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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 Member Since 2011

    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 2009
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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 Troy, MI, United States 09-05-13
    Linda Troy, MI, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2011
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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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    karen United States 07-29-13
    karen United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2004
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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.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-28-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-28-13 Member Since 2006

    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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    P P Litchfield, MN, US 05-29-13
    P P Litchfield, MN, US 05-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "First and Last Coben"

    This is my first Harland Coben audio. I am not a fan. The narration was not good and the story line just did not make it for me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauren Apex, NC, United States 03-28-13
    Lauren Apex, NC, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Lauren Sanders-Jones, author

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    "So disappointed in this Coben novel!"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    This book seems to have been written under a deadline. The storyline is contrived and predictable, and lacks Harlan Coben's usual verve.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The story line is contrived. Everything about it seems forced, and I found myself rolling my eyes at its predictability. There is nothing believable about this one and only love Jake Fisher professes for Natalie Avery. This is the first time I've ever been let down by a Harlan Coben novel, and I hope it is the last time.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    (I can't limit it to three words; sorry.) Aside from Brick's annoying inability to say post-vocalic L (he says "sef" every time he pronounces the word "self," for example), Brick does the best he can with this book. He overplays the scenes in which Jake professes his undying love for Natalie.


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

    Sometimes the real Coben shines forth with glimpses of his humor and clever turns of phrase.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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