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 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.
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.
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.
Oh God, please no.
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.
Don't know. Stay Close was okay
Michael McConnohie or Dick Hill, someone with a less whiny voice
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.
It was very interesting and there were just enough clues to keep me listening without giving away the ending.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lots of twists
Gone girl, because the girls were gone :)
It is illegal to drive and read.
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
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