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3.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 53.17 out of 5 3.17 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Daniel Asa Rose Narrator: Daniel Asa Rose Publisher: Authors Digital Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN:
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Larry Feldman desperately needed a kidney. After two god-awful years on dialysis, watching his life ebb away while waiting on a transplant list behind 74,000 other Americans, the gun-toting couch potato decided to risk everything and travel to China, the controversial kingdom of organ transplants. But Larry urgently needed his cousin Daniel's help . . . even though they had been on the outs with each other for years. So begins the quest of two star-crossed cousins to rejuvenate Larry's failing body and ever-romantic heart, while avoiding getting tossed into a Chinese slammer. Download and start listening now!

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 2/19/2014

    " This book couldn't hold my interest. It didn't live up to its review. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Madame X | 2/19/2014

    " The subject of LARRY'S KIDNEY is simple and nearly the entire plot of the book is described in the extended title. The book is a memoir, describing how the author, Dan, was convinced to accompany his cousin Larry to China to obtain an illegal organ transplant and meet his mail-order bride, Mary. Dan is not close to Larry, because Dan comes from a family of wealthy elites and Larry, by a stroke of ill-luck, is a first cousin who was raised without the benefits of money and education. Dan calls Larry a "friendly family pornographer-type" and over the course of the novel the reader discovers that Larry is a scumbag who enjoys airing his many repulsive opinions, like his attitude about the source of donor organs in China ("This non-prisoner needs a kidney. Execute someone of my blood type!"), or his decision as a professor at a state college in Miami to accept sexual favors in return for good grades (he calls it "Private Tutoring" and sneers contemptuously about one student not quite pretty enough to qualify: "Very light-skinned but still not my type.") Dan, for his part, ignores Larry's impolitic ideas (when Larry says something horrible, Dan thinks it is "so against every principle of decency I've been brought up to believe, that all I can do is pretend it came from someone else...and change the topic"), while stereotyping and judging the Chinese. He makes fun of the Chinese when they speak poor English ("I will talk hard balls to you" instead of "Let's talk hardball"), sees a group of elderly Chinese couples waltzing in an open-air plaza, jumps to the conclusion that they are all former Red Guards and demands, aghast, "How can they be dancing, after all they've done, like Nazis doing a jig on the graves of their victims?"), and spends a lot of time with a pretty young tour guide, Jade, protesting all the while that he's a happily married man. Dan isn't sure how to find a kidney for his cousin, and he only has a week to find a solid lead before the two will continue on to neighboring countries to continue their search. Dan finds out about a weekly Jewish prayer meeting and decides that he will attend it, then approach the local religious community to find out if anyone there has the right connections. Luckily enough, one of the other worshippers knows a well-regarded doctor who can circumvent the law, and is willing to call in a favor to get Larry into the hospital and at the front of the line for a kidney. Dan installs Larry at the hospital, where the two wait for two months before an organ becomes available. During this time, Dan and Larry reminisce about family and childhood, Larry gets to know his mail-order bride better (he dumps her as soon as she has sex with him and starts looking for another), and Dan re-discovers China. Dan has occasional moral qualms about helping Larry to obtain an illegal kidney - but when it comes down to it and Dan understands that Larry will receive the kidney of a freshly executed prisoner, with no sure knowledge of what crime the man committed, he's committed to the operation too thoroughly to back down. The operation is a success, and Dan and Larry return home to the states. Before they leave, Dan asks Larry to do him a favor in return for spending two months of his life helping Larry get an organ transplant - he asks Larry to call off an assassination he's ordered, planning to kill an uncle of theirs, Burton, in retaliation for insulting Larry's mother before her death. Larry has included Burton's murder in his will. But Larry refuses; his gratitude doesn't stretch that far. I found LARRY'S KIDNEY incredibly offensive. Larry is a horrible person, and the book is predicated on the idea that someone else will die in order to prolong Larry's life. There's very little action so as readers we spend most of the book getting to know Larry and his many faults. Dan isn't much better - he recognizes the many murky moral issues surrounding the kidney transplant but he sets them aside, then proceeds to judge the Chinese people he meets very harshly, for real and imagined faults. The whole book is in poor taste. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 2/13/2014

    " Gave this book 3 and a half stars. Very funny book in spite of the serious topic, and makes you think just a little bit about relationships between countries. Would have rated it higher if it had addressed more the moral and ethical dilemmas around donations of human organs. Although a kidney transplant was the topic of the book, most of the story was the human relationship between the recipient and his cousin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sharon Peters | 2/5/2014

    " I didn't keep reading this book, I quit when it got offensive and it just wasn't uplifting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Margaret Sankey | 1/30/2014

