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Cell | [Robin Cook]

Cell

George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc. George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating.
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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top-notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.

George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test.

Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers - and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he's right, the consequences could be lethal.

©2014 Robin Cook (P)2014 Penguin Audiobooks

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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 02-08-14
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 02-08-14 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "There's an app for that!"

    I haven't listened to or read a Robin Cook book in years. But the idea of having an iphone app called idoc was intriguing...and scary! Can you imagine using your iphone instead of seeing a doctor? How about your phone managing your meds? What if you're somewhere where the signal is lousy, your battery is dead and the power is out? I liked this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-16-14
    Paul Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-16-14 Member Since 2006

    I don't care what anyone says - When I say that I've read a book, even if I've listened to it, it's all the same.

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    "Wow!!!"

    Robin Cook nailed this one! I work in Health Care and the idea of an app that controls a patients care is not outrageous.

    If one thinks of the just how much technology is used in health care and the outrageous cost of care in this country coupled with the use of social media for communication it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see where things COULD go.

    I found merit in both the arguments of the insurance company and the protagonist.

    An EXCELLENT book and George Guidall is icing on the cake.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    steve 05-30-14
    steve 05-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Where's the ENDING??"
    Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

    Yes, but not for a while. Cook is always about an internist stumbling on an Insurance Conspiracy, when no one else believes them. Comma was the best at this, everything else is the same. I do like his story concepts, but his characters are all the same.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes. I just finished Dr. Sleep and couldn't put it down. "The Stand" and "The Shinning unite!"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When George started to wise up, and not trust EVERYONE as his friend!! No person is that stupid or naive!? Very gullible for a Doctor??


    Was Cell worth the listening time?

    Not with no ending, or hint to a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the first line of each chapter, then call it a day. That's how complicated the characters are, but the concept of a 24/7 personal doctor is, "cool."

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 02-08-14
    Blenda Crestwood, KY, United States 02-08-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Need a Sequel"

    Good story. I have heard that an implant similar to this is already in the works for diabetics. Kinda scary. Interesting references to Obamacare. Love the way Robin Cook takes a current topic and writes a novel about it. I really do need to know what happens to George. When will "Cell 2" be released? Also, love George Guidall's narration.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Trudi k Williams 06-02-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Robin Cook never let's his readers down!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. You are hooked from the first page. Great roller coaster ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the characters. You feel like you are there with them, viewing the events.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    George, but he did an awesome job with all of them.


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

    Absolutely! I listened to it one weekend when I was taking wallpaper down! Sure made the time fly by!


    Any additional comments?

    Not fond of the ending, so there must be a sequel coming out. Hopefully sooner rather than later

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Guelph, Ontario, Canada 04-30-14
    Judy Guelph, Ontario, Canada 04-30-14 Member Since 2009

    Just love reading!

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    "A Little Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes....I like Robin Cooks novels. Always worth checking out.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Cook? Why or why not?

    Yes....I'm hoping he will go back to his more realistic characters, like Jack Stapleton.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He captures the real essence of the characters.


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

    Yes....not sure of who could play main role. He would need to play "naive" very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to excitedly await Robin Cooks new books. Now I tend to wait and see the reviews. He's gotten a little unrealistic. I found this one the same....but I'm not giving up on him!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Willis Long Island, NY, USA 04-24-14
    Michael Willis Long Island, NY, USA 04-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Predictable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    My wife liked the beginning of this book because it was related to health care, which she works in, so this might be more enjoyable to anyone in health care.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, definitely non-fiction.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    I have no idea - but he's a very good reader. I've listened to several books narrated by him and he's always good.


    What character would you cut from Cell?

    No one in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    My main problem with this book is how predictable it was. I knew the entire plot after about an hour of listening. There were no surprises at all from that point forward.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 02-07-14
    Katherine Georgetown, Ontario, Canada 02-07-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Some weaknesses, but well worth a listen"

    I wouldn't call this the strongest Robin Cook book, mostly because the characters didn't seem as fleshed out as they were in earlier books. But the premise of the book is so interesting and its effects so far-reaching that the book is fascinating. Plus, it's still better written than most books. It is a story that keeps you interested, with some surprises. For fans of Robin Cook, don't miss it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 08-06-14
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 08-06-14 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "It’s a trilogy: don’t fight it."

    I really had fun with this story; it was the perfect mix of mystery and intrigue, I liked the characters, it was easy to read, a definite page-turner.

    The end (or rather: the epilogue) annoyed me! What happened next? ARGH! Robin Cook you are such a dangler!

    I hope things get tied up in the next instalment, but if the books stay this good I’m willing to be strung along for a while.

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    Swayzar Mancelona, Mi. USA 08-04-14
    Swayzar Mancelona, Mi. USA 08-04-14 Member Since 2009

    swayzar

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    "Interesting idea"
    Where does Cell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Like Robin Cook a lot. But not some of his older books and not the last one with Pia in it as the main character. Don't know why exactly but just couldn't connect with the character.
    Great idea. And inline with current times. A glitch in one of the actions, it seemed to me but Cook weaves a believable story. Love the medical involvement and tec.


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

    No


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    "Great story, end is missing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is great, very entertaining. I could hardly stop listening. But then, in book 3, there is suddenly an 'epilogue' (in my opinion, it hardly qulifies, since it's only a few lines) and the story is over. For me, the story was nog finished at all! I don't want to give anything away, but let's say that it is completely unknown to me how this story ends.


    What other book might you compare Cell to, and why?

    I find it hard to compare this story to another book, but the theme and way it is written makes me think of Tess Gerritsen. Difference is that she does write endings to her stories.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the whole book, except for the epilogue.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am very disappointed in the way this book is written. It looks like the author suddenly didn't feel like writing anymore and decided to end the book. He really killed his own story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to make up your own endings, like a great story that is very well told, this book is for you. If you want a complete story, don't start reading/listening this one. It will disappoint you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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