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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 florida 11-19-12
    P Carnell florida 11-19-12 Member Since 2012

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tom L Beaverton, OR 12-25-12
    Tom L Beaverton, OR 12-25-12 Member Since 2011
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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.

    4 of 4 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 Member Since 2007
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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 4 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 Member Since 2008
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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.

    9 of 12 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 2011
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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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    Dorothy Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 04-12-13
    Dorothy Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada 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 2003
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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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    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 03-03-13
    Linda Burlington, KS, United States 03-03-13 Member Since 2010

    RETIRED & LOVING IT.

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    What did you love best about Death Benefit?

    I STAYED UP ALL NIGHT. THIS WAS A REAL SUSPENSE THRILLER AND I LEARNED MUCH.


    What did you like best about this story?

    THE EXPLANATION OF THE MEDICAL IMPLICATIONS.


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

    HE DID VERY WELL.


    Any additional comments?

    CAUGHT ME IN THE FIRST CHAPTER WHICH MOST AUTHORS SOMETIMES FAIL TO DO.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Stittsville, ON, Canada 02-04-13
    Suzanne Stittsville, ON, Canada 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good storyline - a little hastily concluded"
    Would you listen to Death Benefit again? Why?

    I would not, I did not particularly like the narrator's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Benefit?

    The storyline was interesting and provided a good suspense. I would have liked to have a little more meat on the bone when the plot thickened. It seemed a little hastily concluded to me.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by George Guidall?

    Probably not.


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

    No extreme reaction but sustained interest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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