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