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Cast of Shadows Audiobook
Cast of Shadows
Written by: 
Kevin Guilfoile
Narrated by: 
Scott Brick
Cast of Shadows Audiobook

Cast of Shadows

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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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    Karen Bradfordwoods, PA, United States 04-13-13
    Karen Bradfordwoods, PA, United States 04-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Ending with a twist!"
    If you could sum up Cast of Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    Hard to predict


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

    No but Scott Brick narration adds to the dimension of the book


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 02-03-10
    Gail 02-03-10 Member Since 2013
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    "EXCELLENT!!!!!"

    WOW - This was the best book I've listened to so far! So many twists and turns, so much to think about, so many interesting characters. I bought it to listen to while driving (downloaded to GPS), but ended up bringing the GPS into the house as I couldn't wait to hear what happened next! The word 'unsettling' describes it well... definitely one I'll keep thinking about for a long time. Wish the author would write another book. Super author and super narrator (Scott Brick). You'll LOVE it!!!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    ilene 12-11-15
    ilene 12-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another issue of unexpected animal cruelty"

    Very enjoyable until again the issue of animal cruelty appeared . Maybe a warning would be helpful as this seems to happen frequently. If this bothers you , skip it. Otherwise not a bad story with excellent narration. I had to stop in the middle because of this.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kristine corona del mar, CA, USA 03-01-10
    Kristine corona del mar, CA, USA 03-01-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Cast of shadows"

    If novel has a Christian theme it should be noted

    19 of 36 people found this review helpful
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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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie L. Anderson SWFL 08-03-13
    Bonnie L. Anderson SWFL 08-03-13 Member Since 2015

    Bons

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    "Great story with unexpected ending"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cast of Shadows to be better than the print version?

    If I had the book I could have gone back and reread some of the things towards the end. When I listening, I multi-task, I had to replay a few chapters to make sure what I thought I heard I heard, especially near the end.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the end really summed up the story so well (no spoilers here) but it showed the many levels of the story


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

    he is just so easy to listen to, my favorite narrator


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

    No, too long and you need time to absorb it all


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was great, not what I expected and had so many levels and depths for the characters. Really enjoyed this book and hope the author can write another as well as this one. The story had a different background than most of what is out there now but it kept the suspense and was thought-provoking as well. Best book I have listened to in quite a while. Highly recommend, especially to those looking for something different from the norm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 07-13-13
    Cecilia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 07-13-13
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    "Cant stop listening!"
    Would you listen to Cast of Shadows again? Why?

    Amazing plot, very original and relevant in this age


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

    Not much. The plot was so good reading it in a would have been equally enjoyable


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Audible offers more books of this calibre. Also suggest Audible starts a category `medical thrillers'

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-14-13
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 05-14-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Shifting, meandering shadows."
    Would you try another book from Kevin Guilfoile and/or Scott Brick?

    Yes, of course. Kevin Guilfoile captured my attention on this outing, and SB is easily one of the best audio book performers of all time.


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

    The deep dive into the nuances , both ethical and practical, of cloning, are topical and compelling and fascinating. Gave me pause to think about this otherwise abstract topic, and the real world implications around us.

    Least interesting was some of the police procedurals, and the complex relationships. On balance, few arcs didn't tie into the overall story however.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    As usual, he brought the book to life, and kept the characters separated and moving forward. He aged Davis and Susan well. A well done performance.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This one takes abit to get started, and at times seems to stretch things out, but on balance this is a better than average audio book on a fascinating topic. I recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 09-09-12
    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 09-09-12 Member Since 2012

    I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!

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    "Wow! Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Cast of Shadows in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, suspenseful, & engrossing!


    What other book might you compare Cast of Shadows to and why?

    Don't know if I've ever read anything quite like it


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

    I love anything Scott Brick reads! They were all good!


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

    I just didn't want it to end. This is a new author 2 me. I will read many more of his books


    Any additional comments?

    U won't be disappointed!!!!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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