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Play Dead Audiobook

Play Dead

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Publisher's Summary

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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    joanna 09-23-16
    joanna 09-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Coben does not disappoint"

    One of my favorites. He can weave a story together with the best of authors. Loved the twist and turns and the surprises at the end. Love always wins out in his books, but seeing how they get from Point A to Point Z is a great rollercoaster of a ride!

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    Amazon Customer 09-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Seemed way too long,.."

    Going into too much detail that wasn't necessary. Author did say it was his first book. I've listened to his other stories...so much better.

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    Jeanne 09-08-16
    Jeanne 09-08-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Harlan Corben's best book!! Scott Brick is magnificent!!"

    Absolutely love this story, it kept me intrigued the whole time. I'll admit I did not get much sleep for a week because I was up night after night listening, completely engaged in the story. The author and story teller are my favorite duo in the audible book library!!
    Hope you enjoy these two as much as I did.
    Jeanne

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    Stefanie R Riha Clyde, Michigan 09-06-16
    Stefanie R Riha Clyde, Michigan 09-06-16 Member Since 2015

    Stefanie Riha

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    "could tell it was a first book but still good."

    Sometimes I giggled cause you could hear the inexperience in some of the writing but I still liked it. def not his greatest but def a great first book.

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    Wendy 09-03-16
    Wendy 09-03-16

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    "My last Harlan Cobin book...."
    What disappointed you about Play Dead?

    Scott Brick delivers every word as though it is "the" most thrilling word in the book, no ups or downs, just high drama and innuendo - even about the most mundane developments, exhausting and unnecessary, every character sounded the same. Meanwhile, Harlan, whose writing has become so formulaic as to be ridiculous, loses a somewhat captivating plot, with a plethora of unnecessary phrases such as "looking for a parking space at this time of day was like trying to find a white man at a KKK rally". Offensively distracting.

    By leaving absolutely no detail to my imagination I had little choice but to go where he took me. I've listened to a number of his books but this is my last. Difficult to follow too when the narrator gives every character the same exaggerated tone - and even fourth party narratives (woman reading aloud a diary written by another woman in which she recounts what someone else said to her) delivered as though the source of the story was speaking for himself. Absolutely nonsensical. But all the characters were ridiculous so they all merged into one.


    What other book might you compare Play Dead to and why?

    I cant honestly think of one. The only reason I finished it was because I kept hoping it would get better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Scott Brick’s performances?

    I have enjoyed him in the past, but this one really turned me off.


    What character would you cut from Play Dead?

    All of them


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Wendy 08-30-16
    Wendy 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "wow"

    I have read others of Harlens... this 1st one is by far one of my favorites!!! twisted and turned just enough.

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    Anne Baldwin 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved!"

    This story grabbed my full attention in the beginning and NEVER let go! I highly recommend!

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    S. 08-22-16
    S. 08-22-16 Member Since 2007
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    "Awful -"

    This premise is so bad, and the writing so high school there should be a warning. Consider this your warning - don't waste a credit. This is a very old book by Coben released merely because they realized people would buy the authors name - they don't disclose the reality that the book was written before Coben learned to plot or write.

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    Dubi New York, NY 08-19-16
    Dubi New York, NY 08-19-16

    People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.

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    "Heed Harlan's Advice"

    The most important revelation in Play Dead comes in the note the author added 20 years later to its re-release. "If this is the first book of mine you're going to try, stop now. Return it. Grab Another." I offer this as a public service because there is no way to heed this advice without first buying the audiobook (it's not in the audio sample). Coben knows this was a first novel by a young writer, lacking the maturity and focus of his later work. He's right.

    If you've never read Coben before, he has a LOT of other worthwhile books to try. This one is for completists only. This one is interesting to someone like me who has read and enjoyed many of his novels, someone happy to see foreshadowing of the writer to come, warts and all. The familiar themes of family dysfunction are here, the page turning, car idling suspense is here, and love him or hate him, the narration of Scott Brick is here (I listened at 1.25x).

    The big problem is this: Robert McKee describes credible plot structure is his book Story and (in)famous writing seminars -- people attempt the minimum necessary to solve issues (why do more?). When that doesn't work, they go to the next level. In a well-plotted story, this process ratchets up until the climax. In Play Dead, by contrast, the characters go striaght to the most extreme lengths. Who starts with Plan Z without ever giving Plans A and B a try?

    From the start, Coben deliberately telegraphs two big reveals.Which of course signals that they're not the ultimate twists. But he plays along as if they are a big secret. No big deal, since the the characters, lacking the information we receive, do not see it coming. But there are two hours left and two huge twists still to come -- and the biggie is just off the charts preposterous, as well as unnecessary. You'll see what I mean about going straight to Plan Z when you get there (don't want to spoil anything).

    Nevertheless, even with the flaws that Coben readily admits in his author's note, this is a good read for those already steeped in the Coben canon who temper their expectations accordingly.

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    L. Haro Reno, NV 08-19-16
    L. Haro Reno, NV 08-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow, Just Wow!"

    I have enjoyed so many of Harlan Coban's novels. This, in my opinion, is his best - yet it is the first one he ever wrote!!

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