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Promise Me | [Harlan Coben]

Promise Me

The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.
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Publisher's Summary

It has been six years since entertainment agent Myron Bolitar last played superhero. In six years he hasn't thrown a punch. He hasn't held, much less fired, a gun. He hasn't called his friend Win, still the scariest man he knows, to back him up or get him out of trouble.

All that is about to change...because of a promise.

The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

Several nights later, the call comes at 2:00 am, and true to his word, Myron picks up one of the girls in midtown Manhattan and drives her to a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey where she says her friend lives.

The next day, the girl's parents discover that their daughter is missing. And that Myron was the last person to see her. Desperate to fulfill a well-intentioned promise turned nightmarishly wrong, Myron races to find her before she's gone forever. But his past will not be buried so easily - for trouble has always stalked him, and his loved ones often suffer. Now Myron must decide once and for all who he is and what he will stand up for if he is to have any hope of saving a young girl's life.

©2006 Harlan Coben; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist - luring you in on the first page, only to shock you on the last." (Dan Brown)

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    Louis Rhinebeck, NY, USA 11-04-08
    Louis Rhinebeck, NY, USA 11-04-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Harlan, PROMISE ME you will NEVER narrate AGAIN!"

    My advice to anyone who has enjoyed listening to Scott Brick's narration of Harlan Coben's other Myron Bolitar novels is to take this opportunity to READ, rather than listen to, Promise Me! Coben's writing is almost as good as ever (although after 6 or 7 of them, they are becoming unneccessarily predictable), but why he chose to narrate this book is beyond comprehension. Unlike Scott Brick's amazing ability to equally bring voice to Latina lesbians or aging Mafia Dons, Coben seems to have two voices, his own and another that sounded like Yogi the Bear from the television cartoons of my youth. I kept expecting him to say "I'm smarter than the average Ranger, eh BoBo!".
    If and when there is a next Harlan Coben audible book, it had better have someone of Scott Brick's caliber narrating it if you want the public to purchase it!
    And Harlan, stick to writing!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    John 09-09-08
    John 09-09-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Great Read"

    Excellent book. I love all the "Myron" books and wasn't dissappointed. However... the narrator is different from all the other audio books in this series. It definitely made a difference. This narrator lacks the personality and sarcasim you love with Win and Myron.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Rae Regina, SK, Canada 11-17-14
    Rae Regina, SK, Canada 11-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Not his best!"

    I love me some Myron Bolitar but this was just not a great book! I found it hard to listen to due to the narration...Harlan should stick to just writing!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Erika LOWELL, MA, United States 08-01-13
    Erika LOWELL, MA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Horrible Narrator"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    anyone who doesn't mind that the narrator is horrid. Harlan needs to stick to writing and not narrating. It is so awful


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    the absolute worst impersonations. His characters didn't even stay with the same accents in the same conversations. (RE: Esperanza has an accent and a slighter higher pitch in the first line but sounds exactly like Myron in the next few lines)


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on "returning" this book because it is so bad, i can't get through it. The story is great but OMG I can't complain enough about the narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Martha Healy 06-03-13

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    "Stick to writing, not narrating"

    Terrible narration. Don't know why they switched and the author read his own book but that is exactly what it sounds like, someone reading in a dull manner. The story is not as good as previous ones and it seems like he is searching for that "twist": at the end. You just has to stop 2/3 of the way through and think "who is the most unlikely person" and voila, you've got it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Guinigundo The 'Nati 04-23-13
    Andrew Guinigundo The 'Nati 04-23-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Good author HORRIBLE reader."
    Where does Promise Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say this is an average audio book. I love these characters. I wish the usuals (Wynn, Esperanza, Big Cindy, etc) played bigger parts; they seemed periphery this time around; it was more about Myron. I perhaps would have like the book less if I wasn't already invested in the characters. I have been listening to these books starting with book 1, in order.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Harlan Coben?

    No. No. No. Sorry, Mr. Coben, but you were not good. You are a great writer that I enjoy, but leave the reading to the professionals. All the characters sounded the same or had some over-the-top accent. Case-in-point - Edna Skylar sounded like Ednar from the PIXAR film The Incredibles. On the other hand, Wynn didn't sound nearly as preppy as "usual". Sorry if this sounds exceptionally harsh, but Coben reminded me of the voice of Barney Rubble from the old Flintstones cartoons.I would have stuck Jonathon Marosz.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    bryan Dallas, TX, United States 03-28-13
    bryan Dallas, TX, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration is so so so bad"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't write many reviews and this is a good story but the narration is a joke it wrecked the book for me


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie 07-06-12
    Stephanie 07-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "New Voice...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Promise Me to be better than the print version?

    No, I am so used to the previous narrator of the Myron Boltair Series that even when I read print, I hear the characters voices as spoken through the narrator. Was a little dissapointed and took some adjusting to the author's narration.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love all the Bolitar books


    What aspect of Harlan Coben’s performance would you have changed?

    I would have kept the same narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I love it when authors read there own stuff but not when it's this far into a series. I miss Winn's voice and Myron's voice etc. I wish he had narrated one of his stand alone books instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise huntington beach, CA, USA 05-18-12
    Denise huntington beach, CA, USA 05-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Couldn't even finish it!!!"

    Why would Harlan Coben choose to narrate his own book? It was just awful. I couldn't even finish it. I'm going to have to download it to my Kindle. I'm tempted to demand my credit/money back for this audiobook! You don't just change narrators in the midst of a series!!!!!! The only reason I gave the story 3 stars is because I have loved the previous books so much. Stick to writing!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Pawtucket, RI, United States 12-15-11
    Paul Pawtucket, RI, United States 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Stick to Writing"
    Would you listen to Promise Me again? Why?

    Great book and author.....usually go thru book in a couple of days.....with this narrator it was so painful that I couldnt stand to listen for too long at a time. Disappointing


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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