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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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    Brady Southington, CT, USA 03-25-05
    Brady Southington, CT, USA 03-25-05
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    "First Rate Thriller"

    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.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck 06-22-13
    Chuck 06-22-13
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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 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Chatham, NJ, United States 09-18-11
    Lori Chatham, NJ, United States 09-18-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Slowest narration ever!"

    While the story line was fine, the narration of this book was awful. I am not sure why everyone is giving Scott Brick such rave reviews. If he spoke at a pace that people would normally speak, the book would have taken half as long to listen to, would have been easier to follow and would have just been a generally more enjoyable listen. When there is a sense of urgency in the writing, there should be a sense of urgency in the reading. Instead, every single bit of dialogue was dragged out and read way too slowly. It was completely monotonous. I couldn't wait for this book to end.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jose Pinole, CA, United States 07-30-15
    Jose Pinole, CA, United States 07-30-15 Member Since 2011

    Host of the television shows EP Daily & Reviews on the Run. Avid Audible user! Can't get enough

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    "Levels of anticipation, twists and turns galore"

    Just when you think you have the answers, the mastermind Harlan Coben changes the questions. Another thrilling story with tons of depth and intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 07-11-15
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 07-11-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Horrible narrator"

    I really thought Scott brick ruined this so so book. His characterization were over the top and generalized. I skipped though to the end just to get it over with. Don't waste a credit on this absurd performance.

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    Joelle Williams 07-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Plot twists"

    Great story with a bunch of plot twists. Narration was fantastic and I can't wait to read more!

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    Donna Cooley 06-06-15
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    "Too drawn out"

    This book just kept going and going, Scott Brick excellent narrator, but at times too slow.

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    rockawaybirder 06-02-15

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    "Slow start but wonderful in general"

    I loved this book and found it to be up to Harlan Coben's standards

    Great narration from Scott Brick.

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    All Things Amazon 05-29-15
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    "Lots of twists and Turns"
    What did you love best about No Second Chance?

    A lot of twists and turns that kept me interested in hearing what happens next. This is my first book by this author and will give some of the others a try.


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    Ray Kasper Hartford, CT 05-14-15
    Ray Kasper Hartford, CT 05-14-15
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    "Good up to ending"

    Good story but the ending was confusing and ridiculous
    Not one of his best
    I ended it with 14 minutes to go

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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