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Side Effects | [Michael Palmer]

Side Effects

Kate Bennett - a bright hospital pathologist with a loving husband and a solid future. Until one day her world turns dark. A strange, puzzling illness has killed two women. Now it endangers Kate's closest friend. Soon it will threaten Kate's marriage. Her sanity. Her life. Kate has uncovered a horrifying secret. Important people will stop at nothing to protect it. It is a terrifying medical discovery. And its roots lie in one of the greatest evils in the history of humankind.
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Kate Bennett - a bright hospital pathologist with a loving husband and a solid future. Until one day her world turns dark. A strange, puzzling illness has killed two women. Now it endangers Kate's closest friend. Soon it will threaten Kate's marriage. Her sanity. Her life.

Kate has uncovered a horrifying secret. Important people will stop at nothing to protect it. It is a terrifying medical discovery. And its roots lie in one of the greatest evils in the history of humankind.

©1991 Michael Palmer; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    J. D. Chesley New Hampshire 02-10-10
    J. D. Chesley New Hampshire 02-10-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Wow"

    Gripping, believable. I couldn't wait to get into the car and hear the rest of it every evening!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-26-10
    Jason Poteau, OK, United States 08-26-10 Member Since 2008

    Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...

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    "Not that good..."

    The idea for this book could have been developed better i think. i like the idea of a misused biological discovery. A lot of the cool biological terror stuff was not explored and overshadowed by the shallow plot of a personal account of the main character. Most of the characters were ones you care about while reading, but they should have discovered more in depth evil plots and stuff. Their adventure should have taken them overseas or something...they really needed to discover a dark secret...

    I think the narration would have better fit the book if it had been a male voice.

    Not really worth the money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    H Scottsdale, AZ, United States 09-08-10
    H Scottsdale, AZ, United States 09-08-10
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    "narrator is awful"

    It's funny how book to book the narrator can and does make a difference. I just listened to a lengthly book narrated by Will Patton for James Lee Burke, and it was most enjoyable. The narrator on this book is most boring, and only because I listen to it while working out will I continue with it, it is that big a struggle to listen to her narration.I don't think I would buy another book that is narrated by Ms Dawes.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    k. eugene, OR, United States 08-11-10
    k. eugene, OR, United States 08-11-10 Member Since 2010

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    "roseanne sings the national anthem"

    i shouldn't review this book as i haven't been able to get past the first hour. the narrator is so oddly distracting that i actually replayed the opening five minutes three times to try to figure out what she was saying...if this sounds harsh, listen long enough to hear her SING the national anthem...in a nazi accent. excruciating enough that i bought a new book to listen to...

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Heather 11-29-10
    Heather 11-29-10 Member Since 2010
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    "like it but..."

    the story is quite captivating; i am not finished yet but I can't wait to turn it on every time i drive to work. I do not think I will order again from this narrator though... her voice and accents are distracting. Amusing, but distracting.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    janis san diego, CA, United States 10-21-10
    janis san diego, CA, United States 10-21-10
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    "Oh it is hard to listen to"

    Absolutely agree with you about the national anthem - oh dear (that isn't what I really want to say!!). I came back on here to see if I had possibly downloaded the wrong book. She is very hard to listen to. But I did pay $14-something for this book since the first one I downloaded is worse. Sad. I will finish it I suppose!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wende J. Sharrock 10-30-14

    MBaggins of Blue Star Mage.com

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    "how fast can we read a book outloud?"

    Very seldom do I see a book that is almost trashed by the reader. I really wanted to reach right in there and reduce the woman's caffine alotment at a few points in the book. I am fairly able to listen to a fast reader but this one got obnoxious.
    I had to put the story aside in my mind just to try and follow what this really fast reader was
    TRYING to say. Very distracting.
    That said I also noted that a few times I think she was actually enjoying the book and slowed down a tiny bit to savor it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    corliss 01-08-14
    corliss 01-08-14

    loves to get lost in a good book.

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    What did you like best about Side Effects? What did you like least?

    The sinister nazi scientist angle was promising but fell short of interesting.


    Would you recommend Side Effects to your friends? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend Side Effects unless it was on sale (less than $5).


    What three words best describe Angela Dawe’s performance?

    good, pedestrian, satisfactory


    Do you think Side Effects needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Although the end hints to a follow-up book and other listeners seemed to enjoy this book, I don't think a sequel is necessary.


    Any additional comments?

    Mahalo.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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