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Play Dead | [Harlan Coben]

Play Dead

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned. Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back thirty years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....
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Publisher's Summary

Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned.

Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back 30 years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

©2010 Harlan Coben (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-03-13
    Stephen Toronto, Ontario, Canada 10-03-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Please! No more Scott Brick narration."

    I do not wish to purchase any more books where Scott Brick is the narrator. It's possible that he gets hired in an attempt to drum up some drama in an otherwise vacuous novel but it just doesn't work. It's not just true with this novel but trends with every novel he narrates. I can't listen to them anymore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 06-16-13
    Simone 06-16-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Can’t Say I wasn’t Warned!"

    Wow, that was bad!!! So how come I rated it 2 stars instead of 1? Or why didn’t I just give up? It was the author’s disclaimer that saved it for me. He starts the book off with a warning: “Okay, if this is the first book of mine you're going to try, stop now. Return it. Grab another. It's okay, I'll wait." This is a bit of clever marketing if you ask me, because now you’re EXTRA curious! How bad exactly is this thing??? HA! Pretty darn bad!

    I feel like criticizing the [very very very] bad writing it not fair because even if the author himself knows it’s crap who I am to judge? I’m not a literary critic, I couldn’t do it better myself…. I just know what I like!

    But here I go anyway.

    It was cliché, corny, amateurish, melodramatic… I rolled my eyes so many times I’m surprised they didn’t get stuck up there! It was all too much – like he had the kernel for 17 stories and crammed them all into one book. Plus, it’s PACKED with ridiculous lines like (I’m paraphrasing):

    •She needed to find answers, and she needed to find them now! (insert dramatic music)
    •She did not want to be exposed to the dangerous weapon of love (barf)
    •You wont let me love you because even though you are a top model, inside you still feel like that fat little girl nobody loved (oh please!)
    •I’m so afraid of my feelings (gimme a break)
    •He loved her so much it hurt (yeah yeah whatever)
    •Her looks were not only dangerous, they were lethal (what does that even mean! Come on!)

    But having said all that, I agree with other reviews that it still shows promise. He obviously has a great imagination and his current success proves it.

    He’s forgiven for writing a little train-wreck. It entertained me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patty USA 10-14-12
    Patty USA 10-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "SAVE YOUR MONEY/CREDIT"
    What would have made Play Dead better?

    Instead of showing a copyright date of 2010...Audible should have explained that this was an early work of Coben's, long before he had perfected his craft.

    The writing is sophomoric, predictable ,cliched and dated.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I'll read a zombie book. More realistic.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I had thought that Scott Brick could make any book sound good. Even he couldn't save this one.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    Go ahead and buy this book. I love to say "I told you so".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Murrieta, CA, United States 08-23-11
    Michael Murrieta, CA, United States 08-23-11
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    "Not your normal Coben"

    I am a Coben fan so I decided to try the re-release of his first novel. I guess some things are just better left on the shelf. Play dead is in a word, tedious.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    elliott e. 04-14-11
    elliott e. 04-14-11 Member Since 2013
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    "play dead"

    I Love Coben. but I hated this book ...worst ever
    Made even worse by over dramatic Scott Brick's reading
    Scott Brick keeps me from buying certain books but I thought I'd make an exception since it was a Coben....WRONG

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 12-17-10
    Andrew 12-17-10
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    "I do not like this narrator!"

    The book was fine. Enjoyable, if a bit predictable. But the narrator made it, @ times, unbearable. If he read any slower, he would have stopped! I fast forwarded several times just because I couldn't stand it any longer! And it was not the text that made it drag, but the pace of the speaker. Will avoid this narrator in the future.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Schimpf New Jersey 11-03-10
    Frank Schimpf New Jersey 11-03-10 Listener Since 2005

    FrankS

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    "Excellent listen!"

    Todate, I have listened to all of Harlen's books. Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors.

    I usually listen in my car while commuting. I think that this book is as good as any of his others. There were nights when I sat in th driveway glued to Play Dead waiting for a chapter to end before shutting down my iPod.

    I disagree with the negative reviews. If you like Harlen, you'll like this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer saratoga, wy United States 10-24-10
    Amazon Customer saratoga, wy United States 10-24-10 Member Since 2009

    wyoming road warrior

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    "R-rated content warning"

    Since Audible has no rating system for adult content this is my meager attempt to warn listeners who prefer more family-oriented material of the presence of strong language and sexual content in this book. Hopefully this review will help you avoid the annoying process of starting the book and having to stop when you hit the offending content and ask for a refund.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 05-14-15
    Nicole 05-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Long but not bad"

    Enjoyed - twists and turns with lots of double motives.
    Dry at spots- but author made up in others.
    Just love listening to Scott brick!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jjob 04-21-15
    jjob 04-21-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Weak and tedious"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A good editor might have made this better. Mature Coben is a fine writer, but this first attempt is too long and works too hard to build suspense while giving away the surprise in every possible way and building a twist that is not believable given all of the false clues and either proving the character development to be poorly done or insulting to the readers intelligence. On top of that it adds twists that would not be worthy of a bad soap opera.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    Very poorly written. Never names the murderer, but makes sure you know who it is and why working so hard to surprise the reader that the reader feels deceived..


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    His voice is pleasant


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It finally ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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