Malia said: "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!!"

    That is a very good summary. I was hoping Jake would get beaten up again or even killed. I hated this obsession book.

    I am also getting tired of Scott Brick. Lynn said: "Usually (I) like Scott Brick but the overly dramatic and breathless narration on this is really annoying. I... dislike the main character intensely and do not know whether it is the story or the narrator because the narration is so extreme."

    The book had a snail's pace progress and Scott Brick dragged that out even longer. I just kept wishing this book would end. I almost stopped reading it a number of times but I had already invested so much time. Plus I wanted to be able to truly rate the book and felt that if I had not listened all the way I could not accurately rate it.

    The ending was easy to guess. I knew who the "killer" was by about half way through.

    This is easily Coben's worst book ever. I have decided to stop buying his stuff unless it's a Myron Bolitar novel.

    Has Six Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No just more stand alone Harlen Coben books

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I used to like Scott Brick. Now I find that he is way over the top with his breathless narrations and long pauses and very slow reading. I am going to avoid his books for a while.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    Every long sappy introspection by the main dopey character.

    Any additional comments?

    Avoid this book!!!

    58 of 68 people found this review helpful
  • The Hostage: A Presidential Agent Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By W. E. B. Griffin
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Charley Castillo works with the Department of Homeland Security, but more and more is the man to whom the President turns when he needs an investigation done discreetly. And no situation demands discretion more than the one before them now. An American diplomat's wife is kidnapped in Argentina, and her husband is murdered before her eyes.

    Kevin says: "Another Tasty Griffin Confection"
    "Great Story but too bad it was written by WEB G"

    This like all of the books I have read/listened to (15-20 at least) has a great story that is somewhat spoiled by the fact that it was written by WEB Griffin. Too bad he doesn't come up with the idea and assign it to someone else.

    His stories all have the same difficult to take WEBG mannerisms such as the incessant inner thoughts and self dialogue of the main character, the WAY overused expressions such as "Jesus Christ" among many others, the actions and words of characters that real people would never do or say, etc. I could go on and on but if you have read more than one of his books you know what I mean.

    Also I am soooo tired of Dick Hill. The way he reads is just hard to take. Between the Michael Connelly, Lee Child, P T Deutermann some Stuart Woods and all the WEB G books I cringe when I hear his voice. I refuse to listen to Nora Roberts books just because of him.

    This book would have received 5 stars but I took 2 stars off for WEB G's bad writing and 1 star off for Dick Hill's reading.

    Unfortunately the best WEB G can get in my view is a 3 because of his bad writing style. Replace Dick Hill and at least it would go up a star.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mounting Fears

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stuart Woods
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    New York Times best-selling author Stuart Woods returns with another absorbing thriller. President Will Lee is having a rough week. His vice president just died during surgery. Confirmation hearings for the new vice president are under way, but the squeaky-clean governor whom Will has nominated may have a few previously unnoticed skeletons in his closet. And Teddy Fay, the rogue CIA agent last seen in Shoot Him If He Runs, is plotting his revenge on CIA director Kate Rule Lee - the president's wife.

    Cill says: "crash landing"
    "Fluff Story - Horrible Narrator"

    I agrree with everyone here. The narrator is HORRIBLE. I cannot understand why any company would choose her to be a narrator and why Stuart Woods would allow it.

    This is also arguably his lowest quality book in quite a while. Minimal story, shallow character development. Even though he draws upon a slew of characters from prior novels the dialogue and interactions are very wooden.

    Mostly though, it is need of a good narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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