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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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    Sandee White Cloud, MI, United States 12-28-10
    Sandee White Cloud, MI, United States 12-28-10 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself! I am addicted to Audio Books I read them all the time in the car, doing dishes, ironing, What ever.

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    "Come along way"

    Coben is one of my favorites and I will always read his books. He is so much better now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-24-10
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "His First Book - Not Bad"

    Pretty good for his first book. Many say that it's transparent, but it's still leaves enough doubt to keep you guessing. Brick delivers another good performance. The story takes place in the 1980's, and there's a reference to 'the latest hit single from Chaka Khan or Samantha Fox' ... woah, hot-tub time machine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Anaheim, CA, United States 11-23-10
    Mary Anaheim, CA, United States 11-23-10
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    "Scott Brick is not my favorite audio performer."

    If I could trade this book back in, I would.

    I'm sorry I didn't pay attention to who was reading it. I love Harlan Coben's work, however, I would happily pass reading this book with Scott Brick narrating the entire text. For some reason, Scott Brick makes the story seem like it is endless and there is suspense were none was intended.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tetchjan college park, GA, United States 11-15-10
    Tetchjan college park, GA, United States 11-15-10
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    "Quite Unexpected"

    Coben's Play Dead has a strong story line as is usual with Harlan Coben's work. Unfortunately, this is the only good comment I can make. The delivery of this tale is so fraught with hyperbole as to be burgeoning on satire. Coben's warning while appreciated was deficient in preparing the listener for the painful experience to ensue. The story line was worth the pain but just. If you choose to on this adventure I recommend you equip yourself with your best sense of humor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-07-10
    Shoeaddict Philadelphia, PA, United States 11-07-10 Member Since 2015
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    "The worst, please save your money, real snoozer"

    Im new to Audible, and so far all my downloads have great choices. I kind of figured I'm bound to pick a bad one, but I really had no idea how bad. This book needs to be exposed, for soul purpose of preventing the next person from making the same mistake as I. I never got passed the six chapter, and it so boring I dont think I will. Things that should be obvious for the characters to figure out, and would make sense in other books, seems like an enigma to them. The narrator just prolongs the agony, and makes it even harder to get connected. Heck what do I know, I'm not a writer just a customer, but remember you've been warned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 11-03-10
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 11-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun but Far Fetched"

    This book is a early book of the author that is being re-released. It's not as good as later ones. The story runs to long, is repetetive, and the language is corny and lame. Finally the plot is so far fetched and unbelievable that on his true fans find can forgive him for it.

    It is fun somewhat but it is way to long winded.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    barbara chattanooga, TN, United States 10-24-10
    barbara chattanooga, TN, United States 10-24-10 Member Since 2015

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Play Dead....great listen...!!!!"

    I enjoy Harlan Corben 's books...I have all of his Myron Bolitar books...In this one...it took me a long while to figure out "who dunnit"...This is a really good listen...! I couldn't put is down...!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    AngelaK 10-14-10
    AngelaK 10-14-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable!"

    Harlan Coben doesn't disappoint in his first book despite his comments at the beginning. The plot twists and turns and keep you interested. This book is worth the credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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