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Ted Yao

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  • The Pain Chronicles: Cures, Myths, Mysteries, Prayers, Diaries, Brain Scans, Healing, and the Science of Suffering

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Melanie Thernstrom
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Each of us will know physical pain in our lives, but none of us knows when it will come or how long it will stay. Today as much as 10 percent of the population of the United States suffers from chronic pain. It is more widespread, misdiagnosed, and undertreated than any major disease. While recent research has shown that pain produces pathological changes to the brain and spinal cord, many doctors and patients still labor under misguided cultural notions and outdated scientific dogmas.

    Nathan O'Hara says: "Informative, well researched and nicely written"
    "interesting book but marred by self indulgence"
    Overall

    The author is a New York Times reporter who interweaves the history, culture and medicine of pain with her own failed romance (meets married partner-to-be at the same time she develops chronic pain). The result is she lacks any critical distance about her lovelife, which mars an otherwise interesting account of chronic pain. Her history of medicine shows that conceptions of pain have been continuously re-interpreted; good point, but how many times do you want to hear her announce what an insight this is? I would imagine her editor had a long battle with her and lost.beta inappVoteInfo

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Empire of the Summer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By S. C. Gwynne
    • Narrated By David Drummond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (967)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (607)

    Few people realize that the Comanche Indians were the greatest warring tribe in American history. Their 40-year battle with settlers held up the development of the new nation. Empire of the Summer Moon tells of the rise and fall of this fierce, powerful, and proud tribe, and begins in 1836 with the kidnapping of a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower blue eyes named Cynthia Ann Parker.

    John says: "Quannah Parker"
    "A non judgemental account of the Comanche nation"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Spare, rivetting, unforgettable. Driving highway 40 through Amarillo, we put on this tape and were transfixed as the author told this story, effortlessly switching from modern to 19th century to preColumbian American points of view, from ethno-cultural, to military history to language analysis. All this combined with the incredible story of the kidnap, torrture and experience of the Parker females. I can't recommend this more highly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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