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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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    NKelhofer 03-10-14
    NKelhofer 03-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "so bad its irritating"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    I bought this book with a buy one get one free sale of and am sorry I picked this one. I have listened to over 30 audible books and this is the first disappointment. The writing is poorly developed and sophomoric. The story is written entirely in the first person with the protagonist uttering every single mundane thought that enters his mind. I thought I was going to pull my hair out if I heard the narrator say "What to do?" one more time or the answer "I don't know" an equal number of times. The narrator made matters worse by beyond tedious with a sing songy tempo punctuated with overtly dramatic exclamations. It was like he was trying to puff up drama or tension through his voice because the writing boring and flat. The grating performance just makes a bad book even worse. I could not finish it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    never


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    irritation


    Any additional comments?

    live and learn . . . on to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-07-14
    christy Plano, TX, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Maybe I didn't get it..."

    This felt a little overly dramatic. The narrator was great, but it felt a little too complicated for a love story.

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    anna v. 01-22-14
    anna v. 01-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, not the best narrator"

    You can't go wrong with Harlan Coben, always a good and gripping story. I don't think this was his best book - supporting characters are better in other works - but the plot twists and the sense of humour remain brilliant.
    I did not like Scott Brick's narration. He was too heavy on the cynical side of the main character, who seemed always too blasé, and failed to make a clear distiction among characters' voices. In certain dialogues, I could not know who was speaking.
    Overall, an entertaining audiobook.

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    Sandy Orlando, FL 11-20-13
    Sandy Orlando, FL 11-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "It started out so good, but then...."

    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.

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    Jacqueline Seavey 11-19-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Story got to the point within the first 3 chapters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There was no character that stood out as being exceptional.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    This was bought as part of the buy 2 get one free promotion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Mason, OH, United States 09-25-13
    Nancy Mason, OH, United States 09-25-13
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    "Not what you would expect...."
    What would have made Six Years better?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Linda R. Harrington 09-18-13
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    "Ugh - another thin story stretched to anorexic"
    What disappointed you about Six Years?

    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).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    My heartbeat while reading for myself


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was fine but given the material perhaps a mime next ?


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

    For escapist literature - no


    Any additional comments?

    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

    1 of 2 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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Columbus, OH, United States 08-27-13
    Amazon Customer Columbus, OH, United States 08-27-13 Member Since 2016

    Friend of God... Saved by grace... Mother of 3 gifts... Wife of one... Worship dancer.... Educated by God, Academia and Willy Wonka...

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    "Somewhere in the middle..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    Everyone deserves a second chance. I can not say I will avoid him but I will not go searching for stories he's narrated.


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    Carolyn MATTESON, IL, United States 08-22-13
    Carolyn MATTESON, IL, United States 08-22-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    I normally like him but not this book. Maybe it was the story. Boring to dramatic.


    Did Six Years inspire you to do anything?

    Yes I'm returning this book and getting my credit back.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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