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Just One Look | [Harlan Coben]

Just One Look

An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him. When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation.
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Publisher's Summary

An ordinary snapshot causes a mother’s world to unravel in an instant. After picking up her two young children from school, Grace Lawson looks through a newly developed set of photographs. She finds an odd one in the pack: A mysterious picture from perhaps twenty years ago, showing four strangers she can’t identify. But there is one face she recognizes—that of her husband, from before she knew him.

When her husband sees the photo that night, he leaves their home and drives off without explanation. She doesn’t know where he’s going, or why he’s leaving. Or if he’s ever coming back. Nor does she realize how dangerous the search for him will be. Because there are others interested in both her husband’s past and that photo, including Eric Wu: A fierce, silent killer who will not be stopped from finding his quarry, no matter who or what stands in his way.

Her world turned upside down, filled with doubts about her herself and marriage, Grace must confront the dark corners of her own tragic past as she struggles to learn the truth, find her husband, and save her family.

©2004 Harlan Coben (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    lisa 03-02-14
    lisa 03-02-14
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    "Bad female reader"
    What did you like best about Just One Look? What did you like least?

    The story seems to be good. I'm still listening. I really don't like to criticize the readers as I always think they are doing the best that they can. Sadly, I feel compelled to comment on this as the female narrator made the book unbearable. She added an unnecessary syllable at the end of every sentence. So every single syllable word became two. And I mean every word. It was and still is horrible as I want to finish the book but I must continue to listen to this woman. I have never had a book ruined before because of a reader and I'm really sorry to say, this is the first.
    Don't the directors listen to the readers before publishing? It would seem to me that there is an audition as in any production first. Is she related to someone? It just doesn't make sense as any person can hear her strange reading pattern. Anyway, I will finish the book as I'm enjoying the storyline. But I will make sure that I never listen to a book from this reader again.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ’s performance?

    I've said it previously.


    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Plano, TX, United States 02-15-14
    Dennis Plano, TX, United States 02-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Just Shoot Me"

    Ordinarily, I thoroughly enjoy Harlan Coben's books, but listening to this is pure torture. Angela Dawe's narration is just as bad as other reviewers have said (God, I wish I'd read those reviews instead of buying this book blind!). Here's the problem: Ms. Dawe's feels compelled to end almost every declarative sentence with a two-syllable lift-drop in her inflection . . . even when the sentence ends in a monosyllabic word. Thus, "Jack" becomes "Jaa-ack" and "home" becomes "hoo-ome." It is absolutely maddening. (Strangely, Ms. Dawe's speaks normally when she is reading quotations.) I'm curious to know how the book turns out -- the portions read by Luke Daniels are intriguing -- but I just don't know if I can stand to continue.

    24 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Mema 02-13-14
    Mema 02-13-14

    Wife, Mother, Mema, Sister

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    "The narrator can sure make or break a book"

    The story is interesting, Luke Daniels was good but Angela Dawe just ruined it for me. I'd advise reading this one. Such a pity as I really love Coben's other audible books. Looked forward to enjoying this one and didn't.

    20 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie 02-12-14
    Jennie 02-12-14 Member Since 2003

    Crazy about legal thrillers!

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    "Good story- most pathetic narration by female ever"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Without a doubt I would change the female narrator.She absolutely ruined the book. It grated on my nerves so badly that I had to listen in short bursts.


    Would you recommend Just One Look to your friends? Why or why not?

    I love Harlan Coben's standalone books - he is one of the greatest out there in my opinion, but I would not recommend this audio book to anyone. The female narration absolutely ruined the audiobook. I would have to recommend that one read the book on this occasion and that is rare for me. I'm a diehard audiobook lover - just have never experienced a read this bad.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ?

    Anyone at all instead of Angela Dawe and I really didn't care for Luke Daniels either. My favorite is Dick Hill and there are lots of wonderful female narrators out there.


    Was Just One Look worth the listening time?

    Not with the female narration. Read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story from Coben - please improve the narration on subsequent books.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 02-24-14
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 02-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I Want My Credit Back!"

