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Coma Audiobook

Coma

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Publisher's Summary

The blockbuster best seller that kickstarted a new genre: the medical thriller.

They called it "minor surgery", but Nancy Greenly, Sean Berman, and a dozen others - all admitted to Boston Memorial Hospital for routine procedures - were victims of the same inexplicable, hideous tragedy on the operating table. They never woke up.

Susan Wheeler is a third-year medical student working as a trainee at Boston Memorial Hospital. Two patients during her residency mysteriously go into comas immediately after their operations due to complications from anesthesia. Susan begins to investigate the causes behind both of these alarming comas and discovers the oxygen line in Operating Room 8 has been tampered with to induce carbon monoxide poisoning.

Then Susan discovers the evil nature of the Jefferson Institute, an intensive-care facility where patients are suspended from the ceiling and kept alive until they can be harvested for healthy organs. Is she a participant in - or a victim of - a large-scale black market dealing in human organs?

©2002 Robin Cook (P)2014 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"Strikes a deafening chord of terror." (The Washington Post)
"Gripping, terrifying, fast-paced suspense." (The New York Times)
"Unputdownable.... A chilling, fast-moving suspense thriller" (The Boston Globe)

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    Shon Bryson 12-03-15
    Shon Bryson 12-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "love Robin's books"

    I hadn't read this one, but I liked it. The narrator was good too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 12-20-14
    Debra 12-20-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Robin Cook rocks!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Coma to be better than the print version?

    Good narration but LOVE George Guidall or C.J. Critt!


    Which character – as performed by January LaVoy – was your favorite?

    All ok but not my favorite


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

    It kept my attention


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 08-16-16
    Kelly 08-16-16
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    "Finally, Robin Cook is here!"

    I have waited a long time for Robin's books to be on audible, they do not dissapoint.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth Alison Maloney Boston 08-05-16
    Beth Alison Maloney Boston 08-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Letdown At The End"

    I would have liked to know the outcome of the protagonist. Reader is left hanging.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meaghan Feeney 03-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A slow start... but worth the wait!"

    As a Boston native, I PRAY that people don't actually think that is a Boston accent on some of the characters! Yikes! But other than that, the narration was decent - however I do find it distracting when a woman tries to talk in a manly voice... which is a lot of this book.

    I feel the author was definitely targeting a reader with a medical background. The first 1/3 of the book could have been condensed to a couple of hours instead of several! If you are l able to get past a lot of the medical jargon I the beginning, you won't be disappointed with the suspense - the last few hours are worth the wait!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-31-14
    jaye GREENWICH, CT, United States 10-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT BOOK BUT TOO MUCH TECHNICAL STUFF."
    Would you listen to Coma again? Why?

    YES I WILL. I READ IT SEVERAL TIMES. I ENJOY THE STORY AS WELL AS THE MOVIE.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES, HOW? THE TENSION.


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

    I DON'T KNOW. I HAVE READ OVER 200 BOOKS ON AUDIBLE.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    NO BUT IT IS ONE I WOULD LISTEN TO IN A FEW SITTINGS.


    Any additional comments?

    THE TECHNICAL STUFF ONLY APPEALS TO DOCTORS AND NURSES. I DON'T UNDERSTAND IT AND DID NOT CARE FOR IT. BUT OVERALL, THE STORY WAS THE BEST ONE ROBIN COOK HAS WRITTEN. I AM GLAD AUDIBLE GOT THIS BOOK FINALLY!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Grizzel 09-25-15
    Jan Grizzel 09-25-15
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    "Profanity"

    Good story however just a WARNING if you don't like to hear our Lord's name used in vain or the f word. I am not a fan of either and wished authors would just stick to writing a good story without profanity.

    7 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Joyce 08-30-17
    Joyce 08-30-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Infuriating"

    I found this book infuriating because it started out so well. I bought it because I heard an interview with the author, Robin Cook on WAMC, my local PBS station. I was much impressed. However, I didn't buy that book as the narrator put me off. "Coma" had been mentioned in the interview and the sample seemed to show both it and the narrator very good. I used a credit and downloaded it.

    The first half is just plain wonderful. A group of 3rd year Med students are embarking on their first day at a great teaching hospital in Boston Here they will learn, for the first time, what it is to have hands on interaction with actual people, otherwise known as "patients". Lots of interesting detail and admirable introduction of our protagonists.

    But, in short order we are catapulted into a cloak and dagger nonsensical tale of and derring do and very wicked people. This goes on until the end, at least 5 hours later. I soldiered on, fast forwarding often, to see if the plot had progressed, which h it hadn't. I just wanted to see how the author extricated himself and redeemed his story from the gratuitous and endless obstructions thrown in the path of his heroine. He didn't. It must have been heavy work to dream up so many uncalled for plot twists. It certainly took its toll on me. The actual meat of the novel could and should have been fascinating. Robin Cook, for me at least, managed to turn it into a chore.

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    Donovan Woods 10-01-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring"

    This was the most overly detailed book I've ever read. It had terrible character development and an even worse timeline. I finished it only to teach myself patience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    COMBAT VETERAN UPPER MIDWEST 06-04-15
    COMBAT VETERAN UPPER MIDWEST 06-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent"

    Well done early thome. Enjoyed fast pace action and medical theme, big med at its best


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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