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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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    Denise. 08-17-12
    Denise. 08-17-12 Member Since 2012

    always hyper, chatting away and eating lol.

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

    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.


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

    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.


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    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


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

    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.


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    Ashley 08-17-12
    Ashley 08-17-12

    . d r e a m e r .

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    "Good book, but not for me."

    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.

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

    Say something about yourself!

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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

    musicnbeer

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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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