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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Crichton, Jeffery Hudson Narrator: Nick Podehl Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2015 ISBN: 9781501216251
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Boston 1968

When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free.

In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall’s teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood?

The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasn’t the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist.

A Case of Need was adapted to the screen as The Carey Treatment, directed by Blake Edwards and starring James Coburn.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I love anything Michael Crichton writes, but his early medical thrillers have been favorites of mine.”

    Stephen King, #1 New York Times bestselling author, praise for the author

  • “[This] highpowered account does a work up of the legal and moral aspects of abortion without rubber gloves, namely following the death of the daughter of a prominent Boston family…Not for the lavender and Lavoris readership of Dr. Kildare, but in its drastic fashion quite, quite readable.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Transports listeners back to 1960s Boston, when smoking was legal and abortions were illegal. Narrator Nick Podehl perfectly renders pathologist John Berry’s fears when his close friend, Dr. Lee, is arrested for the botched abortion and death of Karen Randall. His nuanced portrayal of the girl’s father’s outrage and stunned grief is fully convincing. He uses a measured pace and tone to portray Berry’s investigation to prove his friend’s innocence, which includes a shocking revelation…The medical terminology, which Podehl delivers well, reflects the medicine of the times and is explained in the seven appendices that complete the book.”


  • A New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 1969 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Mystery
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About the Author
Author Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton (1942–2008) was a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a filmmaker best known for Jurassic Park and ER. He graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, received his MD from Harvard Medical School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. His first bestseller, The Andromeda Strain, was published while he was still a medical student. He later worked full time on film and writing. His books have been translated into forty languages and adapted into fifteen films.

About the Narrator

Nick Podehl is a professional voice actor. He has narrated numerous audiobooks, many of which have won prestigious awards, including fourteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He currently lives and works around Grand Rapids, Michigan, with his wife.