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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.

©2006 Harlan Coben; (P)2006 Brilliance Audio

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"Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist - luring you in on the first page, only to shock you on the last." (Dan Brown)

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New Voice....

Would you consider the audio edition of Promise Me to be better than the print version?

No, I am so used to the previous narrator of the Myron Boltair Series that even when I read print, I hear the characters voices as spoken through the narrator. Was a little dissapointed and took some adjusting to the author's narration.

What did you like best about this story?

I love all the Bolitar books

What aspect of Harlan Coben’s performance would you have changed?

I would have kept the same narrator.

Any additional comments?

I love it when authors read there own stuff but not when it's this far into a series. I miss Winn's voice and Myron's voice etc. I wish he had narrated one of his stand alone books instead.

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  • Denise
  • huntington beach, CA, USA
  • 05-18-12

Couldn't even finish it!!!

Why would Harlan Coben choose to narrate his own book? It was just awful. I couldn't even finish it. I'm going to have to download it to my Kindle. I'm tempted to demand my credit/money back for this audiobook! You don't just change narrators in the midst of a series!!!!!! The only reason I gave the story 3 stars is because I have loved the previous books so much. Stick to writing!!!

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  • Paul
  • Pawtucket, RI, United States
  • 12-15-11

Stick to Writing

Would you listen to Promise Me again? Why?

Great book and author.....usually go thru book in a couple of days.....with this narrator it was so painful that I couldnt stand to listen for too long at a time. Disappointing

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  • Eileen
  • Tinley Park, IL, United States
  • 11-23-11

Harlan should NEVER narrate again!

Omg, Harlan! Buddy! What were you thinking? Who put it in your head that you could narrate your own books? My friend, I so enjoy Myron and his insane buddy, Win, but when you speak for them, I think I'm listening to Yogi Bear (thanks for that, previous reviewer.. I was in the midst of listening to this and already annoyed, and then I read your review, and that's been stuck in my head ever since).

I had to listen to this because I absolutely love Myron and Win. I'm almost through the entire series, so how could I skip? All in all, it's isn't the BEST Myron Bolitar novel, but it is enjoyable.. well, aside from Harlan's narration. Thankfully, it wasn't an extremely long book, or I might've had to skip it and hope for the best. I got so used to Jonathon Marosz being the voice of Myron and Win, and I thought he was really good. I don't know why he didn't finish out the series. However, Scott Brick is an EXCELLENT choice, and I look forward to finishing the series with him.

Sorry I couldn't really comment more on the actual story - I'm still too distracted by the narration. Synopsis? A missing girl who is the daughter of Myron's friends. He gets mixed up in it and struggles to find her. His past demons are stirred up over it all.. and that's the part I found a little unbelievable. Myron is still thinking about Brenda, a friend who was murdered, a friend he wanted a relationship with but never had one. Myron's angst would be more believable if it was Jessica who had been murdered since we are told she is the one who Myron believes is his soulmate.

I don't mean to confuse here - I HIGHLY recommend the entire Myron Bolitar series. They are decent suspense stories, and the characters are funny and lovable. I REALLY enjoy Windsor (aka Win). Just prepare yourself with this particular book, and try to ignore the impulse to hunt Harlan down and slap him for this.

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  • David
  • Hoboken, NJ, United States
  • 09-19-11

Harlan Coben is not his best reader

I love Harlan Coben, and when I saw he was reading his own book, I thought this might be an extra bonus. However, it turns out Harlan is not his own best reader. He isn't terrible, but after listening to his books read by the masterful Scott Brick, Harlan would be advised to leave the reading duties to others.
This is a terrific story, or course, like all of his books.

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Please promise me!

With all due respect, please promise me that Mr. Coben will never attempt to narrate another one of his books. Terrific writer, terrible narrator.

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  • Steven
  • Manalapan, NJ, United States
  • 05-12-11

Coben as narrator

Harlen Coben should stick to writing not narrating. I love his books but he should have a professional actor do the reading. His reading detracted from the story.

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good story, bad narration

Dear Harlan,

I love your stories, especially the Myron Bolitar series, but please please leave the narration to the professionals. If you have your own ideas on their performance, explain it to them, please, don't try doing it yourself. This was the least enjoyable narration I've listened to, especially after enjoying so much the narrations of Jonathan Marocz, who did an excellent job of establishing the characters in past books.

Thank you,

a fan

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Really?

I love your writing, Harlan, but please don't narrate again. It was really annoying.

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  • Cynthia
  • Clinton, MO, United States
  • 09-26-10

Promise Me you won't be the narrator again.

Love the author, love the series, love the book, HATE HATE HATE the narrator!!! It was so horrible that it would have been comical if it were not so embarrassing. And then to find out it was the author? Are you kidding? Is that some kind of strange narcissism? If so, step away from the microphone and get back to the computer, which is where your gifts are!