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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Books on Tape
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 5557102787
  • ISBN-13: 978-5557102780
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,379,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very interesting story line(s).
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Although parts of this story dragged a little at times, I never lost interest, and found it to be a good read.
"skipzgal"
I try to read his books in the order that they were published.
Susan S.~

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like many of his other books, "Brain" starts out with a rather good story that can hold readers' attention until the end. The core message is human experimentation, and in this case the brain's functions as an example. The beginning of the story fills with mysterious deaths that slowly draw our good doctors into a trap. Cook has the talent to explain medical technicality in simple terms, to discuss medical and ethical issues that are relevant to the society, and to display the day-to-day life of the medical professionals. Unfortunately, most of his novels suffer from abrupt and bizzare endings that read more like a sci-fi movie script: In "Brain", the human brain and spinal cord can be kept alive and functioning in a jar of liquid (remember RoboCop 2?). In "Chromosome 6", a jungle turns into "Planet Apes". In "Toxin", the final investigation of the meat factory reads like a James Bond movie. So, despite the wonderful starts and the real messages carried by the stories, there is always somewhat a letdown in the end. I have been hoping to find a good ending in Cook's novel. If the readers are interested in human experimentation, I highly recommend the book "The Plutonium Files", which are real stories about the nuclear research and experimentation conducted by the US military during and after WWII.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 2002
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From the back of the book "Martin Philips and Denise Sanger were Doctors, Lovers-and desperately afraid. Both of them suspected that something was wrong - terribly wrong - in the great medical research center where they worked." What is causing so many patients to die on the operating table? Why is it only females? Read this book to find out. However; don't be disappointed, as this is not one of the better works by Robin Cook.
Being an avid fan of Robin Cook, this book was definitely not his best work. Though enjoyable, I didn't find it as gripping as some of his other works and can only give this an average rating. Normally once I start a Cook novel I have a hard time putting it down but I didn't have that problem with this one. Not boring, but not as gripping and fast paced as some of his other works. In his usual manner, Mr. Cook is successful in describing the characters and setting the scenes with minimal words and doesn't drag it out as many authors do.
I found this book to be plausible yet was able to see through the plot from the very beginning. However, like most of his novels, this book will have you thinking hard about some of the goings on in the medical world today. When I hear or see something on the news regarding a medical breakthrough, I immediately begin thinking about the many Cook novels I have read.
For all of you Cook fans, like his many other novels, keep the dictionary handy for looking up those various medical terms. If you are new to Mr. Cook, I recommend starting with one of his other novels; but the same holds true for you as well about the dictionary.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 1999
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I know some people have found it too technical but for me it was the best ever. For someone on the medical field who understands the terminology, the book is great. I was very surprised at the end since I had no idea who was behind all that was happening. I have read several of Cook's books as well as other medical thrillers but I think this was one of the best that I had ever read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 26, 2005
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This book is about a medical center that goes from saving lives to taking lives, like one of Cook's other books, Godplayer, only this one is about brain surgery. It may have been done before, but this book makes the plot of removing unsuspecting surgical patient's brains to make a supercomputer and is very disturbing. If you don't like to read descriptions of people's brains being disposed of and removed in the most gut-wrenching ways or if you can't understand complicated scientific jargon about how the brain interacts with computers, don't read this. If you do, read IT!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 21, 1997
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I find Robin Cook's novels very interesting and helps me understand more medical terms. His books are an inspiration to a learning person who wishes to know more about the medical field. I'm only a kid myself but i have read almost all his books: Terminal,Mutation,Invasion,Fatal Cure,Blindsight,The year of the intern,Sphinx,Acceptable Risk,Coma,Brain,Chromosome6 and a lot more i cant remember them all.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "skipzgal" on December 23, 2004
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Although this novel is over 20 years old, I found it interesting, intriguing, and shocking.

Dr. Martin Philips,Assistant Chief of Neuroradiology at Hobson University Medical Center is thrilled and intrigued with the new computer program that his colleague Michaels, a genius working in the Department of Artificial Intelligence presents to him. Eager to test his new program, Philips begins to try it out on a series of x-rays, and soon discovers some strange abnormalities in several patients, some whom have recently expired, and one who went missing. Soon, Dr. Philips begins to suspect that something very strange and unethical is taking place at Hobson Medical Center. As he pursues his investigation, he faces threats of losing his position, and inadvertantly discovers that the FBI may likely be involved in the illegal activities that are taking place at the Medical Center.

Although parts of this story dragged a little at times, I never lost interest, and found it to be a good read.
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More About the Author

Doctor and author Robin Cook is widely credited with introducing the word 'medical' to the thriller genre, and over twenty years after the publication of his breakthrough novel, Coma, he continues to dominate the category he created. Cook has successfully combined medical fact with fantasy to produce a over twenty-seven international bestsellers, including Outbreak (1987), Terminal (1993), Contagion (1996), Chromosome 6 (1997) and Foreign Body (2008).

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