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Plum Island Audiobook

Plum Island

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Publisher's Summary

The hair-raising suspense of The General's Daughter... the wry wit of The Gold Coast... this is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powers...

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plus Island....

©1997 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

“DeMille's Mike Hammer-like cop is a chuckle-provoking winner, and the plot cleverly combines biological hazards and shiver-me-timbers pirate legends. An entertaining mix from the big-selling DeMille.” (Booklist)

“Heavy wisecracking keeps the fun flowing as DeMille cranks up a thrilling, entertaining plot.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-14-12
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2015

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Good solid story"

    I enjoyed Plum Island and would give it another half star if it were an option. The story is good but a bit drawn out. I enjoyed the main character's humor but it too was a bit over the top. It was a good listen but not the type where you just can't wait to hear what happens next. It was entertaining but a bit long. I found the last main part where they were traveling by boat to the Plum Island during the hurricane way too long.

    Overall I would say it was a good listen but not outstanding.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Napagal florida 02-23-11
    Napagal florida 02-23-11 Member Since 2008

    Napagal

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    "Ugh!!"

    I'm only into this 9 hours and dying... - It is so slow and incredibly dull. I guess I am so over John Cory's smart ass continuous remarks. It was amusing at first, but no one is this obnoxious in real life. I just can't believe that after listening for 9 hours, nothing has progressed. It is the slowest moving book I have ever listened to. I'm giving up!! First book ever..

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah P. 10-13-14
    Sarah P. 10-13-14 Member Since 2016

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    "Sophomoric, obnoxious, sex-obsessed narrator"
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    Never, ever.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Never, ever. I can't believe this book was so highly rated or that DeMille is a NYT best-selling author.


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    Brick's performance perfectly captures the spirit of the book's main character. John Corey is a jerk who wastes our time with his sexual fantasies, idiotic insults of everyone he meets and lame jokes that he somehow believes are witty. Brick sounds like he IS that guy. Fingernails on a blackboard.


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

    Irritation. See above. Corey has a thousand pet names for his genitals, bores us with his sexual fantasies and tries our patience by sparring us with other males as if every encounter is a cockfight. Then there's the ENDLESS string of witless humor. I guess DeMille is striving for the voice of the hard-bitten detective -- a Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade -- and thinks he Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. He's not. He's a hack.


    Any additional comments?

    I'll never find out who killed the Plum Island scientists. I finally gave up half-way through chapter 18, after Corey had sex with Emma off his dock, proudly contemplating his sexual prowess. OMG.

    19 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    KP United States 06-14-13
    KP United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A (Lengthy) Introduction to Detective Corey"

    I read this because it was available for $4.95 during the "First of a Series" sale, and I was looking for a new mystery/thriller series to get wrapped up in.

    Alas, the thing that sticks with me above all else is that this book was just way longer than it needed to be. The length causes the story to drag, and overshadows the several good points: Detective John Corey is an entertaining character, especially his tendency towards sarcastic and irreverent dialogue; the mystery at hand is clever and has a good number of twists to keep the reader guessing; and the story seems very well-researched.

    I've listened to other things by Scott Brick, and find in general, and in this book, that he is just okay as far as narrators go. He doesn't bring anything special to the story, but he doesn't hurt it, either.

    I don't have it in me to get through another DeMille (and while the next in the series is even more highly rated, it is also even longer...).

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 03-18-12
    Patricia 03-18-12
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    "Distracting Personality Traits"
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    This was my first read for this author and crime solver. I would probably not read this author again. I found the main character to be distracting in his vulgar descriptions of every woman, and interaction with any woman he encountered. Could have been a good story, I just didn't see the point of his diatribe.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plum Island?

    The story line held my interest.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Sounded like an old time Chicago mobster. The voice and style was older than the placement of the story in time.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-14-12
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2015

    I am a big fan of thrillers. I only give stories a 5 rating if it really keeps my attention and makes we anxiously wait to see what's next!

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    "Good solid story"

    I enjoyed Plum Island and would give it another half star if it were an option. The story is good but a bit drawn out. I enjoyed the main character's humor but it too was a bit over the top. It was a good listen but not the type where you just can't wait to hear what happens next. It was entertaining but a bit long. I found the last main part where they were traveling by boat to the Plum Island during the hurricane way too long.

    Overall I would say it was a good listen but not outstanding.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara 02-22-12
    Barbara 02-22-12
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    "Where are the editors?"
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    Not by the author. Yes by the reader.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Relief that it was over.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

    Workmanlike, believable, well-done


    What character would you cut from Plum Island?

    The protagonist!


    Any additional comments?

    The character is a cardboard cutout of a macho man. His flippancy and sexual hangups get in the way of a serviceable plot. I don't get how this poor caliber of writing finds publishers and readers. I only finished it because I'd started it. I rarely abandon books halfway through, but this one made me regret the money I spent on it. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone I liked or respected.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 03-20-16
    Karen 03-20-16

    Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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    ""Are the Cows?""
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I love reader Scott Brick and author's short story the "Book Case" is a huge laugh. I loved the movie "the General Daughter" and Scott reads it too so I was pleased to listen to it.

    I love this character, but this author is not my 1st choice. It is too long so the suspense pace is gone for me. I wanted to buy all of the John Cory series as I love his sense of humor...so off the wall and sometimes corny, but you laugh with him. Character is worth the 19 hrs, but the story does not for me


    Would you be willing to try another book from Nelson DeMille? Why or why not?

    I don't think so, just too wordy for me. His stories are great for film. This story would be a great movie.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    I love all he reads as he changes his pace, accents, and speed to become the character. His female voice is good and not many male readers could pull it off. I wish he would do a Sandra Brown read.
    He has 600 reads and I am working my way down.


    Do you think Plum Island needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I have 9 more hours of this book and like the Generals Daughter by author, I have missed the action as the pace is too slow for me. Thanks to new 1.25x speed, it moves the pace up just enough to help the author's intent.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 07-06-15
    Judith 07-06-15 Member Since 2009

    I'm a self-employed woman who enjoys historical fiction, mysteries and thrillers, political and law fiction, and self-development. I enjoy an intellectual challenge. I'm married for 25 years and have a daughter in college.

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    "Could have been shorter"

    Some interesting New York history. The phrase "and so on" was way overused. I probably won't re-read it, but it was entertaining enough to keep me reading to the end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nana 07-03-15
    Nana 07-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Plum good"

    The book was intriguing and mysterious with just the right amount of drama and humor. I would recommend a little faster pace, but the I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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