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.
I loved the storyline and bought this right away after seeing some of the good reviews.
After listening to the first third of the book, it went downhill and lost the excitement of the storyline. It began to get boring and Jake's actions began to get outrageous and too far fetched. He ran into too many different people in the story and I began to just lose interest in who was who as he tried to find his lost love. I finished it, but it was one of those, come on and finish this story ending. The ending was awful and left you very unsatisfied. I could have written a better ending and that's pushing it.
Love Scott Brick and he couldn't save it either.
The beginning chapters moved the story along to the point pretty quickly. Jake (main character) only had a 3 month romance with this Natalie woman when she quickly dumped him and married another man. Six years later, he still carries her torch, and when his opportunity to reconnect with her comes about, I think he becomes a bit overly obsessive in finding this woman. The story is good, that includes a secret society, and has good mystery solving qualities about it, but some of the main character's supposed hip lingo, kind of got on my nerves.
This seemed to be what all women want, extra tall, good looking, humble, intelligent, honest, and loving, but he still has a long way to go to match my favorite, Odd Thomas (from Dean Koontz), and my newest favority guy, Walt Longmire (from Craig Johnson).
There was no character that stood out as being exceptional.
I usually pick books that are narrated by men, because although I am a woman, most women readers voices hit a pitch that I find annoying to listen to. In some parts of this book, Scott Brick did a good job in changing voices and accents for characters, but some of his meloncholy speak was droning...but then he may have not had much choice because he was just reading what the author droned on about.
This was bought as part of the buy 2 get one free promotion.
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.
Disappointed by the drivel, the product placement and the "to be continued" conclusion. Also disappointed that my audible bookstore hypes writers' annuity fiction. Get some well told mystery fiction even if it comes from, say, Canada (Farrow aka Ferguson) or Scandinavia (Nesbo).
My heartbeat while reading for myself
Performance was fine but given the material perhaps a mime next ?
For escapist literature - no
This book is (I hope) the last of a number of mysteries I downloaded which disappointed. Why can't you explore the excellent genre novels of authors who are not mass marketed? Find some good books and get staff to read them to me if profit is the only goal here
Nothing could have saved this book. The plot was unconvincing, the writing poor and the characters unpleasant to spend time with.
No, but Scott Brick's performance was fine. It was the material he was working with that was the problem.
Well, Jake Fisher is the story. He's a bore but if you cut him there's no book.
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.
Friend of God... Saved by grace... Mother of 3 gifts... Wife of one... Worship dancer.... Educated by God, Academia and Willy Wonka...
I'm not sure. If I were honest, I would admit that I have a love/hate relationship with mysteries. I love to read them but I always hate waiting until the end to finally know how the pieces fit. I felt the same about Six Years but my wish for the end was not anticipation - it was mild annoyance.
Like everyone else in the story, I wanted Jake to just let it go. If you remove all of the encouragements for Jake to let it go or leave it alone and all of the reminders to Jake that he wouldn't get it or didn't/wouldn't understand I'm not sure you would have a lot of dialogue left in the story. It all seems to gel in the end but it took a very long time to get there.
So, yes I might recommend this book to a friend but I would also recommend a double shot of patience as the author slowly and over-dialogues his way to the conclusion.
Now the performance.... The performance was interesting in a over-the-top dramatic sort of way. I wonder how much the emotion/meaning in the storyline changed because of the dramatics of the narrator.
Everyone deserves a second chance. I can not say I will avoid him but I will not go searching for stories he's narrated.
No did not like the main character. He was to sappy. Ok you love the girl and she left. Six years of whinning about it. Get over it already
I normally like him but not this book. Maybe it was the story. Boring to dramatic.
Yes I'm returning this book and getting my credit back.
Another reliably entertaining audiobook from Harlan Coben. A stand alone mystery this time. I finished it quickly because I listened to it everywhere, including grocery shopping, driving, and gardening. The narrator, Scott Brick, was also pretty good, if a little overwrought at times but he enhanced my interest.
Far too much narative. The story could have been much tighter.
Listening to Scott Brick was exceedingly painful. His narration was dramatic to the point that it sounded as though he were trying out for a role in a Shakesperian play.
Too many scenes to list.
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.
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