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Dusty S. Human

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  • The Things They Carried

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Tim O'Brien
    • Narrated By Bryan Cranston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (1563)
    Story
    (1550)

    Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

    Mel says: "Heavy Load"
    "An Important Literary Achievement"
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    What did you love best about The Things They Carried?

    Every ten years or so, I encounter a book that makes my short list of important literary finds. Now I listen to audible.com books and seldom snuggle up with paper and ink text especially when I knit or wait for the sandman to come late at night. If you want to behold an impressive artistic achievement, check out _The Things They Carried_ by Tim O'Brien.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (750)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (625)

    In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

    George K. says: "A Walk through the Valley of the Shadow"
    "An Insider's Perspective of End-of-Life Issues"
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    If you could sum up Being Mortal in three words, what would they be?

    This book should be required reading (listening) for physicians, medical students, social workers, chaplains, and those who care about what really matters at the end of life.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The numerous stories clearly show how complex and challenging the art of care is.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    From personal experience, I have observed how often family members resist the loved one's expressed wishes. Consequently, I was fascinated when the author shared his own father's story. Even in this medical family, the prospect of wrenching loss played out at the end in the poignant way that demonstrates how the heart has its reasons.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a priceless contribution at a time when the implications of the anticipated tsunami of boomer care issues looms large.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Newtown: An American Tragedy

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Matthew Lysiak
    • Narrated By Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    12/14/2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Connecticut We remember the numbers: 20 children and 6 adults, murdered in a place of nurture and trust. We remember the names: Teachers like Victoria Soto, who lost her life protecting her students. A shooter named Adam Lanza. And we remember the questions: Outraged conjecture instantly monopolized the worldwide response to the tragedy, while the truth went missing. Here is the definitive journalistic account of Newtown.

    Thug4life says: "Tragic, heartbreaking, and important"
    "sadly enlightening"
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    What did you love best about Newtown?

    Well researched


    What did you like best about this story?

    Explained the tragedy


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    At first it brought back the day so vividly, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but I'm glad I continued to make sense of the inconceivable.


    Any additional comments?

    So what will we do to prevent another Newtown?

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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