• Foreign Body

  • By: Robin Cook
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (359 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In this chilling new novel from the one and only Robin Cook, New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton rush to India to help a UCLA student investigating medical tourism - and a sinister global conspiracy. 

©2008 Robin Cook (P)2008 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Does for hypochondriacs what Ludlum does for paranoiacs." (Raleigh News, Observer)
 

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Better The Second Time Around

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.

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Not the best, but passing

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".

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Excellent book!

Very interesting and great storyline. The premise is ridiculous, but who cares when the story is so well done! That's why they call it fiction, right?

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Great book, great narrator

What made the experience of listening to Foreign Body the most enjoyable?

Really enjoy the narrator. He gives all the characters personality.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack Stapleton is always my favorite. His character and personality are down to earth and real.

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

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No. Just a great listen.

Any additional comments?

I agree with one of the other ratings that stated it's nice to listen to a book that isn't filled with profanity.

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Indian accent? Puh-leeez

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.

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Is there an option for a ZERO rating?

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!

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Good story

Good story but the two main characters come into the story about half way through. I wish they would have been involved sooner. I like Cook's books and this one, while not perfect, was a good read.

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little boring

Story moved very slowly and was very repetitive it only got interesting in the last 3rd

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Foreign body

I really enjoyed reading this book I’m a big fan of Robin cook looking forward to reading more from this author.

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Foreign Body, buy Robin Cook

I found this book to be exciting as the protagonist figured out what happened to her Grandam in India where she had gone for a operation in a state of the art hospital. Good read (listen) I recommend it to people who enjoy medical thrillers