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Beat the Reaper Audiobook

Beat the Reaper: A Novel

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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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    dana 12-14-12
    dana 12-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it"
    Where does Beat the Reaper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    At the top. Incredibly clever - amazing writing. This will be the first book I listen to more than once.


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

    This book is fresh, truly original.


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

    This is the first. This narrator is excellent and perfect in this book.


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

    Laughed out loud and often. Engaged - listened in one day.


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    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 12-02-12
    Shawn Temperance, Michigan, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2010

    Ex-military high school math teacher.

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    "Action Escapism to the Max"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are looking to relax your hold on reality and what is physically possible, then yes this is a good book. Reminds me of the Remo Williams books.


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

    It requires a reader to forget a person's physical limits and know that the goverment WITSEC program is utterly stupid putting a person back in the same city they are from.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Robert Petkoff?

    Yes


    Do you think Beat the Reaper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I know he wrote one, but for me to read it would, it would have to be on sale, drastically.


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    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 11-22-12
    Norman Santa Monica, CA, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Bazell is an author to watch"

    To graphic for my tastes but this book was a brilliant surprise, a contender for the best book of the year.

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    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 11-11-12
    Chablis from Seattle Seattle, WA USA 11-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Very uneven in plot, pacing and language"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Parts of this book were delightful and interesting, but some sections (the two trips to Coney Island, the fight with the assassin, the deliberation before the final altercation) were maddeningly egregious in the writer's use of excessive detail, exhausting thought processes, and boring tedium. This writer does not belong to the minimalist school of writing. Every movement is described with nothing left out.......slowing the pace to such a degree that I simply left the room to retrieve a cup of coffee, letting the narrative drone on. In addition, I think that many of the sexual references, including one unbelievable scene in the Coney Island "fright scene" are so unreal that the terminology and the actions seem a bit juvenile.....and the sort that would appeal to adolescent males. (I did repeat some of these references to my female friends; none of them were the slightest bit amused.)The earlier flashbacks, the main character's trip to Poland, his earlier life are extremely interesting. In addition, the author's description of many of the medical decisions made by his "doctor" delighted me with the unexpected deductions...and his view of life is undeniably humorous. Some plot devices seemed undeveloped (such as the courtroom scene, the strangely abbreviated love affair, and his stupid, fateful decision to accompany his former friend), but I suspect that this is probably considered to be humor by younger readers.


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

    After the snail's pace of much of the rest of the book, the abrupt ending annoyed me. Also, I didn't understand why the character, who had previously announced that he disliked his profession, now, all of a sudden, seemed anxious to continue. I also was nonplussed that his former mentor, who, earlier was not available for help (for no apparent reason), then offered him tepid advice, all of a sudden showed up at the end to give him some advice (like some things can't be helped) and, bingo! The story is concluded with little plot resolution. (For example, what about his nemesis' gangster father? And what does the character do at the end?) Very Strange.


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

    This is the first performance of Petkoff that I have heard. His voice and timbre is excellent.


    Do you think Beat the Reaper needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would probably not be interested.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so interesting in some parts and so deadly dull or irritating in others that I can only wish that he'd had a better editor.

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    Test Test Passaic, NJ, United States 08-17-12
    Test Test Passaic, NJ, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A dark, hilarious adventure"

    Beat the Reaper is vulgar, brutal, abusive, and shot up with more adrenaline than an ER shock cart. A doctor with a bullet-wound sized chip on his shoulder stumbles his way through his hospital ward and back alleys, leaving mostly blood (from both his patients and his enemies) behind. The writing is sharp and witty, and the somewhat non-linear plot is well woven and easy enough to follow. The sound design on this audiobook is particularly noteworthy, with music during intense sequences and the occasional ambient soundtrack when certain locations call for it. The narrator is great, and every line is dripping with the main character's well-earned cynicism. My only complaint is that the overall story is a little ridiculous, especially the climax, and I think I would have preferred if it were a little less pulpy.

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    Andrew 08-17-12
    Andrew 08-17-12

    Avid listener

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    Where does Beat the Reaper rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Beat the Reaper definitely made it into the top 10. Quite possibly even the top 5.


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

    Beat the Reaper is the first book I have listened to in this genre so I can't really say for sure what I would compare it to. I am listening to the second book in the series, Wild Thing.


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

    Everything! Robert Petkoff really captures the character and brings this story to life. I honestly believe that he fit this role perfectly. Robert Petkoff and anything mafia is pure gold.


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

    I wouldn't say extreme but I did find some parts to be humorous. There were also parts that were quite graphic and as I visualized them I would shudder.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen and perfect narrator.

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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

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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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