Cell

  • by Robin Cook
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with a top-notch fusion of groundbreaking medical science and edge-of-your-seat suspense.
George Wilson, M.D., a radiology resident in Los Angeles, is about to enter a profession on the brink of an enormous paradigm shift, foreshadowing a vastly different role for doctors everywhere. The smartphone is poised to take on a new role in medicine, no longer as a mere medical app but rather as a fully customizable personal physician capable of diagnosing and treating even better than the real thing. It is called iDoc.
George's initial collision with this incredible innovation is devastating. He awakens one morning to find his fiancée dead in bed alongside him, not long after she participated in an iDoc beta test. Then several of his patients die after undergoing imaging procedures. All of them had been part of the same beta test.
Is it possible that iDoc is being subverted by hackers - and that the U.S. government is involved in a cover-up? Despite threats to both his career and his freedom, George relentlessly seeks the truth, knowing that if he's right, the consequences could be lethal.

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IN FOR A PENNY, IN FOR A POUND
I am the impatient one and this Cookbook takes awhile to thaw. The first two hours are basically information dump. Even after that, the story sat on simmer for about five more hours. Cook's writing, like usual was tasty enough to wet my appetite and kept me at the table. The last five hours was the dessert and made the waiting well worth it.

HEURISTIC
The conception of having an app on your phone as your primary doctor, is an exciting one. I kind of had my doubts at first, but Cook does a great job of showing the benefits of such an App. The way it is explained also makes it seem very probably in the near future. This is a thriller though and that is where the possible bad side or should I say very bad side comes into play. The story and the outcome are not as black and white as you might think and Cook does a great job of showing the pros and cons. Even better, he does not make up the mind of the reader for them. He lets it all hang out and the ending which has upset and confused some, basically leaves it up to the reader. Mostly it gives the reader food for thought.

George Guidall is the icing on the cake and makes listening more satisfying than reading the novel.

Stick a fork in me, I'm done.

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- Jim "The Impatient"

Wow!!!

Robin Cook nailed this one! I work in Health Care and the idea of an app that controls a patients care is not outrageous.

If one thinks of the just how much technology is used in health care and the outrageous cost of care in this country coupled with the use of social media for communication it doesn't take a lot of imagination to see where things COULD go.

I found merit in both the arguments of the insurance company and the protagonist.

An EXCELLENT book and George Guidall is icing on the cake.
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- Paul T.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio