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Six Years Audiobook

Six Years

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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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    nevina CT, United States 08-15-13
    nevina CT, United States 08-15-13 Member Since 2006

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    "Another enjoyable listen from Harlan Coben"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Douglas, MA, United States 08-08-13
    Richard Douglas, MA, United States 08-08-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Tedious at best"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    Far too much narative. The story could have been much tighter.


    If you’ve listened to books by Harlan Coben before, how does this one compare?

    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.


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

    Anybody else.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    Too many scenes to list.


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    karen 07-29-13
    karen 07-29-13
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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.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sia Nivaa, Denmark 07-16-13
    Sia Nivaa, Denmark 07-16-13
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    "Only reason I got this far is Scott Brick"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Normally I like the Harlan Coben/Scott Brick combo, but this book was slow and boring - sorry Harlan, I cant finish it, I give up now with one hour or so to go...
    Scott Brick is awesome as usual.


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    Scott HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 07-08-13
    Scott HUNTSVILLE, AL, United States 07-08-13 Member Since 2013

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    "not close to Cobin's standard"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The writing was weak - full of terrible dialogue and silly phrases. This sounds as if Cobin's teenage child wrote it for Daddy.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Write it as if real people were talking and get rid of the cliches.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Everything - his performance was quite good


    Do you think Six Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No - it needs a re-write


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a Cobin fan. This book had Decent suspends but weak writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 07-05-13
    Kevin 07-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Just flat out bad."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People that find Harlequin Romances too intellectual.


    Has Six Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No Harlan Coben can write a reasonable book but this certainly was not it.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    Scott did a reasonable job but the material was soppy.


    What character would you cut from Six Years?

    Removing Jake Fisher would have significantly improved the book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Grandmajo Columbus, Ohio USA 06-10-13
    Grandmajo Columbus, Ohio USA 06-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "not so good"
    What would have made Six Years better?

    a different narrator. and less over dramatic writing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harlan Coben? Why or why not?

    I have read his books before. Depends upon the choices.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Not much


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

    wanted to put more let's get on with the story--


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Chandler LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, US 05-30-13
    David Chandler LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, US 05-30-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but not as compelling as other Coban books."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It's a bit ordinary and predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harlan Coben? Why or why not?

    Yes, I usually enjoy his books more.


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

    No.


    Do you think Six Years needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. It ended where it ended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S new york, NY, United States 05-28-13
    S new york, NY, United States 05-28-13
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    "Standard Harlan Cobe book--good! An easy listen."
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    This book felt a little like an older HC book, Tell No One. Both really enjoyable and the Scott Brick/Harlan Coben combo is always a good listen, but it's a standard HC mystery/thriller. I'm looking forward to the next Myron Bolitar book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy Pottstown, PA, United States 05-18-13
    Stacy Pottstown, PA, United States 05-18-13

    I LOVE to read!! I prefer mysteries but I dabble in every genre!!

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    "Lifetime Movie converted into an Audiobook!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would just say it was time spent. This was neither a bad story nor a good one. The beginning was strong but the end was weak. I literally cringed at some points in the story because it was so absurd. But if you love Lifetime, you'll probably love this book!


    Would you be willing to try another book from Harlan Coben? Why or why not?

    This was my first Harlan Coben book so I would give him another shot. I would probably be more interested in his earlier works.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Sure. He didn't put me to sleep so that's good!


    Did Six Years inspire you to do anything?

    Yea, it inspired me to avoid romance books disguised as mysteries.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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