Can't say because I haven't read the book.
Indeed. By making me consider how lucky I have been when I have had to go to a hospital that I came out alive.
I felt no sympathy for the killer, nor the hospital administrators. But I did for Amy.
This book educates listeners they must be their own patient advocates. They must learn to question every pill, injection & food they are given. They must get from their doctor a written list of the medicines they will be given PRIOR to receiving them. The patient must ask why they are being given these medicines & how they will affect them as well as interact with other medication. Also how long they will need to receive the medicines & how often. If the patient is unable to do this, than they must try to ask a trusted family member or friend to provide this protection. As the writer points out more than once, medical accidents in hospitals happen. Much more often than the average person is aware of. That is the biggest worry. Add in the possibility of a nut case killing patients & one begins to see the risks involved & why its necessary to take all precautions to protect yourself when there is a need to be treated in the ER, or admitted to a hospital.
I am the Evil Mama
I have to admit I had not heard of Charles Cullen and this was a very enjoyable nonfiction book that I would recommend to true crime lovers!
Every medical professional (including nursing and medical students) in the country knows that the spoken abbreviation for digoxin is pronounced "didge". This was so distracting and unprofessional that I believe that it should be corrected.
Say something about yourself!
The tough questions weren't addressed. Why did he slip through the medical and mental health care system after all those suicide gestures? How does the threat of lawsuits rule the decisions and policies of hospitals? Those are the real stories of import to our society, completely ignored. And the "dig" flaw in narration is no small point, someone made a bad decision to let this go to market as is.
I would not recommend the audio-book. I do recommend the text-version.
I think that the criteria for choosing the narrator of this book should have been an actor familiar with proper pronunciation of healthcare terminology and possibly experience in healthcare. I felt the narrator's discomfort with the subject matter, the characterizations and the medications so crucial to the story.
The short form of "Digoxin" is pronounced "didge" not "dig". A "Q.R.S." is not a "O.R.S." An injection of Xanax 8mg is unheard of as Xanax is not available as an injectable.
Greedy, voracious reader since age five. After a number of eye injuries & surgeries, reading is hard. So now, I listen.
Excellent writing, excellent research, excellent narration, and a terrifying story about a lunatic nurse who spends more than a decade killing HUNDREDS of (healthy) patients in several hospitals in a tri-state area. And although there are signs that point to him as being somehow responsible, negligent, or downright murderous in many of these cases, ALL of the hospital administrators involved simply send him off to work somewhere else, and with good references, so that their own hospitals and reputations will suffer no damage or recriminations, or God forbid, actual liability. Can't afford to lose patient referrals over a few extra dead people.
There is, finally, one woman working in this cesspool of ever-rising profit who manages to locate her conscience, and she turns in the 'good nurse' to the police. He makes confessions, but can't remember all his victims. The estimate is more than 400. And he is the only one is jail. NONE of those hospital administrators who, by letting him continue working, allowed the killing to continue, was charged with anything. I think that's a crime.
I love audible, because honestly I don't have the time or the attention span to sit and read! I love true crime, and romantic comedies most
The narrator was great, the story was captivating!
This story is unbelievable, coming from someone that works in a hospital, I couldn't believe the things he got away with.
A must listen for anyone interested in true crime!
Charles Graeber does a great job of profiling this disturbed person. I felt like I really knew him and what he was doing from his perspective and from the perspective of the investigators. I just wanted him to get caught already! It drags out just a tiny bit at the end, but overall captivating.
The narration is fantastic. The author did a fabulous job with a horrible subject. The detective work and such a remarkable ending.
Definitely! Couldn't stop listening. There's just one unbelievable event after another the author did a fabulous job with such a nightmare of a story. Charles, the cold blooded murderer who keeps getting away with it.
There were several. Charle, Amy, the sister at the jail, etc.
The detective work in this crime was amazing. Just as amazing was the ignorant, criminal and unthinkable administrators at the hospitals Charles got away with murder at. My heart goes out to all the victims families.
Graeber's chilling account of Charles Cullen was propelled and made lively by Will Collyer's brisk and engaging narration.
The crimes of Charles Cullen were disturbing on their own, of course, but what made this book so frightening was the discussion of how the hospitals that employed Cullen simply kept passing him along. There was more than one occasion where Cullen was caught, almost in the act, of stealing dangerous medications suspected of being used to harm patients, and hospital administrators would allow him to quietly resign with neutral job references, just so there would be no mark of shame against the hospital.
This was some of the best voice work I have ever heard. Collyer adopts different voice affectations for the dialogue-- subtly, nothing too over the top-- that allow the listener to keep track of who is talking in fast exchanges.