The New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed and medical malfeasance.
Behind the prim gates of the Greenwich, Connecticut, McMansions, Wall Street whizzes turn their attentions from mortgages to another possible profit source: the $25 trillion life-insurance industry. By securitizing the policies of the old and sick, they hope to make another financial killing.
At the same time, Natalie Savondnik and Ronald Goodall - two exceptional yet aloof medical residents - are working closely with their medical center's premier scientist on cutting-edge diabetes research. When their mentor dies suddenly, they launch a quiet investigation. As they dig deeper, it becomes clear that the scientist's death was not from natural causes. Is it possible someone is manipulating private life insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?
©2011 Robin Cook (P)2011 Penguin Audio
"[A] fascinating tale that never slows down." (Library Journal)
"Cook provides an interesting study of the strange bedfellows the biotech business and the mob might make." (Publishers Weekly)
Mr. Guidall always differentiates his characters so well that you know who is speaking without the tags. His delivery is relaxed, unaffected, and very intelligible. He is my favorite narrator.
The story is very engaging until it ends, very abruptly. It is so bad that it spoils the book.
The story and performance by George Guidall were wonderful! The engineering quality on this one is pretty bad (see the additional comments section below).
He brought life to the characters in a way I hadn't imagined when I originally read the novel.
I read other reviews and saw the comments about the engineering quality on this and figured it might not be as bad as described. It was sadly, worse. Chapters would end mid-word and a new one begin, not once but nearly two dozen times. I often wondered if I'd missed something as the new chapter began. I'm not sure where the quality control went on this one.
Engineering disaster. Many chapters ended abruptly and ran into the beginning of the next chapter - very annoying.
Huge fan of Robin Cook and LUV George Guidall. The story premise somewhat reminded me of Chromosone 6 with genegically enginered organs, the mob and headstrong young scientist ready to crack open the vault and expose the entire endgame. Whilke I enjoyed the story, the productions issues were continious.
Los Angelee, US is not in Canada!
Robin Cook is one of those authors that was a better early on. Now it seems like it he just wants to keep cranking out books, without as much concern for their quality. Coma and Silent Treatment were far superior. Also, I find the narration by George Guidall to be especially poor. His voice has an irritating quality, and he is unable to change the tone of his voice adequately to denote the different characters.
Story was pretty good, but ends abruptly. George Guidall is wonderful as usual, but the engineering is awful.I liked the way the author wove in the interesting medical examiners, Jack and Lori, from previous novels. I would love for these characters to appear together in a future novel.
Weird that the synopsis on Audible names the characters as Natalie and Ronald when the characters are Pia and George. In addition, George does not work on the diabetes project as described.......
yes and no. Love Robin Cook books but it was hard to continue listening due to the narrators delivery. He finishes his sentences at warp speed which gives an impression that he is just trying to get through the job
Different narrator. this one is sorely lacking in delivery
Good listen, but not quite as good as the previous Robin Cook books. I love this narrator but the editing needs some editing! It would jump to the next chapter without a pause and it felt like you were missing something.
I already have another book downloaded by Robin Cook but I am not sure I will listen to it because it uses the same narrator. There wasn't any infliction of emotion in his voice. There wasn't any differentiation in the characters. He just read it. Sometimes he didn't even pause between sentences. He just kept going, like he was in a hurry to get through. Also (and it will be hard to describe here but when you hear it - it will drive you crazy) his pronunciation of the phrase short-lived using a long I (eye) sound instead of using a short i sound. He said that several times throughout the book and it was like nails on a chalkboard.
I enjoyed the plot of the book. It would have been so much better with a different narrator.
I would go see it, if George Guidall didn't have any part in the movie. I did not enjoy listening to him.
The characters primarily seem to use the same tone or voice in the writing. The language styles are very similar even between characters that should use vastly different language sets.
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