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Stay Close Audiobook

Stay Close

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all.
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Megan is a suburban soccer mom who, once upon a time, walked on the wild side. Now she’s got two kids, a perfect husband, a picket fence, and a growing sense of dissatisfaction. Ray used to be a talented documentary photographer, but at the age of 40 he finds himself in a dead-end job posing as a paparazzo, pandering to celebrity-obsessed rich kids. Broome is a detective who can’t let go of a cold case—a local husband and father who disappeared 17 years ago—and spends the anniversary every year visiting a house frozen in time, the missing man’s family still waiting, his slippers left by the recliner as if he might show up at any moment to step into them.

Three people living lives they never wanted, hiding secrets that even those closest to them would never suspect, will find that the past never truly fades away. Even as the terrible consequences of long-ago events crash together in the present and threaten to ruin lives, they will come to the startling realization that they may not want to forget the past at all. And as each confronts the dark side of the American dream—the boredom of a nice suburban life, the excitement of temptation, the desperation and hunger that can lurk behind even the prettiest façades—they will discover the hard truth that the line between one kind of life and another can be as whisper-thin as a heartbeat.

Master of domestic suspense Harlan Coben delivers his trademark combination of pause-resistant thrills and unrivaled insight into the dark shadows that creep into even the happiest communities.

©2012 Harlan Coben (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Taylor Hodge BARLING, AR, US 04-07-12
    Taylor Hodge BARLING, AR, US 04-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Coben Gem"
    If you could sum up Stay Close in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, spellbinding, addictive.


    What about Scott Brick???s performance did you like?

    Brick is an awesome reader/narrator...he keeps the listener's ateention with great voice inflection...


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

    How and when the investigator learned the killer's identification.


    Any additional comments?

    An awesome book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mary 03-25-12
    Mary 03-25-12
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    "Great story, Irritating narrator"

    I chose this one in spite of the narrator. Can't stand Scott Brick. His overblown style is like beating your head against a wall. It feels so good when it stops.

    "She PLACED.....her SHOE.....on her....LEFT foot."
    Sounds like the announcer for a three-ring circus.

    Coben is an erratic writer. Some books...not so good. Some great. This is one of the great ones.

    6 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Meagan vR Ohio 03-23-12
    Meagan vR Ohio 03-23-12 Member Since 2013

    I collect spores, molds, and fungus.

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    "This isn't as the description reads"

    This isn't about the psychology of suburban living... it's a run-of-the-mill serial killer story and it's not that good. Boring book, poor story development.

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jean APO AE, AE, United States 03-22-12
    Jean APO AE, AE, United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Learned a valuable lesson"
    Any additional comments?

    Never again will I purchase a book, even by a favorite author, before listening to the sample of the narration. In this book I get so disgusted with the narration that I lose the drift of the story and I won't make myself finish listening. I really don't even know if it is a book I would enjoy or recommend or not it just sounds sad, sad, sad. The cracks in the sidewalk are sad, the furnace is sad, the dress is sad...I'm sad just thinking of the purchase price.

    20 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Thor Antioch, CA, United States 04-03-12
    Thor Antioch, CA, United States 04-03-12
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    "Scott Brick is not performing Shakespear"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, get Scott to calm down.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. I read or listen to every Harlan Coben published. But this one, I gave up because Scott Brick tried to over dramatize every sentence from the opening. It got annoying.


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

    He must think that reading a novel is like turning it into a one man Shakespeare play. Give the characters character, but let us listen. Don't overwhelm us with breath taking drama in every sentence of the book. It gets tiresome. Like, just read the book dude.


    Was Stay Close worth the listening time?

    No, I gave it up after 30 minutes. I am going to buy the book instead.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell Scott Brick that he has a great voice, bit it is an Audio Book.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    karen 06-12-13
    karen 06-12-13
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    "Quit 10 min before the end..."

    It just didn't matter anymore. I'd already endured about 30 minutes of denouement, and anything else anyone said about it all, offered any more explanation, it was going to be unbearable, so I quit.

