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John

los altos hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2000

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  • Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Dosa
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (61)

    Oscar the cat has a very special skill. An otherwise ordinary cat—he'd sooner give you his back or a sideways glance than curl up on your lap—Oscar has the uncanny ability to predict when people are about to die. Adopted by staff members at Steere House nursing home when he was a kitten, the three year-old cat has presided over the deaths of more than twenty-five nursing home residents thus far.

    Chelsea says: "Very -touching"
    "Making the right decisions for a dementia patient."
    Overall

    This is a must read for anyone who has a parent or spouse suffering from dementia. The author, Dr. Dosa, serves on the third floor of a nursing facility which made the choice of having pets to provide socialization and company to the patients. While Oscar, one of two cats on the third floor, is the central thread of the story, the take away is the decision making that is required by the relatives or spouse of the patient.

    The insights provided by the author in assisting the decision making as to the level of care, and the guilt and confusion associated with these decisions, are invaluable. But even more important, are the reflections by the relatives in interviews taking place after the patient has passed away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Prey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By George Wilson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1338)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (414)

    In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles (micro-robots) has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive.

    Mary says: "Terrifying"
    "Excellent scientific fiction!"
    Overall

    Excellent story for those who are looking for some science in their fiction.

    Bridges between real science and science fiction.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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