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Perfect People | [Peter James]

Perfect People

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Emma essex, United Kingdom 16/11/2011
    Emma essex, United Kingdom 16/11/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Stick with it!"

    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!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Epsom, United Kingdom 15/11/2011
    Miss Epsom, United Kingdom 15/11/2011
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    "Disappointed"

    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).

    13 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Christleton, United Kingdom 21/10/2013
    Jan Christleton, United Kingdom 21/10/2013 Member Since 2006
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    "A Perfect Listen"

    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?

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Warrington, United Kingdom 24/11/2011
    Nigel Warrington, United Kingdom 24/11/2011 Member Since 2009
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    "Perfect People...not a perfect book."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Susan Hills HOCKLEY, United Kingdom 06/01/2012
    Mrs. Susan Hills HOCKLEY, United Kingdom 06/01/2012

    Sue With A View

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    "Another great Peter James book!"

    Love the books written by Peter James and although this one is a complete change in direction it was a great book and very well read. I just listened and listened without being able to take a break from it!

    Now waiting for the next offering so hurry up Mr James!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sheana London, United Kingdom 05/01/2012
    Sheana London, United Kingdom 05/01/2012
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    "Could be happening even as we read !"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Andover, United Kingdom 29/11/2011
    Tiffany Andover, United Kingdom 29/11/2011 Member Since 2006
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    "not just the narrator..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mr manchester, United Kingdom 17/03/2014
    mr manchester, United Kingdom 17/03/2014 Member Since 2013
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    "Good listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Perfect People the most enjoyable?

    Good story would recommend! Wasn't keen on the ending but worth a listen. Read well I was put off by the previous reviews on the narrator but I thought she did well.


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    Janet LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom 29/01/2014
    Janet LIVERPOOL, United Kingdom 29/01/2014 Member Since 2012

    Bubbly blonde loving wife & mum! Works full time in supported housing, loving travel, cars, Charlie Bears, designer handbags and Audible!!!

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    "OMG Just amazing!!!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nay Horley, United Kingdom 14/04/2013
    Nay Horley, United Kingdom 14/04/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Future times ?"

    This book makes you think, I loved it, it makes you want to keep reading. It's very cleverly written and has a few twists and turns along the way. It's quite disturbing in many ways, and you do find yourself wondering if this could happen one day. The ending is very sad, and as I am finding at the moment with many book I listen to it seems to happen too quickly..

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Has Perfect People turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, because it wasn't quite the genre I presumed it to be when considering other titles by this author.


    Do you think Perfect People needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, the finish left it with nowhere to go with a follow-up


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