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Cast of Shadows Audiobook

Cast of Shadows

A bereaved doctor undertakes a diabolical experiment in a shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront. Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, when his 17-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police, and finds among them a vial containing the killer's DNA.
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Publisher's Summary

A bereaved doctor undertakes a diabolical experiment in a shattering philosophical thriller that anticipates the moral, social, and metaphysical dilemmas science is poised to confront.

Davis Moore is a fertility doctor in Chicago specializing in reproductive cloning, a controversial and closely regulated new practice, when his 17-year-old daughter is brutally raped and murdered. The case is investigated but never solved. Months later, Moore retrieves her belongings from the police, and finds among them a vial containing the killer's DNA. Tormented by grief, Moore entertains a monstrous thought: the possibility of cloning not his daughter but the man who killed her. How far would you go to look into the face of your daughter's murderer?

Justin Finn, at three, looks like any other child. Bright, joyful, sweet; an innocent toddler to his unsuspecting parents and to all who know him. But his face, one day, will be the exact match of the cold-blooded killer of whom he is a perfect genetic replica. Can a three-year-old have a past? Where does evil come from? What happens to the soul when we die? What are you duplicating when you duplicate a human life?

Cast of Shadows is a spectacularly original, hair-raising novel about the fate of a little boy brought into the world to solve a crime. Relentlessly gripping, profoundly unsettling, and visionary, it introduces a major new suspense novelist.

©2006 Kevin Guilfoile; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Guilfoile's tricky, high-concept plot continually subverts and plays with the reader's expectations....Gripping." (The New York Times)
"Guilfoile's engrossing debut novel takes a high-concept look at the age-old but still provocative question of nature vs. nurture....The novel as a whole is rich and involving." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Erin Downes Vmd 08-03-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Food for thought"

    Brings up relevant issues with a compelling story line . I listened to it in about a day and a half. Intelligent and believable plot twist kept the story from becoming a cliché.

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    Deb 07-20-15
    Deb 07-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Unbelievable!"

    This was an amazing book! Great story line, characters were full of life and easy to care about, and the plot twists! Don't even get me started on those plot twists!!!!
    Unfortunately, there is only one other book by Guifoile... This is a seriously good writer!
    Scott Brick, as narrator, does an exceptional job on this book. I've listened to him many times, and although a few times he grated on my nerves, he read this story perfectly! It could not have been done any other way.
    I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys an intriguing plot-twister you won't be able to put down.
    And the ending! Ah, the ending...

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    Ellen 03-14-15
    Ellen 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A Hard-to-Put-Down Science-Driven Thriller!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend - particularly any one of them who likes a good thriller. There are so many threads woven through this story, you have to pay attention while you're listening, or you might miss something. The writer's interweaving of these threads is masterful - bravo!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot really kept me on the edge of my seat. Because the subject matter and the plot is complex, I found myself looking for alone time and excuses to listen uninterrupted. Human cloning and the possible consequences are going to be an inevitable discussion in the future. Hearing the future novelized, with so many of its possible outcomes - even those that are truly unthinkable - is positively mesmerizing.


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

    I haven't heard any of Scott Brick's other work, so I have nothing with which to compare it. That said, his performance of this particular book is very (very!) well done, and he manages to read all the different characters' voices spot on. He does a great job with female characters - he doesn't make them sound ridiculously falsetto or "cartoonish," which is one of my peeves as a listener.


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

    I absolutely wanted to listen to the entire book in one sitting, but because I buy only unabridged books, and because I have a life, it was impossible. I definitely looked forward to the times when I could pick it up again, in between.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Kevin Guilfoile will write more books along these lines. It has been great to hear a book with this depth, both of plot and characters. Guilfoile is extremely talented, and I have thoroughly enjoyed this work. Again - bravo!

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    David 02-13-15
    David 02-13-15 Member Since 2002
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    "boring"

    extremely boring even up to the last 30 min of the book I kept thinking it best to cut my losses and start a new book. wish I had....

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    Alexandra 09-07-14
    Alexandra 09-07-14
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    "Excellent Thriller with unexpected twists and turn"

    The story is a blend of the psychological thriller and weaves in the concept of cloning the whole concept of alter ego in the world of gamers - around these cores the consequences of questionable ethics and the blurring of reality between computer games and real life, a really engaging thriller unfolds. The story unfolds from the participants view not from a police viewpoint. Excellent read! and you keep guessing all the way!

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    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 02-18-14
    Lisa Freeland, PA, United States 02-18-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Suspense"

    At first I was a little bored with the beginning and then after the first and second chapter I was hooked. It had so many twists and turns and it all ended with a fantastic ending. Wow. This is the first book by Kevin Guilfoile but I will definitely look into other books from him.

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    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 01-22-14
    Danette Stankovich Monessen, PA United States 01-22-14
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    "A doctor seems to play God."

    Doctors are now able to clone human beings. Childless couples are resorting to becoming parents through cloning. But, in "Cast of Shadows", there's a hitch. A baby is cloned for another reason. Not just so that one couple can become parents. The doctor has his own agenda. This book takes many twists and turns and the ending brings it all together. I really enjoyed this book. It's unusual.

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    131 East Rochester, NY, United States 10-18-13
    131 East Rochester, NY, United States 10-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Too long."

    I gave up on this one. Couldn't suffer through it. Just not my cup of tea. I was bored to death!

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    Sharyn Eatons Hill, Australia 10-05-13
    Sharyn Eatons Hill, Australia 10-05-13
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    "Great Stuff!!"
    What did you love best about Cast of Shadows?

    I could not put this down, an amazing story with great twists and turns. Fabulous


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Justin ...... he was so lovely, and what he did was not predictable


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Davis Moore


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Cloning! It's not what you think.....Beware!


    Any additional comments?

    Just keep em comin!

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    Debra Pace, FL, United States 09-25-13
    Debra Pace, FL, United States 09-25-13
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    "Great debate topic"
    Would you try another book from Kevin Guilfoile and/or Scott Brick?

    yes as long as Scott Brick read it


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Never does one know what they would do for sure in that situation. Grief and pain
    makes terrible conditions whereas, people mistakenly make choices that would not even
    be considered under different circumstances. Reading this had me thinking how immoral
    it would be. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators so I send kudos to how the
    the book was presented.


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

    I have read many many books read by Scott Brick. For me how a book is read makes a huge difference.


    Could you see Cast of Shadows being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Maybe


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