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Theirs was a marriage made in tabloid heaven, but no sooner had supermodel Laura Ayars and Celtics star David Baskin said “I do” than tragedy struck. While honeymooning on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, David went out for a swim - and never returned.

Now widowed and grieving, Laura has a thousand questions and no answers. Her search for the truth will draw her into a web of lies and deception that stretches back 30 years - while on the court at the Boston Garden, a rookie phenom makes his spectacular debut....

©2010 Harlan Coben (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Beware of early novels and the Brick

I am a HUGE Harlan Coben fan. He is one of my favorite writers. But, I guess when the preface from the author says that they thought about rewriting an early novel, we should listen to them. This story has an overly complicated plot populated with lobotomized characters. It is narrated by one of the most condescending, smirking voices I have ever heard. Scott Brick took a mediocre story and made it unbearable.

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 05-29-11


The plot was intriguing enough to make me look up a plot summary on the internet to find out how it ended. The writing was long enough, and the narration so painful, that I just could not convince myself t listen to more than about 4 of the 17+ hours.

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I should have paid attention

Coben gives a disclaimer at the beginning of this recording, saying that it is a book he wrote when he first began to write. In other words, he's using the notoriety from his later to books to get us to read an early effort. There is none of the clever dialogue we hear from Myron Bolitar and way too many unnecessary melodramatic adjectives. Bleah. Though this is a later recording, it is not up to Coben's standards. He should have kept it in a file drawer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Horrible Amateur Melodrama

One of the worst audio books I've ever listened to. Verbose melodrama that should have been left in Coben's bedside drawer. Thank goodness his work improved after this first mess -- why has he foisted it on us now?

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Tetchjan
  • college park, GA, United States
  • 11-15-10

Quite Unexpected

Coben's Play Dead has a strong story line as is usual with Harlan Coben's work. Unfortunately, this is the only good comment I can make. The delivery of this tale is so fraught with hyperbole as to be burgeoning on satire. Coben's warning while appreciated was deficient in preparing the listener for the painful experience to ensue. The story line was worth the pain but just. If you choose to on this adventure I recommend you equip yourself with your best sense of humor.

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  • Charles
  • Folly Beach, SC, United States
  • 11-06-10

His Worst Ever.

I have enjoyed many Harlan Corbin books, but was amazed at how truly bad this book is. Not until I downloaded it did I discover that it was his first attempt at writing, a fact that should have been obvious in the summary. In any case it is one of the few that I will never finish, Scott Brick does his worst job as a reader, and coupled with a bad book means I just chalk this one up to a wasted credit.

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  • Carl
  • West Palm Beach, FL, United States
  • 11-03-10

Fun but Far Fetched

This book is a early book of the author that is being re-released. It's not as good as later ones. The story runs to long, is repetetive, and the language is corny and lame. Finally the plot is so far fetched and unbelievable that on his true fans find can forgive him for it.

It is fun somewhat but it is way to long winded.

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Excellent listen!

Todate, I have listened to all of Harlen's books. Harlen Coben is one of my favorite authors.

I usually listen in my car while commuting. I think that this book is as good as any of his others. There were nights when I sat in th driveway glued to Play Dead waiting for a chapter to end before shutting down my iPod.

I disagree with the negative reviews. If you like Harlen, you'll like this book.

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  • DeeAnna
  • Sacramento, CA, United States
  • 10-22-10

Good Story But A Little Difficult to stomach

So this is in fact my first Harlan Coben novel, I totally see why he said to put it back if you haven't read anything else of his. I definitely felt a twinge of embarrassment for him with some of the writing. EVERYONE in the story is too gorgeous for words, some of the characters are a bit over-characterized. was a good story with a couple of good twists at the end, if still just a bit implausible, but it's fiction right? If you can stand that it almost seems like young adult fiction (not all the way but close) then you'll be able to enjoy this book.
The narrator on the other hand almost sunk this whole ship! He is overly dramatic and everyone seems like they are in constant agony the way he reads it! It's not the worst ever but I wonder if a different reader would have made me give it another star.
Overall, this is a good "filler" audio for when you want to pick something up that's a good length and not too expensive until your credits renew.

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Debbie from La Quinta nailed it pretty well. Coben is simply squeezing every buck he can out of his loyal fan base by publishing this adolescent farce. I resented every minute of this silly waste of time.
I finally decided to fill my brain with THC and laugh insanely as this inane joke plodded along. "We're brother and sister!" Pause. "So what!"...............
Coben has never really achieved gravitas as a storyteller. He's always been entertaining, but a lightweight. This thing validates that notion.
I would have given it no stars but will not allow it!

14 of 21 people found this review helpful