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Publisher's Summary

The home was top-notch New Jersey suburban. The living room was Martha Stewart. The basement was Legos...and blood.

For sports agent Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he once competed against was bringing back memories, of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wanna-bes, the gamblers, and the groupies, Myron is unraveling the strange, violent ride of a sports hero gone wrong, and coming face-to-face with a past he can't relive, and a present he may not survive.

Fade Away is an Edgar-winning novel.

©1996 Harlan Coben (P)2000 Books on Tape, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fast action, snappy dialogue, an enjoyable read." (Toronto Star)
"Coben writes a fast-moving narrative in a style witty enough to keep pace without straining too hard." (Publishers Weekly)

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"electronic" narration? Slow-paced story

I have enjoyed every Harlan Coben book - except this one. Many times during the listening, it sounded like the narration was "electronic" - i.e., as 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.

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  • Ted
  • Lancaster, PA, United States
  • 11-20-12

My Second Myron Bolitar. NOT MY LAST!

HINT... start with the first in this series and work forward. Yeah, this stands on its own bottom, but it is part of engaging character development. Soooo.... This is a terrific adventure, but do yourself a favor... lookup they Myron Bolitar series and start at the beginning. And when you get to Fade Away... buy it... and enjoy. BTW... Jonathan Maorsz is a treat actors... Uh-huh... Know the grammar problem in that last statement... meant it. Marosz brings the entire cast to life. Keeps 'em all straight... So I could. Thanks.

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I love ME

Coben's use of the double entendre, albeit a tad over the top, actually works! I find his sense of humor to be just right. Like a lot of recent authors, I found his ending to be a bit rushed; but rate this one as one of his best yet. More Myron!

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  • Robert
  • Bolingbrook, IL United States
  • 10-06-18

Myron does it again! So does Wyn

Myron Bolitar is again a great character. He has the yin to his yang, Wynn, keeping him out of trouble. Great listen!

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Meh the least interesting so far in the series

This is by far the weakest book in the Myron Bolitar series and has me thinking I will step away for awhile. It was just more of the same but with almost to many ridiculous twist right at the end.

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Harlan Coben - Master of Suspense

I love Harlan Coben - he is one of my favorite authors always delivering a new page turner.

I especially appreciate his dry sense of humor carrying us thru the pages.

In this book Myron is hired to find a missing basketball star. He navigates thru a maze of lies and deceit and a surprise ending will leave your head spinning.

Narrated by Jonathan Marosz, who is one of my favorite narrators. He expertly delivers the audio version of the book to us.

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another winner!

Ahhhhh Myron and Win at it again. so many questions answered. I never know who the bad guy is until the end. meanwhile......Jessica? seriously? I stand with Esperanza. go away Jessica.

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Not his best !

Although I love Harlan Coben's books , I found this boring. The mono-tone voice did not help!!

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  • Carl
  • Vetlanda, Sweden
  • 09-13-15

Good old genuine Harlan Coben novel

What made the experience of listening to Fade Away the most enjoyable?

No boring "transport parts" or dead points. The story is moving forward all the time.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Fade Away?

Some matters in the story are far from realistic but, of course, fiction is fiction.

What about Jonathan Marosz’s performance did you like?

He ought to be regarded as a part of a Coben story.

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

That book is and must be regarded as entertainment and not any serious matter.

Any additional comments?

As a genuine Harlan Coben fan, in my humble opinion Coben's old books are much better than his latest. Probably because an increasing fame has limited his time for writing.

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More of a Prologue than a stand alone

This book lays out the back story behind Myron's history with Jessica and the NBA, and has the usual surprise ending typical of the series, but the back story dilutes this book a bit. You have to read this book to appreciate the entire series, but it's far from the best one of the group.

Jonathan Marosz is great at reading this series. He defines the characters with his presentation.