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
"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)
I am so disappointed in the narration I actually stopped listening and I loved the Myron Bolitar books - until this one.
The previous narrator was amazing - Harlen created these great characters and Jonathan brought them to life - a great partnership right?
So why, why, why would Harlen Coben decide to narrate his own book!?!?
He starts out talking so fast and with so little inflection I had no idea who was who and after about 10 minutes I didn't care enough to continue thru this awful book.
If you are a fan of the Myron Bolitar series and you have seen other reviews, you already know the answer to this. The print edition would have been better. The narration of this book is painful at times.
However, if you are a Myron Bolitar fan, it is still worth the money, just be prepared.
In my opinion, this is the best book of the Myron Bolitar series. The momentum and flow of this story made it worth dealing with the narration issues. The plot twists in this story were not forced. The villains were not the usual 2 dimensional characters. They had gray areas, and all of them had redeeming characteristics.
I can usually see where a story is headed. Not this time. Keeping writing Myron Bolitar books, just let someone else voice them!
No, this was painful at times. Not so bad I could enjoy it, because I have heard worse. But it was a distraction from the story. Some characters Harlan does well, while others, I just cringed.
Mr. Coben does seem to become more relaxed by the end of the book, or I just became immune to his voice.
Harlan Coben is a very talented writer. This seems to be his only attempt at narration.
A bad question for an unabridged audio. But if I could have I would have.
Jonathan Marosz did an excellent job giving voice to Myron, Win, Big Cindy, and Esperanza in the first 7 books of the series. This one, thankfully was a one shot deal for Harlan.
And unfortunately, I know that there is yet another narrator for the next two books. I can only hope that the new voice has character.
I don't blame Harlan Coben for this, I blame Audible! Did Michael Connely not teach you anything about the disaster of letting authors narrarate their own books?!?!?! It is such a shame because the story was awesome but it was such a miserable experience having to listen to Harlan's speed-reading and his swallowing of every syllable and and his terrible renditions of the characters we have come to love via Jonathan Morosz' performance of them.
When I purchased the book, I completely missed the fact that Mr. Coben was the narrarator and then I started listening! I almost didn't make it past the third chapter when, mercifully, at teh very least Harlan started to slow down. He never did enunciate any words all the way through the reading though and the description of "Yogi Bear" given in other reviews was bang on for describing the voices that Harlan was portraying!
I don't understand why, after all of the compliants, Audible have not had this book re-recorded?!??!
Again, it is a real shame because the story itself is the best I have read yet, but, again, I cannot say I enoyed the book, the narrarting was just too painful!
Harlan please, please, please stick to writing in the future, you are a genious at it.
I'm a big Harlan Coben fan, but Promise Me was a big disappointment. First and foremost, he should stick to writing and not narrate his own books. I know that some authors can do it well, but he's terrible. Someone as talented and successful as Coben ought to be able to get someone good to do his reading, but alas, he didn't.
Second, while I realize that his books follow several formulas, they are usually so engaging on other fronts that I don't mind. They have heart, you care about the characters, and they're written with true compassion that transcends a lot of other formulaic thrillers. This one seemed contrived. Perhaps that's a result of his lousy narration--maybe the characters would have exhibited more heart if a good narrator breathed life into them, but it was not to be.
Harlan: PROMISE ME you will stick to writing and PROMISE ME you'll stop pretending you're Scott Brick. Unfortunately, you're not.
No, only because this particular story was read by the author and not the previous narrator. The story is fine but I don't think Harlen Coben is a professional narrator and he adds nothing to the telling of the story.
Edge of my seat? Maybe not, but it kept me listening since the real reason the girl was missing was just out of reach all the time.
No, Harlan Coben can write, but he can't read
His reading was so off that he put emphases where it didn't belong and often confused the whole sentence structure. I spent too much time cringing to pay attention.
Read or listened to entire bolitar series so far.
Horrible narration. Author sounded both goofy and overly amused by his own writing. Should have been read by a professional. His narration made an otherwise good story almost unbearable.
Love the series. Please God don't let author read anymore.
I emailed Harlan after I listened to this book, and that's exactly what I told him. I have listened to the other books in the Bolitar series at least 12 times each (I drive a lot). Harlan emailed me back and told me others have told him the exact opposite (his mommy?) and he thought it just depended on which narrator you heard first. . . .Nope! I think the world of Jonathan Marosz as a narrator, especially the diversity and consistency of his character voices. I believe they should re-record the book with Jonathan, as otherwise, a big section of his fan base will be disgusted. I did listen to the whole book, which was torture, but then I had to buy the book and read it myself to understand the story. They did learn, and kept Harlan out of the recording studio for subsequent books. If you are a Bolitar fan, buy the paperback for "Promise Me", then continue on audio for the rest of the series.
Thank you Audible for allowing me to return the book...after 10 minutes of Harlen Coben himself I had to stop listening. As noted by others he should stick to writing and have someone like Scott Brick or Tommy M do the reading. Unfortunately his next book is by someone different, I wonder if I will have to return it also?
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