• Plum Island: Booktrack Edition

  • By: Nelson DeMille
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9,081 ratings)

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Plum Island: Booktrack Edition

By: Nelson DeMille
Narrated by: Scott Brick
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Publisher's Summary

The hair-raising suspense of The General's Daughter... the wry wit of The Gold Coast... this is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powers...

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plum Island....

©1997 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

“DeMille's Mike Hammer-like cop is a chuckle-provoking winner, and the plot cleverly combines biological hazards and shiver-me-timbers pirate legends. An entertaining mix from the big-selling DeMille.” ( Booklist)
“Heavy wisecracking keeps the fun flowing as DeMille cranks up a thrilling, entertaining plot.” ( Kirkus Reviews)

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    4 out of 5 stars

Thanks Nelson for bringing an oldy to AUDIBLE

I have been hooked on Audio books for about 2 years now. I have already listened to ALL the John Corey books. Love them all and the personality. I get so dissapointed when I see there are earlier books in a series that arent available in Audible... Or even worse.. Abridged versions (chills).... 1/4 way into this book I had figured this was my favorite John Corey book to date!. I am about 30 min from the end of the book.

A good FUN story line, Not the same old same old plot... again. I cant believe John Corey was that sarcastic back THEN. Feels like he was more a smart ass then then in Lion's Game. I love thr Humor, the depth of the plot. No boring spots... One of my top 10 Audibles for sure..... and Thanks again for Scott Brick!!

PAUL

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I hoped someone would shoot the main character

Good plot, and an interesting concept. But horrible absolutely horrible main character. In every situation, he is boorish and obnoxious. At first it was kinda funny, but then as the book wore on, his dialog became immature and dull. To everyone that John Corey met, he was an ass. I kept expecting to discover the interesting side of the main character. But it never happened. After a couple of hours, John Corey's dialog wasn't funny. Stopped after nine hours. Deleted from my library. Too bad, I would have liked to known how it came out.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great on par with" LION'S GAME"

Lion's Game was in the top five out my 700+ audible books on file. John Corey was back at his earlier brazen, witty. intuitive (lovable) self. This book was mentioned in two other De Mille books and I had wondered why it was not available in audible form. From my grateful heart,I enjoyed this book more than any other book I have listened to this year.

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John Corey needs an attitude transplant.

I’m only two thirds of the way done, but my opinion won’t change by the time I reach the end.

There is a fine line between good witty sarcastic humour and just being a wise@$$. I can’t decide on which side of that line John Corey belongs, but he likes to linger on the low-side and I’m fed up.

There is only so much chauvinistic inner dialogue I can take. Perhaps it was intentional, but now it’s just getting on my nerves.

I don’t think I can make it through another adventure, so I think book 1 in this series will be my last.

52 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Vintage John Corey at last

I have been checking Audible for months hoping for Plum Island to be available. Yesterday my prayers were answered and I was happily listening to the original John Corey detective story, the first of five Demille books featuring this entertaining and amazing character, within 10 minutes. Scott Brick is John Corey. Plum Island is engaging and a great listen.

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narrated to perfection

Scott Brick does it again! The book is pretty good, but his performance of agent John Corey is superb. Great way to get the series going.

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Enjoyable

Nice listen...it's nice to go back to the first John Correy book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a nice, long listen.

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Sophomoric, obnoxious, sex-obsessed narrator

Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

Never, ever.

Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

Never, ever. I can't believe this book was so highly rated or that DeMille is a NYT best-selling author.

What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

Brick's performance perfectly captures the spirit of the book's main character. John Corey is a jerk who wastes our time with his sexual fantasies, idiotic insults of everyone he meets and lame jokes that he somehow believes are witty. Brick sounds like he IS that guy. Fingernails on a blackboard.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Irritation. See above. Corey has a thousand pet names for his genitals, bores us with his sexual fantasies and tries our patience by sparring us with other males as if every encounter is a cockfight. Then there's the ENDLESS string of witless humor. I guess DeMille is striving for the voice of the hard-bitten detective -- a Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade -- and thinks he Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. He's not. He's a hack.

Any additional comments?

I'll never find out who killed the Plum Island scientists. I finally gave up half-way through chapter 18, after Corey had sex with Emma off his dock, proudly contemplating his sexual prowess. OMG.

29 people found this helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars

Ugh!!

I'm only into this 9 hours and dying... - It is so slow and incredibly dull. I guess I am so over John Cory's smart ass continuous remarks. It was amusing at first, but no one is this obnoxious in real life. I just can't believe that after listening for 9 hours, nothing has progressed. It is the slowest moving book I have ever listened to. I'm giving up!! First book ever..

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  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

Another excellent job

I am a fan of Nelson Demille and it doesn't hurt that one of the best narrators, Scott Brick reads most of his work online. I listened to most of the John Corey books before they released Plum Island to audio and it was referenced quite often by the author in retro comments. Really pleased with this one and happy I got it. You will not be disappointed if you get this one. Promise!

21 people found this helpful