This is the first audio book I have ever tried, overall the book is a great listen.
The medical situations that are presented in the book.
No, many different sitting, mostly driving back and forth from school.
What an amazing book! At first, when the book was recommended to me, I thought, 'a book on check lists??' But Mr. Gawande show fantastic insight into the power of the check list and why it's more than a check list, but what it says about us and how we interact with other people. His stories are both riveting and insightful. In this age of super specialization, it's the simple stuff that can bring down a project - and our ego's.
Initially I wondered how Gawande would get a whole book out of this material. In fact, it is a short book and I found myself regretting that it was over! Riveting, fascinating, not at all dry or boring.
Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.
While there is both some good examples of the need for checklists and the benefits derived, this book could EASILY have been half as long and still been effective. Felt like the author trying to make a short story into a novel.
You'll learn some good things here, but will take more time than necessary to do it.
It is easy
Very human, compassionate and open to his and others limitations.
The day in a Boston Hospital when he tried to use the Checklist in preparation for surgery and discovered its limits and went back to drawing board to refine it.
Not really, it made sense and was very human.
Great story, many anecdotes that make the checklist real and doable. It really does unify a mission/purpose and strengthens teamwork!
Only a few books may make a difference in your performance and accomplishments. This is one of them. Whatever your role or position, developing a working checklist for your activities will make a difference and the insight given in this book about what makes a checklist useful, not too pedantic and not too general, is remarkable. Recommended.
This is the type of book that once you hear it, it starts you thinking. Is this a book that you would listen to over and over, I don't believe so but I do think it would be beneficial to listen to again in the future.
Although the story does deal with medical issues, this is the authors background, it also includes the source of checklists - pilots. As with any book there has to be a purpose for you picking the book up and this is to make yourself better. Many reviewers say that the book spends too much time on surgery but the purpose of the book is to illustrate the use of checklists; this and the many other examples should be adapted to your environment.
Great reader. Adds to experience.
There are many "really" moments throughout the book that keep it interesting and relevant.
Highly recommend for anyone who really wants to improve their lives - but it will take commitment and work.
A good look into how to utilize checklists in everyday life. Something that can benefit everyone.
The medical examples were an eye opener. I also liked the cross reference to the aviation industry.
Yes, definitely. There is so much rich material in this, so much that is quotable, when talking to old school health professionals who think that health care is simply about their being an expert. Even experts are humans.
The way aviation example are so delicately tied to medical examples.
Hmm. Some of the terminology was spelt out where it could have been said as a word, eg ECMO is not pronounced E.C.M.O. in healthcare, just ecmo.
The background story behind the world's most life saving surgical innovation.
Any surgeon who reads this book and is not converted should be... well... fired.
Excellent treatise by Atul Gawande. Giving 5/5 since this seems like a fundamental step modern society needs to take. Narrator was fine. Makes a very solid case for why and how to implement checklists. If you have a job or a duty you care about that involves money or lives and you don't have checklists then you need to read/listen to this and get started.
Favorite part was the survey of doctors and hospital staff for whom 20% said a surgery checklist was not helpful and a waste of time. However, when the same staff was asked if they wanted another surgeon to use the checklist, 94% of them said they wanted *that* surgeon to use the checklist!
Not sure - did an adequate job, would definitely listen to other narrations by John Lloyd