Beat the Reaper
Narrated by Robert Petkoff
6 hours 48 minutes
Since I knew I was going to be spending a little bit of quality time with my car stereo this past weekend (I drove down to Pasadena…more on that another day), I asked twitter to recommend the most “kick-ass” audio book ever listened to. I got all sorts of suggestions, and ended up going with Beat the Reaper, recommended by Cass, who is pretty kick-ass herself. I remember seeing this book around the blogosphere for awhile, but all I knew about it was the cover is butt-ugly. (Sorry, Hachette, but it is.)
I gotta warn you, this book isn’t for everyone (if you don’t like bad language, or graphic medical scenes, or blood, or sharks, or guns, or even Dr. House, then avoid this book like the plague). But as I listened to the sample, and heard the sarcastic tone of the narrator, and the frequent (VERY frequent) use of fuck-head (or is it fuck head without the hyphen? Audio books have their disadantages…) I knew that this was the book to keep me entertained. I must’ve looked like a crazed fool as I drove down Highway 101 alternately laughing and grimacing (especially when it came to that freezer scene…I’m sure my face was all kinds of contorted at that point).
Beat the Reaper is one day in the life of Dr. Peter Brown, formerly known as Pietro “Bear Claw” Brwna. As Dr. Brown goes about his doctorly duties (and dude’s got a bizarre bedside manner…think a younger, brawnier Dr. House with some surprising moments of compassion. However, as a general rule, Doc Brown says whatever the fuck he wants, just like House), he gets tossed back into his life as Pietro Brwna. He talks about how he got sucked into the mob, and then spit out and into the Witness Protection Program. Along the way there’s a shitload of bad language, bad doctoring, bad behavior, and just all around bad shit.
It’s a pretty wild ride. And if you think I cuss a lot in this post, it’s nothing (NOTHING!) compared to the book. Just be glad I didn’t discuss the freezer scene.