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Alchemist

Narrated by: Katherine Press
Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger....

Monty Bannerman's father is a leading genetic scientist and Nobel Prize winner whose company has just been taken over by what will soon be the world's biggest pharmaceutical giant. He had some misgivings about their company ethics - but ultimately, he needs their money, and they need his mind.    

Then a journalist comes to Monty's door, with a far-fetched story about the pharmaceutical company. She doesn't believe what she's being told for a moment - but within a few short weeks, events are making the apparently fantastic claims look horrifyingly like the truth.  

Behind the respectable facade of the multi-national company which calls itself the 'World's Most Caring Company' lies an outrage against the whole human race....       

©2019 Peter James (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Started so well - finished very poorly

This book started very strongly. The expose of big pharma, the possibilities of corruption because of the business model. Very credible characters & excellent story-line.

Then it happened - the story line deteriorated & became incredulous.

I think if we had been warned that this was turning into a ridiculous plot with a more ridiculous ending.

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No. Just no. Shallow drivel.

I was hoping for an intelligent thriller about the dirty deeds of Big Pharma, and if you threw a little satanism into the mix it would just reinforce my existing notions about capitalistic greed.

I dont know what category or genre this book is, but its utter garbage. I got 4 hours in and the reality hit. This story is mindless drivel. It is not a taut thriller filled with embellished truths, it is not a quasi-journalistic story exposing dirty secrets, it is, in fact, just mindless drivel. Nothing thought provoking in this book. Although set in the 1990s the characters are clichéd British stereotypes from 70s 'avant garde' TV movies and pulp literature. If this is 'horror' then it fails to create an impending sense of sinister events and instead relies on an all most soap opera approach to interpersonal relationships and some rather Edwardian 'parlour games' masquerading as magic.

I cant believe I wasted 4 hours on this. It is so not the type of story I was looking for.

I recommend that no one should waste their time on this book. Its just not worth it.

Serves me right for trying to read outside of my usual genres.

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Not worth 23 hours of your time

Meandering storyline that takes 18 hours for any progress to take place. Infuriating characters and more effort put into sex scenes then building any sense of suspense.

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  • 06-02-2020

good story, make you wonder

Would have given it 5 stars the ending is not complete and I kept having to turn the volume up or down to listen to the story.

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  • Julie R.
  • 25-01-2020

Great Book

Really enjoyed this and it would make a fantastic film, heading to buy some more of his stuff!

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  • Ms J Ritchie
  • 22-02-2020

Versatile Peter James

I LOVED this book. Gripping from the outset and so very well read by Katherine Press, The Alchemist is one of Peter James’s finest tales. We all love to hate big pharma, but James takes this to a whole new level.
Outstanding and highly recommended.

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  • John
  • 21-02-2020

Peter James' finest quality work to date.

This book is jaw droppingly BRILLIANT. It ticks all the right boxes. The story is interesting, exciting, unusual and thrilling. The plot works well, the characters are believeable and you build a great connection with them. The narration is well performed.