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Harlan Coben - The Myron Bolitar Series

Promise Me, Long Lost, Live Wire
Narrated by: Harlan Coben, Steven Weber
Length: 28 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (291 ratings)
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PROMISE ME (read by Harlan Coben)

It has been six years since entertainment agent Myron Bolitar last played superhero. In six years he hasn't thrown a punch. He hasn't held, much less fired, a gun. He hasn't called his friend Win, still the scariest man he knows, to back him up or get him out of trouble. All that is about to change...because of a promise.

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.

Several nights later, the call comes at 2:00 am, and true to his word, Myron picks up one of the girls in midtown Manhattan and drives her to a quiet cul-de-sac in New Jersey where she says her friend lives.

The next day, the girl's parents discover that their daughter is missing. And that Myron was the last person to see her. Desperate to fulfill a well-intentioned promise turned nightmarishly wrong, Myron races to find her before she's gone forever. But his past will not be buried so easily - for trouble has always stalked him, and his loved ones often suffer. Now Myron must decide once and for all who he is and what he will stand up for if he is to have any hope of saving a young girl's life.

LONG LOST (read by Steven Weber)

Myron Bolitar hasn't heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. In a shattering admission, Terese reveals the tragic story behind her disappearance - her struggles to get pregnant, the greatest moment of her life when her baby was born...and the fatal accident that robbed her of it all: her marriage, her happiness, and her beloved only daughter.

Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has nowhere else to turn for help. Myron heeds the call. But then a startling piece of evidence turns the entire case upside down, laying bare Terese's long-buried family secrets...and the very real possibility that her daughter may still be alive.

In grave danger from unknown assailants in a country where nothing is as it seems, Myron and Terese race to stay a step ahead of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Mossad. Soon they are working at breakneck pace not only to learn what really happened to Terese's long-lost little girl - but to uncover a sinister plot with shocking global implications.

LIVE WIRE (read by Steven Weber)

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.

©2006, 2009, 2011 Harlan Coben (P)2009, 2011, 2011 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Dubi
  • New York, NY
  • 07-19-16

Three Times the Fun for Myron Fans

A collection of the last three of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar novels (in advance of the upcoming 11th entry in the series). If you're a fan, this compilation is a cost effective way of catching up on the series. If you're not yet a fan, you can still enjoy these without reading the prior seven, Coben doing a creditable job of making each story stand on its own, succinctly catching you up on relevant details from the past canon as and when needed.

I'm giving the whole collection an across the board 4-star rating, a rough average of what I'd give each individual novel. Here they are one by one:

Promise Me (4 stars): Myron helps a longtime friend find her missing daughter. Coben often explores the concept of how far parents will go to protect their kids. Since Myron does not really have children of his own, this story allows Coben to look at how far bad guys would go to protect their children. The setting is a familiar Coben trope -- the dark side lurking beneath the shiny veneer of his hometown of Livingston NJ.

This is the only one of his novels that Coben narrates himself. He is obviously not a pro, which starts off as a detraction/distraction. But he gets into a groove and has the virtue of knowing how the wisecracking Bolitar and his erudite sidekick Win should deliver their lines. Annoyingly, Coben actually drops to a deep bass when delivering the women's lines. You may notice that his accent is a lot like that of his Livingston High School pal, Chris Christie.

Long Lost (2 1/2 stars): Myron goes to France to help an old flame find her missing ex. And runs afoul of the Paris police, Mossad, CIA, terrorists, et.al. Coben's forte is examining the seamy underside of suburban America. Going to Europe on a spy mission? Other authors do that far better. Even minus the preposterous outcomes and reveals, this is not what we want from Coben or Myron. Given the credibility-defying twists, this is close to a disaster.

Live Wire (4 1/2 stars): Myron started out as sports agent and branched out to show biz. The first few entries in the series were driven by his clientele, which was a large part of Coben's originality in the familiar genre of the wisecracking gumshoe. But Coben strayed from that formula. After an ill-advised 3- or 4-volume departure, he goes back to Myron's bread and butter, a story centered on a tennis star and rock star, making for a much better tale.

This book is also the launching point for Coben's spin-off YA series starring Myron's teenage nephew Mickey. Coben mixes a strong dose of Myron's personal history into the client-based mystery, with good results. You certainly don't have to start the Mickey series here (I read the first Mickey book before reading this one). But it does explain a lot.

Coben's narration of Promise Me and Coben taking Myron off the reservation in Long Lost are distinct problems. But overall, this three-part compilation is well worthwhile for fans of Coben and Myron, especially with Live Wire setting up future entries in the Myron and Mickey series.

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Shouldn't narrate his own books, no books at all.

I'm only 3/4 of the way thru the first book, Promise Me and I can't wait to get to the book narrated by Steven Weber. Harlan is one of the best authors but one of the worst narrators I have ever heard.

