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I have a colleague who has just recently been “introduced” to Robin Cook and she is hooked! I’ve read a few his books over the years, but frankly it’s been such a long time since the last one that I don’t really remember much about them other than that they are medical thrillers.
I suppose because it’s been so long since I’ve read a Cook Book (ha!) I must not have been that impressed - but my colleague’s enthusiasm peaked my curiosity and I decided to pick one up again. I first read Foreign Body in 2009 and thanks to my lousy memory it was like reading a new novel so I didn’t feel like I was wasting my time; I remembered some scenes as I was rereading them, but overall it felt new.
I liked it! It was better than my previous review of “Just OK”. Perhaps I needed a break from his books in order to renew my appreciation? I also never realized that this book was the 8th in a series – I didn’t love it enough to feel like I need to go back and catch up on previous instalments, but I am in for the next ones.
This is one of the slowest, if not THE slowest Robin Cook story, at least in the series with Jack and Laurie. For one thing, less than 3 hours remain in the book before Jack and Laurie really make an appearance. The feeling I got is that instead of the story being set up in the beginning and then the rest of the book following the "heroes" as they work to solve the mystery, this one spends the first 85% of the book setting up the story, with the main characters coming in only at the end. I hate to say anything negative, but none of the characters grab you, and the story takes way too long to get moving. I felt the previous book "Critical" moved a bit slow, but it moves a LOT faster than this one.
As far as the narration, I didn't think it was all that bad. Maybe his Indian accent isn't that great, but it didn't bother me. I find it more distracting when the narrator goes over the top with accents. George gives enough of an accent to get the point across, but he keeps the focus on the story and keeps it moving. I got all the way through it, but it was certainly not one of Robin Cooks greatest hits. I am really hoping the next books go back to the way they were in the beginning of the "series".
This was the first book on tape I couldn't finish and I have listened to quite a few. The story was
ridiculous and the characters were very hard to like or dislike. I found myself rooting against all of them at one point.
I usually like this narrator, but his Indian accent leaves SO much to be desired. Besides the fact that the story was extremely wooden, the tension flat, and the dialogue atrocious.
The concept was interesting but very poorly executed. The details in some cases were absurd - even by fictional standards! The narration was horrid. The mimicry of female voice was pathetic. Do NOT waste your money (or credits) on this selection!
Really enjoy the narrator. He gives all the characters personality.
Jack Stapleton is always my favorite. His character and personality are down to earth and real.
Yes. Crisis and Critical. I enjoyed both of them as well. Crisis is my favorite then Foreign Body. I was disappointed that Jack was not more involved in this story.
No. Just a great listen.
I agree with one of the other ratings that stated it's nice to listen to a book that isn't filled with profanity.
The story dragged on and the plot was a bit too predictable for me. I appreciated the characters and the plot drama/crisis; however, I felt that some of Cook's earlier work was more attention grabbing than this one.
No, but it might have turned me off from this author.
The narration was superb.
Almost anyone who has ever been to India can do a reasonable Indian accent. I guess that means that the venerable George Guidall never went there. Since the book takes place in India and most of the characters are Indian, he does a "fake" Indian accent, and there is nothing even vaguely Indian about it. In the first hour, the writing doesn't make up for the unbearable accent. I don't think I can make myself listen to more of it. Just awful.
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