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Death Benefit | [Robin Cook]

Death Benefit

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"[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)

What Members Say

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    P Carnell 11-19-12
    P Carnell 11-19-12

    holiday

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    "Abrupt ending"
    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is very engaging until it ends, very abruptly. It is so bad that it spoils the book.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tom L Beaverton, OR 12-25-12
    Tom L Beaverton, OR 12-25-12
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    "great story, extremely poor engineering"
    What disappointed you about Death Benefit?

    The story and performance by George Guidall were wonderful! The engineering quality on this one is pretty bad (see the additional comments section below).


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

    He brought life to the characters in a way I hadn't imagined when I originally read the novel.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Surfside, FL, United States 07-12-12
    Steven Surfside, FL, United States 07-12-12
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    "Great author, reader, book; POOR ENGINEERING"
    Any additional comments?

    Engineering disaster. Many chapters ended abruptly and ran into the beginning of the next chapter - very annoying.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Oakland, CA, United States 11-04-12
    Tiffany Oakland, CA, United States 11-04-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    sharon SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 12-06-12
    sharon SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 12-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "great story line, not so good narrator"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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


    How could the performance have been better?

    Different narrator. this one is sorely lacking in delivery


    Did Death Benefit inspire you to do anything?

    no


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Evelyn 08-12-15
    Evelyn 08-12-15 Member Since 2013
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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 07-24-15
    Tyler HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO, United States 07-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Audio is terrible."

    I couldn't find a way to report this book, but it needs to be reuploaded or formatted.

    When you get towards the end of a chapter it skips out mid sentence, and not sure how much is left to the chapter as the next one starts. As a result you end up missing something from the end of the last to the new chapter and it leaves you wondering.

    Some chapters speed up at the beginning and it sounds like you increased the speed of the audio.

    I've tried re downloading the book with no improvement, I don't want to give this book a bad star rating as the story sounds interesting but I cant listen to it in its current state.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 07-01-15
    Ellen 07-01-15

    Los Angelee, US is not in Canada!

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    "Average Robin Cook Novel"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy 04-12-13
    Dorothy 04-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    "classic Robin Cook"

    I have read all of Cook's novels over the years, and thoroughly enjoyed almost all of them, but in a couple of his most recent ones he has seemed off form. I almost didn't bother with this one, but i'm glad i did. Cook is back to his classic style of having medical students discovering something underhanded and battling the evil establishment.
    The story was compelling all the way through. He lost me a bit in the financial stuff, but i could follow the gist of it. I liked the young med students but was glad he brought back Jack and Laurie further on.
    George Guidell is synonymous with Robin Cook to me. As soon as i hear his voice it's like an old friend.
    The only reason i didn't give this book 5 stars is because I agree with the reviewers who said it ended rather abruptly and implausibly. I think the wrap-up could have been done better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Cecchettini Hinsdale, IL United States 03-27-13
    Janet Cecchettini Hinsdale, IL United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Characters in posted synopsis are mis-named"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.......


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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