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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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    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-26-13
    Debbie Lake Havasu City, AZ, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Good!"

    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 philadelphia, PA, United States 03-26-13
    ben philadelphia, PA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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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 SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 03-26-13
    jennifer SANTA BARBARA, CA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010
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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 2008
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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

    Nana

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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 Chico, CA, United States 03-23-13
    Mary Chico, CA, United States 03-23-13 Member Since 2011
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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 Washington, DC, United States 03-22-13
    Tabitha Washington, DC, United States 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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    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 03-26-13
    Betsy worcester, MA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2010

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

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    "Wow!"

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

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-25-13
    cristina Somerville, MA, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2009
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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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    Nancy Mason, OH, United States 09-25-13
    Nancy Mason, OH, United States 09-25-13
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    "Not what you would expect...."
    What would have made Six Years better?

    First of all...this is not as much a mystery as a lovesick story of a man. So...if you are looking for something with meat and a true mystery or suspense - look elsewhere. I have read other Harlan Coben and overall he is a good writer. But he goes off track or mushy sometimes...this is one of them.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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