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A Case of Need

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Lu par : Nick Podehl
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Boston, 1968

When one doctor is accused of murder, it takes another to set him free.

In the tightly knit world of Boston medicine, the Randall family reigns supreme. When heart surgeon J. D. Randall's teenage daughter dies during a botched abortion, the medical community threatens to explode. Was it malpractice? A violation of the Hippocratic Oath? Or was Karen Randall murdered in cold blood?

The natural suspect is Arthur Lee, a brilliant surgeon and known abortionist, who has been carrying out the illegal procedure with the help of pathologist John Berry. After Karen dies, Lee is thrown in jail on a murder charge, and only Berry can prove his friend wasn't the one who wielded the scalpel. Behind this gruesome death, Berry will uncover a secret that would shock even the most hardened pathologist.

A Case of Need was adapted to the screen as The Carey Treatment, directed by Blake Edwards and starring James Coburn.

©1968 Jeffery Hudson; Copyright renewed 1996 by CrichtonSun LLC (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • 12/09/2018

Not Mr Cricghton's Best Work

First, let me say I was a Michael Crichton fan and an avid listener of his later works. Second, I'm glad I never encountered this early work because it might have put me off reading his later and much better works. The constant use of footnotes explaining the medical jargon that permeated the first part of the book was jarring. The book was written in 1968 and is more about abortion than actual detective work. Most definitely not a thriller.

If you're not familiar with Crichton's works, don't let this one discourage you from reading his later works. You'll be missing out on a great writer if you do that.

Nick Podehi was excellent with the delivery of the story

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  • Sandi Tipps
  • 08/06/2016

A Case Of Need

As a OB- GYN nurse for 33+ years, this book was right down my alley.
I found it very enthralling and interesting, I especially liked all of the appendix info at the end!!!!! Good job!!!! 💐

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  • Calliope
  • 30/12/2015

Interesting in unexpected ways

This is one of the early Michael Crichton books he wrote as a med student, but it's clear that his talent for novel writing (the structure and language) is there already. His books zip along with interest and speed, without being too light and frivolous, and without being too heavy and ponderous. Good beach reads, and that's a talent of it's own.

The facts and social opinions of the day are dated and/or outmoded.....pre- Roe vs Wade and the national discussion on abortion, doctors' wives who keep homes, raise children, and gossip with each other, almost everyone smoked (including doctors), and doctors were referred to as almost exclusively male (as was the case in the late 60s, when med students were still 90% male). Still, I find that doesn't matter much to my enjoyment of the book.......none of those things really impact the narrative or the plot of the book except for the hesitancy of people to discuss abortions.

I found some unexpected things to be very interesting - the argument that the one of reason abortions were illegal was that they were relatively safe, and that if the morbidity and mortality rate were higher, there would be more pressure to allow them to be done (and obtained) legally. Also the depiction of how doctors truly do make the worst patients, and how doctors use language, knowledge, and a "one of the guys" code to protect themselves. Oh, and that it seemed everyone, including doctors, smoked.

Listen to the appendices - there's some interesting information and insight that Michael Crichton probably wanted to include but couldn't find a way -- but it's still very interesting.

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  • r.j.
  • 21/07/2017

Classic

One of my very first Michael Crichton books. I've read it twice and really enjoyed listening to it. The narrator made it so vivid for me again like I was just reading it for the first time.

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  • SUNEET
  • 18/01/2017

Not too bad

I listened, and I did truly enjoy it. It wasn't a struggle to listen. It wasn't unputdownable. I was glad when it was over. Overall, a mediocre Crichton.
It's difficult to say why I didn't like it as much as I usually like a Crichton, but I'll try.
There's very little real action. It's all detective work. So it's a detective story, not truly a "thriller". (But okay, I can live with that. Higashino wrote pure detective work, without a character so much as running, and I rated Suspect X as perhaps the best book on Audible.)
Unfortunately, the detective work is done by a pathologist. Now if this detective work had been done in the path lab, it could have risen to the level of brilliant. Unfortunately, this was done on the streets, so it could only rise to the level of ordinary.
The plot was nice.
So while the book was interesting, it never became VERY interesting.
Still, I never felt like I'd wasted a credit.

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  • Blonde Marvel
  • 20/05/2020

Too outdated

I couldn't finish this book. I thought the narrator sounded too fake, too dramatic. The story was definitely very outdated... it goes back to a time when bosses called their secretaries "sweetheart" and asked them to get them coffee.

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  • cjatthefarm
  • 15/05/2020

Great Read !

Also enjoy Micheal Crichton ! This one was no exception! And my first Audible !!

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  • Neesie315
  • 24/04/2020

Medical Thriller

This is an early work by Michael Crichton, writing as Jeffery Hudson. Since it was written in 1968, I found it interesting to read and remember how different things were in the late Sixties.

This book deals with a Doctor who is arrested after a young woman dies after having an abortion. Dr. Lee's friend, John Berry, is the protagonist in this book and it follows his attempt to clear his friend's name and find the true villain.

A lot of the book deals with talk about abortion and how things were when abortion wasn't legal. I also found it interesting that nearly all of the characters smoked (which was true for those times). Reading a book with everybody smoking, no cell phones, no Internet was a different experience.

The book was mostly an amateur detective romp, with Dr. Berry tracking down people, questioning them (without any authority) and getting into trouble. I did enjoy the medical aspects of the book and thought that they added a lot to the story.

The narrator, Nick Podehl, did a wonderful job and his pacing was perfect and kept my attention. If you are looking for an enjoyable medical thriller, this is pretty good. Just don't expect it to compare with Crichton's later works.

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  • escoocoo
  • 11/03/2020

Not Bad!!

I enjoyed listening to this audiobook. It was fast paced and kept my interest all the way through. Excellent narration!!!

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  • Chrissy B (Books with Chrissy)
  • 05/03/2020

Interesting Medical Thriller

This is a very interesting Medical Thriller. For the time period it is set in I felt that the medical procedures, tests, and processes were all written very accurately. I loved the lead character, a pathologist, and how he conducted his own investigation to get to the truth.

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  • Sudan Martin Jackson
  • 05/12/2017

Story ok. Speaker... the wort yet

Was genau hat Sie an A Case of Need enttäuscht?

The speaker was absolutely horrible. This was perhaps the worst experience in an Audiobook I have ever had. The way the speaker portrayed different characters was unwillingly comical, everything was over-acted, at times it felt completely silly and cartoonish to the point of being unbearable.

Was war der interessanteste Aspekt der Handlung? Welcher der uninteressanteste?

Michael Crichton always wrote great books. This one lacked depth in the right spots, and led us down an extremely long string of new characters. Each chapter introduced us to the next person, and the next, and the next...

Was mochten Sie nicht am Vortrag von Nick Podehl?

The speaker was unnatural and annoying. Over-affected and horribly cheesy.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

I case of wasted money.