Although I like the author on CNN, his charisma does not translate onto the pages. The story was ho-hum, not much of a plot line and he wrapped it all up too quickly - like he was tired of writing this book and wanted to get it over with. Characters were not compelling and nothing much to keep you motivated to listen longer or wish for another novel.
NO - but would not get another book from this author. Robin Cook or Michael Crichton were far better medical writers.
Yes. As a nurse, I found it to be an accurate depiction of life in a hospital, although dramatically one-sided. There were other people involved in all the controversies who would have spoken up and also taken histories.
No, but it was entertaining.
He was a good narrator, but should have gotten some help with medical terms. The errors in pronunciation were distracting and ruined the flow. Glee-o-blastoma was mispronounced so many times it was agonizing.
Would make a great soap opera.
Readers understand that Dr. Gupta is a physician. The use of extensive medical terms irritated me as a medical professional. I found this use unnecessary to the story.
Good voice changes for each character
Quite by Susan Cain
He read as if he was each physician.
I am glad Gupta allowed Monday Mornings to be read through Audible.com
I enjoyed this book a great deal, as understanding medical problems & outcomes is an interest of mine. But those who aren't interested in what happens when a patient is on the table. or when a tricky diagnosis is required could find this heavy slogging.
I like that fictional doctors grappled with real problems, as it made the experience more realistic than reading a non-fiction book on this same topic.
The characters remained somewhat two dimensional for me, as there were a number of them. No one character was the centre point of this story. The one that stood out for me was "El Gato Grande" who did seem to come to life.
The "Monday Morning" ritual, where the doctors were held accountable for their mistakes, was very interesting. This procedure, if it exists, & I'm guessing that it must, definitely is well hidden from the public. It is reassuring to know that such a process exists, even if that doesn't hold true for every hospital.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
The story is very interesting and flows well. Great character building. I know doctors similar to the ones in the book. I a worked with one that could have been "El Gato Grande". He died of a heart attack at the early age of 48. Knowing the author is a physician makes the medical procedures and diagnosis very believable. I am looking for to Dr. Gupta next book.
The narration by Rummel was good but slightly dramatic at times. I personally could do without the music at the beginning and end. I found it distracting.
This book serves to remind us that doctors are only human, just like the best and the worst of us, who have home lives and past experiences that affect what they do every day. It wasn't one of those books you could not put down but you did want to come back and hear more about their lives. And there were a few surprises, just like in life.
Yes, it was engrossing and well told.
The characters are so well developed that the reader feels they must be real people.
Who wouldn't pick El Gato??? But he did a great job of reading everyone in this work--no small feat.
Laugh, for certain, but was also very serious at times.
A really good medical story (stories, really), filled with interesting characters.
great story with interesting characters. Fast-paced ER action keeps the story moving. Multiple story lines weave together to create the tapestry of hospital life