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Beat the Reaper Audiobook

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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    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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    Thomas WAKE FOREST, NC, United States 03-21-12
    Thomas WAKE FOREST, NC, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Starts with a bang, but ends too abruptly."
    Would you try another book from Josh Bazell and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Maybe. I'd have to read the reviews and see if he remedied his writing style.


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

    Too


    What about Robert Petkoff???s performance did you like?

    Petkoff's performance was fine. It did not detract from the story, but I occasionally found his character voices uninspired.


    Could you see Beat the Reaper being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


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    Bobsr Maryland 03-02-12
    Bobsr Maryland 03-02-12 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader. Native Baltimorean. Older male. College-educated.

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    "Pure Trash"
    Would you try another book from Josh Bazell and/or Robert Petkoff?

    Absolutely not. In fact I am sorry I wasted my money on


    What was most disappointing about Josh Bazell???s story?

    The ridiculous premise that a foul-mouthed, Mafia hit man could become a doctor and then survive numerous attempts on his life for one. But most disapointing is that the author is overly enamoured with the vilest profanity. The entire story is liberally befouled with the f-word and other references to the female genitalia. If this was a movie, and I hope it never gets to that stage, it would be triple-X rated. I cannot recommend this to anyone.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Robert Petkoff???s performances?

    As along as it is not a Josh Bazell offering of smut.


    You didn???t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None that I heard.


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    Thomas 02-14-12
    Thomas 02-14-12
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    "Great listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I found the writing and the story to be very entertaining. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys action and adventure tales.


    What other book might you compare Beat the Reaper to and why?

    A Jack Reicher novel.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Outstanding.


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    maryann gillette, WY, United States 02-09-12
    maryann gillette, WY, United States 02-09-12 Member Since 2004
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    What would have made Beat the Reaper better?

    he dropped th f bomb every third word. Could not get past the first chapter


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    Ronnie Staten Island, NY, United States 02-06-12
    Ronnie Staten Island, NY, United States 02-06-12
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    "A fantastic production, fast moving story-line"
    What did you love best about Beat the Reaper?

    From the first sentence it had me laughing and interested to see where it would take me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It could have easily been cliched because of the mob aspect but the author pulled it off by laughing at character and his predicament.


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

    Never heard of him before, but will be looking him up now.


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

    No. Not extreme reaction, but laughed out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    Cool book, I was impressed.

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    Michael Burbank, CA, United States 01-29-12
    Michael Burbank, CA, United States 01-29-12
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    "Entertaining from the get-go!"

    A fantastically written story with the same stream-of-thought narrative you would expect from writers like Chuck Palahniuk. Down right disturbing, hysterical, and tragic all that the same time. The length is just right and the story is solid and very authentic feeling. I usually hate sound effects and music in audio books, this was done just right and really helped to bring the story to life. A great listen all the way through.

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

    Rita

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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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