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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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    Michael Cavacini 03-27-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One Of His Best"

    For my money, no author has the ability to create vivid characters and palpable relationships the way Coben does. This story was told in the first person and done so effectively. As I was going through it, I felt just as confused as Jake, wondering what was true and what was false. I also felt his love for Natalie and his anguish over losing her, not to mention the roller-coaster-ride of emotions Jake experienced throughout the rest of the story.

    The first Harlan Coben book I read was The Innocent, and it’s my favorite, quickly followed by Tell No One. Six Years is one of Coben’s best novels. It grabbed me from the first page and never let go. Filled with compelling characters and mysterious circumstances, this twisting tale of suspense is a must read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ronda 03-27-13
    Ronda 03-27-13
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    "I like Harlan Coben but Scott Brick??...."
    Would you listen to Six Years again? Why?

    No, I wouldn't listen to Six Years again because of Scott Brick's narration. Coben's writing style is good, really nice in fact, a genre I like. But I always avoid anything narrated by SB. This time I took the plunge..and was disappointed all over again. Sorry, I won't go that route again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The six years of hope and love that never got lost.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Pick a different narrator!


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

    No, small portions please.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-26-13
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2015
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    I'm a big fan of Harlen Coben & this one kept my attention with lots of twists and turns. I guess some people didn't like the "love story" aspect but it didn't bother me. I'm a romantic & want someone willing to do anything for me! LOL I spent more time working in the yard, just so I could keep listenting. It was worth the credit for me with a strong story line & narration. I don't think I would have enjoyed reading the book as much as listening - I really like Scott Brick as narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ben 03-26-13
    ben 03-26-13
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    "Entertaining and well performed but drawn out"
    What made the experience of listening to Six Years the most enjoyable?

    Scott brick is always amazing, although he seems to do very well with sarcastic characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Lots and lots of clever twists and turns, but they get tedious after a while.


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

    He becomes the narrator in the story as written by Coben.


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

    I loved it until the last 1/3. It had good character development and I liked the characters. The last 1/3 I had to listen to with lots of breaks.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer 03-26-13
    jennifer 03-26-13
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    "Great story, fast paced and Scott Brick is PERFECT"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes, I never guessed what was going on so many twists and turns.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The confrontation between Benedict and Jake...drama!!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Granny Rose Asheville, NC, United States 03-25-13
    Granny Rose Asheville, NC, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Write-by-numbers story with melodramatic narration"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    I have been a fan of Harlan Coben for years and look forward to Scott Brick's narration. But this was the worst of both I've experienced.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It was not particularly interesting at all. I can honestly say that there was not a single surprise in the story. Everything was clearly telegraphed and easily guessed. This story does not come close to the typical thrill ride of a Coben story. And the hackneyed slang and conversational stopgaps were not worthy of him. I hope I never hear the phrase "the mind goes where it will" again.


    How could the performance have been better?

    So many ways. I don't expect Scott Brick to give all the characters different voices. But the exact same phrasing, intonations, and inflections for each and every one is dreary. And the story did not need his added melodrama. It was over-the-top on its own.


    Do you think Six Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Oh God, please no.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nana Utah 03-25-13
    Nana Utah 03-25-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Sappy reader unthrills thriller"
    What would have made Six Years better?

    I might have liked the story better had the reader not been so oooover the top dramatic!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 03-23-13
    Mary 03-23-13
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    "Performance is too dramatic. It almost gags me."
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    Everything. It's hard to pay attention to the story because the reader is too annoying. I don't think I will be able to finish. Too whiny.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    Don't know. Stay Close was okay


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    Michael McConnohie or Dick Hill, someone with a less whiny voice


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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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