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Play Dead Audiobook
Play Dead
Written by: 
Harlan Coben
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
Play Dead Audiobook

Play Dead

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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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    Charles Folly Beach, SC, United States 11-06-10
    Charles Folly Beach, SC, United States 11-06-10 Member Since 2015
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    "His Worst Ever."

    I have enjoyed many Harlan Corbin books, but was amazed at how truly bad this book is. Not until I downloaded it did I discover that it was his first attempt at writing, a fact that should have been obvious in the summary. In any case it is one of the few that I will never finish, Scott Brick does his worst job as a reader, and coupled with a bad book means I just chalk this one up to a wasted credit.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Therese Singh 06-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A Good Early Days Book"

    Good book but did struggle to finish it! Harlen Cohen's is indeed a good story teller and this was a good story. I didn't appreciate the sex that seemed to have been put in because the author thought it would sell, a young author's attempt to people please. I read every Harlen Coben book and appreciate each one to date. True to HC's style it was hard to decipher till the end who the killer was, the plot was intricate but took forever to unravel itself. HC has come a good way since. Good narrator - enjoyed the Australian accent, but did not like the Women's voices, sounded like some sleazy guy mimicking a woman, the romantic and sensual tones were sad funny.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Rios Rios 04-19-16
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    "Great Book! Intense, keeps you wanting more."

    Loved every bit of this book, the author just keeps you on your toes. I recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Fairport Fan 11-10-14
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    "Not as good as more recent Harlan Coben books"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who are not concerned with overblown dialog and descriptions.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    I have enjoyed more recent books by Harlan Coben.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The best thing about this audiobook was Scott Brick's performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the disclaimer at the start of the book, Coben should NEVER have released this as a "new" audiobook. (It was written over 20 years ago and may be his first book.) Listening to it was like slogging through molasses---dialog and descriptions were overblown, and there are holes in the plotline big enough to drive a truck through. I have enjoyed his more recent books-- the stories are taut and engaging. Play Dead just can't compare--it's for those who like hand-wringing, emotional dialog and florid descriptions. Sorry I purchased it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maud boleman 11-01-14
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    "I'm glad this is not the first Coben book I read"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    I have read many books by Coben and the others were really good, Thats why I got this one. Bad choice on my part


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It was pretty predictable half way through. and the ending was like a cheap chick flick. No real ending to too many loose ends.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I think he did the best he could with what he had.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Play Dead?

    I would have had the ending rewritten.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    karen Asheville, NC, United States 10-28-14
    karen Asheville, NC, United States 10-28-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Sappy Psycho Siblings"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Can't really think of anyone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    Yes.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If Scott Brick would stop singing and whining and just read!


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

    Very few.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-14-14
    Joy Annapolis MD United States 10-14-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Couldn't wait for it to be over"

    All I can say is if you decide you really want to listen to this book, be sure increase the playback speed to as fast as you can handle it. Even though Scott Brick does a flawless job of narration, his over dramatic tendencies drug this story out even longer than needed. On top of the fact this story could have been edited down by half. I wanted to start pulling my hair out by the 10th hour. Harlan Coben is a wonderful storyteller and there was evidence of his skill although his immaturity as a writer showed through. He gives us fair warning to not read this book if this was your first book written by him. That's a pretty good indication of what you can expect from the story. Whether this is your first or tenth Coben book, I would suggest you heed the advice of the other reviewers before dropping the credit. Overall, the book is filled with beautiful people who are supposed to be smart but doing stupid things. Throughout the book expect to get inundated with the most beautiful women in existence and men stumbling around them with their tongues hanging out. There are also a good many people doing evil and underhanded things which, in the end will turn out to be worthless and totally without common sense. I don't know why I punished myself through 17 hours of torture. I only wished I realized sooner, rather than 12 hours in to the story I could speed up my playback.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Egon Wayne, NJ 11-30-12
    Egon Wayne, NJ 11-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Overdone piece of work"

    Coben is at his most verbiose worst. The story is intriguing, but his narrative is much too overbearing, and becomes tedious. Scott Britt's reading does nothing to relieve this sense of overplay, if anything, he adds to it. The story, which is complicated and intricate, is good, but way too long, and I found that I just wanted it to end and be done with. Normally, I love Coben, but maybe because this was written years ago, things were different.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lenne 10-16-12
    Lenne 10-16-12
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    "Good Story Ruined by Narration"

    Scott Brick can make a statement like "The sun is shining and it is a perfect 80 degree day!" sound like "Your dog just died and your parrot is on its way out too".

    He has this annoying and monotonous speech pattern where every sentence ends in a down pitch. His pacing is good and when he is reading dialogue, he is fine--even better than fine; but, oh, that boring, everything is sad, (or maybe he is trying to portray "moving"?), he just sounds like the sub-text of every sentence is "How sad, I'm so sorry".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra San Marcos, TX, United States 10-02-12
    Sandra San Marcos, TX, United States 10-02-12
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    "Not Harlan Coben's best work."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I usually love Coben's work and have been a faithful reader for years. This book is by far the most plodding, boring book I have ever read and I'm disappointed in it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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