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Shelter Audiobook

Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools.

A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be. And neither was Mickey’s father. Soon, Mickey learns about a conspiracy so shocking that it makes high school drama seem like a luxury - and leaves him questioning everything about the life he thought he knew.

First introduced to readers in Harlan Coben’s latest adult novel, Live Wire, Mickey Bolitar is as quick-witted and clever as his uncle Myron, and eager to go to any length to save the people he cares about.

©2011 Harlan Coben (P)2011 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Philo-sophia 08-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A good read"
    Any additional comments?

    I agree with other reviewers when they cite this novel as not a typical teenager novel. While the characters are teenagers, you won't get pulled into the normal antics or drama which characterizes the average teenager. The protagonist is wise and mature beyond his years, probably due in large part to his parents previous professions as missionaries.

    We follow the protagonist as he navigates a new life without his father, loving his drug addicted mother, avoiding his enduring uncle, developing loyal (yet sarcastic) friends, and all the while following clues to battle the enemy in order to save his love interest.

    This book follows in a way, the steps of Dan Brown or other conspiracy theorists.

    It was intriguing and thought provoking. I appreciate how Harlen Coben intertwines history and mythology into the book. Mythology and history are found in the secret organization our protagonist thinks are after him. They are, but not for the reason he initially thinks.

    Towards the end our protagonist, along with the reader, will find out why this secret organization is interested in his love interest. As well as why the organization is also interested in our hero.

    I'd recommend this book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Betty Von Schnuuglestein 05-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Grade 'A' Crap"

    There goes 7 hours of my life I'll never get back. Inane, draggy, silly, ridiculous: why did I finish reading/listening to this crap? It was this or re-read something else -which, in retrospect, would've been the better choice.

    Oh, and really lame, even puzzling, ending. Did NOT enjoy this hot-mess.

    Narrator was great, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ScratchGolfer 05-01-16 Member Since 2007
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    "One of the worst books I have completed"
    What would have made Shelter better?

    Have an interesting story to tell.This one sucked.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Delete all of the characters and delete the story. Music would be more interesting.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nick Podehl?

    No


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

    All scenes involving all characters. The main character was an uninteresting idiot as were all of his friends.


    Any additional comments?

    This story was so lame I don't know why I finished it. Take my advice and don't bother.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur 04-04-16
    Arthur 04-04-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great stuff."

    Usually I can figure out the story line right away, and then I follow it through. This one kept me guessing through out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig 11-30-15
    Craig 11-30-15
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    "Great teen protagonist from Coben"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Nick Podehl?

    Yes on both counts. Harlan Coben usually hits it out of the park and Nick Podehl is always solid to great.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Was not expecting a teen protagonist from Coben, was worried that I was enjoying "teen fiction" at my ripe age. Thank god I wasn't carrying a paperback around! Story turned out to be great, compelling characters with realistically absurd relationships. Great fun.


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nick Podehl does a great job on this series. voice inflection, emotion and character voicing is just perfect.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    In a minute!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Julie 04-17-14
    Julie 04-17-14
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    "Nice for youth read"

    I bought this by mistake not knowing it was a young teen's read. Since I was on vacation and did not have another book downloaded I listened to it anyway.
    It was a good story, good character development. Actually, made me wonder what will happen to these main characters in future books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather graham, NC, United States 10-28-13
    Heather graham, NC, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Definitely Give This One a Chance!"

    I loved this book!
    I've never finished a book and then gone straight to my computer to rate it. There have been some great books that I've read, but I had to see if there's a sequel to this one right away. (There is! 'Seconds Away')
    The narrater was great. There's a great story line, lots of action, it was witty and suspenseful, emotional, even heartbreaking in moments and I'd recommend it to anyone! I think that it may have been written for teens, but I enjoyed it as much as I've enjoyed any Harlan Coben book, and I've loved most of them! I will let my teenager listen to it as well, and I think she'll love it. It was clean, not over violent, no swearing or sex, and he even managed to keep a scene in a strip club chaste. The ending was great, a nice surprise, but a definite cliff hanger.
    I'm really glad that I just read it and don't have to wait for a year to get the sequel.
    I'm a definite follower of this series, Harlan! Keep them coming!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J. Sindik 12-07-12
    J. Sindik 12-07-12

    Dancing Caterpillar

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    "Great Listen!"
    Would you listen to Shelter again? Why?

    Absolutely!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! It kept moving and had a surprise ending.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Mickey. Nick is great!!


    Any additional comments?

    To the people who complain that this book is to sophomoric...really? Just because YOU didn't do your homework to find out that this is for YOUNG ADULT aka teenagers, don't out it down. It makes you look like a jerk! It was not written with YOU in mind! It's like you reading a "Mt Little Pony" book and saying it was too childish...sheesh!

    So, don't listen to those nay sayers...it's a great book...just keep in mind who the target audience is and you will enjoy it. BTW, I'm 59 years old and found it to be a delightful listen and a bit of a change from what I usually listen to. Have a goo at it...you won't be disappointed!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mohi fort lauderdale, FL, United States 09-12-11
    Mohi fort lauderdale, FL, United States 09-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Teen Coben"

    "Coben for teens" caused me to hesitate momentarily, but then i reasoned, it is Coben. Thoroughly enjoyed it. A nice continuation of the previous novel where Mickey was introduced. Coben has a new character that I'll be interested in seeing him develop.
    I've read and enjoyed all Coben's novels.

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    laall 10-02-11
    laall 10-02-11
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    "good, but..."

    A really good listen, though a little far fetched at times. The ending...well, I'll just say I didn't like it, so as not to spoil it for someone who hasn't read it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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