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The explosive new thriller from New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller Robin Cook.

Newly minted chief resident at Boston Memorial Hospital Noah Rothauser is swamped in his new position, from managing the surgical schedules to dealing with the fallouts from patient deaths. Known for its medical advances, the famed teaching hospital has fitted several ORs as "hybrid operating rooms of the future" - an improvement that seems positive until an anesthesia error during a routine procedure results in the death of an otherwise healthy man. Noah suspects Dr. William Mason, an egotistical world-class surgeon, of an error during the operation and of tampering with the patient's record afterward. But Mason is quick to blame anesthesiologist, Dr. Ava London.

When more anesthesia-related deaths start to occur, Noah is forced to question all of the residents on his staff, including Ava, and he quickly realizes there's more to her than what he sees. A social-media junkie, Ava has created multiple alternate personas for herself on the Internet. With his own job and credibility now in jeopardy, Noah must decide which doctor is at fault and who he can believe - before any more lives are lost.

©2017 Robin Cook (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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  • donna
  • Lake Orion, MI, United States
  • 08-30-17

Social engineering at its best

I work as an RN, CNOR, in short operating room nurse. This book captures an accurate snapshot of life in the medical field. Things can go terribly wrong in a heartbeat and there is a whole cascade of incidents that lead up to it. You can give 110% and things still go wrong. (As health care workers we are always trying to fix that).
But the real story is the social engineering that is going on in everyone's lives.
It has taken away the human elements of connection and experience. The book acknowledges that the mind cage of " cyber" life is real. To me that thought is horrifying. Worth your time $ or credit. It does get you to think. Which is the purpose of good books.



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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 12-07-17

A winner from Dr. Cook and George Guidall

Unlike most of Dr. Robin Cook's medical thrillers during the last 40 years Charlatan deals with medical education and medical ethics in the age of the Internet and social media. The plot is fascinating. George Guidall's narration always makes a novel even better.

I purchased Charlatan 5 days after it was published and after just listening to it I regret not listening to it sooner.

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The fix for US Health care unveiled

What made the experience of listening to Charlatans the most enjoyable?

Through the interaction between anesthesiology, surgery and Facebook, Robin Cook weaves a sneaky plot that ultimately forces the reader to examine beliefs about traditional medicine and high-tech medical training that can be uncomfortable. The fascinating characters shine light on the current medical education process vs the today's potential and needs for both better medical care and lower health care costs.

What other book might you compare Charlatans to and why?

Other Robin Cook books

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

If George Guidall performs it, I read it. He makes every story feel like you are reading it to yourself, emphasis where it belongs, inflections just right. He is my favorite audiobook performer and largely responsible for my being able to listen to several books a week. As a retiree whose eyes are not what they used to be, with my bluetooth wireless earphones, my smart phone in my pocket, and George downloaded, I can listen to books while cooking, weeding, potting, cleaning, napping, walking the dog. If the phone rings he just politely stops talking, I say hello, have my conversation, and he resumes when my caller hangs up. This bookworm is happy.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Social Medicine

Any additional comments?

Love Robin Cook and Boston. Always listening for how he injects Louisburg Square.

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 09-28-17

Something to Offend Everybody

I agree with other reviewers that "Charlatans" might not qualify as Robin Cook’s best effort to date … although, in general, his medical thrillers have been improving with each outing since his first 1977 effort, "Coma". With the exception of "Charlatans", Dr. Cook’s thrillers always address some important, urgent, frequently egregious issue relating to our dysfunctional medical care system. These issues generally boil down to human greed introducing corruption into the system: the insurance racket, big Pharma, hospital politics, and the like. However, in "Charlatans", Cook addresses the evils of … social media? … nutritional supplements? Yeah, I know.

Listeners who have had trouble relating to Cook’s previous novels might find "Charlatans" a bit more accessible than the others, because it indulges in less "medical-speak" than they do. None-the-less, I hesitate to recommend this novel to anyone who has not listened to any other samples of Dr. Cook’s oeuvre, because it just does not represent the captivating story-telling caliber that he normally offers us. On the other hand, veteran, silky-voiced, master narrator George Guidall delivers his usual skillful performance, given the material he has to work with here. Bottom line: Skip this one, unless — like me — you are a long-time Robin Cook fan.

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Okay story; breathless narrator

Story was pretty good but I was let down at the end, after all the build-up. The main character was a bit of a wuss which frustrated me to no end. Finally, although the narrator has a wonderful, rich voice, and I could distinguish the characters, he seemed out of breath all the time, which became a fairly significant distraction.

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Returning It

I am an avid Robin Cook fan and have also enjoyed listening to George Guidall............however, this book, being read by George Guidall is the worst I have listened to. I mean, really awful. Cannot even finish it and will be returning. Timing is bad and irritating, breathy and choppy.

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Terrible narrator

I normally love Robin Cook novels, but I had to return this before I’d listened half an hour as the narrator was so bad I couldn’t concentrate on the story. He pauses after every word as if he’s out of breath and can’t get more than that out. I’m disappointed as I was looking forward to listening to it.

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Worst book by Robin Cook I have listened too.

Guidall was excellent and did his best with a poor story. I am very disappointed with this book, had trouble finishing it.

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Charlatans a little slow

I thought the narrator was a little choppy and the story a bit slow. Not my favorite audio book.

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I will never read another Robin Cook book.

I have been a long time fan of Robin Cook and have read all of his books. I've always enjoyed the medical thrillers but this author has lost his edge.
It started as usual with an interesting medical case but quickly went downhill. The characters were unlikable and I kept hoping the story would improve, but it just got worse. The book was not even much about anything to do with the medical field but smacked of an ulterior motive to get a message out. It was blatantly obvious, and such a disappointment.

The book turned out to be nothing but an in your face indictment of the supplement industry and anyone, in his estimation, foolish enough to take them. The lengths he went to to malign and accuse anyone connected to supplements was appalling. The author clearly had an ax to grind, and his attempt to speak through the voice of the main character was so transparent. The book just oozed disrespect and contempt for anyone who does not think exactly like the author. I cringed at his out of touch grasp of technology, unsuccessful attempts to sound young and current, and his need to describe characters constantly by the color of their skin. His perspective sounded so dated and insincere. He has lost touch with the direction medicine and patients have taken, and the last few books have really reflected that. Each have been a diatribe railing against anything remotely alternative and he is obviously using his books to lecture all of us who are so foolish as to try to participate in our own health and well being.

I have never written a bad review of a book as I am a prolific reader and listener to Audible, but this book has likely turned me off the whole genre of medical thrillers.
It was all I could do to make it to the end, and the narrator spoke with no emotion and sounded like he was just reading something monotone off of a list with a slightly nasal, robotic tone.

This was altogether an unpleasant experience.

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