Shortlisted for: Crime & Thriller of the Year - Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
Be careful what you wish for.... John and Naomi are grieving the death of their four-year-old son from a rare genetic disorder. They desperately want another child, but they realize the odds of their next child contracting the same disease are high. Then they hear about geneticist Dr Leo Dettore. He has methods that can spare them the heartache of ever losing another child to any disease. At his clinic is where their nightmare begins. They should have realized something was wrong when they saw the list. Choices of eye colour, hair, sporting abilities. They can literally design their child. Now it's too late to turn back. Naomi is pregnant and already something is badly wrong.
©2011 Really Scary Books / Peter James (P)2011 Macmillan Digital Audio
I am a big Peter James fan so bought this and was interested as it looked diffrent from his Roy Grace books. Like the previous review I too found the narrator slighly irritating but because I was gripped and intruiged by the story I stuck with it! I am so glad I did as I thorougly enjoyed it and was hooked to the end. A really great story with a gentle warning about science messing with nature, there is always a price to pay!
I was really looking forward to this book, having read great reviews. I can't go any further than the second chapter, however, because of the terrible voice that the female narrator puts on when speaking the main male character's parts. I have tried to persevere, but it really is awful - which is a shame because her 'normal' reading voice is very nice. If you are put off by silly voices, beware. I will be buying a hard copy of the book instead (and hope that I don't hear the silly voice in my head while I'm reading it).
As others have noted, the narrator does sound ludicrous when trying to convey the main male voice. But the story is also oh so predictable and the protagonists very hard indeed to sympathise with. There are also a couple of hilarious sex scenes - I laughed out loud (I wasn't meant to) here and in a couple of other places. Not entirely unenjoyable but buy something by Michael Crichton if you are interested in the future of genetic manipulation. And buy something else entirely if you want a thriller.
I enjoyed this book but not as much as I though I would judging by most of the book reviews I read. The premise of the book was interesting and the story was reasonably well thought out. The narrator's natural voice was strong and clear but I wasn't too keen on her "male" voice.
My main criticisms of the book are as follows.
- I was left with too many unanswered questions by the end.
- Supporting characters appeared suddenly and disappeared just as quickly
- The conclusion of some plotlines fizzled out instead of reaching an explosive climax
- In some situations, the behaviour of John and Naomi seemed a bit out of character.
Despite this, the book kept me listening avidly until the end and I found the conclusion satisfying. This was the first book of Peter James that I listened to but unfortunately, it would not prompt me to rush into downloading some of his other work anytime soon.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the plot twisted and turned and I found that as a parent, I could really empathise with the parents in the story. Unlike many other listeners, I found the narrator consistent and her Swedish male voice convincing and helpful, once I had got used to it. She was able to switch from person to person with ease, helping me to flesh out the characters.
My husband had been told about this particular 'excellent' PJ book. I had seen it on Audible but saw it as a huge departure from his usual storyline. I was unsure about selecting it as I had only known Peter James in Grace mode.I was not disappointed. I was particularly pleased that, as we were holidaying in Brighton during this 'read', the story did get back to the Brighton area, the city we know so well from our student years.
Discount the poor reviews, and the comments about the narrator. Listen to it for yourself and make up your own mind. Towards the end, I simply could not put it down. I thought I knew how it was going to end, but I didn't! What's the audible equivalent to a page-turner?
Can we have some more Peter James, the full versions, please?
No. The story is ok-ish but really not great. It's a total departure in style from what I've heard from Peter James up to now, it's a little fantastic, starts fairly slowly and speeds up rapidly towards the end.
Making it shorter and changing the narrator would have improved things.
The narrator is okay with women's voices but she seriously struggles with men's. The main male character is Swedish but comes over as a cross between an Eastern European and an robot. The doctor is supposed to be American and he just sounds weird. She seems to get the hang of things towards the end of the book, but she annoys at the start.
I've discovered Atom Bomb Angel and this is great. If you're looking for something a little different skip Perfect People and try Atom Bomb Angel. Much better and I'm only 2 hours in.
Bubbly blonde loving wife & mum! Works full time in supported housing, loving travel, cars, Charlie Bears, designer handbags and Audible!!!
One of the deciding fact on picking this book was the narrator Clare Corbett, who I have enjoyed books read by her in the past, she just seems to bring a book to life for me!
But this book is amazing, the most enjoyable book I have had before from Audible and I have to admit I never was able to guess which direction this book was going to go in, great twists and turns. Please please stick with this book, little slow at first, amazing writing, have already recommended this book on Audible to several family and friend today. Two have purchased it already.
Liked the idea of the plot a lot, the twists were fine and not always predictable, BUT, for me the reader was a great let down, the Swedish accent awful, which made me irritable with the book! . At times points were belaboured. Listen to the sample first and see if you get on with it.
Peter James does it again. A well constructed story full of mind bending acrobatics. Quite a departure from his 'normal' thriller format but equally thought provoking and un-put-downable!
I normally love Peter James books but this was just too Science Fiction for me. I thought it would deal with the social side of this subject but instead it because way out there.
No, because it wasn't quite the genre I presumed it to be when considering other titles by this author.
No, the finish left it with nowhere to go with a follow-up
"not really well developed"
became increasingly predictable. characters are not well developed. there was a lot of lag on unimportant details and it seemed to skip over opportunities for depth. end was unexpected however.
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