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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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    Elizabeth APO, AE, United States 10-13-10
    Elizabeth APO, AE, United States 10-13-10
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    "Kept me glued to my Ipod"

    I kept finding excuses to sit with my Ipod and keep listening. It wasn't to hard to figure out what was going on early on in the story but there was a wonderful twist in the end. I love Harlan Coben and this is definitely on of my recent favorites.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Chuck 04-24-14
    Chuck 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The forward to this book by the author said to return this book if this was your first time listening to me. I was dubious about the book and thought I might return it (if I don't like books from Audible, I return them). The story and narrator drew me in. This was one of my favorite books by this author. Kept me guessing till the end. Half way through, I was thinking this is a very good listen, but there is no way it can have a good ending.
    I was surprised.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot.


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

    I've always liked to listen to books Scott Brick narrates.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction.


    Any additional comments?

    Do yourself a favor and get this book. It took me a week to listen to the 17+ hours. You will wish you could hear more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13
    Carmen Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada 09-11-13 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED this one!"

    There were lots of people who said this book wasn't up to snuff.
    Even the author makes note that it was his first book and that if you haven't read any of his others you should before reading this.... I don't get it....
    I LOVED THIS BOOK!
    It's been a long time since I was kept guessing right to the bitter end and this book just sucked me in and wouldn't let me go. Each time I thought I had figured out one small piece of the puzzle, it just proved that there were so many others that I had yet to even consider.
    And, of course, the story is read by the one and only Scott Brick - a selling point for me on just about any book!

    If you are looking for a great story that pulls you in, makes you think and keeps you guessing - this is it!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 08-10-13
    Scott 08-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "great book"
    Where does Play Dead rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't follow to many authors. I stick with the tried and true that I have read and listened to for a long time. That being said I am running out of book for those authors so I have been searching for authors that will keep me interested and listening/reading. I bought Play Dead after a recommendation from a trusted friend and I loved it. It has so many twists and turns and kept me guessing all along. When ever I thought I knew what was coming, I discovered that I had no idea. Some books are very predictable but this one caught me off guard a couple times. This is a great listen for any mystery/adventure lovers. I think I have found a new author that I can enjoy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    There are many twists and surprises


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

    I have always enjoyed Scott Brick. He reads for many of the authors that I listen to. He is one of the best


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed and cried. Many times I was surprised. This whole book put a smile on my face.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loretta T. Williams Texas 08-03-13
    Loretta T. Williams Texas 08-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Coben is a favorite"
    Would you listen to Play Dead again? Why?

    Harlan Coben is one of my favorite authors. Everything I have read by him has been fascinating. This book is one of his best. Coben never disappoints me.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Frederick, MD, United States 02-26-13
    Judy Frederick, MD, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Play Dead to be better than the print version?

    Yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laura, she was so in love that nothing was going to stand in her way untill she found the truth to all of her questions.


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

    I love to listen to Scott Brick he has a very soothing voice and really tells the story well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love, lies deceit & betrayal . When you think you have the answer you really don't.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 12-14-12
    Patricia Portsmouth, VA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "oldie but goodie"

    This is an older Harlan Coben story but its really very good. I enjoyed this more than some of the lastest ones. Not formated or predictible. And anything read by Scott Brick is a plus!He makes the any story sexy and seductive.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nick United States 12-06-12
    Nick United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Typical Harlan Coben"
    What made the experience of listening to Play Dead the most enjoyable?

    The performance was above average. Easy to listen to Scott Brick; he does a good job bringing the characters to life.


    Would you recommend Play Dead to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Anybody who hasn't read a Coben book in the past will love it. People who have will recognize the style and catch the somewhat predictable plot lines, but still well worth listening.


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

    Actually, I always prefer reading a book first, but Scott Brick is as good as anybody in the genre.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was typically entertaining, but no extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the book. You won't be dissapointed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 11-27-12
    Donna 11-27-12
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    "Good story"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Personally, I cant get past the narrator. I feel bad saying that because someone else may like him just fine but I couldn't even get thru the book because I dislike his narration so much. Too over dramatic and I wish a female narrated since the main character is a female.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I do like the plot. Maybe I'll try it again and see if I can get thru it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    For me in every way!!!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Gilbert, AZ, United States 09-23-12
    Amazon Customer Gilbert, AZ, United States 09-23-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Good!"

    Thought this was very good. Once I started could not put down. I thought I had it figured out early on, but could not figure out how it all fit together. I didn't fully put it together until allmost the end. This was the authors first book, don't know why he was so hard on it. I thought it every bit as good as some of his later works. Read it in 2 days, very quick read.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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