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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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    K. maurer midwest 03-30-13
    K. maurer midwest 03-30-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Got Hooked!"
    If you could sum up Six Years in three words, what would they be?

    suspense
    surprising
    mystery


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

    yep!! Very good story with lots of twists and turns. Kind of a stretch how someone could get that infatuated over someone they knew such a short amount of time...and have it continue for six years of absence... but if you can get past that, you'll enjoy the story.


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    Hendrik SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 03-30-13
    Hendrik SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Story"
    What did you love best about Six Years?

    The story line is great and so many surprises.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This book is by far the best by Harlen Coben. I kept looking forward to my next opportunity to continue listening.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I like every one of Scott Brick's performances. He is a master story teller. Absolutely the best.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book. Definitely worth the credit. I wish all stories were like this. I am not sure my wife would appreciate my absence as I listen to the stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 03-30-13
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to shop & listen to audio bks

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    "Not my favorite by Harlan Coben - sappy..."

    I am usually a big Harlan Coben fan and a huge Scott Brick fan (narrator) as well...the story line was so predictable and well....sappy! Does a man ever, truly ever, pine for a woman for 6 yrs?? That is basically the point of the story. I was very disappointed and couldn't believe this is the same author who wrote "Tell no one" and "The Woods". Scott did his normal performance but the story line took away one of his stars based on the melodramatic acting.

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    S. Elder 03-29-13
    S. Elder 03-29-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Where is Jonathan Marosz?"
    If you could sum up Six Years in three words, what would they be?

    A Great Story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake. He loved Natalie unconditionally and was willing to do whatever it took to find her.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    Whiny - shaky - distracting


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Loved the story. Nothing extreme though.


    Any additional comments?

    Nobody can tell a story like Harlan Coban. His books contain, for my money, the best combination of mystery story and wise cracking humor. This story lived up to his best so far, but the always-close-to-tears voice of the narrator nearly obscured the "lighter" side of the tale. Bring back Jonathan Marosz!

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    Karen Rose Smith PA USA 03-29-13
    Karen Rose Smith PA USA 03-29-13 Member Since 2012

    novelist

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    "Terrific Twists"
    Would you listen to Six Years again? Why?

    I would listen again to pick up details I missed the first time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Jack. He was a romantic and a "real" guy who knew how to love.


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

    I felt I really heard Jack's voice. I liked his performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed several times at the humor Coben included to break the tension. I couldn't stop listening which is the result of great writing. This wasn't just a book with a suspense plot but with emotion, too. That's the type of book I enjoy the most.


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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 03-28-13
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Coben swung and missed!"

    I loved the opening act which set up this sappy book. I liked the ending act even if it wasn't the usual super duper wild ride we expect. Oh my, the middle is muddled. Too many underdeveloped characters, too many obvious hints, too many fights, too many needless deaths and too much whining. When I think of a book about academia I expect a ride with "Indiana Jones". I believe the abridged version would have been better.

    I kept saying would you like some cheese with the whine Jack which is as silly as the endless pining of the main character.

    Coben never developed the underlying question of what I thought was his intent. Should I act in a black or white world or one that grey permeate throughout. Idealist or Pragmatist?
    I expected more. I liked the ending. It's unusual to read a novel that gives closure to a story and avoids questioning the authors typical need for the big surprise.

    Harlan Coben is an amazing author, I love his work but I hope its Sixty Years before he pens another like this one.

    How about one more hit of Myron and the gang please? Pretty please!

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    mary Jefferson City, MO, United States 03-28-13
    mary Jefferson City, MO, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Story good but narrator irritating"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    The story was good and interesting but the narrator was not. I was not able to concentrate on the story due to his performance.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    It was interesting and I put up with the narrator to get to the end.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator could have been different. Or, instructed to perform differently.


    What character would you cut from Six Years?

    None


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    Margot SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 03-28-13
    Margot SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2007

    Mom of 3 essentially grown kids that are friend more than kids now. I am finding time to rediscover past pre-parent passions such as pediatric ER nursing, quilting and road biking...my house is cleaner and more organized than ever because I can listen to a book and accomplish life mundane/routine life necessities!

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    "Time and Money Better Spent!"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    As a Harlan Coben fan, I found the book to be a great disappointment. The storyline is slow and tedious, the main character boring and ending predictable and saccharine. I actually had to force myself to finish listening this book which is extemely rare for me. I found the overall story to be depressing and it took a few days to shake my malaise. It is good for authors to branch out but Harlan needs to bark up a different tree.


    Has Six Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I will approach his next work with trepidation and wait for reviews and feedback before purchasing.


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    Meadow santa rosa, ca, United States 03-28-13
    Meadow santa rosa, ca, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Interesting story but TERRIBLE narrator"
    What did you love best about Six Years?

    Kept you guessing.. different story than the usual mystery


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot was interesting and a well written story


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Words fail me.... I cant tell you how grating his voice was... I actually feel bad insulting someone but it cant be helped. All I can say is.. dramatic.. breathy voice... over acted... just did not fit the character or the words he was reading. Just beyond annoying.. the story was worth overlooking the voice but it was very difficult.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No... its not really emotional or a tear jerked...


    Any additional comments?

    Great read.. enjoyable and even a little surprising.. hard to surprise me since I read 3 or 4 books a month

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn 03-27-13
    Dawn 03-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Edge of your seat thriller"

    One of the best thrillers I've heard. Coben kept me intrigued throughout the entire story. This is one of the few thrillers I've read that I couldn't figure out how the story would end. Scott Brick did a wonderful job of narrating this book. I would recommend this to anyone who likes thrillers!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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