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Cell Audiobook

Cell

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Timesbest-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top-notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.

George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test.

Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers - and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he's right, the consequences could be lethal.

©2014 Robin Cook (P)2014 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Hans 28/02/2014
    Hans 28/02/2014
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    Story
    "Great story, end is missing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The story is great, very entertaining. I could hardly stop listening. But then, in book 3, there is suddenly an 'epilogue' (in my opinion, it hardly qulifies, since it's only a few lines) and the story is over. For me, the story was nog finished at all! I don't want to give anything away, but let's say that it is completely unknown to me how this story ends.


    What other book might you compare Cell to, and why?

    I find it hard to compare this story to another book, but the theme and way it is written makes me think of Tess Gerritsen. Difference is that she does write endings to her stories.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the whole book, except for the epilogue.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am very disappointed in the way this book is written. It looks like the author suddenly didn't feel like writing anymore and decided to end the book. He really killed his own story.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like to make up your own endings, like a great story that is very well told, this book is for you. If you want a complete story, don't start reading/listening this one. It will disappoint you too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Paul T.
    16/02/14
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    "Wow!!!"

    Robin Cook nailed this one! I work in Health Care and the idea of an app that controls a patients care is not outrageous.

    If one thinks of the just how much technology is used in health care and the outrageous cost of care in this country coupled with the use of social media for communication it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see where things COULD go.

    I found merit in both the arguments of the insurance company and the protagonist.

    An EXCELLENT book and George Guidall is icing on the cake.

    16 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Blenda
    Crestwood, KY, United States
    08/02/14
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    "Need a Sequel"

    Good story. I have heard that an implant similar to this is already in the works for diabetics. Kinda scary. Interesting references to Obamacare. Love the way Robin Cook takes a current topic and writes a novel about it. I really do need to know what happens to George. When will "Cell 2" be released? Also, love George Guidall's narration.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    12/03/16
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    "Well Done"

    IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND
    I am the impatient one and this Cookbook takes awhile to thaw. The first two hours are basically information dump. Even after that, the story sat on simmer for about five more hours. Cook's writing, like usual was tasty enough to wet my appetite and kept me at the table. The last five hours was the dessert and made the waiting well worth it.

    HEURISTIC
    The conception of having an app on your phone as your primary doctor, is an exciting one. I kind of had my doubts at first, but Cook does a great job of showing the benefits of such an App. The way it is explained also makes it seem very probably in the near future. This is a thriller though and that is where the possible bad side or should I say very bad side comes into play. The story and the outcome are not as black and white as you might think and Cook does a great job of showing the pros and cons. Even better, he does not make up the mind of the reader for them. He lets it all hang out and the ending which has upset and confused some, basically leaves it up to the reader. Mostly it gives the reader food for thought.

    George Guidall is the icing on the cake and makes listening more satisfying than reading the novel.

    Stick a fork in me, I'm done.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Judy
    Guelph, Ontario, Canada
    30/04/14
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    "A Little Disappointed"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes....I like Robin Cooks novels. Always worth checking out.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Robin Cook? Why or why not?

    Yes....I'm hoping he will go back to his more realistic characters, like Jack Stapleton.


    What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

    He captures the real essence of the characters.


    Could you see Cell being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes....not sure of who could play main role. He would need to play "naive" very well.


    Any additional comments?

    I used to excitedly await Robin Cooks new books. Now I tend to wait and see the reviews. He's gotten a little unrealistic. I found this one the same....but I'm not giving up on him!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • DebaDeb
    Houston, TX
    08/02/14
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    "There's an app for that!"

    I haven't listened to or read a Robin Cook book in years. But the idea of having an iphone app called idoc was intriguing...and scary! Can you imagine using your iphone instead of seeing a doctor? How about your phone managing your meds? What if you're somewhere where the signal is lousy, your battery is dead and the power is out? I liked this book.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Trudi k Williams
    02/06/14
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    "Robin Cook never let's his readers down!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book. You are hooked from the first page. Great roller coaster ride.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The development of the characters. You feel like you are there with them, viewing the events.


    Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

    George, but he did an awesome job with all of them.


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

    Absolutely! I listened to it one weekend when I was taking wallpaper down! Sure made the time fly by!


    Any additional comments?

    Not fond of the ending, so there must be a sequel coming out. Hopefully sooner rather than later

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • steve
    30/05/14
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    "Where's the ENDING??"
    Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

    Yes, but not for a while. Cook is always about an internist stumbling on an Insurance Conspiracy, when no one else believes them. Comma was the best at this, everything else is the same. I do like his story concepts, but his characters are all the same.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Stephen King's Mr. Mercedes. I just finished Dr. Sleep and couldn't put it down. "The Stand" and "The Shinning unite!"


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When George started to wise up, and not trust EVERYONE as his friend!! No person is that stupid or naive!? Very gullible for a Doctor??


    Was Cell worth the listening time?

    Not with no ending, or hint to a sequel.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to the first line of each chapter, then call it a day. That's how complicated the characters are, but the concept of a 24/7 personal doctor is, "cool."

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Bodiccea
    British Columbia
    13/03/16
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    "Fascinating concept; poor writing"
    Would you try another book from Robin Cook and/or George Guidall?

    Robin Cook often comes up with interesting concepts in the medical field, as he did for this one. I probably will try another one from him sometime. I ADORE George Guidall in the Longmire series but just didn't feel that his delivery suited the main character.


    What could Robin Cook have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Make the characters more realistic, especially the protagonist. I know that doctors are humans and flawed but he seemed to lack any social skills whatsoever - unable to carry on a conversation, unable to assert himself in any way, unable to see glaringly obvious manipulation. Because of all this, in the end I really didn't like him much.

    Plus edit, edit, edit!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    George Guidall has, to my ears, a rather "homey" sounding voice with a slower delivery. As I said, he embodies Sheriff Walt Longmire perfectly and I have enjoyed some other books that he has narrated but for a book that is essentially a thriller, no, I don't think his narration matched the pace.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The concept of a smartphone app to monitor health was developed very well. Unfortunately, the most interesting idea in the world doesn't really make up for so-so characters.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Willis
    Long Island, NY, USA
    24/04/14
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    Story
    "Predictable"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    My wife liked the beginning of this book because it was related to health care, which she works in, so this might be more enjoyable to anyone in health care.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, definitely non-fiction.


    What three words best describe George Guidall’s voice?

    I have no idea - but he's a very good reader. I've listened to several books narrated by him and he's always good.


    What character would you cut from Cell?

    No one in particular.


    Any additional comments?

    My main problem with this book is how predictable it was. I knew the entire plot after about an hour of listening. There were no surprises at all from that point forward.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • digitalblonde2001
    19/02/17
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    Performance
    Story
    "Big Fan dropped ending"
    Where does Cell rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not very high


    Would you recommend Cell to your friends? Why or why not?

    not really- the story was good but the ending was completely dropped.


    Did George Guidall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    His cadence is a bit annoying but I still enjoy his performances.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of Robin Cook.I love his fact driven extrapolation for fiction, This story was good, however, I literally checked for his obit to see if possibly he passed away before completing this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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