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"Dog days and the fresh bodies are arriving once again." So begins the fall term at South Carolina Medical College, where Dr. Jacob Thacker is on probation for Xanax abuse. His interim career - working public relations for the dean - takes an unnerving detour into the past when the bones of African American slaves, over a century old, are unearthed on the campus. Out of the college’s dark past, these bones threaten to rise and condemn the present.
In the middle of the nineteenth century, Dr. Frederick Augustus Johnston, one of the school’s founders, had purchased a slave for his unusual knife skills. This slave, Nemo ("no man"), would become an unacknowledged member of the surgical faculty by day - and by night, a "resurrectionist," responsible for procuring bodies for medical study. An unforgettable character, by turns apparently insouciant, tormented, and brilliant, and seen by some as almost supernatural, Nemo will seize his self-respect in ways no listener can anticipate.
With exceptional storytelling pacing and skill, Matthew Guinn weaves together past and present to relate a Southern Gothic tale of shocking crimes and exquisite revenge, a riveting and satisfying moral parable of the South.
©2013 Matthew Guinn (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 03-05-16

Don't Care

I could not get into this. There was some jumping around in time that caught me by surprise. There were no characters I could identify with or care about. I believe I got this at one of those spur of the moment sales, where after buying a book, they offer me a group of books, in which to purchase one. Once I leave the page, I can't go back. I bought it almost a year ago and I believe I thought it was a different genre.

Narrator is a bit slow, but okay.

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3 out of 5 stars
By S. Blakely on 05-22-15

Good enough for washing the dishes

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to a friend if he/she was looking for something diverting and not taxing to the mind of the imagination. This book will get you through washing the dishes and pulling some weeds in the yard. But don't think too much about the story because it's kind of a mess of half-baked cliche's and under-developed themes. It swims in the shallow end of the pool, if you know what I mean. But if you're sick of "great literature" and just want to coast down an easy slope intellectually, you could do worse than this book.

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