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.
Retired law enforcement officer. Like action and detective stories.
I was very disappointed in "Play Dead" The storyline was very slow and this was not Mr Brick's best performance. He read in almost a dry monotone.
The story made no sense and it took to long to get to the point
Yes, at some point
Scott did a nice interpretation of the characters...
Cut everything after the meeting with the Peterson group in Australia then pick up again at the final reveal
I have a very long commute and this book was torture.
In the introduction, the author himself warns you not to read the book ... I should have taken his advice.
While the narrator does his usual bang up job, the story is quite convoluted and absurd.
Literary techniques like fore-shadowing are used at almost every cut scene - and quite poorly. It also seemed like during the writing of the novel he may have felt like it needed to be longer, so situational descriptions are agonizingly long and repetitive. In the final quarter of the book, plot points and hooks are actually spelled out in such step by step, ridiculous detail that the author obviously assumed his readers must be border-line retarded.
I finished the novel, but wish it would have been over in half the time. Mr. Coben owes me a good five or six hours of my life back.
I Love Harlen Coben, but not this book - "Play Dead" was way too predictable and very unbelievable.
The author states at the beginning of this story that if this is your first book by him, read something else first. I agree. The story was engaging, but I had pretty much guessed what the "problem" was half-way through the story. But, if this was his first book, I am impressed with his ability, even then, to keep the reader engaged until the end. I have loved his books since I was first introduced to them and look forward to reading MANY MORE!
Harlan Coben says this was his first book and he apologized for it. I found it very entertaining and enjoyed it very much. If this is the worst book he ever writes I'll always buy his books.
I am a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. He is one of my favorite writers. But, I guess when the preface from the author says that they thought about rewriting an early novel, we should listen to them. This story has an overly complicated plot populated with lobotomized characters. It is narrated by one of the most condescending, smirking voices I have ever heard. Scott Brick took a mediocre story and made it unbearable.
The plot was intriguing enough to make me look up a plot summary on the internet to find out how it ended. The writing was long enough, and the narration so painful, that I just could not convince myself t listen to more than about 4 of the 17+ hours.
Coben gives a disclaimer at the beginning of this recording, saying that it is a book he wrote when he first began to write. In other words, he's using the notoriety from his later to books to get us to read an early effort. There is none of the clever dialogue we hear from Myron Bolitar and way too many unnecessary melodramatic adjectives. Bleah. Though this is a later recording, it is not up to Coben's standards. He should have kept it in a file drawer.
Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.
Coben is one of my favorites and I will always read his books. He is so much better now.
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