    I dunno. I usually love Harlan Coben, I love Scott Brick narrating the Nelson DeMille books, but something wasn't working here.

    Some of it was technical. There are three main characters who get about equal hunks of the story. Two are men, one is a woman. For the woman, Brick uses his trademark whispery voice, so you can tell when the story is about her. But for the two men, he didn't differentiate in their voices. That was a problem for me because over and over and over, the story would move from one man's tale to the other, with no break of any kind. No new chapter, no break in narration, no pause of any kind, so there was nothing to tell the listener that other man's story was now the subject. I thought it was very confusing. I never knew who's story was being advanced -- many times, I too far in to make backtracking the iPod a good idea. Finally I just let it go and gleaned what I could about whomever they were talking about.

    It might have been me. Several other things niggled at me. For one thing, I have a pathological dislike for people who use the phrase, "Do you know what I mean?" after every sentence, sort of as a verbal pause. And here, ALL these characters were uttering that little ditty, assuming, I guess, that their thoughts were so deep, so profound, so full of EXISTENTIAL MEANING that no one could be expected to understand. Feh! Clearly not dialogue worthy of Coben.

    Then too, this was another example of a tough-guy writer exposing his soft underbelly and trying to write romance. I think it comes off a bit weird -- I disliked it for the same reasons I really didn't like William Kent Krueger's "Northwest Angle". Loved every other one of Krueger's books, but when he went all soft and syrupy, dipping into analyzing the nature of love, he lost me. When I buy his books, I want action, danger and death -- not romance. I feel the same about Coben. Wish he'd stick to what he does so well, leave the soul searching angst to Nora Roberts.

    I realize this book is attractive to many women -- no spoiler here, I won't tell you why. But it isn't for ALL women -- it sure wasn't for me.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 03-30-13
    Larry 03-30-13
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    "Don't waste your time"
    What disappointed you about Stay Close?

    Story seems disjointed.


    What was most disappointing about Harlan Coben’s story?

    The story was boring.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Maybe a different narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    A very disappointing book, I like all the Myron Bolitar books by Harlan Coben, but this one just never got my interest. I kept waiting for the book to grab my attention but it never did. The story line was a little confusing and the reader Scott Brick just did not seem the right one for this book, although some of his other narrations have been good.
    If this was the first book I ever listed to by Coben I would never have read any of his other books.
    This book was just a waste of my time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane United States 07-09-12
    Diane United States 07-09-12 Member Since 2007

    Favorite books are Mystery & Thrillers followed close by SciFi & Fantasy.

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    "Couldn't put it down."

    I love mysteries that keep you guessing with lots of twists and surprises. This was just that book. Loved Scott Brick, he never disappoints.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Burlington, ON, Canada 06-10-12
    Dave Burlington, ON, Canada 06-10-12 Member Since 2013

    I drive for a living, spending up to 13 hours a day in a truck. Commercial and satellite radio bore me - audio books are my salvation

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    "Another Winner From Coben/Brick"
    What made the experience of listening to Stay Close the most enjoyable?

    The story was fluid and kept me engaged throughout. Scott Brick's performance was, as always, rock solid.


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

    Scott Brick is one of my "go-to" narrators when I'm aimless and looking for something new to listen to. I enjoy his work, his ability to truly differentiate characters and his seamless transitions. He can take a mediocre work and make it good - when given a great story, he makes it epic.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Although a little slow to start, with a 13 hour shift in front of me, the book didn't make it to Day-2 - I devour audio books, and this one has made the rare jump to the list of books I'll listen to more than once.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shirley Gautier, MS, United States 06-07-12
    Shirley Gautier, MS, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Gripping. Really keeps you interested"
    Would you listen to Stay Close again? Why?

    Yes, to view the story again, knowing the ending. I think it will enrich the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it was about gritty and sorted people without stooping too low to get that view.


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

    Yes. I always enjoy his performances. Spot on!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Is "hooker with a heart of gold" simply a fairytale?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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