I have just started reading/listening to Harlan Coben this summer, and have been more than pleasantly surprised. I started with "The Woods", and went..Show More » on to "The Promise", and when I read "The Promise" I had to start at the beginning! In Deal Breaker we are introduced to Myron Bolitar, who is an ex-basketball star, and is now a sports agent/detective. I found this book to be both engaging and thrilling, and highly recommend it to one and all. I believe that it bridges many genres, and that it will keep you interested from the first page. I can't wait to read all of the Myron Bolitar novels!
My favorite Coben book yet. Myron and Wynn are at their funniest, the tennis scene makes a nice backdrop, and the mystery keeps you guessing. The aut..Show More »hor does an excellent job as usual. I really enjoyed listening to this book.
I have enjoyed every Harlan Coben book - except this one. Many times during the listening, it sounded like the narration was "electronic" - i.e., a..Show More »s if changes were made in the narration via a machine. It would be hard to believe that the narrator really spoke that way! Also, his voice is so deep that he is difficult to understand. As for the plot, I found it very slow - the book dragged until the end, and as another reviewer stated, the end was rushed. Slow, slow, slow and then--------fast and finished! This book, while written a number of years ago, has me questioning if I want to try another Harlan Coben.
I enjoy Harlan Coban's mysteries and have just finished this gem set during the US Open for golf. The plot is loaded with twists and turns and it see..Show More »ms everyone has a motive to kill or kidnap! While the ending is a bit of an all too quick wrap up I enjoyed the story and was disappointed that there was no more.
The narrator excels on all the parts except the sidekick Esmerelda (Esmee) where the accent falls short.
If you just like to read for the enjoyment and don't care too much about the plot, this is the right series. I would compare them to the Janet Evanovi..Show More »ch's
books. Myron Bolitar is quick witted and fun to spend time with.
This is the seventh Myron Bolitar novel, I believe, and we can see why Mr. Coben decided to put the character to rest. Coben had clearly taken this ch..Show More »aracter as far as he could. The book is certainly readable, and Jonathan Marosz makes it listenable. But the cast of characters seems tired rather than fresh, and each of them has become unidimensional, with the possible exception of Windsor Locke Horne III, who is something of a cartoon anyway. The plot has devolved into something resembling supermarket paperback stuff. Coben has by this time amassed a large audience, and I really believe that he did not want to milk this character, his first creation, to the bitter end. Unfortunately, the humor by this point is pretty much gone. We were delighted at first by Esperanza and Big Cindi, along with Myron and Win and Myron's parents, but none of them has grown. The story involves a 13-year-old boy who is Myron's son by an old flame named Emily. The boy needs a bone marrow transplant, for which there are very few donors. Near the end we learn that the father of a journalist friend has kidnapped Jeremy, the boy, but frankly the plot has twisted so many times and turned for no reason other than to complicate things, that Coben actually manages to squeeze this stuff so hard that it's a little boring. Good thing he began writing other books.
Three complaints with this book.
1. And this is HUGE, Harlen Coben should never read his own work... His delivery is terrible; not to mention I..Show More » hate when the narrator changes in the middle of a series of books. I become accustomed to the original narrator in this case Jonathan Maroz.
2. There is less interaction with Win and Esperanza and the verbal banter I loved in his earlier books in the series. Also, there is little to no talk about the business of the Sports Agency.
3. Coben has drifted into only writing about the dramatic, gut wrenching, emotional aspects of relationships and moved away from incorporating the humor and light hearted topics that evened out his previous works.
All in all Coben is still one of my favorite authors but this book falls short in my eyes.
This is a more ambitious story line than earlier books in the series...an interesting departure from the signature backdrop of the sports world... the..Show More » plot was engrossing and the familiar characters true to form. But I missed Marosz as narrator. Weber is ok, but because for me, Jonathan Marosz is to Myron & Win what Will Patton is to Robicheaux & Clete, it took more than a few chapters to adjust to his interpretation of the characters.
I really like this book the narrator and the story were excellent. There were plenty of twists and turns in the plot that kept the listener enthralled..Show More » in the story. I can highly recommend this book.
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 ..Show More »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.