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
"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!
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).
"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!!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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..
Quite scarey to see what could happen if we mess with genetics and IVF. A compulsive read. Good ending. Could not put this down.
I've been struggling to find an audio book for the past few months that got me hooked from the start - Perfect People finally managed to do that.
Whilst the story is not completely new, I enjoyed it very much - this was my first Peter James book and it won't be my last!
Do listen to the sample and if you don't like the narrator give it a miss - personally I like her and didn't found her annoying. Great audio book.
Fantastic book even with the unconvincing male impersonations of the narrator, if you can get over this then you are in for a treat. Completely different from the normal Peter James books with an ending that really makes you question if advances in science are ever going to take over mother nature. Best book I have listened to in a long time.
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