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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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    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 09-13-13
    Carolyn Proctorville, OH, United States 09-13-13 Member Since 2009

    70 year old grandmother of 2 teenagers. Still working in real estate appraisal field, live in OH and SC - spend time listening & traveling.

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    "Typical Coben"
    Would you listen to Six Years again? Why?

    Probably not. I don't usually re-listen to books. Once I get the plot, understand the characters and finish it, it stays in my mind.


    What other book might you compare Six Years to and why?

    Most of Coben's books are similar - at least the ones I have liked. There is usually a boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy and girl meet later in life and have to fight some one or some thing that is preventing them from being together. Most of the time, the struggle is really rough and you can see why he or she sincerely believes they are protecting the other from a terrible fate. Luckily, in the end, Coben usually gets them together in the epilogue.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He's my favorite!!! I look for books performed by Scott Brick. That's how I pick alot of them. And, it's how I've discovered some good authors - just because they chose Scott Brick to narrate them.


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

    I don't laugh or cry - but I do get chills and gasp occasionally!!


    Any additional comments?

    This one is pretty good but I had a difficult time understanding why the girl left and stayed away so long. The whole plot about her parents, Dad's "disappearance", sister, etc. was a little confusing.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen C. Schwarz New York, NY 09-13-13
    Stephen C. Schwarz New York, NY 09-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing could have saved this book. The plot was unconvincing, the writing poor and the characters unpleasant to spend time with.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but Scott Brick's performance was fine. It was the material he was working with that was the problem.


    What character would you cut from Six Years?

    Well, Jake Fisher is the story. He's a bore but if you cut him there's no book.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was generally well reviewed, and Harlan Coben is quite a successful, award-winning author, so I kept plodding ahead expecting this book to take off at some point. It never did.
    The key issue with this book is that the protagonist, Jake Fisher, is a bore. It’s his voice that fills 95 percent of the book and I never cared about him and even grew to dislike him. He spends most of the book mooning over a girl who dumped him six years ago but we never really meet the girl so we never can believe that she is so amazingly wonderful. He’s also a dope who can’t catch onto the “mystery” until long after the reader has. And the writing? My goodness, it manages to be cliché-ridden, maudlin, and lurid all at once.
    Maybe his other stuff is better. I would definitely skip this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Scottsdale, AZ, United States 09-08-13
    Patrick Scottsdale, AZ, United States 09-08-13

    PSW

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    "Rambling, inconsistent and a bit incoherent"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Just too much wrong with it to realistically say it could be anything above three. The narration was silly and irritating. The story had more gaps than a bad college football defense. FYI: Why did the bad guys not go after the sister or mother??? Why did not Jake simply explain how the trouble developed rather than all the dramatic nonsense? The central issue of the story was predictable. I found nothing particularly interesting about the characters. There are a couple of nice, interesting twists at the end. One might suspect the author first wrote the twists and them tried to fined a story that led to them.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The latest Reacher novel by Lee Child.


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

    Not sure.


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

    I did like the way it wrapped up in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Harlan Coben's books. I suggest you pick up almost anyone but this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andre Laval, Quebec, Canada 09-07-13
    Andre Laval, Quebec, Canada 09-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great story"

    What a great story and great listen! This book had me guessing all the way to the end. Really a great suspense mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-06-13
    Andrew Oklahoma City, OK, United States 09-06-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Book!"
    If you could sum up Six Years in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected, exciting, and enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Harlan Coben book, but it wont be my last!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 09-05-13
    Linda 09-05-13
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    "Good mystery."

    We enjoyed this book, loved the premise, the plot twists and the characters, however the narration was too slow. We increased the narration speed up 2x and stuck with it. This is not classic literature, or heavy in any way; just a story my husband and I could agree on to kill time on the road.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda202 Milton,, NY, United States 09-05-13
    Amanda202 Milton,, NY, United States 09-05-13
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    I liked this book. It was an okay book it got a little long and wordy but still a good book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 08-14-13
    Susan 08-14-13

    This is my granddaughter's picture! She is my love.

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    "Believable? Maybe, but Jake has really bad luck"

    There is a hint at the beginning of the book that tells you what is going to happen, but I don't catch these things very often. There are so many things that Jake has to do in order to get his love back. She is not even a big part of the story. She is not a fully developed character. The twists were not predictable to me and I enjoyed each one. Jake is a good guy, caught up in a really deep secret and no one knows the answer.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 07-28-13
    Simone 07-28-13 Member Since 2014

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Not Bad!"

    As a rule I tend not to like thrillers because they’re all more or less the same; predictable, overdramatic, and nonsensical - you really have to suspend disbelief in order to go along with the almost always preposterous plot! This book followed right along those lines.

    It came as no surprise to me that “the best friend had secrets and was not what he seemed” and that “the police won’t believe our hero’s story so he feels compelled to solve the mystery on his own”. Nevertheless, I found the story pretty good and I was genuinely interested in what would happen next. Unlike most thrillers, I could not guess the twists in advance.

    Saccharine happily-ever-after ending aside, it was quite a compelling read!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Evert Burtonsville, MD, United States 07-15-13
    Evert Burtonsville, MD, United States 07-15-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyed it (with a small "but")"

    Scott Brick is excellent as usual. I gave him and the story 5 stars but the overall score only 4. Perhaps not logical but while I enjoyed my first foray into Harlan Coben's work and even recommended it to others, I have one minor quibble: The main character's heart breaks, turns to dust, shatters or whatever just a little too much.

    That being said, it is still a fun ride that will keep you guessing to the very end. It is a unique thriller that won't disappoint.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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