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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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    Tabitha 03-22-13
    Tabitha 03-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Intriguing"
    What did you like best about Six Years? What did you like least?

    Best: Kept you guessing until the very end.
    Worst: I thought it was going to more of a psychological thriller (totally my fault) so I was a little disappointed that it was not.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was very interesting and there were just enough clues to keep me listening without giving away the ending.


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

    He did okay. In general I am not a huge fan of male narrators and the way they make women sound. But Brick did an okay job of differentiating between characters. I also thought his voice was a little old for the age of Jake.


    Did Six Years inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the premise was great. I enjoyed the story but thought the execution could have been a little bit better. I realize it is fiction and that the author needs to make certain things happen for the mystery to unfold and for the main character to be able to find the clues. BUT I thought there was a lot that was just a little to coincidental.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    karen 07-29-13
    karen 07-29-13
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    "Oh, my...."

    Coben may as well have started out, "It was a dark and stormy night..." because "Six Years" is as close to a melodrama as anything I've had the misfortune to read (or listen to) in a very long time.

    Actually, it starts out just fine -- for the first hour or so, I was interested, thinking I'd found a good one. But then alas, the love bug bites. On and on and on, big-guy Jake Fisher protagonist (literally, a big strapping linebacker kind of guy) shifts into serious moaning over his lost love, Natalie, who he'd dated for three months six years ago, but who had then ditched him and immediately married someone else. At her wedding -- to which he went, but of course! -- Natalie begged him to 'leave us alone', and for six years, Jake did. But then....

    From that point on, it was surreal. I tried to play this 'theater of the mind' out in my head. It's so unseemly: Here's this big guy, a tenured professor of political science, well liked among students, who spends HOURS our of time moaning, whining, fantasizing and carrying on about his lost love Natalie, how it was so earthshakingly "special", how theirs was a once in a lifetime passion, no one else could ever understand, no other woman would ever do, how their love will last forever, even if they never see each other again... ta da, ta da....

    You get the idea. If that had been a woman carrying on like that, we would have said, "Sheesh, girl! Get over it! He married someone else! Move on!" But since it's a guy weeping and emoting all over the pages like that, I guess we're supposed to believe that it's just a manly man, getting in touch with his feelings.. How sweet.

    In fact, he goes on for so long, with no indication whatever of EVER quitting, I started to wonder if the Jake the protagonist was going to become a stalker. Was THAT the plot? Then I started to think: I suppose most of us women, at one time or another, had a relationship with a man who simply wouldn't give up, who kept on and on, to the point that we felt actual fear. For most of us, time was the cure. the guy went away, eventually. But here's Jake. Doesn't look like he'll ever move on --

    Unfortunately, this is not a stalker book. That might have been more interesting. Suffice it to say that Jack Fisher is a lovesick mess, pure and simple. The plot is inherently incredible -- doesn't matter what it is, in the face of so much sloppy love talk the plot takes second place. Who cares?

    And while I've greatly enjoyed many of Scott Brick's narrations -- especially Nelson DeMille's Jon Corey series -- this one is absolutely insufferable. Brick's overwrought reading -- literally groaning with unrequited love, now and then -- brings on barf-time. Lemme outta here, this is BAD. Save your credit and remember Harlan Coben when he wrote really good thrillers, not sloppy fourth-rate romance.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jack Carson City, NV, United States 03-23-13
    Jack Carson City, NV, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2015

    K9 Fan

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    "Not Coben's Best Work"

    I usually really enjoy this author...but, this story was difficult to keep on reading. Very slow for the first half of the book then the story line moved along a bit faster. The story was just interesting enough to have to finish in order to see what happened. It felt like it took six years to read. As usual, Scott Brick read the character excellently but the story was just not satisfying.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-27-13
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 07-27-13 Member Since 2009

    Diana bookworm

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    "A good mystery"

    I liked the principal character. The predicaments he got himself into were a bit frustrating at times, but thats all part of the book engaging you. Scott Brick gives any book
    instant credibility in my opinion.

