Harlan Coben has risen to the top of best-seller lists worldwide, attracting voracious audiences for his peerless novels of domestic suspense as well as those featuring his fan-favorite sports agent, Myron Bolitar. Now in Live Wire, he offers a knock-your-socks-off novel that will electrify all his fans: Myron’s family takes center stage.
Myron Bolitar has always dreamed about the voluptuous femme fatale walking into his office and asking for help. The woman standing in his doorway has killer curves all right: She’s eight months pregnant, which kind of ruins the fantasy. Former tennis star Suzze T and her rock star husband, Lex, are both clients, and over the years Myron has negotiated his share of contracts for the power pair. But now Lex has disappeared and a very pregnant Suzze is in tears, fearing the online rumors questioning the baby’s paternity have driven away the man she swears is the child’s father.
For Myron, questions of fatherhood couldn’t hit closer to home, as his dad, Al, clings to life; the brother who abandoned them all years ago is in trouble; and Myron’s teenage nephew needs an authority figure. Myron is soon forced to confront deep secrets in Suzze’s past; his family’s mortality - and before Live Wire is over, his own.
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This audio book is not narrated by our favorite Jonathan Marosz, but it is still well done. Some reviewers in the past panned this audio book due to the change, but this was not fair. We all like the familiarity of characters that have in a way been developed through their voices. A change can throw us off. Stephen Weber, however does a good job. In fact, he narrated another Myron Bolitar book: Long Lost. Although I still relate more to Jonathan's voice for the characters (like Winn, Fat Cindy, Little Pocahontas), Live Wire is still worth the listen.
Myron still believes in justice without violence but thankfully for Myron Win still dishes
out the punishment. Started slow but gained speed fast. Myron's dad was a great character. There were a couple of surprises. Entertaining. The narrator was really good. Win's has left and leaves you wondering what will happen next if there is another Bolitar book. .
I can't resist Wynn and Myron and the rest of the crew but it was sad and not as much fun because of it. Still a must listen but darn does life really have to move on, even in books?
First off....I love the Myron Bolitar books and eagerly awaited this one. But what a downer. The humor one expects in a Bolitar tale was greatly lacking and the ending left me with a "What?????" I think this must be the swan song for this character or that Mr. Coben is just simlpy tired of this series. It ended, 'not with a bang, but only a whimper.' I can't even begin to imagine how he will come back and in what form and, even, now, "WHY?" I am soooooo disappointed.
Warning: Spoiler contained in the review. Myron Bolitar and MB Reps team up for yet another mystery that somehow started in Myron's past. In this book we learn more about Myron's brother and his history. We also see Myron's parents continue to decline in health during their aging process. And we continue to wonder why Myron and Trish can't seem to tie the knot, or even to live in the same country. In many ways Myron doesn't develop much from book to book and the reader starts to question why he can't grow just a bit of a backbone. The jokes in the face of a gun are tired and not quite convincing. Perhaps that's the intent. But it has been part of the charm of the series. Wynn is still a dangerous character but for some reason Coben decides to mar that relationship, which he foreshadows from the first few pages of the tale. The reader is expected to believe that it becomes different because Myron actually "sees" Wynn in action? Can Myron really be that naive? I think not. But Coben wants us to believe it. At the end of the book Wynn goes into hiding, making both of Myron's relationships (Trish and Wynn) long distance in some fashion where he barely can remain in contact. MB Reps implodes and dissolves. Everyone goes his/her own way. We will miss Big Cindy and Esperanza. So as adult readers we are left with shreds of this classic series and are concerned that this is the last book in this successful run of mysteries. All this in favor of Coben starting a young adult series with Myron in the background keeping an eye on his brother's teenage boy. Live Wire was a set up for that. While readers may be able to eventually forgive the killing off a beloved character to open up a story line, it is completely unforgivable to crush a series as a way for the author to move into a different age group genre. Shame on you, Coben. Shame on you.
I think there's a good story here -- I've long been a fan of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar series. But I can't be sure about this book because I had to abandon the audio version after 2-1/2 hours. I could no longer tolerate Steven Webber's narration. The sample does not give an adequate taste of the Webber's style. Imagine a 10th grade student with delusions of acting talent reading a story to a 5th grader and you'll have a sense of what to expect. Everything is over-dramatized, particularly the dialog, which is embarrassingly exaggerated. Webber does about the worst New York accent I've ever heard. My reaction may well be idiosyncratic -- several other reviewers have been highly complimentary of the narration. I do not know what they liked about Webber's work. Whatever it was, I wish I had found it too. Instead, I'm going to have to pay to read the book on my Kindle in the hope that I can keep Webber's voice out of my head as I do so.
Mr. Coben is a master at this genre. His stories are well written, fast paced, hilarious yet intriguing. He gets better with each book and never could his works be called dull or mediocre. A great story combined with an inspired reading by Mr. Weber make this a top Audible selection for those seeking entertainment.
Very engaging and well executed story. Great performance from the narrator. The only additional comment would be this book left me want Coban to write a book about Win Exclusive of the Bolitar series. I think this would make a very interesting study in a human mind. Also the action could be amazing.
It fit the book like a glove.
Totally captured my attention.
For those of us who love Harlan Corbin and his sports agent books, you should love this one. Not only does it have the usual surprises but we find much personal information about his family and discover a giant surprise decision near the end. I found it to be like his other books and yet different ( in a good way) all at the same time. Do yourself a favor and get lost in Live Wire!!!
I am enjoying the Harlan Coben books on audio. It allows me to drown out everything around me - generally that means airport noise! Listening to the words allows your imagination to portray each and every character. Of course I love Myron, but he really brings to life each and every individual. Absolute recommendation!
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