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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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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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    P. Giorgio Illinois 04-05-13
    P. Giorgio Illinois 04-05-13

    TheWriter

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    "Tedious, childish, melodramatic"

    I hope I can say enough about this horrible book that will keep enthusiastic hopefuls from spending time and money to acquire it. I cannot compare it to anything else by Coban except for "Stay Close," which was marginally readable. But this one, it's so bad, so implausible, so repetitive, so convoluted that it seems to have been written by a first year Composition student. The cliches are rampant. The love story that drives the dumb plot is dumber than that student writer's first draft. This man, this protagonist, Jake Fisher, is such a mope, such a feminized character that his described big, handsome physique seems wrong. His "fight" scenes are successful because of luck and some tricks, not because he is so enraged and impassioned that he is aggressive or cunning. His best friend, (requisite "black guy") Benedict is not as he seems. There is a sweet waitress and a crotchety old secretary. Everyone lies. There are (non-Italian) mobsters and African drug cartels. There are funky FBI agents and fence-riding cops. There is a lot of shooting and running and disguising. There are two references (in case you missed the first one) to a Lesbian couple. So Coban hit all the right notes politically. But none of that can Bandaid a shoddy story and lousy, boring characters who generate no sympathy (from me).

    The ending lines actually explain the whole thing, and once you know why Natalie has disappeared, it's pretty flaccid. I still couldn't have cared less. By the time we are told why Natalie disappeared, we have been exhausted by events that do NOTHING to advance the Natalie story.

    Many reviewers described this as a wild ride, high-tension, edge-of-the seat thrill. Not even a little bit of this story was so compelling. If I had bought a hard copy, I would have demanded my money back; I couldn't have sat still in one place to complete it.

    Narrator: I usually love Scott Brick, but his intonation of Jake was so tired, I wondered if he was told to read it like that by the author. I will always choose Scott Brick if I have an option, but Coban won't be on my favorite authors list.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    HIII 03-27-13
    HIII 03-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "sappy and endless"

    Skip this Harlan Coben, even with Scott Brick it is just ridiculous - not a good fairy tale and even worse suspense novel.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    sandy bryan 03-26-13
    sandy bryan 03-26-13 Member Since 2004
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    "So so disappointing!"
    What would have made Six Years better?

    Wow... hard to know where to start....since it was boring from the first chapter. So predictable.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    I never expected Coben to be a romance novelist. With an ending that included looking into my love one's eyes and saying I love you.....yuck!


    Did Scott Brick do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, Scott Brick is a good narrator, just a bit predictable in his pauses and emphasis. I try not to listen to more than one or two of his books a year because they start to sound the same.


    What character would you cut from Six Years?

    Natalie


    Any additional comments?

    I have read or listened to all of Coban's books. I will be very reluctant to buy another one.

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Malia Nash Hawaii 03-22-13
    Malia Nash Hawaii 03-22-13 Member Since 2010

    Malia Nash

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    "His worst yet"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Drop the soapy love obsession. It got old after the first few times; I found myself saying, all right already. And I really wished the guy would quit getting beat up. I wanted someone I could cheer on; instead I found myself joining the other characters who told Jake, DROP IT ALREADY!!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Oh I'll pick another Colben book since the last 3 was outstanding. This was really, really bad and I'm glad it wasn't the first I had read from Colben or I would never have bought another.


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

    He made Jake sound stupid as well as love sick.


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

    the second and third attack. Come on the guy is supposed to be big as well as a professor and he can't keep from being attacked???


    28 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    John C. South Dakota 03-24-13
    John C. South Dakota 03-24-13 Member Since 2003

    Born with earbuds.

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    "Gone Girl Sans Sociopaths"
    What did you love best about Six Years?

    The book has some overarching themes (gray versus black & white, keeping promises, fresh starts) and explores these very well--sometimes at the expense of the immediate story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Six Years?

    The book really takes off early on when the main character realizes that the husband of the woman he loves has died and he can't wait to get in touch with her again.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Scott brings the main character's love-sick puppy qualities to the surface. This is good for some, and annoying for others. Overall, I think it is the way Coben intended the character to be so don't blame Scott.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Coben books always have solid pacing and interesting starting premises so the book was easy to keep listening to. However, at some point, it became a little tedious waiting and waiting for the payoff. The author could have added some side-plots to the story or developed the relatively flat characters further to prevent some readers getting bored. The single plot line also put too much pressure on the ending to live up to expectations. In fairness, Coben has guts to still write one-off novels rather than always writing series books.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is definitely worth reading, and is entertaining despite its flaws. If you have read all Coben's books, you will find this one a bit below par. The negatives are a main character that's only moderately likable and whose actions are only moderately plausible. Most of the main characters best traits seem borrowed from Myron Bolitar such as sarcastic self-talk.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-03-13
    Ed Saint Augustine, FL, United States 09-03-13 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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    "Stretches credulity but enjoyable nonetheless"

    I like the way Coben injects a sprinkling of romance into his mystery/thriller novels and this one definitely fits the mold. I had difficulty unraveling the mystery until Coben revealed what was happening. Some of the reason for this was because he wove a complicated tale, but most of it was because the tale was pretty unbelievable. But there are many examples of well-written fiction that strain credulity and I have no problem suspending my belief threshold if the story holds my interest. And this story certainly held my attention. I didn't want to shut my iPod off. There were also some marksmanship issues near the conclusion of the book that put some serious strain on the aforementioned credulity, but to reveal what they were might spoil some of the fun. Coben fans will like this book.

    8 of 11 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.

    1 of 1 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

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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