Because that patient knows Peter from his other life, when he had a different name and a very different job. The only reason he's a doctor now is thanks to the Witness Protection Program-and even they can't protect him from the long reach of the New Jersey mob. Now he's got to do whatever it takes to keep his patient alive so he can buy some time...and beat the reaper.
Beat the Reaper is not just the only work that will be compared to Quentin Tarantino's films, Grey's Anatomy, and Chuck Palahniuk - it's also the most original and entertaining debut thriller you'll listen to this year.
©2009 Josh Bazell; (P)2009 Josh Bazell
always hyper, chatting away and eating lol.
Considering that this was my very first audio book listened too, overall this was a great book. Very well narrated. What I enjoyed the most was how well the narrator got into character, he was able to use the proper accents and tone of voice for the characters in the book. I think thats the most important factor of listening to an audiobook. It's how well the narrator, narrates. The storyline however, was a bit confusing for me. I found it difficult to focus at the beginning of the book, seeing how the narrator jumps from present to past often. Midway through the book, i was able to tie the parts that i found found confusing and understand what was going on. The part i enjoyed the most was the ending of the book. It was edge-of-your-seat climax and ending. It's always great to have a thrill especially at the end that has you wipe your forehead clean from relief for the characters sake. I gave the story 4 stars for order of past to present, but maintaining focus, unlike other books that explain a history for about 6 chapters, then the fun begins. This book started off with what was going on then a brief history then back to present, good stuff man.
Aside from comparing the book to all the mafia books in the world (well not all lol) i would honestly compare it to a TV series, where the main character is building up to the climax from show to show and hit you with the strong ending.
His overall performance was great. It's what i gave the only five stars in my rating, because he got so into character its one one of the reasons i kept on reading
towards the beginning of the book like i mentioned before since it was my first audio book i had trouble reading and giving full attention to. but after the middle i definitely did listen to the book in one setting. rather enjoyable.
The book is based off a ex mafia member, who then turns doctor. I can definitely appreciate the narrators witty and sarcastic humor within the book. A little too descriptive with the violence and murder scenes but overall if you enjoy an exciting read this is for you.
The audio edition include soundtracks during the action scenes which adds another layer to the experience. Did not expect that to happen so it was a nice surprise.
I've already recommended Beat the Reaper to about 5 friends since I have started listening to it. Especially to my big butch manly man friends.
Dr. Peter Brown was definitely my favorite. He is a take no ridiculousness type of dude and I like it.
I don't normally get a strong reaction to events in a book but the events towards the end of the book was hard to get through. Definitely make me cringe.
I would definitely listen again, and recommend it to my friends. It's a book you can really get lost in, and I found myself listening for hours at a time, rather than my usual half hour or so. I was only disappointed that end fell a little flat for me. After an amazing climax, it just kind of... ended. Guess I have to pick up with the sequel.
It was a great story, but what really caught my attention was the amazing sound mixing done to accompany the narration. In the aquarium scene you can hear the characters' voices echo, and the sound of the lapping of water against the tanks. In the fight scenes there is thrilling music to keep you on the edge of your seat. I was so impressed!
I would have to say that Pietro/Peter was my favorite, because he had the most character development (as the main character and narrator).
Hm, not sure, I'm not that creative! Maybe... "A Doctor with a dark past... a past that has just caught up with him." That's kinda lame. Oh well. However, I hear they are making this a movie and I can't wait to see it!
The performance was by far one of the best - great character and outstanding read from Robert Petkoff.
Sharp witty portrayal
I did not read the print version of this book but I really did enjoy the narration and sound effects. Robert Petkoff did an amazing job of represnting all the characters. I really enjoyed his voice, street accent, and female voice overs.
I really enjoyed the shark tank scene. I've never been to an aquarium so this scene really came to life for me with the water and echo effects.
I have never listened to his performances before. I am looking forward to exploring other books he has narrated.
I think I was most moved when he went to Poland and found out about his grandparents true past. The story really changed at this point and you could see how in some weird way he was always meant to be "Bad" as I call it.
Great Great Listen! It was like watching Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos mixed with a little bit of General Hospital.
Absolutely, I did not want to stop listening to this book. It keeps you on your toes as Peter bounces from the past to the present and narrates the story of his life and the actions that have brought him to his current point. Bazell's words with Petkoff's narration is truly a winning combination.
I don't think it would be justifiable to say anyone other than Peter would be my favorite, he is not only the narrator but the central point in this entire story. He starts as just some MD on his way to work but from there the story rapidly changes and we are thrown into an alternate world and alternate life that come back to haunt Dr. Brown.
Petkoff has been able to bring to life the personalities of the characters and deals a fair hand when it comes to accents as well.
Laughing for sure and cringing at times, but mostly on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.
It's definitely worked it's way into my top 10, easily. Maybe even poking it's head into my top 5.
The fight scenes were very well described so that you can get a good idea of the combat that ensued, it really helped put you into the eye of the storm.
His voice was perfect for the dark gritty nature of the story and felt like a perfect fit for the main character Peter Brown
Some parts of it were very humorous in a dark way, some parts were very visceral and made me cringe (some graphic surgery scenes).
Great listen, fantastic story and literally the perfect narrator to go along with it, highly suggest it to anyone who enjoys The Wire or anything mafia.
I probably would not recommend this book just because it makes you feel so dirty and sick after listening. If you are into crime and gore, or really need a book to keep you awake on a long drive, this one will keep you on your toes.
Very dark, graphic and sexual. I wish I had been warned. I would not have bought his book.
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