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  • The Golem of Hollywood

  • By: Jonathan Kellerman, Jesse Kellerman
  • Narrated by: John Rubinstein
  • Length: 18 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 302

Detective Jacob Lev wakes one morning, dazed and confused: He seems to have picked up a beautiful woman in a bar the night before, but he can’t remember anything about the encounter, and before he knows it, she has gone. But this mystery pales in comparison to the one he’s about to be called on to solve. Newly reassigned to a Special Projects squad he didn’t even know existed, he’s sent to a murder scene far up in the hills of Hollywood Division. There is no body, only an unidentified head lying on the floor of a house.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointing.

  • By Dianna L. Storck on 09-26-14

Weird Biblical Connections and Mystical Happenings

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-14

What would have made The Golem of Hollywood better?

I don't care for mystical happenings, and this book's attempt at a conclusion relies on such beliefs.

Would you recommend The Golem of Hollywood to your friends? Why or why not?

NOT AT ALL. I don't know anyone that wants to read about a 500 year old bug that can morph into a seductively beautiful (& naked) woman that kills bad guys.

Which character – as performed by John Rubinstein – was your favorite?

John Rubinstein's performance was, as always, great. I liked his Jacob Lev.

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

While I'm sure that the book was well written, and the concept of tying modern police drama to biblical times is interesting, since I was looking for an Alex Delaware type novel, this book left me disappointed to the point of anger at such an implausible conclusion (which really wasn't a conclusion).

Any additional comments?

I'm sure there's an audience for this genre of book, and in that context this is probably a GREAT book, so I'd suggest that you make it more clear that this is NOT a story about real life police drama, but a fantasy novel that merges with police drama. Otherwise, many more people will be angry and disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Promise Me

  • By: Harlan Coben
  • Narrated by: Harlan Coben
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 597
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

The school year is almost over. Anxious families await word of college acceptances. In these last pressure-cooker months of high school, some kids will make the all-too-common and all-too-dangerous mistake of drinking and driving. But Myron is determined to help keep his friends' children safe, so he makes two neighborhood girls promise him: If they are ever in a bind but are afraid to call their parents, they must call him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak Effort

  • By Robert E. Scarcelle on 12-19-08

Harlan, PROMISE ME you will NEVER narrate AGAIN!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-08

My advice to anyone who has enjoyed listening to Scott Brick's narration of Harlan Coben's other Myron Bolitar novels is to take this opportunity to READ, rather than listen to, Promise Me! Coben's writing is almost as good as ever (although after 6 or 7 of them, they are becoming unneccessarily predictable), but why he chose to narrate this book is beyond comprehension. Unlike Scott Brick's amazing ability to equally bring voice to Latina lesbians or aging Mafia Dons, Coben seems to have two voices, his own and another that sounded like Yogi the Bear from the television cartoons of my youth. I kept expecting him to say "I'm smarter than the average Ranger, eh BoBo!".
If and when there is a next Harlan Coben audible book, it had better have someone of Scott Brick's caliber narrating it if you want the public to purchase it!
And Harlan, stick to writing!

11 of 13 people found this review helpful