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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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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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    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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    "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 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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    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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    Constance JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-04-14
    Constance JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 08-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Addictive!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Six Years to be better than the print version?

    O yeah!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Engaging


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    He is phenomenal! As soon as the book started, his voice got my attention. His voice, tone, description etc was so engaging. Will look for other books he narrated. He's awesome.


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

    I am not done with the book yet. I am not good at sarcasm, but it had some that were pretty funny. Love the story, thrilling etc.


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    Dana 07-26-14
    Dana 07-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "What a wonderful read."

    This story moves along very quickly and you never want to stop reading. Even even when you feel that you have figured it out it always takes a turn you are not expecting. I recommend it highly.

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    Randy 06-17-14
    Randy 06-17-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Predictable yet enjoyable."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    An okay book, although rather predictable. I much prefer the author's Myron series, but I wanted to try so,etching different. Quick and easy mystery novel. I did like that it takes place with in the same universe of the Myron serious and makes brief minor references to them. I would recommend this book to any in need of a fun mystery to kill sometime this summer.


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    Karyn 04-23-14
    Karyn 04-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "WOW LOTS OF TWISTS"

    I really enjoyed this book. I like Harlan Coben in his series, but this was the first non-series book I have listened to. It was great. I never knew what would happen next. As soon as I thought I had it figured, there would be another twist and turn. So good, you have got to read it.

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    Julie 04-17-14
    Julie 04-17-14
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    "Lots of twists and turns for your money!"

    I liked this book. My husband and I listened to it in the car while on vacation. I like a book with some twists and turns without being overly complicated. This was a good balance. Narration was good, story was good, ending WAS GOOD!!

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    Alan L. Forrest Longmont, CO 04-13-14
    Alan L. Forrest Longmont, CO 04-13-14
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    "AWESOME! Tops in story & performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to Six Years the most enjoyable?

    Love addiction gone WAY BAD! Complex thriller, brilliant writing and outstanding narration.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Jake


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

    Anxious for the revelation of the truth.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    twinsmom 03-01-14
    twinsmom 03-01-14
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    "A page-turner!"

    This one was a definite page-turner. Parts of it were predictable but there were still plenty of twists and turns to keep me reading, anxious to get all the details. I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle and I enjoyed the print version more. While Scott Brick is usually a solid narrator, I was not overly fond of his reading for this book. His cadence and intonation just didn't fit the character for me. He wasn't horrible, but the voice in my head was better this time around. Definitely well worth reading!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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