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The Resurrectionist Audiobook

The Resurrectionist

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"Dog days and the fresh bodies are arriving once again." So begins the fall term at South Carolina Medical College, where Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career - working public relations for the dean - takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves, over a century old, are unearthed on the campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.

In the middle of the nineteenth century, Dr. Frederick Augustus Johnston, one of the school’s founders, had purchased a slave for his unusual knife skills. This slave, Nemo ("no man"), would become an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day - and by night, a "resurrectionist," responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, and seen by some as almost supernatural, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no listener can anticipate.

With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge, a riveting and satisfying moral parable of the South.

©2013 Matthew Guinn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Martie YPSILANTI, MI, United States 05-07-15
    Martie YPSILANTI, MI, United States 05-07-15 Member Since 2013

    If I don't answer your call its because I'm totally in love with this audiobook!

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    "On sale book ended up being great!!!"

    What a great find! Murder mystery and mayhem with a touch of Deep South politics! What could be better!! Great!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jolene 05-27-15
    Jolene 05-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Wow!"

    With a handful of days stretching out before me until my next credit, I purchased this book on sale. Hoping for something at least moderately interesting and well enough written that I wouldn't turn it off in frustration, I pressed play. I'm so glad that I did. What a terrific listen. Although there were a few noticeable bumps, overall this book just sang with beautiful writing. I'm off to see what else Mr. Guinn has written, my mind still mulling over much of this intriguing story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 05-02-15
    Mark Bettendorf, IA, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2011

    Photographer, nature & water geek, music lover, book fiend.

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    "Phenomenal writing and narration"

    So glad to have come across this book;!ill definitely be seeking out more books by Matthew Guinness. And the narration was excellent. A

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    debi 06-02-15
    debi 06-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    If you could sum up The Resurrectionist in three words, what would they be?

    interesting until the ending


    Any additional comments?

    I love historical mysteries - this was middle of the line and interesting UNTIL the ending.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Autumn San Francisco, CA, United States 05-28-15
    Autumn San Francisco, CA, United States 05-28-15

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    "A light touch for a heavy subject"

    Interesting subject, didn't glorify or ignore the human cruelty and ignorance that is part of our country's history.

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    Peter and Katherine 05-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Adventure and suspense please!

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    "not my cup of tea"

    I kept waiting to find out where this story was going - why I was supposed to want to keep listening. That never really happened. It was underwhelming to say the most. It was also really gruesome without purpose. The narration was mostly good but voices were inconsistent. I would never suggest someone listen to or read this book. What a waste.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-05-16
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 03-05-16 Member Since 2015

    I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!

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    I could not get into this. There was some jumping around in time that caught me by surprise. There were no characters I could identify with or care about. I believe I got this at one of those spur of the moment sales, where after buying a book, they offer me a group of books, in which to purchase one. Once I leave the page, I can't go back. I bought it almost a year ago and I believe I thought it was a different genre.

    Narrator is a bit slow, but okay.

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    Kelly Pivik 08-14-15
    Kelly Pivik 08-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "This is a relisten!"

    This was great. The reader is fantastic. The story is awesome. I did not find the moving around in time periods at all confusing. I will admit I enjoyed the parts with Johnston and Nemo better, but all of it was good. My one criticism: it ended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 08-09-15
    Jennifer 08-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting Enough"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I listened to this book in the background as I did other things, so yes. To have taken the time to read it sans actually getting stuff done, it would not have been. But I do admit, I stayed up an extra hour to get to the ending, so obviously it caught me in the end.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Meh. Not as shocking as the blurb insinuated. I was proud of the MC at the end.


    Have you listened to any of Jeremy Arthur’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. But he was a good narrator.


    Was The Resurrectionist worth the listening time?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't go into this looking for great literature, but as something to play as I did other things with my life (cleaning, laundry, etc.). So it was good for that. I got a little mixed up as to who all the characters were, but again, I was not listening with my full attention. When I DID listen with my full attention, I found an interesting story that was not as shocking as the blurb would have me believe, in that the way was paved early on and nothing was unpredictable, except the second-to-last thing, which was unrealistic, but awesome! I found the slave character to be a bit stereotypical.

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    naomipt 07-29-15
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    "A window into a possible hidden history"

    Realistic view of history. Most interesting secrets. Loved to hear names of my state's places.

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