The Cure is a genre-bending thriller reminiscent of Michael Crichton or Douglas Preston, about the biological underpinnings of psychopathy. As a child, her family was taken from her by a serial killer. Erin Palmer is left orphaned and forever scarred. She dedicates her life to the study of psychopaths, conducting one-on-one interviews and tests with inmates. When Erin finally finishes years of exhaustive research, she finds herself in possession of the key to ending psychopathic behavior - in the species - forever. That' s when they try to kill her.
©2013 Douglas E. Richards (P)2013 Recorded Books
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"One of the best misdirections I've ever read."
The Cure follows masters/graduate student Erin Palmer who is orphaned after a brutal murder at the hands of a psychopath. Because of this moment, she dedicates her life to studying and hopefully one day "curing" the brains of psychopaths. She has finally done what she set out to do and in doing so opens her life up to an incredibly complex web of lies, deceits, and more.
This was the first audiobook I've listened to where Peter Berkrot narrates it, and he does a great job. This could have been narrated by a man or a woman (the way it was written would have lead to one or the other). But Berkrot nails this. Doing a great job showing empathy and her emotions while maintaining a perfect narrating voice throughout. Quality was good, the cover (I have added an alternate cover I mocked up based on the hardcover/kindle editions) from the audiobook company isn't very good though.
This book did a few abrupt 180's. Richards would have you steamrolling to one conclusion and then throw the main characters and reader into the wind with another explanation. There were a few times I was convinced that I had this book figured out, and wow was I totally wrong.
My first and only word of warning is that the intro/prologue has one of the most brutal scenes I've read in a long time. Now, I don't read hacker/slasher novels and I'm sure that there is much, much worse out there. But, I would just warn people with trigger warnings for rape.
With that out of the way, it really did set the rest of the novel up. It was the ultimate character builder. That one specific scene makes Erin into the woman that she is today.
Without giving anything away, this book confused me (in the best sense of the word) numerous times. Richards pulled off misdirection that magicians would envy. His writing style had me totally engulfed in one thought process when he would then reveal what was really going on. Absolutely epic writing leads to a book that you don't want to miss.
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"Poor narrator, over the top characters, unbelievable plot lines, not recommended."
It is not often I return a book. This one I found very disturbing in the first 30 minutes in the book with a grizzly narration involving torturing children in the worst ways and bloody murder. Thank goodness the book picked up from there. The second half of the book once getting past some twists was predictable.
The narrator with a slight nazal tone throughout the book is irritating, all the characters sound like villains and narrator enunciation is over exaggerated which gets tiring to listen to after a while.
Are the characters believable? Not to me, they were over the top, cliche. So I decided I had enough, I returned the book. Life is too short and I was not enjoying the experience of listening to the book, and there were many good books I had waiting to be read.
Heavy on science, Philosophy, and cosmology, a little light on character development. Overall a really fun read.
"Good but farfetched story"
A really enjoyable story that held my interest throughout. Well researched with regard to psychopathy and basic quantum physics (is that an oxymoron?). Some of the dialogue was implausible for the two main characters, and the heroic near-superpowers of the female lead were a but over-the-top. Most of the "twists" in the story were obvious, and would not have fooled the Ph.D. physicist male lead, let alone the evil genius bad-guy. Finally, the author should know that "Exactly" is not not the only way a character can express agreement. It seemed like every character in the book, regardless of education level, region, or species, used that particular expression. I found that distracting; after a few repetitions, it took me out of the story every time I heard it.
"Very modern in terms of tech used, refreshing"
Many exciting plot twist and the modern technology references kept me listening closely the whole book. There is a relationship in the book that at first seemed like forced in nature, but I guess I got used to it when it proved to be relevant to the plot. Other than that I very much enjoyed the listen.
"Great story, surprising twists"
The easy flow to the story, the surprising twists. Nice character development
I would compare this to one of Michael Crichton's books Prey. There is an excellent story line and continuing action.
I was not impressed with the narrator's voice characterizations. He is not a narrator I would pick for this sort of book.
Well worth the time. Very entertaining with a some thought provoking dialogue.
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