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Beat the Reaper Audiobook

Beat the Reaper: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

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

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    Xylene 08-16-12
    Xylene 08-16-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Action packed thrill ride"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beat the Reaper to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Would you recommend Beat the Reaper to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    Dr. Peter Brown was definitely my favorite. He is a take no ridiculousness type of dude and I like it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Alexandra Newark, NJ 08-16-12
    Alexandra Newark, NJ 08-16-12
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    "A Great Listen!"
    Would you listen to Beat the Reaper again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


    Which character – as performed by Robert Petkoff – was your favorite?

    I would have to say that Pietro/Peter was my favorite, because he had the most character development (as the main character and narrator).


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    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!


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    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12
    Mickey Burns West Jordan, Utah USA 08-14-12

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    "Couldn't put it down"
    Where does Beat the Reaper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The performance was by far one of the best - great character and outstanding read from Robert Petkoff.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Sharp witty portrayal


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


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    Belinda Newark, NJ, United States 08-14-12
    Belinda Newark, NJ, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Tough Guys in Scrubs"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Beat the Reaper to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beat the Reaper?

    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.


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

    I have never listened to his performances before. I am looking forward to exploring other books he has narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Great Listen! It was like watching Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos mixed with a little bit of General Hospital.

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    Kasey 08-10-12
    Kasey 08-10-12
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    "You'll Be Hooked"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughing for sure and cringing at times, but mostly on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next.


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    Patrick Summit, NJ, United States 07-31-12
    Patrick Summit, NJ, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't put it down!"
    Where does Beat the Reaper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely worked it's way into my top 10, easily. Maybe even poking it's head into my top 5.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beat the Reaper?

    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.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    His voice was perfect for the dark gritty nature of the story and felt like a perfect fit for the main character Peter Brown


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts of it were very humorous in a dark way, some parts were very visceral and made me cringe (some graphic surgery scenes).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Carol 06-04-12
    Carol 06-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved it!"
    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend if you're looking for something a little different. Imagine if Chuck P. wrote for the Sopranos.

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    Leslie 05-21-12
    Leslie 05-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Gory and dark"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    Very dark, graphic and sexual. I wish I had been warned. I would not have bought his book.

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    Heather OHIO, IL, United States 05-16-12
    Heather OHIO, IL, United States 05-16-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fast tempo, catching story-leaves you wanting more"
    If you could sum up Beat the Reaper in three words, what would they be?

    Allegretto, Suspenseful, Uncomplicated


    Would you recommend Beat the Reaper to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would recommend Beat the Reaper to friends due to the up-tempo nature of the read. Underlying mob theme with a fast paced plot, enjoyable to distract from the real world..


    What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His sarcasm brings light to the character, gives him added depth that helps pull you into the story. Well read, easy to like detail from his intonation and performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No extreme reaction to the book, was just a nice distraction into another's somewhat crazy slightly out of touch lifestyle....


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    Sylvia 03-23-12
    Sylvia 03-23-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Definite "Guy" book"

    The perfect antithesis to "chic lit" - lots of gratuitous sexual references; lots of testosterone; no lengthy analysis of sparsely mentioned emotions. Heavy on the action scenes with little regard to plausibility... The shark was this long, I swear!

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