A second listen is a must for me. The story has a lot of details and info you (or maybe just me) just cant absorb all of in one pass.
The storyline concerning the family that raised him.
I ordered this book based upon a recommendation on Audible.com, and it was right on point. I really enjoyed the story and the reading of it!
ER Doc escaping reality
I loved the true voice and asides that you could almost hear as if they were in your own head.
Talk about true true true picture of urban medicine...well, minus the hitman bit, but that's totally believable.
Sardonic humor was dripping with wry acid and I loved it.
Loved the voice and tempo
I waited and waited for Josh's second book, but it just wasn't as good. Hard to be, but I had hoped.
It's edgy. Violent, gripping. Even my wife didn't want to turn it off, and she hates violence. It has a lot going for it beyond the visceral. It feeds the mind some tidbits here and there as well. A guilty pleasure with some nutrients thrown in for good measure.
I won't spoil the good moments by pointing them out. It has many.
Robert Petkoff is one of the best readers - in the top 3 - I've heard, absolutely no doubt. I wouldn't say he is #3 either. Or #2. He delivers the confidence of the characters and has enough range to make the differences count between them. The main character's voice is delivered with power, and you don't fatigue. He curses well.
I had some laughs. I'm not done yet, so I'll get back to you on the crying.
I love the combination of crime, action, grit, history, and medical procedural insights. It's always good to learn about the real world through engrossing fiction.
Couldnt put it down! Fun and well dramatized! If you're squeamish then don't drive while listening to the conclusion of the story. I almost lost it on the freeway!!
No, I was not please with the language or the feel of the book.
Did not complete the book. It was not what I thought I was getting. Very displeased.
A Traveling Listener
I began my listen and almost pulled the plug! Background music, short, clipped first person dialog, and outrageous storyline. It slapped me into listening. Then, I began to understand that this was not just an audio book, it was an audio experience! The main character told his story with outlandish seriousness. I laughed out loud at his internal dialog. This was a fun listen. Looking for more.
**A couple of very mild spoilers below**
I want to say first and foremost that this book was very good. It was very action-packed, interesting and the audio quality was gangbusters. I believe another reviewer compared it to being similar to what you would get if Chuck Palahniuk wrote a book combining the best elements of "House" and "The Sopranos". That reviewer was correct. This is a really interesting take on two old themes: hospital dramas and mob movies. The author, being a med student himself, inserts a lot of medical expertise into the book. The protagonist, much like Dr. House, has an off-beat way of approaching his job. He does his job well, isn't necessarily emotionally entangled in his charges and has somewhat of a laissez-faire all-around 'tude. When his former mob life careens into his current med life, a series of flashes backward and forward take place to give you the sum of his character. It is a very interesting character study and there is surely a ton of action going on for adrenaline junkies.
The narration and audio presentation are top notch. I mostly enjoyed the music and sound effects added throughout but once or twice they took me out of the flow of the story.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for an exciting book to read. As a person who loves to re-read books, I probably won't ever re-read this one but I will likely listen to the second part.
This book is part noir, part pulp, and very entertaining! You believe this story from start to finish. No one could make up this stuff, right? Wrong, but enjoy it anyway! It is reminiscent of Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which is one of my favorite books. It's is raw, hard-boiled, gritty, and really in your face but fun to read!! I would read or listen to anything written by this author!
At the top. Incredibly clever - amazing writing. This will be the first book I listen to more than once.
This book is fresh, truly original.
This is the first. This narrator is excellent and perfect in this book.
Laughed out loud and often. Engaged - listened in one day.