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Publisher's Summary

Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd.

But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for...but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact, everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life - a time he has never gotten over - is turned completely inside out.

As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction.

Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking novel that deftly explores the power of past love and the secrets and lies that such love can hide.

©2013 Harlan Coben (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Unbelievable story, overly dramatic narration. Ugh

What would have made Six Years better?

I loved the plot concept and thought I would enjoy this. I am easily entertained, however, even I couldn't suspend disbelief enough for this one. Everyone is against him in this story. No one believes him. I find it impossible to believe that any conspiracy includes everyone from the bakery owner to the college president to the church pastor, etc. This story needed more realistic reactions, more characters who trust the main character isn't an idiot, and more clues early on into why this mystery is happening. Make us care and believe enough to stick with it.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Maybe a narrator who read this less dramatically would help. Maybe the novelist could have introduced one or two characters who supported and trusted the main character more. It's an unbelievable "him against the world" set-up.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

Everyone has their favorite narrators. I have enjoyed Scott Brick in other books, but this time he came off as melodramatic and dripping with fake suspense tone.

What character would you cut from Six Years?

Not sure but probably one of the ones who is unbelievable as conspiring against the main character.

Any additional comments?

I rarely write reviews because I am easily entertained and listen to audio books almost all day every day. I found this so bad that it compelled me to write a review warning others against selecting this one. Sorry to the author and narrator. I know you both have other great work out there but this one was a waste of my Audible credit.

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Ugh

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Who are you and what have you done with Harlan Coben? Yikes! This was a romance masquerading as a mystery. Could have been written by James Patterson - with naked abs on the cover. Mushy goo - and the melodramatic narrator didn't help.

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  • 03-20-13

Obsession, mystery, and you're hooked!

You’re at a wedding, except it's the wedding of the love of your life to someone else. Coben spins obsession and suspense early in the fantastic new novel: Six Years. I had this novel on my pre-order list for a while and thanks to travel I was able to listen to the whole thing in almost one continuous stream. The story unfolds in layers and the character development is excellent and starts from the first sentence. You can’t help but see the flaws in Jake Fisher. Coben sets you up, gives you clues, offers false starts and little hints that keep you on the edge and wondering and speculating.

The novel is performed by Stott Brick. He is one of my favorites! Of my favorite performances is his narration of the Pendergast series by Preston and Child. He does exceptionally well within this genre and he doesn't disappoint.

This novel is going to please anyone who likes a good solid "search for the truth". There is no technology in this mystery, but you won’t miss it. I wouldn’t recommend it for the teen to young adult crowd, it’s not the subject matter, the story line won’t likely appeal. I give this a solid must listen, at 10 hours, it will hold you interest and then some.

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Romance Thriller or Soap Opera?

If I were asked to describe this novel, I would have to say this is about an OCD Poly Sci professor who gives into his whiney nature who also is skilled in fighting because he is an ex-bouncer. Jake has a "thing" for Natalie. Jake's feelings for Natalie are akin to self-flagellation. Jake, looking for her, gets into a pickle. I picture Jake looking into the distance, being confounded at each turn. After seven hours, I give up. I don't want to know the end. I don't like Jake or Natalie. He is a total wuss and the only person I like is Jakes Secretary Mrs whateverhername is.

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A Thrill Ride!

This book will grab you, throw you back in your seat and make you hang on for dear life because it is going to be a heck of ride! This was so hard to put down because it didn’t let up for a minute. It is very hard to write a review with no spoilers and not so much gushing.

This is my favorite Harlan Coben book yet this had so many twists and turns that when you think you know what is going on it changes, yes, I was right on a few things but there were more aspects that left my jaw dragging on the ground. There were times when you have to roll your eyes at Jake, or maybe that’s just me because I am about as unromantic as they come. And there were times when you wanted to yell NOOOO at him as he charged from one dangerous situation to another (I actually did yell this once luckily I was in my car by myself!). I really liked that Coben even had me wondering about Jake’s sanity for awhile I was beginning to wonder myself if Natalie was real or if it was a figment of his imagination, but that is what made this book so great even the reader starts questioning Jake. Okay I need to stop here because everything else I am thinking of writing is spoilerific but man do I want to discuss this book with someone who has read it!

The narration by Scott Brick was as always fabulous, he is the voice of Harlan Coben for me. I will always listen to his stand alones on audio because Scott Brick brings the characters to life for me with, just right narration, nothing over the top but great character diversity so you always know who is talking.

If you haven’t figured out yet I loved this book, if you are looking for a thrill ride full of twists and turns you need to read this book!

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Disappointed

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Sticking with the plot and weaving in the other stories in a neat package.

Has Six Years turned you off from other books in this genre?

No I will continue to read this genre.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

Hmmm I agree another narrator but the story line is still bad.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Six Years?

Mother, sister, police officers from all over, professor watching her fiancé's daughter, cookie, best friend, assistant. Way too many characters.

Any additional comments?

I would rather buy a well written novella than listen to a filler novel.

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Interesting Concept But Weak Character

I have enjoyed many of Harlan Coben's novels - and Scott Brick is an accomplished performer. Furthermore, the concept of Six Years seemed to have a lot of promise. Though the plot was intriguing, unfortunately, the character was not. For a big, strong ex-bouncer turned poly sci professor and critical thinking devotee, the protagonist was a study in contradiction. Scott Brick's interpretation of the character further emphasized these contradictions. Given the issues with the main character, I found it difficult to immerse myself into the story.

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Hard to get Into

What would have made Six Years better?

I'm not really sure what it was that made it impossible to get into this book. I tried several times, thinking it was perhaps my frame of mind at the moment. Each time I tried to read this I just lost interest.

Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

Yes. I have read his books before and enjoyed them.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

It was not the narrator that kept me from enjoying this book, I love Scott Brick!

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disinterest.

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Couldn't finish

What disappointed you about Six Years?

After listening to the audio version for 3 1/2 hours, I realized I didn't care about these characters and none of it was believable, so I deleted it from my ipod and listened to music instead.

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redundent

sadly, Coben is rewriting old ideas for the 3rd or 4th time here. I admire the writer greatly, but it feels to me that he is just mailing this one in.

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