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No Second Chance | [Harlan Coben]

No Second Chance

Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.
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Publisher's Summary

Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

Both a white-knuckle thriller and a story about the loyalty of old friends and the bond between parent and child, No Second Chance is another masterpiece from an author who writes "suspense at its finest" (Jeffrey Deaver).

©2003 Harlan Coben; (P)2003 Penguin Audiobooks and Books on Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"No Second Chance demonstrates that Harlan Coben is one of the finest contemporary suspense writers and that Scott Brick is among the elite audiobook narrators." (AudioFile)

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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 07-05-07
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 07-05-07 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    The villians in this story reminded me of some of the bad guys in John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series. Really wretched, which makes this a really good story. The narration is excellent and the flow of the story is near perfect. The twist at the conclusion is fairly predictable, but I don't think it detracted from the whole. None of the protagonists, including Marc and Rachel, are totally likeable but I think that makes for a more interesting novel. If you like suspense, twists and turns and a satisfying ending, you will enjoy this listen.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Cazenovia, NY, USA 03-16-05
    Jon Cazenovia, NY, USA 03-16-05 Member Since 2001
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    "You're going to like this experience !"

    This was my first Coben book. After listening I bought another. I never felt let down. The book just flowed with one twist after another. I usually listen to audible books when I commute to and from work. This tale caused me to continue listening every night when I finished my journey. Get it, you'll love it, I did.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    William Ortonville, MI, USA 04-18-05
    William Ortonville, MI, USA 04-18-05
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    "No Second Chance Doesn't Need One"

    No Second Chance is one of the most enjoyable picks that I've had from Audible.
    It goes without saying that Scott Brick's narration is terrific.
    This story grabs the listener with the pathos of the sudden and terrible destruction of a man's life and doesn't let go until a re-birth that touches the heart.
    Be careful of a plot that not only has twists but hairpin turns.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Judd Carlsbad, CA, USA 02-19-05
    Judd Carlsbad, CA, USA 02-19-05
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    "One of Coben's best"

    Coben has rewritten the book on mystery-suspense. His third novel in the non-series works that have redefined his readers, he remains at his peak. The narration on this nearly equals the narration by Ed Sala on the unabridged version of Tell No One that is a must listen and must read. Tell No One was the first of his four mystery-suspense works.

    21 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 01-22-14
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 01-22-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Plot bloat"

    Harlan Coben likes the innocent to twist in the wind. The problem here isn't the twisting, it's that there is no reason for it. Close to half of this book is taken up by the authorities suspecting the hero, who was shot and nearly died as the book opens.

    That fact, the near death, eliminates him as a suspect, but not in the mind of one particularly thick FBI agent. We know said hero didn't do it, but we have to put up with the twisting and torturing of this man whose innocence is never in question. Won't give away the ending, but, guess what? He didn't do it, which you know in the first five minutes.

    Without that fatal flaw, good story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck Pompano Beach, FL, United States 06-22-13
    Chuck Pompano Beach, FL, United States 06-22-13 Member Since 2006
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    "What's happened to Harlan?"

    This book was a huge waste of time. I used to like Harlan Coben but haven't read one of his books in a long time and will probably avoid any future attempts. What a tedious slog this one was. It seemed to have been written by a child and lacked any sense of believability. Can't remember rolling my eyes more while listening to a book. Just wanted it to be over. And the over-the-top emoting style of Scott Brick is always abrasive. Save your money and try something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DeShanda Houston, TX, United States 01-30-13
    DeShanda Houston, TX, United States 01-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Suspenseful!"
    Where does No Second Chance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love listening to the narrator Scott Brick. His performance keeps me on the edge of my seat.


    What other book might you compare No Second Chance to and why?

    The Millionaires


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Gordon New York, NY 04-22-05
    James Gordon New York, NY 04-22-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Great Storyline Keeps This Winner Afloat"

    Honestly, as I was listening to the first two-thirds of this book, I was wondering when I was going to discover the same excitement others did. It was an amiable story, obviously intricately plotted, but not something that deserved so much praise. I even felt Scott Brick gave a less than stunning narration. But, in true Coben fashion, I was knocked out by the final third. This book is well worth the purchase. The fact that is has absolutely no connection to what could have occurred in the "real" world doesn't enter into the equation. A great job by a talented writer.

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    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 04-02-13
    Ron Asheboro, NC, USA 04-02-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Best book in the last year."
    If you could sum up No Second Chance in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to stop listning.


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

    Very easy to feel for Marc Seidman,


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, I'll have to try another of byHarlan Coben.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 08-06-12
    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not something I would recommend"

    I was really disappointed at how thick headed the main character was. I started rooting for the bad guys to take him out and end his suffering. There were too many little story lines going on in this book, it was disconnected. I didn't really care at all for this and will really have to debate whether or not I would listen to another one by this author.
    I like the narrator, I have listened to several books that he has done so I know the problem here was all storyline.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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