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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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    Robert E. Scarcelle 12-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Weak Effort"

    Three complaints with this book.
    1. And this is HUGE, Harlen Coben should never read his own work... His delivery is terrible; not to mention I hate when the narrator changes in the middle of a series of books. I become accustomed to the original narrator in this case Jonathan Maroz.
    2. There is less interaction with Win and Esperanza and the verbal banter I loved in his earlier books in the series. Also, there is little to no talk about the business of the Sports Agency.
    3. Coben has drifted into only writing about the dramatic, gut wrenching, emotional aspects of relationships and moved away from incorporating the humor and light hearted topics that evened out his previous works.
    All in all Coben is still one of my favorite authors but this book falls short in my eyes.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    George Eckhardt 07-04-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Beware of Narrator"

    Boy do I feel foolish. I should have read the reviews before purchasing this book. I love Coben's work so I clicked with trust and anticipation. Absolutely the worst narration I have ever heard. It actually grates on you.
    What was he thinking narrating his own book?
    Color me cautious and unhappy!

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-20-08
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 05-20-08 Member Since 2006

    Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 11-year-old daughter.

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    "Coben should stick to writing"

    Harlan Coben is a great writer. Sadly, he's not such a good narrator. I would have loved this story if Scott Brick had been doing the narrating. I didn't realize that Coben was the narrator until the end of the book. He began the book by appearing to read as fast as he possibly could. Mercifully he slowed down as the book progressed. I still very much enjoyed the book because, in the end, the writing trumps the narration. I have listened to several Coben novels but this was the first in the Bolitar series. It was pure escapism as several characters had a comic book personna. The twists and turns were there and the final one was both plausible and surprising. This was a good story and a relaxing listen. It would have been great if Brick had done the narration. I'll try another in the Bolitar series.

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Lachs 05-24-08

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    "Harlan, you are kidding"

    I have listened to all the books in this series with great pleasure. Scott Brick was a great narrator. So why oh why did the author feel the need to narrate this himself. I almost fell off my seat whenI heard his voice. If I wanted to hear a book read this way I could have read into a taperecorder and played it back. Was it ego, was iot cost? I am extremely disappointed.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas williamsville, NY, USA 08-07-08
    Thomas williamsville, NY, USA 08-07-08
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    "Terrible Narration"

    I am so disappointed in the narration I actually stopped listening and I loved his books until this one Please Please don't ever do that again

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    CCM 06-23-08
    CCM 06-23-08
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    "Author's Narration Distracting"

    Sorry, but in this case the author isn't the best narrator of his works. Harlan Coben's accent and the way he sometimes seems to stumble over his own words at too quick a pace was very distracting. I made it through 3 chapters and had to give up. I will get the print versions of his books from now on.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 06-02-09
    S new york, NY, United States 06-02-09
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    "hysterically funny narration....."

    I don't know what Harlan Coben was thinking, but clearly, he has never heard himself read out loud. His thick jersey accent came through with every sentence: "cawfee, udder (instead of other), mawl, etc..." it was really distracting, especially since, at this point in the series, we've grown accustomed to hearing j.marosz and scott brick who have similar delivery and are spot on in capturing the snarky sarcasm and banter between win and myron. Coban gave everyone a muppet voice, which was actually really hilarious.

    In terms of story, this one was a little more involved--a little more complicated. It didn't help that you couldn't tell characters apart due to the poor narration.

    i read the reviews and still decided to take a chance on this chapter of the myron bolitar series, so it's my own fault. But please, harlan coban, don't ever narrate again! ....like...ever....

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    carey 10-22-13
    carey 10-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, poor performance"
    What did you like best about Promise Me? What did you like least?

    I really enjoyed the story, it had the typical Harlan Coben plot twists etc., but it did not feature the same impact through the presentation of the author. Mr. Coben is a gifted author, not so gifted as a presenter. I think he tried hard, but didn't really nail the performance like previous audiobooks by the professional presenters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trista Houston, TX, United States 02-26-12
    Trista Houston, TX, United States 02-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "WHY did Mr. Coben ruin with narrating his own book"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Harlan Coben?

    I loved them all until they changed the narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not anymore of his if he narrates or Steven Weber narrates.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was horrible! Completely changed the characters. I couldn't get past the first hour.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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