The narrator was AWESOME! such a fun read and the narrator made it super exciting to listen to.
my favorite character was the main character. His whole life story was so interesting! a great character developed by the author!
I loved the part of the book where he fights with skinflick. It really shows how a great friendship could turn into hatred and betrayal.
This book had me shocked multiple times throughout the storyline. Such an exciting listen.
Exceptional author, exceptional narrator. I would give this book a 5/5!!!
If my friend needed a jolt to change up the pace of the books they were reading this would be perfect. It starts with a bang and ends with a bang. It was loud and energetic, with a building momentum. I usually don't listen to thrillers, so i was pleasantly surprised.
As in changing the physical writing of the book, i don't think i would do much. This was a made up world with made up characters (i hope), so i think it existed pretty well as it is. The author must have done a lot of research as he made me a believer with all of his medical jargon as well as his mob jargon. Maybe I would ask the narrator to take it easy on his sexy female voices though. I loved his variety and ease of voices, but the "sexy woman" or "young ingenue" voices got a little silly. That being said, the narrators a man. I'll give him a pass.
I think the main character himself was the best, Peter Brown. I really think that the casting did a great job finding the perfect match for the voice of this youngish, troubled, in-too-deep guy. It made the sometimes over-the-top situations seem more believable and really kept my attention and the story moving along full steam ahead.
Beat the Reaper: A punch in the face!
When listening to this book it reminded me of my brother and all I could think is that he would love this book. As I got further into the book it made me think of the tv show ‘Dexter.’ The book has strong language and can get graphic from time to time but it isn’t excessive because of this I would recommend this book to anyone over the age of 18.
The book has many twists and turns while it recounts the past of this Gangster turned Doctor and how the events of his past have lead him to his current life-or-death situation. The main character Dr. Peter Brown has had a hard life. Growing up with his grandparents and dealing with their tragic murders as a teenager pulls Peter to a life of crime where the thoughts of revenge/justice motivate our main character. The book breaks off from the present and past from chapter to chapter and as the current events in the hospital are racing to their climax the past is slowly unfolding the ‘why and how’ these events are unfolding the way they are.
The book has something for everyone as long as you’re not squeamish and don’t mind a brief graphic sex seen in the most unlikely of places. Action, Suspense, Betrayal, Romance, Revenge and Loss make Beat the Reaper good book.
One of my only complaints is that while the book has a great flow and steady progression to it, the last fourth of the book feels rushed and goes from believable to ridiculous. This does not mean it is a bad book but it stops it from being a great read.
Yes, I would try another book by Josh Bazell his writing is exiting it kept me on the edge of my seat.
Josh Bazell's character talks a lot, however his dialog not only progresses the story but gives insight on his opinion and character.
Robert's voice reminded me of a character from the "Dick Tracy", Private Investigator, genre. Hearing his voice and pace I knew he was either a Mobster or affiliate, which helped to draw me into Bazell's world even more.
Beat the Reaper would make a good movie, however i feel that it would make an even better TV series if it delved into the characters back story, highlighting events that lead up to the final act in the book.
Fun, pulpy, gory
Amazement. I was expecting a twist. There wasn't a twist, really -- just a scene of shocking intensity.
He captured all the characters very well, except the women (who all sounded prissy and weak, though that might also be the fault of the writer).
all the characters were so one dimensional. I there was no arch. no one LEARNED anything. It was a fun little story though. fast paced, well read, "page turner" -- then it just ended.
Less use of bad language!
Less bad language
I bought the book because the story sounded interesting. Unfortunately i cannot stand excessive use of bad language!
I'd like my point/money back!
Awful. Just awful. The author is trying to be cool, hip, and breezy and comes off as merely annoying. I couldn't have cared less about the main character or anyone else.
It is hard to imagine that the Federal government is going to rehabilitate a cold blooded murderer by sending them to medical school. As a physician I can tell you that a number of the medical events that take place during the course of the book are very unlikely. If you don't care about this, then it is an entertaining story.
I have recommended this audiobook to friends and they've enjoyed it also - fun listen - pure escapism
If you're looking for a good listen without any compelling message - try this one . . . I don't think you'll be disappointed.