Patrick Stone

Tucson, AZ USA
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  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,221

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy Mix of Medicine and Mafia

  • By DMcClureDVM on 05-29-09

Dude Lit?

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-17-10

Beat The Reaper is squarely aimed at men -- DUDES, actually -- with plenty of violence, sex, profanity, and assorted other "tough guy" stuff. It's a fun, different, and fast-paced thrill ride. Its narrator uses medical and scientific explanations of things that happen to him. These expositions provide a sense of medical credibility and realism that entertain and even educate. Where the story lacks is in realism of another sort, related to is its plot focus on the mafia, hit men, hit jobs, the Federal Witness Protection Program, and just about any way that these things connect to the physician narrator's life--even if he is supposed to have a checkered past. Beat The Reaper is not a taut medical thriller or even a suspenseful medical story. But it's a fun ride, set in a hospital, centered around a doctor, and chocked full of testosterone, blood, and bravado. If you can suspend your disbelief, you will enjoy the story; it moves at a refreshingly fast, and action-laden pace. Forget what you thought you knew about doctors and strap in for an adventure.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Lucifer's Hammer

  • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 24 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,029
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,458

The gigantic comet had slammed into Earth, forging earthquakes a thousand times too powerful to measure on the Richter scale, tidal waves thousands of feet high. Cities were turned into oceans; oceans turned into steam. It was the beginning of a new Ice Age and the end of civilization. But for the terrified men and women chance had saved, it was also the dawn of a new struggle for survival--a struggle more dangerous and challenging than any they had ever known....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story from front to back

  • By DJM on 07-30-09

I Wanted To Like It

1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-09

This is a great story, told so poorly as to render it unreadable/unlistenable. Many interesting insights about what a meteor strike might do to the earth, etc., but VERY amateurishly written:
-dense amounts of superfluous and boring detail. (what characters ate for lunch and their entire job histories that play no factor in the story.)
-too many characters, with little indication of who is the protagonist(I never did figure that out)
-every quote is followed by the word "said."
-I'm embarrassed to admit I listened to 12 hours of it waiting to like it and then gave up.
*Waste of time*

12 of 32 people found this review helpful