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  • Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By William David Griffith

    Sometimes in medicine the only way to know what is truly going on in a patient is to operate, to look inside with one's own eyes. This book is exploratory surgery on medicine itself, laying bare a science not in its idealized form but as it actually is - complicated, perplexing, and profoundly human.

    T.K. says: "It's about time..."
    "Unqualified praise"

    Written with both emotion and objectivity, Complications is a fascinating look at the practice of modern medicine. Through actual case histories, Gawande marvels over the successes and admits the shortcomings of today's doctors, attempting all the while to explain that they are merely human beings, capable of faults but trying, often selflessly, to reduce the suffering of other human beings. Probably best for the science-savvy, or at least the 'ER' crowd, as it is rife with clinical explanations which, though excellent and accessible, may bore the average reader. Inspiring and humbling. (I am, by the way, neither a doctor nor a relative of one.)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Richard P. Feynman
    • Narrated By Dan Cashman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    "This marvelous collection of talks, interviews, and essays offers a memorable sample of the wit, brilliance, and irreverence of the most celebrated physicist of our time," says Alan Guth, author of The Inflationary Universe. "The more one reads of Feynman, the more one falls in love with his refreshingly enthusiastic view of the world."

    Charles Gousha says: "A variable compilation"
    "Alternately interesting and self-congratulatory"

    I have never known someone to go so far out of his way to tell you how humble he is or to tell you about the clever things he thinks in such an "I'm so clever, don't you think?" sort of way as Feynman does, but about half the writings are still pretty interesting. The narrator has a habit of speaking slowly & then very rapidly, kind-of like Martin Scorsese talks, which lends Feynman an annoying voice. Listen to the sample to see of it bothers you.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke: 1937-1999 (Unabridged Selections)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated By Arte Johnson, Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison

    From early stories like "Breaking Strain," to classics like "The Nine Billion Names of God" and "The Sentinel" (kernel of the later novel and movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey), all the way to later groundbreaking works such as "The Hammer of God" and "Transit to Earth," this volume encapsulates one of the great science fiction writing careers of all time.

    Charles Gousha says: "Know what you're getting"
    "Missing some BIG ones"

    I am very annoyed to find that this audio collection does not contain some of Clarke's most memorable works, including "The Lion of Comarre," "A Meeting With Medusa," "The Rescue Party," and perhaps the most famous of all, "The Star." The last two are mentioned by name in the "Publisher's Note," for gosh sakes! These particular stories are the reason I bought this collection, so I am quite dissatisfied.

    37 of 39 people found this review helpful

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