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Six Years | [Harlan Coben]

Six Years

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie....
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Publisher's Summary

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact, everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life - a time he has never gotten over - is turned completely inside out.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction.

Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking novel that deftly explores the power of past love and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.

©2013 Harlan Coben (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 03-20-13
    Gail Seattle, WA, United States 03-20-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Below Average Even for Coben"

    I've read all of Coben's books and while I never expect too much, I hope for an enjoyable, light read dealing with normal people who are suddenly thrust in to intense, often bizarre situations full of twists and turns before culminating in a place unimagined at the beginning of the story...ergo fun to experience. In his previous books, even if I thought the overall story was a bit of a "miss", I always identified with the protagonist(s) and could imagine being there with them. I think only a love sick pre-teen could identify with the ludicrous actions and idiotic love-sick declarations with which the character implied justified as "rational motivators" for his insane, uber-selfish actions throughout the story. It was also odd that Coben foreshadowed...even spotlighted each upcoming "surprise twist" to the extent that the reader knows what is going to happen before it does. Why? Also, in this case, one of my favorite narrators, Scott Brick can't be accused of over-dramatizing his reading of this particular story. Surely, no human alive has ever really held internal dialogue with the silly pathos as this guy does over and over and over again in this story. It is so corny it is almost funny and SNL skit worthy. I'm not saying not to read this if you are a Coben fan. There are enough nuggets evocative to his good work to perhaps make it worth your credit. It's just akin with the adage, with friends like the main character, who needs enemies? He is as awful as the bad guys.

    53 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-05-15
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 03-05-15 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Love Besotted Professor Acts Stupid"

    Jake Fisher, is the dumbest man in mysteries. Odd, since we're to believe he's a tenured (?) PhD professor in a New England College that's at least as prestigious as Williams. Oh, and he's surrounded by equally idiotic decision makers.

    Have you seen the TV ad where kids escaping a horror villain hide behind the power saws? Yeah? Well their decision making is light years ahead of those which Jake Fisher keeps repeating throughout this perplexing plot. Was this early Coben? The authorusually stops short of asking readers to accept that a guy with all of these "smart-credentials" can be dumber than a drunk monkey.

    You know the way a magician tries to distract with his left hand so you won't notice what his right's up to? Well maybe the frazzle headed oafishness of Jake Fisher was meant to distract me into ignoring the torrent of coincidences Coben demanded I accept to make the plot sensible. No way that could happen.

    Scott Brick gives a less-than-over-the-top reading this time which makes it one of his best that I've heard.

    Can't recommend Six Years, hope it hasn't turned me off on Coben.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shannon 10-01-14
    Shannon 10-01-14
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    "Hearing a man whine reminded me of being married."
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    The constant whining about his lost love, made me want to slap the crap out of him.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The broken and damaged man telling the story. He went on and on about how he found the perfect woman and much she broke his heart. I have not heard someone whine this much since I got a midnight drunken call from an ex boyfriend. Who has time for it.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    I have heard him narrate other books and he is ok. I am not sure if he was trying to set the stage or mood of a story about a whiny many you want to hit or if he just was having a very bad day or something.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance, feeling like I was babysitting and not getting paid.


    Any additional comments?

    Some say women do this, but I find more often than not that men are just as bad when it comes to broken hearts. If you enjoy listening to someone constantly talk about their broken heart after so many years and not have one friend of their's tell them they need professional help, this is the story for you. It is like dealing with some obsessive freak and everyone else reacts like it is normal when you feel like you are taking crazy pills.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin E Taylor 09-17-14 Member Since 2012
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    "PATHETIC MEN"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    JAKE WAS SO PATHETIC !!!! ARE MEN VERY PATHETIC REALLY ABOUT L O V E ???
    I HOPE MEN ARE NOT THIS ANNOYING ABOUT THEIR LOVE


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    IT IS VERY DISTURBING AND REALLY UNREALISTIC.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I WANT TO PUKE SPECIALLY WHEN JAKE TALK ABOUT HER??????? AND HIS LOVE FOR HER AND TALK TO HER.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    ALL OF IT


    Any additional comments?

    I WANT TO RETURN THIS BOOK

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 08-21-14
    Sue 08-21-14
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    "Horrible - both writing and performance"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    No. There are other forms of torture that I would find preferable to slogging my way through that drivel.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The characters are unrealistic, the writing is terrible, the story drags on & on. It was like a poorly written and performed Raymond Chandler novel. Old fashioned, one dimensional, trash.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    It was overly dramatic, his attempts at reading the female-spoken dialog was hideous. I listened for quite some time, trying to figure out if it was poorly written or poorly read and finally decided it was both.


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

    I kept listening for a while because I wanted to know what happened, so there was a good mystery for the first few chapters. Then I stopped caring and when I found myself yelling at the book I realized there was no point in continuing.


    Any additional comments?

    I really hoped they killed both Jake & Natalie. Horribly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rhonda 05-17-14
    Rhonda 05-17-14
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    "Worst. Book. Ever. Written."

    Skip this one. Stupid, stupid, stupid. It felt like SIX YEARS just trying to force myself through to the end. Ridiculous. If I could rate it 0 stars, I would.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bradley 03-24-14
    Bradley 03-24-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The popularity of this book is confusing..."
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    Not by this author. This book was like a bad movie that keeps getting more implausible and melodramatic. I have no desire to listen to another book by Coben.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something not written by Coben.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    The book was my larger issue, but his performance only added to the overly dramatic nature of this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. The subject of the book was right in my wheelhouse. However, I hated everything about it. I kept listening just to see how much more ridiculous it could possibly get. It didn't disappoint in that regard! Every time I didn't think it could be more dumb, Coben would take the story in an even more implausible direction.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is just bad. Download something else. Like anything else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 12-06-13
    Gerri Port St. Lucie, FL, United States 12-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Romance Thriller or Soap Opera?"

    If I were asked to describe this novel, I would have to say this is about an OCD Poly Sci professor who gives into his whiney nature who also is skilled in fighting because he is an ex-bouncer. Jake has a "thing" for Natalie. Jake's feelings for Natalie are akin to self-flagellation. Jake, looking for her, gets into a pickle. I picture Jake looking into the distance, being confounded at each turn. After seven hours, I give up. I don't want to know the end. I don't like Jake or Natalie. He is a total wuss and the only person I like is Jakes Secretary Mrs whateverhername is.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Deborah HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-16-13
    Deborah HOUSTON, TX, United States 06-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't finish"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    After listening to the audio version for 3 1/2 hours, I realized I didn't care about these characters and none of it was believable, so I deleted it from my ipod and listened to music instead.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 04-09-13
    Lee Farmington Hills, MI, United States 04-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Such a disappointment"
    Any additional comments?

    There's a chance this might be a decent story, but we'll never know. The over-the-top dramatic narration reduces the story to barely tolerable. Couldn't wait for it to end. Perhaps the narrator should have read a little Myron Bolitar before he took on the Jack Fisher character. Take a pass on this.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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