The Dismantling – An Audiobook Review
A Rapid Review
Publisher: Penguin Audio | April 2015
Format: Audio Download | 10 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate
Twenty-five-year-old med school dropout Simon Worth is an organ broker, buying kidneys and livers from cash-strapped donors and selling them to recipients whose time on the waitlist is running out. When a seemingly straightforward liver transplant has an unexpectedly dangerous outcome, Simon finds himself on the run.
Obsessed with guilt over the death of his sister, Simon is unable to devote the concentration needed to succeed in medical school and eventually drops out. Faced with mounting debt from his school loans and his inability to tell his father he is broke and a failure, he accepts a high-paid but illegal job as an organ transplant broker. He is currently working with Maria, a liver donor in exchange for cash, guiding her through the process to make it all appear legitimate. Simon only needs a few more deals and he will be debt-free … until everything goes very, very wrong.
This fast-paced psychological thriller had my interest from the start with the pace increasing as everything falls apart. Maria is not the person he thought she was and the deal may be exposed, putting everyone in danger. The plot is clever, timely, and compelling with enough changes in direction to keep the reader guessing all the way to the unexpected conclusion.
The story was easy to follow in audio format. Most of it took place in the present with some flashbacks and memories of the past. Narrator Robbie Daymond did a good job differentiating the voices of the various characters and expertly captured the tension and suspense while keeping the pace moving and the listener engaged.
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher.
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