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Beat the Reaper: A Novel | [Josh Bazell]

Beat the Reaper: A Novel

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.
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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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    Rita Alexandria, VA, United States 01-23-12
    Rita Alexandria, VA, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2012

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    "This is a wild and crazy book!"

    I couldn't believe that this medical resident was involved with thugs. . .and that he acted like a thug himself sometimes. It was a fun listen--didn't know what would happen next. The language is a little explicit, to say the least. Sort of a crazy book. I'm going to read the author's new book out next month.

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    Rainiac 01-16-12
    Rainiac 01-16-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Beat the Reaper"

    I love stories that have little FYI moments as it is goes. Though this is fiction no doubt Josh Bazell's telling in the first person of an ER doctor/ ex-hit man view of what is going on in an emergency room was so believeable I will avoid hospitals at all costs for years to come. Some of the information I had to google it was so creepy. But I couldn't turn it off, the story was intense and amazing. The hitman was a bit too skilled to be believable but I didn't care the story was so good I suspended the need for him to be more realistic, oddly I didn't like the characters in this book none of them were really worth saving when it came to the end, with the exception of a homeless man with diabetes losing his feet (and it wasn't so much what the author did with this character as it was he didn't do, nothing disgusting like all the rest of the characters at some point and his little side story sort of drifted in the perriferal view of the main action, so nicely woven in I have to smile). This book has it all, the Italian/Russian mob, Jewish camps, white slavery, life in jail, courtroom deals, rescues, excellent!!! I highly recommend downloading this one. *it gets gross in the same imaginative ways too so be prepaid for that.

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    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD 01-15-12
    Rachel Riverdale Park, MD 01-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "he has another - please get it soon!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This story and performance is great - and he didn't rush to publish another one too soon. At last however, there is a new one out. If it isn't in audible I will be forced to buy it off the rack.


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    Leah BETHLEHEM, NH, United States 12-20-11
    Leah BETHLEHEM, NH, United States 12-20-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Funny Dark Comedy"
    Would you listen to Beat the Reaper again? Why?

    Yes! I work in a hospital so I found his thoughts related to medical system hilarious! The character's demeanor is jaded and cynical but it fits adding an interesting layer to the story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Very interesting/refreshingly new plot. I wasn't sure how it was going to end!


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

    The narrator did a great job with creating individual voices which adds to a great story. When you can listen to an audiobook and get drawn into the story and forget you ARE listening to an audiobook - that is a successful reader.


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

    I found myself looking forward to listining in the morning as I got ready for work so I could find out how the character was going to get out of the next sticky situation.
    The story was a dark comedy with a romantic side and a suspense/thriller side. It was a nice mix and a roller coaster ride for your emotions!


    Any additional comments?

    This one was a real surprise. I got it as it sounded like it might be good but I found it to be great!

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    Eder DORAL, FLORIDA, United States 11-24-11
    Eder DORAL, FLORIDA, United States 11-24-11 Member Since 2010

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Awesomeness!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Beat the Reaper the most enjoyable?

    What made the experience of listening to Beat the Reaper enjoyable was the fact that the narrator gets you so deep onto the story that you want to finish listening to the book over and over. You cannot stop listening to the book at the story continues.


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

    The most memorable moment is everything, from the very beginning you action and you see this all over the book. The most memorable part for me is the end!!!! I don't want to tell anything about it so the people actually listen to it and not read reviews.


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

    Robert Petkoff is great, I really feel that this narrator has the perfect voice and intonation for the character. He really gives life to the character.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're starting in Audible and you like Mafia books, you should go for this one.

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    Andrew Kenilworth, NJ, United States 10-17-11
    Andrew Kenilworth, NJ, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2010

    Love books!

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    "Goodfellas in an audiobook"

    This was one of my first audio books that I listened to on the site and I was blown away by it. The narrator and the story was so good that I couldn't put it down, I was listening to it in the car, while washing the dishes, even before going to sleep. i like to compare this book to the movie Goodfellas in the way the main character describes situations and the connection to the mob and his ethic background being not Italian. Overall this is a great book and I recommend it to everyone!

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    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 06-07-11
    Natalia P. Valdes South San Francisco, CA USA 06-07-11 Member Since 2015

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    "Auto femur ectomy"

    This story has so many bits of medical trivia and anecdotes. I think the research that the author put into it made the story more interesting. The main character is one of those that you root for even when his illicit past is revealed. I think that this was at times an interesting story, but honestly it was one of those that i would not re-read. Small warning, the end is not for the squeamish.

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    Janet L George 05-25-11
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    "Over-use of the F-word"

    If all doctors feel as the one does in this book I am truly afraid to be ever sick again. Yes, there was great action etc in this book but the constant apathy towards medicine and people was a real downer! ( Do the interns really feel that way? ) Also, I'm no prude but the language in this book was so offensive I had to quit listening. Come on can't you use other words beside f... like the intelligent person you claim to be?

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    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 04-27-11
    BZ Banks Atlanta, GA, United States 04-27-11 Member Since 2012

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    "Loved it from start to finish"

    How rare a find is a book that is a thrill-packed action ride, a riveting lesson in history AND anatomy, and a hilarious introduction to the finest anti-hero in American literature? Josh Bazell, by all accounts, is a real-life med student, but one can only hope he pays slightly less-attention to his studies than he ought, and gives us more books like this one, soon! I also ordered BEAT THE REAPER on my Kindle and am sharing it with my whole family.

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    Debra San Antonio, TX, United States 03-07-11
    Debra San Antonio, TX, United States 03-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "edge of your seat"

    If you like fast-paced thrillers, this is a great one. I bought this book to kick off my Audible membership; we had a road trip to take, and I wanted an exciting audiobook for the drive. Although the level of violence makes it almost painful to listen to, it is definitely an exciting book. The trip felt like nothing.

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