    This was the first Harlan Coben book for me and I will try another.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kitty Reno, NV 04-19-13
    Kitty Reno, NV 04-19-13 Member Since 2014

    I listen to books to be entertained... my favorite genre is a "Legal Thriller" I have actually been a member since 2001. Love my books!

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    "Kept me guessing..."

    Interesting concept that kept me guessing. I always try to solve the mystery. The more difficult the mystery the more that I like it. I love Scott Brick's narration. I will buy a book just because he narrated it, even if the author is unfamiliar to me.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mary 04-10-13
    mary 04-10-13

    I was an avid reader of books before my work took most of my time so now I listen to Audible books when I'm exercising or walking my dog. I like mystery and thriller novels, particularly good serial killer novels. I'm a writer and a psychotherapist.

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Six Years to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, didn't read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    How I was kept on edge with all of the twists and turns. Just about the time I figured out who the bad guy was the story turned and it looked like someone else was the bad guy. It was wonderfully complicated but very easy to follow. I really enjoyed this book.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I liked that I could differentiate between the characters and that he read very crisply without any annoying habits like sucking in a breath.


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

    Kept me on edge.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could find more books like this one. It so hit and miss when I buy audio books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy brooklyn, NY 03-26-13
    Betsy brooklyn, NY 03-26-13 Member Since 2015

    I no longer live in Worcester. I now live in Brooklyn, NY.

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    Once you start this one, do not plan to take a break for about 10 hours!

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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-25-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Ultimately disappointing"

    The love sick protagonist, who has not kept up with his old girlfriend (even remotely) for six years, all of a sudden sees the obituary of a man he THINKS is her husband (he never learned the guy's last name) and off he goes...Flying to the funeral and then following all kinds of random clues to try to locate the love of his life. He is a college professor, but acts more like a teenager. And he's not alone. Coincidentally, his best friend (another college professor who tends to act like a teenager) is also in love with a woman he cannot have. And that's just the beginning of many, many coincidences in the story.

    The novel is disappointing for many reasons. The main one, for me, is that our "hero" is off chasing clues but gaining very little enlightenment for most of the novel. Like him, you remain lost in the woods after he meets with witnesses or visits old settings. I prefer when the mystery is revealed little by little and you can follow along. Here, there is nothing, nothing, nothing -- and then you figure it out all at once (way before the hero does). The resolution is also disappointing in ways I cannot reveal without spoilers.

    The writing is a tad lazy, with the author actually using the same phrases in several places. ("Is this the part where I say 'you should have seen the other guy'?")

    The narration is very Scott Brick...but I think the author actually wrote-in the overly dramatic tone. Not even Bellarini could have avoided making this first person narrator sound over-the-top.

    That said, it is mildly entertaining. If you usually like Brilliance Audio novels, you might like this one. Personally, I will skip Coben in the future unless there is nothing else to download that day.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daphne Highland Village, TX, United States 11-16-14
    Daphne Highland Village, TX, United States 11-16-14
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    "My first Harlan Coben"

    I enjoyed this book and thought it was pretty original. The ending wasn't as thrilling as I expected it to be, but it was a satisfactory ending. I love Scott Brick and this was originally why I selected this book. Looking forward to my next Coben.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Newman 10-24-14
    Jim Newman 10-24-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "A Good Mystery Thriller"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is some very crucial information that is withheld until the very end. The reader never has a chance to fully figure out what has caused all the problems. That is one way to approach a story, a very suprising ending. However, many readers will find this very frustrating. Basically the author finally reveals what happened to a key character six years ago, and that event is the fundamental cause of most of the mystery.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    First Family by Baldacci.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I found the first person narrative made me feel like I was experiencing the story first hand.


    Could you see Six Years being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, a movie audience would never stand for all the characters revealing their true selves at the very end.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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