    The female narrator is awful! Staccato sentences and nothing flowed. A fifth grader could read this book better. What were the director and editors thinking??? Whomever was responsible for proofing the audio version needs to find another profession. I love Coben's novels, alas I'll never find out how this one ends. If you must read "Just One Look" buy the abridge version maybe you can get to the end. I'm bummed!

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Tana Princeton, MN, United States 02-10-14
    Tana Princeton, MN, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2013

    Crazy about mysteries.

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    "Miserable female narration."
    What did you like best about Just One Look? What did you like least?

    I liked the plot best. I liked the female narration least. My rating would have been higher without her doing the narration.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, when I could get past her dreadful narration. By switching parts of the story.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ’s performance?

    Luke Daniels was just fine. Angela Dawe---do the people who hire the narrators listen to them read?! She sounds as if she ordered a semi full of paperweights and clunked one down on the end of each sentence. I had to increase the narration speed so I could tolerate her reading and find out what happened in the audiobook.


    Do you think Just One Look needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes. Unanswered questions. Just DON'T have Angela Dawe narrate. I won't go near it if she does.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Harlan Coben's work. Too bad it had to be compromised by the female narration.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    JasonCMott woodland hills, CA, United States 02-05-14
    JasonCMott woodland hills, CA, United States 02-05-14
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    "Narrator ruins the audiobook"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Without Angela Dawe`s whining voice to irritate you, it would deserve a better rating.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The plot was good


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ?

    Luke Daniels was fine. I would advise Angela Dawe to find another occupation, or get treated by a speech pathologist before making another attempt at narrating a book.


    Was Just One Look worth the listening time?

    Yes, not withstanding the feeling of discomfort every time A.D. read her part.


    Any additional comments?

    Why do you trick us into buying an old audio book by placing it under recently released?

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon HERNDON, VA, United States 03-23-14
    Shannon HERNDON, VA, United States 03-23-14 Member Since 2012

    shanana95

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    "AWFUL female narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A new female narrator


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    absolutely. I enjoy Coben's books quite a bit. In this case though, I just couldn't get past the female narrator.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe and Luke Daniels ’s performance?

    Angela Dawe is unlistenable. She sounds like Ethel Merman shouting a book at you. She's so annoying. I couldn't listen after about 10 minutes, so I was never able to finish the book.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Just One Look?

    I didn't listen to the whole thing.


    Any additional comments?

    Please rerecord this with a better narrator. I would love to listen to this book. I just can't listen to Angela Dawe's shouting.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Leah Morrison Phoenix, AZ, US 03-18-14
    Leah Morrison Phoenix, AZ, US 03-18-14 Member Since 2014

    I'm a voracious reader and love books with strong characters - men or women -- and now dogs. I live in Arizona.

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    "great story - bad narration"
    Would you listen to Just One Look again? Why?

    I finally quit listening to this book because of the grating, whiny narrator. It's a shame when a narrator ruins a book but this one did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    good story


    How could the performance have been better?

    A better narrator.... please.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was disappointed not to be able to listen to it all. I READ the book and it's one of Harlan's best.


    Any additional comments?

    Either read the book or wait for a better narrator. I will not buy any other book narrated by Angela Dawe.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    carmen 03-11-14
    carmen 03-11-14
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    "Narrator unbearable"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    All of these reviewers are correct! I love Harlen Coben novels so much, I thought I could handle the reviews regarding the bad narrator because his stories are worth it. However, I am having a hard time listening to her. She is emphatic with each sentence, like she is yelling at you the entire time she is speaking or every sentence ends with an exclamation point. On top of that, she completely draws out each syllable in a word, so, although she is yelling, she is also drawing out each syllable of each word.
    "THE HO-OUSsssE WAASSSS BLUUUEE!!!! Said in a whinny nasal-y voice. :(

    I can't even understand what she is saying because she has the normal flow of the book so bonkers she is completely throwing me off.

    Sadly, this is one to skip in audio and hopefully find the time read.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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