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2.99901912702305 out of 52.99901912702305 out of 52.99901912702305 out of 52.99901912702305 out of 52.99901912702305 out of 5 3.00 (2,039 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robin Cook Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jack Stapleton / Laurie Montgomery Series Release Date: August 2007 ISBN: 9781429585682
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New York City medical examiners Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton return in this stunning new novel from the “master of the medical thriller,” a ripped-from-the-headlines tale of an innovative doctor’s dangerous downward spiral.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An entertaining mix of suspense, action, and education about medical issues.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “George Guidall’s performance is spot-on.”

    Audiofile

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ann | 10/23/2017

    " Easy to listen to, miss a bit because someone's talking you don't have to rewind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 2/19/2014

    " Scary as heck! I had just gotten over a staph infection in July. This book came out in August. Talk about TIMING! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Howard | 2/11/2014

    " decent book, great medical and biological topics but slow action and not exciting the first 4 chapters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 2/11/2014

    " I'm a true Robin Cook fan. This one didn't scare me like "Toxin", but was pretty exciting. It offers some insight into where the health care dilemma may be leading us with some alarming results! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Betty | 2/4/2014

    " You can never tell just one lie. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zguntam | 1/23/2014

    " Too much like other Robin Cooks I have read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Erhardt | 1/22/2014

    " Not a very thrilling thriller. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Barrentine | 1/21/2014

    " Interesting novel about specialty hospitals and the power to corrupt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Billadada | 1/18/2014

    " Too many medical intricacies which made the reading a bit boring . No one would be really interested to know about about some made up virus ie.MRSA, in that detail . Might be of interest to the medicine buffs . Hardly any mystery was left after a few pages ... an okay read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this book, but it wasn't anything special. It dovetailed very nicely with the other book I was reading at the same time, namely "Good Germs, Bad Germs" which dealt quite a lot with MRSA. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 LaRaine P | 1/7/2014

    " A little long-winded as he tends to be. His last few books have an overdone plot. Maybe I just don't need as detailed explaination as the general public. Still an entertaining read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/31/2013

    " Medical terms muddy up the flow of the mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gefi | 12/24/2013

    " A good medical thriller. There's a lot of medical jargon but it's put on a level that the common person can understand. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lora | 12/24/2013

    " Robin Cook thrillers are always enjoyable. However, I don't think this is one of his better novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tammy | 12/22/2013

    " Angela Dawson is annoying and naive. What a price to pay to learn some ethics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Lacao | 12/10/2013

    " TWO THUMBS UP.. this is truly indeed a PAGE-TURNER "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priya | 12/9/2013

    " I had high hopes for this book... But i felt this book to be vague and boring... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 11/7/2013

    " I just started a medical course and so I loved reading the phrases and terminology in "real life" use (as real as a fiction novel can get). Not one of his absolute best, but top 10. Not too many unpronouncable medical terms. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hollyemfe Feiereisel | 10/25/2013

    " This is a good book,starts out slow yet gets better. It is interesting especially if you are medically -minded "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adarsh | 7/15/2013

    " This book is unlike other Robin Cook books I have read. It's slow and boring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 7/7/2013

    " Scarey thriller revolving around MRSA related surgery deaths. Do not read if you are soon to have surgery! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gisele | 4/21/2013

    " At the beginning was good, so mysterious and interesting, but in the middle kind of lost me! It was so difficult to past through that! then in the final chapters hooked me again! mmm to be my first medical novel and the first of Cook! I think it was all right! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mr. Crusader | 2/13/2013

    " Cook at his very best! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Missy | 12/24/2012

    " I really liked the premise of this book. I did not like the way it was written. It had awkward spots that I felt my 11 yr old could have written better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gillian Taylor | 11/19/2012

    " Really good, fast paced book with a few twists & turns along the way. A very nice ending too, unexpected & feel good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcia | 9/23/2012

    " I liked this book and it was a page turner primarily because of the whole risk of infection thing and the power of surgery-phobia that affects most people, including me. the monetary amounts thst are mentioned seem really low to me but that did not keep me from enjoying the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will Hudson | 9/2/2012

    " Not Robin's best book, but still really good. You just have to love when the mob is in bed with medicine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 8/2/2012

    " I'm a sucker for Robin Cook novels - especially with Laurie Montgomery and Jack Stapleton. So, although the writing style is somewhat labored and the loose ends were wrapped up in the Epilogue, I enjoyed the action of this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vicky | 6/6/2012

    " too soapy get to the story and stick with it "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 3/8/2012

    " Typical Robin Cook. I like them because I'm in the medical field, but they tend to follow a pattern. There fun for when you just want to read without thinking too hard. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lou | 12/29/2011

    " I enjoyed this book and the characters Jack Stapleton and Laurie Montgomery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon | 7/21/2011

    " I've read a lot of Robin Cook's books and usually like them. This one is a scary thriller about an epidemic of fatal MRSA infections in three connected hospitals. Don't read if you're planning to have surgery in the near future!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tawana Parker | 7/15/2011

    " the beginning of the book started off very slow but it picked up as you moved along with and it got hard to put down "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zguntam | 3/13/2011

    " Too much like other Robin Cooks I have read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 3/9/2011

    " Robin Cook is one of the few authors that I will buy as soon as they hit the shelves. I have read almost all of his books. I plan on reading the ones I have not yet read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Priya | 3/4/2011

    " I had high hopes for this book... But i felt this book to be vague and boring... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Giss | 2/16/2011

    " At the beginning was good, so mysterious and interesting, but in the middle kind of lost me! It was so difficult to past through that! then in the final chapters hooked me again! mmm to be my first medical novel and the first of Cook! I think it was all right! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 1/27/2011

    " Typical Robin Cook. I like them because I'm in the medical field, but they tend to follow a pattern. There fun for when you just want to read without thinking too hard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekkila | 1/24/2011

    " I moved this up on the reading list for the Food + Wine challenge.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tania | 12/15/2010

    " I wish I had know this was the 6th book in a series - I like to read series from the beginning. A nice medical thriller with some crooked high finance and gangsters thrown in. Nothing spectacular but a nice diversion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willhud | 10/28/2010

    " Not Robin's best book, but still really good. You just have to love when the mob is in bed with medicine. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 9/26/2010

    " Super enjoyed all the detailed medical explanations...brings back great memories of my EMT days :)
    Haven't read Robin Cook for a while...it's good to be back! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jean | 8/26/2010

    " I like medical mysteries, but this one was not interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Guad | 8/22/2010

    " Interesting story, not what I would call outstanding but it was still entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 8/11/2010

    " Very intense!! I stayed up all hours of the night trying to finish this one! "

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About the Author
Author Robin Cook

Robin Cook is a doctor and bestselling author who is credited with popularizing the medical thriller genre with his wildly successful first novel, Coma. His other titles include Death Benefit, Cure, Intervention, Foreign Body, and Critical, among others. He divides his time between New Hampshire and Florida. 

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.