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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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    Chuck Santa Clara, CA USA 04-08-09
    Chuck Santa Clara, CA USA 04-08-09 Listener Since 2005
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    "Great book and great narrator"

    This book is a testosterone laden pulp thrill ride and you won't believe what happens at the end. I've read the book and listened to the audio and Robert Petkoff's narration is fantastic. Can't wait for him to do more books.

    I can't recommend this book and audiobook more!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia newark, NJ, United States 01-29-09
    Sylvia newark, NJ, United States 01-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Listen and You'll Love it"

    This book was short but packed with everything you can imagine: mafia hits, love story, revenge, betrayal…The list goes on and on. The writing is fantastic and very funny. The book description does not do this book justice. The main character Pietro/Peter goes on a roller coaster ride throughout his life and you would love to just tell him to stop and walk away from it all. By far the most surprising part of this book is about the last 15 minutes – WHAT AN ENDING! Out of all of the books that I have listened to, this by far has the best narration. You must LISTEN!!!!!!!! Download the book and I know you won’t regret it.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12
    Chris - Audible Newark, NJ, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm an Audible editor, and I think this quote sums it up: "A voice is such a deep, personal reflection of character." - Daniel Day-Lewis

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    "Awesome."

    This was recommended to me by a fellow editor, and I’m thankful that it was. Bazell’s writing is reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk, and Petkoff’s pacing and tone match perfectly. The narrator is also pretty skilled at accents. Our protagonist, Peter, introduces himself as a doctor in a Manhattan hospital, but we quickly learn about his past as a mob hitman, and how those two worlds collide. It was a great car listen, and a promising start from a new author.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael A. Alderete San Francisco 03-11-10
    Michael A. Alderete San Francisco 03-11-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Strap in to a rocket ride"

    This novel blasts off in the first minutes, and never slows down. And even though it's "only" 6+ hours long, it's so intense, and so funny, you will feel like it's a much longer book. I loved every minute of it.

    The novel "takes place" over the course of the narrator's shift in a hospital, with flashbacks into his past. The non-sequential structure is easy to follow, and makes for a more compelling story, building suspense from two directions. It is an R-rated novel, for obvious sex and violence aspects, but what may make listeners squirm the most are some graphic medical scenes.

    The narration is spot on, with a fast pace that matches the novel, bringing both intensity and humor. After listening to this book, you will never think of hospitals the same again.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Watkins 01-02-10 Member Since 2003
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    "The Action is Non-Stop"

    This book starts with action and it just keeps coming. The writer's medical knowledge enhances the descriptions of the fight "scenes". Character development is excellent. The ending leaves an opening for a sequel - I hope one is on the way!
    This is my first audio book in about a year and it was a great way to get back into listening. It will be a tough act to follow.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 02-01-10
    Edmund W. Cheung Playa Del Rey, CA USA 02-01-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Quirky and Amusing - Especially for Med Student"

    Really enjoyed this book. Perfect for the Medical or Surgical resident, medical student, or recent medical graduate. Sort of a TV "Scrubs" show meets HBO "Sopranos" in audiobook form. Narration is excellent. Very unique. Not the same typical mystery cliche. Worth the listen.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joel Chino, CA, United States 07-20-09
    Joel Chino, CA, United States 07-20-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A Entertaining Listen!"

    I this book was great. After reading a few negative reviews I guess it's for a specific audience. But I LOVED it. The narrator was great, the story was fast, and I gasped out loud more than once. I found the hardcover at B&N and got it just so I could lend it to a friend and talk about it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Goleta, CA USA 05-29-09
    Amazon Customer Goleta, CA USA 05-29-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Crazy Mix of Medicine and Mafia"

    Beat the Reaper is a crazy mix of medicine and Mafia. If you like medicine that it technically accurate and deservedly cynical, add in a Mafia hit man who becomes a doctor and you will be on track. Clearly, Josh Bazell used the on-call sleepless hours of his medical training letting his imagination run in a variety of misguided directions. Even when you know where he is taking you can’t really believe it. This is a book I couldn’t wait for friends to read so we could talk about the crazy ending. Catch the YouTube trailer and you will get the flavor of Beat the Reaper.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn Glen Mills, PA, USA 03-25-09
    Carolyn Glen Mills, PA, USA 03-25-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Wow!"

    This story grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. This was one of my favorite Audible books and I have recommended it to friends, though I know it's not for everyone. You have to like dark, gory humor. Like Quentin Tarantino in style. The language and violence are graphic but necessary for the story. The pacing is fast and the characters are well-developed, so you quickly become deeply involved in the story. The story is short but so much happens in it that I didn't feel as if it was abbreviated. No matter how long the story was, I was bound to be disappointed when it was over. In spite of the fiction disclaimer at the end, the story is informative about many topics and I felt as if I learned about quite a few subjects as I was being entertained. The narrator is fantastic, reading at a fast pace but with clarity and intonation. I hope the author pens another soon and that Audible offers it. Too bad there isn't a wish list for authors to see!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lylye NJ, US 01-29-09
    Lylye NJ, US 01-29-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Great, enjoyable read!"

    I will admit that at first, I thought this book was weird. But what a weird, exhilarating ride it turned out to be! This book covers all genres and becomes unique; it's a suspense medical thriller with a dash of romance and dark humor. And I was able to enjoy all these elements by the great narration, done by Robert Petkoff. Four stars and two big thumbs up!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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