Death Benefit : Pia Grazdani

  • by Robin Cook
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • Series: Pia Grazdani
  • 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times best-selling author and master of the medical thriller returns with another crackling tale of unchecked greed and medical malfeasance.
Behind the prim gates of the Greenwich, Connecticut, McMansions, Wall Street whizzes turn their attentions from mortgages to another possible profit source: the $25 trillion life-insurance industry. By securitizing the policies of the old and sick, they hope to make another financial killing.
At the same time, Natalie Savondnik and Ronald Goodall - two exceptional yet aloof medical residents - are working closely with their medical center's premier scientist on cutting-edge diabetes research. When their mentor dies suddenly, they launch a quiet investigation. As they dig deeper, it becomes clear that the scientist's death was not from natural causes. Is it possible someone is manipulating private life insurance information to allow investors to benefit from the deaths of others?

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What the Critics Say

"[A] fascinating tale that never slows down." (Library Journal)
"Cook provides an interesting study of the strange bedfellows the biotech business and the mob might make." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Abrupt ending

What about George Guidall’s performance did you like?

Mr. Guidall always differentiates his characters so well that you know who is speaking without the tags. His delivery is relaxed, unaffected, and very intelligible. He is my favorite narrator.


Any additional comments?

The story is very engaging until it ends, very abruptly. It is so bad that it spoils the book.

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- P Carnell

great story, extremely poor engineering

What disappointed you about Death Benefit?

The story and performance by George Guidall were wonderful! The engineering quality on this one is pretty bad (see the additional comments section below).


What does George Guidall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought life to the characters in a way I hadn't imagined when I originally read the novel.


Any additional comments?

I read other reviews and saw the comments about the engineering quality on this and figured it might not be as bad as described. It was sadly, worse. Chapters would end mid-word and a new one begin, not once but nearly two dozen times. I often wondered if I'd missed something as the new chapter began. I'm not sure where the quality control went on this one.

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- Tom

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2012
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio