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Beat the Reaper by Josh Bazell
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Mar 04, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: humor, suspense, action
Read in February, 2009

I took a plunge into an unknown author (for me) and found that I wasn't the worse for wear; Beat the Reaper is entertaining all the way through and actually really...there's no other way to put it; cool! The tone of the entire book is sarcastic and gritty, but very educated as a contrast. At times, you do feel like you're sitting through the main character give you a science lesson, but the effect isn't boring, it really is well done, and is very much along the lines of a Chuck Palahniuk novel.

The voice acting, done by Robert Petkoff, is really well done as well - he's performed a great representation of the character. Anyone interested in the audiobook version might take note that it does include music and sound effects in some of the more intense parts, but I personally didn't find them at all distracting - I think they add a right mix of ambiance. Are they necessary? Probably not, but I'm not going to recommend against the audiobook because of it.

Overall, a really fun book to experience!

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