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As in not believable at all... So a former mob hitman, who grew up in New Jersey, gets sent to New York on witness protection? And the ending, which I will not give away, is another joke. No one would ever do what he did as a first resort. Other than that though, this audio book wasn't bad by no means. An interesting listen and in particular, I especially enjoyed the way it jumped back and forth from the mob-world to that of the medical-world. In addition, the narrator does a superb job with all of the voice and overall, I'd have to say: if you like a good mob-flick, you'd definitely enjoy this!
Everything about this book was amazing. The author is truly a great story teller. The narration was perfect, and the quality of the recording, right down to scene enhancing music and effects, was brilliant. By far, this is the best audio book I have listened to.
I highly recommend this!
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If you like Don Winslow, if you like Lawrence Block, if you like Thomas Perry--even Jim Butcher, chances are you will love this novel as much as I do. Like others say, it's part Sopranos, part ER, part scary, part hilarious, part inventive, part ridiculous, a little bit sexy and completely entertaining.
Go Josh Bazell! Since I live in Oakland I want to go hunt him down in San Francisco and just stand there grinning at him.
And go Robert Petkoff--geez! What a terrific talent.
TWO THUMBS UP!!
The book is a fun read if you don't mind the over the top profanity. Interesting idea to have a former mafia/russian mob hitman enter witness protection and become a physician. Enjoyed some of the information imparted from the good doctor but IMHO this is not worth your credit.
Listening to this book is like walking into dark bar in a bad part of town and ordering a pina colada - you have no idea what you are going to get and probably something weird is going to happen to you after you get it. After I listened to this book, which was hard to stop listening to, I immidiately looked to see what else this guy had written, and to my dismay this was it. I really liked it a lot, but that said, it is an adult read with strong language and some sexual content, a very off the street urban thriller with a fast plot.
If I could describe "Beat the Reaper" in one word, it would be WOW! This audio book was enjoyable from beginning to end. It is that good! The author with great narration made every word, scene, and character; imaginable in my mind. It was like I was watching a movie in my state of the art theater room (I don't really have one but it sure felt like I did). The narrator was wonderful that it almost seemed that I was listening to a dramatized version. This just proves how entertaining audio books can be with a balance of great writing, great narration, and great production.
I've been an Audible listener for a few years now and listen to over 6 books/month and finally came across a suspense novel that was actually worth the time. :-)
Interesting characters, great story line, and well written.
Even though the main character is a Mob "hitman" you find yourself cheering him along thru the book.
Wish I could find more of this author's material.
The reader is phenomenal. In fact, I have a feeling that this is one of those cases where the audio book is better than the book (I wish they had not added the occasional music and sound effects -- a bit distracting). The story is like a roller-coaster of fun (and gore). The comparisons to a Tarantino movie are apt. I rushed to download the second novel in the series (and was sorely disappointed by it). This one, though, is definitely worth the credit.
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I downloaded this book some time ago, but had forgotten to listen to it for some weird reason. I just went back and grabbed it out of my Audible Library... and OMG! this is a GREAT book. I can't wait for the next one, Wild Thing -- though I don't think I'll have to wait long, as it's coming next month. Also, this is one of those books where the audio version is far better than reading the text yourself -- the narrator adds a dimension that would otherwise be missing. Kudos all around.
Gen-Xer, software engineer, and lifelong avid reader. Soft spots for sci-fi, fantasy, and history, but I'll read anything good.
When I picked up a book billed as a tongue-in-cheek mashup of The Sopranos and Gray's Anatomy, I wasn't expecting much in the way of quality writing, but Bazell surprised me. Beat the Reaper is a sort of literary equivalent to the Grand Theft Auto videogame series: absurd, violent, and sardonic, as well as smart, brisk, and entertaining. For readers who don't mind a dark tone and extensive profanity, Bazell knows how write deliciously over-the-top scenes and great hard-boiled dialogue, and his deadpan (naturally) protagonist is full of hilarious one-liners and cynical, uncomfortably authoritative-sounding observations about the American health care and justice systems, organized crime, racism, and other modern dysfunctions. Ultimately, the book is a brief, fun ride that doesn't necessarily tie up all its loose ends and has a few parts that feel a little too much like the bad action movie Bazell tries to satirize, but for the most part, the whole thing's good enough to have "screenplay" written all over it.