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Good Mystery series!

It took me a while to adjust to Steven's reading but, once I did, all is well! loved the book. plots change, things change, keeps things tossed up for a good mystery.

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  • Marco
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  • 09-12-18

It starts bad, and it ends ok

The first book, Promise Me, is read by Harlan Coben. And, that is its biggest weakness. Holy Hell, he's a brilliant writer but has no business reading his or anyone else's book. The reading is so startlingly bad that it almost ruins a book that is already questionable. The content itself is just "ok". This book represents a darker turn for Myron and Win and it continues to the last of the three books, Live Wire.

The reading performance improves once Steven Weber takes over the reading duties. He's very good. However, he's no Jonathan Marosz. I hate the change in narrator because Jonathan Marosz was absolutely brilliant and the tone in characters, and pronunciation of names, changes completely.

However, Weber does a good job narrating the last two books. The problem, though, is the content of those two books. They're not bad, per se, but they're just not Myron Bolitar books. I mean, of course they are, Harlan Coben wrote them and they're part of the series. But, the characters make radical changes that affect the overall series.

In the end, I think they were flawed entries into the series.

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love the series

but Evers right, H. Dont read your own book! The series makes me so happy

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Weber is worth suffering through Coban

Authors should not read their own books. Harlan Coban is no exception. It was painful to listen to. Why the guy would did the first 6-7 books is not continued here is beyond me. You will miss him. He was Myron. But fear not for Weber in the second two books in this bundle makes up for it. He does a great job and gets the real Myron back on track. Live Wire, the third book may have been the best one. In sum you can’t go wrong if you’re a fan of the series - 3 books for 1 credit.

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  • J. P.
  • La Place, LA
  • 10-30-17

Great threesome! (Win would get that!)

This three-for-one is what got me hooked on Myron and his posse and what a posse it is.

The characters are wild without being over the top…even Big Cindy!
Everyone should have a Big Cindy in their life!


There are times I could use a Win in my life---ha ha.

Overall, all three stories are full of the quirks and twist one would expect from Coben.

The first is narrated by Coben himself and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed his cadence and tone.

He knows the characters. He built them to come alive in my mind so I figure as he narrated them he was giving the listener some insight into just who he felt the character is, a bit of a peek into the mind of the person who creates the characters I enjoy getting lost with for a few hours.

I am a fan of Weber’s narration. He’s not the original narrator but I think he is as good if not better than Marosz.

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The importance of a narrator

What made the experience of listening to Harlan Coben - The Myron Bolitar Series the most enjoyable?

I got Deal Breaker last January, but did not listened to it until May - I loved it. I loved the story and I fell madly in love with the characters. Harlan Coben is an amazing writer. I also loved the narrator, Jonathon Marosz. Because I was so smitten with Myron Bolitar, I got the rest of the series, the next ten books and because I could save credits I got this three book boxed set. By the end of July I had the series complete. I tore threw the series, staying up too late, hanging out listening in the car instead of grocery shopping and basically had ear buds semi permanently embedded. It was wroth it and someday I'll listen to the 96 hours and 40 minutes all over again and I'm sure I'll love it again.

So you ask why am I talking about the series when I'm reviewing the boxed set? Here's why, the narrator for books 1 through 7 is Jonathon Marosz and he was terrific, book 8 is read by Harlan Coben. It isn't that Harlan Coben can't narrate, but Myron Bolitar characters had a voice and that voice for me was Jonathon Marosz. The change was unsettling and it took me out of the rhythm, the zone of the books. Books 9 through 11 are narrated by Steven Weber. By book 11 I got into the rhythm, the zone, of Steven Weber and after finishing Home I thought about how the other characters changed as read by Steven Weber compared to Jonathon Marosz, Esperanza (less Latina) and Terese (jaded) in particular. It wasn't wrong or bad, just different, .

The point is this, Harlan Coben's narration suffered because of who narrated previously, this was true for Steve Weber as well not as much but it suffered. It would have better, I think, had the series been narrated with one of the three all the way through. If I had to pick it would be either Jonathon Marosz or Steven Weber - Sorry Mr. Coben, you genius is writing.

Getting the books 8 - 10 one at a time gives you the same narrators - no advantage there. Just be prepared, if your are listening to Myron B in series order, for the change.

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Love the book, miss other narrator

I feel bad because the first books of the series that I listened to were read by Jonathan Marosz and I really felt like he captured each character and what I thought the story should sound like. This narrator did not fit for me. The accents were either over-done or didn't fit what Marosz did in the first few books, so it did not work for me. Otherwise, I love, love, love the Myron Bolitar series! Fantastic stories. I get swept up every time. Harlen Coben is amazing.

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Poor narration-excellent stories

Excellent stories, but should have stayed with Jonathan Marosz as the reader for these books.