    " Rose, an Esquire columnist, was surprised to hear his obnoxious cousin Larry's most recent scheme--going to China to procure a (probably illegal) replacement kidney and meet his internet mail order-bride. Rose's editor, wanting a story, underwrote two months of Kafka-esque experience in the Chinese medical bureaucracy with unpleasant and uncooperative Larry, a flirtatious interpreter who was pretty obviously state security, rival patients from the Middle East whose families played badminton in the hallway, wandering hospital hallway peddlers with chicken feet and roasted peanuts, cab drivers, the crew of the local KFC, the mail order bride's extended family, and the moral grey area of the kidney probably coming from an executed criminal. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carley | 1/25/2014

    " This book is: a great character study of a not-so-likable guy, the author's cousin, Larry; a journey that explores the gray area somewhere between right and wrong with a cast of characters who all live somewhere in the gray area; and a dialogue-driven tale that firmly places you in China and gives you a real feel for the setting through the author's eyes. And finally, it's an enjoyable read, that moves pretty quickly. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 1/17/2014

    " It seemed like it would be an intriguing story, which I guess is what I get when its 60% off at the borders going out of business sale. Not that great, kind of odd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cllmckinley | 1/9/2014

    " freakin' hilarious! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 1/4/2014

    " Very funny in the first half, less so for the middle and conclusion. Even though at times it seemed like the two people in it often discussed things both of them would have known, as this is a memoir it made some sense. Sometimes I found sentences jarring, but there is some wonderful humor here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenny | 12/27/2013

    " Pretty funny book. I had to keep reminding myself that it was a true story... Dont forget to sign your donor card!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Tims | 11/14/2013

    " Not bad. Some parts are really funny but hard to feel much sympathy for Larry. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ | 10/9/2013

    " This was a rather unique memoir/biography. It's a true story, but told with alot of humor. I read the entire thing in a day and a half. It held my interest as you wanted to know what happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 9/11/2013

    " An excellent advocate for organ donor programs! The relationship with his cousin was funny & interesting as were the descriptions of China & its people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alisha | 10/26/2012

    " Having helped hospital patients in China while living there, it was interesting to read the comments of someone dealing with it from the other side. At the same time, parts of the book didn't flow well, and the author made at least mildly racist remarks in a few places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloriajkitchen | 10/24/2012

    " Obviously, you all know why I picked this book! Very funny and interesting read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 6/19/2012

    " K, so this author dude semi-inexplicably goes to China for months to help his long lost cousin get a kidney. Who does that?! There is something about the writing that makes me feel like I was watching a tv show with extremely witty dialogue. Liked it. Didn't quite love it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teri | 5/28/2012

    " Kind of funny - would not have picked it except for the book club. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 5/4/2012

    " got to read this, its wild and crazy and real, stranger families than mine exsist "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzi Yarin | 12/20/2011

    " This book is hysterically funny and very heartwarming. Larry is a complete nebbish, and at several points, one wonders if he is really worth saving. The writer's compassion toward Larry is amazing. The writing, especially the dialogue, are great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jo Maeder | 10/29/2011

    " Daniel Asa Rose is a fantastic writer. What a story! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hsien | 5/21/2011

    " His rendering of China, the Chinese people, the Chinese language and his cousin Larry was beautiful, haunting, and hilarious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 4/23/2011

    " K, so this author dude semi-inexplicably goes to China for months to help his long lost cousin get a kidney. Who does that?! There is something about the writing that makes me feel like I was watching a tv show with extremely witty dialogue. Liked it. Didn't quite love it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lynne | 11/1/2010

    " This book couldn't hold my interest. It didn't live up to its review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perry | 8/30/2010

    " Laugh out loud funny and very touching all at the same time. A surprise twist at the end too. This was a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Justine | 8/15/2010

    " got to read this, its wild and crazy and real, stranger families than mine exsist "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 8/8/2010

    " Very funny in the first half, less so for the middle and conclusion. Even though at times it seemed like the two people in it often discussed things both of them would have known, as this is a memoir it made some sense. Sometimes I found sentences jarring, but there is some wonderful humor here. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erica | 6/14/2010

    " Read the title? Now you've read the book -- no need to go any further. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 2/2/2010

    " An excellent advocate for organ donor programs! The relationship with his cousin was funny & interesting as were the descriptions of China & its people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ? Briansgirl "Book Sale Queen"? | 1/31/2010

    " This was a rather unique memoir/biography. It's a true story, but told with alot of humor. I read the entire thing in a day and a half. It held my interest as you wanted to know what happened.

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