Margaret Cho gets shamelessly sentimental, telling her story in a cutesy voice to schmaltzy piano music. Didn't she used to be funny? Maybe she should start drinking again.
This is a very long, very dull story. It goes on and on forever. Anne Heche has an high pitched voice that grates on your nerves.
Overprivileged whinny gay Jew Ivy League graduate and son-of-psychologist David Rakoff relates tales of life in the big city. He overcomes being Jewish and gay, and goes on to beat cancer and donate sperm. He goes to a lot of weekend retreats too. His story about Steven Segal leading a seminar at a New Age seminar is pretty funny.
Lots of Rah-rah pro-lesbian ranting, more like feminist rally than a comedy routine. Not a lot of laughs for this listener anyway.
Tom Robbins stopped being funny years ago. This book is overly long and self-indulgent and not nearly as profound or clever as the author thinks it is. The author's ramblings get pretty irritating after the first few chapters. This sounds like it was written by a sex-obsessed, over-caffienated philosophy major with literary pretensions. This sloppy, rambling schtick was cute in his first book "Still Life with Woodpecker." Robbins' recent books come off as if he's trying to see how much he can get away with; he's not even trying to tell a compelling story, just dousing the reader with pointless, showy verbiage to make up for lack of substance.
It's disturbing to realize that doctors are usually guessing when they diagnose and treat a patient. According to Dr. Gawande, whether you leave the operating room alive depends more on luck than on the skill of the doc. who's cutting you open. I'm not sure how doctors justify their exhorbitant fees or enormous egos if all they are doing half the time is spitballing. I've had loved ones in the ICU who nearly died because a doctor made an unlucky guess, and listening to this audiobok didn't improve my already jaundiced opinion of the medical profession. As a collection of horror stories "Complications" is mildly interesting, but is bogged down in tiresome detail and medical jargon. The reader has a pleasant voice but lacks conviction in his delivery and tends to drone on and on in a monotone.
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