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The Boy from the Woods

Written by: Harlan Coben
Narrated by: Steven Weber
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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A man with a mysterious past must find a missing teenage girl in this shocking thriller from the number one New York Times best-selling author of Run Away.

Thirty years ago, Wilde was found as a boy living feral in the woods, with no memory of his past. Now an adult, he still doesn't know where he comes from, and another child has gone missing.

No one seems to take Naomi Pine's disappearance seriously, not even her father-with one exception. Hester Crimstein, a television criminal attorney, knows through her grandson that Naomi was relentlessly bullied at school. Hester asks Wilde - with whom she shares a tragic connection - to use his unique skills to help find Naomi.

Wilde can't ignore an outcast in trouble, but in order to find Naomi he must venture back into the community where he has never fit in, a place where the powerful are protected even when they harbor secrets that could destroy the lives of millions...secrets that Wilde must uncover before it's too late.

©2020 Harlan Coben (P)2020 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Loved it, not the story I expected.

The story was enticing and the narration perfect.

My first Audible Book but definitely not my last. Harlan Coben you jever fail to entertain me!

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EXCELLENT

Another hard to put down Corben. Catches and holds you until the last sentence!

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Coben and Weber don't disappoint!

Look, I love Harlan Coben and I doubt he can write a book I won't enjoy. His books are what got me interested in books again at the age of 40.

This story was really well told with really great characters and an interesting story line. I have to say, I did not see that coming!! It's great when you can read a mystery and be super surprised by the "Who donnit" ending! I don't think you will be disappointed or feel you wasted a credit on this book, so get it!!

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so many questions!!

What the eff??? We still find out nothing about him!!! What's the red banister????
Annoying.

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the entire book was very thrilling but the ending happened to be rather lackluster to me

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Let down...

Big fan of the author but this story is rather weak. One of the characters is great and the narrator does a fantastic job portraying her. That's the only bright spot of this turd.

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  • shelley
  • 2020-03-18

Coben could do a whole series on Hester!!!!

Count on Harlan Coben for believable characters. Add the way Coben spins this story out he makes the plot sound plausible.
The publisher’s summary gives a very good overview of the first half of this story which starts out in one direction. Then it changes directions a few times before you finally get to the heart of it all. Once again having almost nothing to do with what you were lead to believe in the beginning.
One thing I did like was next to Wilde (protagonist) the costar with chutzpah is Hester Crimstein. She’s been in a few Coben books and is a great character.
The ending is a real surprise that will leave you questioning some of the legalities of lawyer/client confidentiality. And a few other unexpected reveals.
Steven Weber does a great job narrating.
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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  • Victor @ theAudiobookBlog dot com
  • 2020-03-18

Simply, unputdownable

The Boy from the Woods is the electrifying new novel from award-winning and #1 New York Times best-selling author, Harlan Coben. In this simply unputdownable new work of fiction, Harlan Coben does what he knows best and delivers another amazing story for readers and listeners alike.

What opens as a search for a missing girl, fastly evolves into a brilliantly written, deeply immersive adventure, full of mysteries, drama and action.

Renowned actor, voiceover artist and narrator Steven Weber returns once again to this interconnected world created by the author and brings to life another extremely vividly depicted cast of characters. From the bullied teenager, to her bullying schoolmates, to a young boy feeling sorry for what’s happening, to a willful and outspoken lawyer, to a man ready to fight for what’s right and to many others, The Boy from the Woods is filled with lifelike characters from beginning to end.

You need to give The Boy from the Woods your undivided attention and be sure to have a lot of free time on your hands, as I have started listening to the audiobook at 11 a.m. in the morning and finished it at 2 a.m. the next day. Doing all daily activities while thinking about the characters I left behind and waiting while I paused this perfectly performed audiobook.

As always, this tremendously talented team formed by author Harlan Coben and narrator Steven Weber never disappoints, and with every new book, they take their game to the next level.

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  • OverRover
  • 2020-03-18

Hester stands alone!Myron should be proud!!


If you are familiar with Coben's Myron Bolitar series, you will know Hester's name, know what kind of a --take no prisoners--spitfire she is. Was great to have her as the lead character in the story line, getting to see the character fleshed out in a broader scope, not limited to playing second fiddle to Myron and crew.

Standing alone, she is bigger than life, think Judge Judy mixed with some Linda Hunt as Hetty!

The new character being built in Wilde, is amazing.

(The last name...WIlde.....it made me chuckle, I mean...get it? No? You will.)

You look at the blurb and think
“Wait, what? A young boy in the woods, alone, surviving? No, com’on…gimme break, that's just stupid!!!”
But once you start listening, that thought process is going to vanish!
You’ll be captivated by Wilde, his back story and how (and why)he interacts with people overall.


He and Hester mesh in a way that is unique and intriguing. Together they are a force to be reckoned with! Look forward to seeing this dynamic duo play out in future story lines and watching Coben flesh out the character of Wilde.

As with all Coben’s story lines, where you start and where you end up not even close to the same zip code! It’s 100% quirky Coben ---at top speed, with lots of hairpin turns and drops-- rollercoaster ride.


I must admit the last three Coben books have left me underwhelmed. I wasn’t putting a lot of faith in this being something that would grab me right out of the chute, but it did. I binged the listen, lost sleep doing it, I’ll pay for later today, but it was worth it!!

So, I sing all these praises but only rate the story four stars. It would have been five stars but took one off cuz like so many authors now days, they all seem to feel the need to get some social justice warrior stuff in, give us a dose of their partisan political bent under the guise of story line.

If I wanted politics pounding into my brain….I wouldn’t have shut off the T.V. to plug into an Audible book to get lost in. It wasn’t so much it ruined the listen for me, but it was annoying enough to downgrade what would have been five stars to four.

As always, Steven Weber nails the narration.

This one needs to make it to the screen!!
Hopefully it will find it’s way to NetFlix as other Coben stories have!!

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  • carolynholliday
  • 2020-03-19

great book

it was a wonderful mystery one that you can't stop reading, I actually listen to it on Audible and I listen for 2 days and was done, how I wished I had another one to go with that, Harlan Coben you are a wonderful writer

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  • Wanda
  • 2020-03-20

Best Ever!

this is one of Coben's finest. and I pray he continues with this main character. would love to see more!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-03-19

The boy from the Woods

Cohen created some great characters in this one. I loved the older female lawyer. I cried a few times and laughed out loud a few times too. He could follow up with a series based on the two older characters who find each other at the end.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-04-14

Trump bashing

I listen to fictional stories to get away from every day life. Expressing your political views was not needed. Libs will enjoy.

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  • Anemarie DanielJ Hall
  • 2020-03-20

Never disappoints!

Another wonderful read- couldnt put it down! The worst part of reading this book is that now I have to wait until he publishes another one!

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  • Karen B. Jinks
  • 2020-03-20

Boy!!

This book had me laughing at times, surprised at times, and completely satisfied! I highly recommend. But then I like everything by Harlan Coben.

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  • Rebecca Sheets
  • 2020-03-21

Really enjoyed this book -

Really enjoyed this book - There were several surprises in the plot. Love Harlan Coben books!

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