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thescold40

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  • Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sheri Fink
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (568)

    In the tradition of the best writing on medicine, physician and reporter Sheri Fink reconstructs five days at Memorial Medical Center and draws the listener into the lives of those who struggled mightily to survive and to maintain life amidst chaos. After Katrina struck and the floodwaters rose, the power failed, and the heat climbed, exhausted caregivers chose to designate certain patients last for rescue. Months later, several health professionals faced criminal allegations that they deliberately injected numerous patients with drugs to hasten their deaths. Five Days at Memorial, the culmination of six years of reporting, unspools the mystery of what happened in those days.

    Cynthia says: "Five Days in Hell/Years in Purgatory"
    "Disapointing"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This book reads like an insurance report, so dry that the horrific events described seem dull. The book is well researched, but in an effort to be thorough, the author is repetitive, and either she is not interested in providing emotional perspective to the events described or purposely avoided doing so.


    Would you recommend Five Days at Memorial to your friends? Why or why not?

    I was the only one in my book club able to finish this book, probably because I work in medicine and have myself been in a similar (though less intense) situation and I was interested in understanding how other professionals felt during a true emergency. Sadly, this account didn't really contain much insight into how anyone felt, it is completely factual. Now if you are in market for an emotionless analysis of a frightening tragedy, this is the book for you and I recommend it as such.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any other performances by Kirsten Potter, she did the best she could have done with the material.


    Did Five Days at Memorial inspire you to do anything?

    I did have an interesting discussion with my husband (a physician) about what training medical schools offer in ethics, and about triage in military situations versus inner city settings, and during drills for natural disasters. It would have made a nice essay, far more interesting than this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Anna Quindlen
    • Narrated By Anna Quindlen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (242)

    In this irresistible memoir, the New York Times best-selling author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize Anna Quindlen writes about looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, girlfriends, our mothers, faith, loss, all the stuff in our closets, and more. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake is filled with the sharp insights and revealing observations that have long confirmed Quindlen’s status as America’s laureate of real life.

    Sheila A. Dechantal says: "Worth a listen!"
    "Lots of Memories, Plenty of Pleasant"
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    What did you love best about Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake?

    It may be just my age, as Quindlen is just a little older than I, but I felt like I was having coffee with my best read and most articulate friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Her husband seems like a lovely man, there aren't that many kind, supportive men in the literature I seem to choose.


    Which character – as performed by Anna Quindlen – was your favorite?

    Anna herself!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    She discusses how much she resented leaving college to care for her dying mother, and how her mother tried to give it a positive spin as something to write about later. i found that very moving, It reminded me so much of my own mother, and how much more comfortable mothers are giving than taking.


    Any additional comments?

    Realistically, this memoir will not appeal to everyone, but if you are of an age to have experienced the early years of the feminist movement, you will really enjoy this entertaining, happy read.

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