Harlan Coben has risen to the top of best-seller lists worldwide, attracting voracious audiences for his peerless novels of domestic suspense as well as those featuring his fan-favorite sports agent, Myron Bolitar. Now in Live Wire, he offers a knock-your-socks-off novel that will electrify all his fans: Myron’s family takes center stage.
Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the voluptuous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away the man she swears is the child’s father.
For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn’t hit closer to home, as his dad, Al, clings to life; the brother who abandoned them all years ago is in trouble; and Myron’s teenage nephew needs an authority figure. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze’s past; his family’s mortality - and before Live Wire is over, his own.
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This audio book is not narrated by our favorite Jonathan Marosz, but it is still well done. Some reviewers in the past panned this audio book due to the change, but this was not fair. We all like the familiarity of characters that have in a way been developed through their voices. A change can throw us off. Stephen Weber, however does a good job. In fact, he narrated another Myron Bolitar book: Long Lost. Although I still relate more to Jonathan's voice for the characters (like Winn, Fat Cindy, Little Pocahontas), Live Wire is still worth the listen.
I can't resist Wynn and Myron and the rest of the crew but it was sad and not as much fun because of it. Still a must listen but darn does life really have to move on, even in books?
Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.
Okay, Steven Weber's turned this Coben into a major production. There is an entire ensemble cast, each with a personal presence. Even if this wasn't Myron Bolitar at his best, the novel's worth every moment of Weber-listening-time.
BUT WAIT... this search for Myron's brother is Myron Bolitar at his best. Open an antique RR pocket watch... Those parts don't work as well together as Myron, his parents, Big Cindy, Win and Esperanza mesh again in Live Wire...
Okay, I'm a Coben and Bolitar groupie... But I've listened to eight of Myron's adventures, never read one. Why do that when Steven Weber can imagine the characters far better than me?
First off....I love the Myron Bolitar books and eagerly awaited this one. But what a downer. The humor one expects in a Bolitar tale was greatly lacking and the ending left me with a "What?????" I think this must be the swan song for this character or that Mr. Coben is just simlpy tired of this series. It ended, 'not with a bang, but only a whimper.' I can't even begin to imagine how he will come back and in what form and, even, now, "WHY?" I am soooooo disappointed.
Myron still believes in justice without violence but thankfully for Myron Win still dishes
out the punishment. Started slow but gained speed fast. Myron's dad was a great character. There were a couple of surprises. Entertaining. The narrator was really good. Win's has left and leaves you wondering what will happen next if there is another Bolitar book. .
And Buffalo George
Coben invents an estranged brother and his whacko with a new nephew. The client goes down about half way through the book, but Myron and Win continue to plod on through the plot. Oh, and there's a rock star who's given in to the mob, too. With all that windy, twisty coincidence, it all comes together in the end. And...not everybody survives. The continuing characters survive -- "Big Cindy", Win, and the other regulars. Other plotters go down like red shirts on Star Trek. There were a few improbable facets of the book--one, in particular, where Win & Myron visit a mobster, get strip searched and then Win whacks the guy with a bullet between the eyes. Ok. I'll keep reading. Where's #11?
Warning: Spoiler contained in the review. Myron Bolitar and MB Reps team up for yet another mystery that somehow started in Myron's past. In this book we learn more about Myron's brother and his history. We also see Myron's parents continue to decline in health during their aging process. And we continue to wonder why Myron and Trish can't seem to tie the knot, or even to live in the same country. In many ways Myron doesn't develop much from book to book and the reader starts to question why he can't grow just a bit of a backbone. The jokes in the face of a gun are tired and not quite convincing. Perhaps that's the intent. But it has been part of the charm of the series. Wynn is still a dangerous character but for some reason Coben decides to mar that relationship, which he foreshadows from the first few pages of the tale. The reader is expected to believe that it becomes different because Myron actually "sees" Wynn in action? Can Myron really be that naive? I think not. But Coben wants us to believe it. At the end of the book Wynn goes into hiding, making both of Myron's relationships (Trish and Wynn) long distance in some fashion where he barely can remain in contact. MB Reps implodes and dissolves. Everyone goes his/her own way. We will miss Big Cindy and Esperanza. So as adult readers we are left with shreds of this classic series and are concerned that this is the last book in this successful run of mysteries. All this in favor of Coben starting a young adult series with Myron in the background keeping an eye on his brother's teenage boy. Live Wire was a set up for that. While readers may be able to eventually forgive the killing off a beloved character to open up a story line, it is completely unforgivable to crush a series as a way for the author to move into a different age group genre. Shame on you, Coben. Shame on you.
I understand Harlan Coben is a good mystery writer. Maybe not my kind of mystery writer. I found the people silly, the plot unbelievable (except as lived out by these silly people, perhaps) and the dialogue predictable. You can poke a hole through any one of the characters by looking at him. I really wanted to find a good writer to follow, but perhaps I picked the wrong book.
For those of you used to great plots, actions, and characters in the multiple outstanding Coben novels "Live Wire" may well be a disappointment. First of all, the plot and resolution are so improbable that most readers will say "Huh?" Secondly, this novel is dominated by wise-cracking dialogue to such an extent that it is irritating. Finally, superhero Windsor Horne Lockwood III, with his omniscience, omnipotence, and infinite wisdom, wealth, and power, belongs more in a comic book than a novel. The reader knows that no matter what seemingly impossible situation Myron Bolitar gets into, Win will figure out a way to rescue him and punish the evil doer. Hopefully, Coben will end the dynamic duo with this novel and use his great talent to bring us back to the quality we have come to expect from his earlier novels.
This was one of Coben's best Bolitar novels. I don't like any of his other books but for some reason, the Myron series totally hooks me. Having grown up not too far from where most of the action takes place, the characters are very real to me, from Big Cindy to the Ache brothers. What I love the best, though, is the relationship between Myron and Win, and it's always a thrill to see what Win is going to do next. In this book, he blew it away - I don't see how he'll top it in the future, but that's why I look forward to every new book in the series.
If I could, I would give this narrator ten stars. His renditions of each of the characters brought them vividly to life. Maybe the best narration of any Audible book I've bought in four years. All in all, one of the best Audible purchases I've ever made.
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