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).
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?
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.
Sue With A View
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!!
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.
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.
The story was up to Peter James usual high standard with a most interesting and unexpected ending.
The final few paragraphs when it all came together.
She was great as Naomi and the children but the book was spoilt for me by the attempt at a male Swedish accent it made me not want to listen. Why not just narrate without adding accents that mean nothing.
The second loss of their children after the sadness of losing their first child. To have to go through the loss for a second time must've been a nightmare.
Would recommend this great book is recorded again
The story is gripping and well read
It does provoke thoughts re medical advances and the effect of this on retaining defective genes.
Fiction I think but who knows-
Doubt things have moved to this extent though
Once I was into it,was riveting. A compelling but disturbing book. I usually save my listening for my daily commute, I was almost hoping for traffic jams. I struggle to understand some if the criticism in some of the reviews; don't be put off give it a try. Not your usual Peter James but certainly didn't disappoint.
I guess because children, child development and parenting is my professional field, the storyline was of particular interest. Ok some of the storyline was predictable, but there were also some twist and surprises.
Her narration was a bit irritating, but she did have to switch into lots of ages, accents and frequently from male to female. But her voices did contribute positively to the eeriness and tension.
Not particularly moved, didn't build up much empathy, the characters weren't nice enough people for me to care, but Oh boy was I keen to know what was going to happen next! Whilst not moved, I was disturbed.
I listened to this envisaging it very much as a movie. A horror movie, a good one.
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
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