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.
"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)
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Mom to his 10-year-old daughter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I love listening to the narrator Scott Brick. His performance keeps me on the edge of my seat.
Hard to stop listning.
Very easy to feel for Marc Seidman,
Excellent book, I'll have to try another of byHarlan Coben.
Well, first I have to say that I have an Audible addiction. I have three accounts and download about 5 books a month, more or less. Obviously, I don't hit on all winners, and some I just have to abandon completely.
However, any book I've chosen that Mr. Scott Brick has read is always a sure bet. There have only been one or two that I had trouble with, but I don't fault Mr. Brick for it. No Second Chance is a thoroughly engrossing read, though; no problems with story or narrator. You get hooked right from the first chapter and love every minute you are with the protagonist. I would recommend this book to anyone with a love for fast-paced mysteries, this book doesn't lack action, there are no long spots to get bogged down in, you just wish the story was longer. Try it and see if I'm not right.
I liked the plot, once I figured it out, about 3/4 the way thru, I couldn't figure out a few character's but near the end I finally got it, and the ending was really good. won't tell it, for those who haven't listened to it. the only thing was the narrator, he is a good one, but in this book, he was kind of dull, I have listened to him narrate other book's and he is good, just not in this one...but all in all it's a good one.
I WILL be back to listen to more by Harlan Corben. I LOVE Scott Brick as the reader oof the books I listen to. This story had so many twists and turns, you never really knew who was the bad guy and who wasn't, not even after you thought it was all spelled out for you, another twist. I will be back for more, kept me guessing, and I usually figure most of them out right away, not this one.
I liked Mark, because he told the story.
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