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Debbie

Well researched thrillers Chriton-esque. Nonfiction: Science, medical, biography, "self-help" meta cognitive sub-genre, memoir, philosophy..

United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Steven Novella
    Overall
    (137)
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    (130)
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    (126)

    In today's information age, medical myths are all around us. And using them to make decisions about your own health can be harmful. Even deadly. That's why it's critical to understand the accuracy of medical information and discover the truth about everyday health and well-being. That's the core of this important series of 24 eye-opening lectures from an acclaimed neurologist, educator, and science broadcaster.

    Atheous says: "It just starts with myths."
    "Great Listen for Anyone!"
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    Would you listen to Medical Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths: What We Think We Know May Be Hurting Us again? Why?

    Yes. Because I do not necessarily catch every detail in real time. Often I fall a bit behind because the preceding point still has my attention. Some points I wish to commit to memory. The lectures by Dr Steven Novella are AMAZING. Exciting, informative, fun.... He is a great teacher with a fluent vocabulary. I want to remember to again use some of those words. And I want to have my myths clear! Sure I will be arguing regarding some of them that are so entrenched.


    Have you listened to any of Professor Steven Novella’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and this one was very worthwhile yet lighter. No regrets!


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

    Yes and repeated many "lectures/chapters".


    Any additional comments?

    Audible!! Obtain content rights for more books featuring lectures on any topic by this man!!! Amazing .... This one the lighter & easier to review of the two I have. NO ONE should be intimidated to go with this book of lectures. No dense scientific or biological knowledge is required to take away an excellent experience with information we all can use!

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  • Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By S.J. Scott
    • Narrated By Greg Zarcone
    Overall
    (6)
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    (4)
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    Discover: How to add dozens of positive changes to your daily routine. Want to improve your life, but don't have enough time? Right now you could easily think of a dozen ways to instantly improve your life. Odds are, these ideas will only take a few minutes apiece to complete. The problem? You might feel like there's not enough time to do all of them. One solution can be found using the power of "habit stacking."

    Debbie says: "The Title is the Book"
    "The Title is the Book"
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    What did you like best about Habit Stacking? What did you like least?

    The point. The examples were tedious and trite. The idea of combining actions that are of a short duration, into clumps or groups develops a mini routine. Routines are beneficial. One example he uses I do. The first thing I do is make the bed. Now I see it would be easy to add on another five minute task to be performed immediately after it. When that becomes mindless, add another one. Maybe as many as five. But at least three. For that particular grouping. That is habit stacking. That is a good idea. It would be a painless way to develop more routines and habits beneficial to clearing my head and time management. Nothing about the book goes on to make any other point. So really one just needs to think about the title. What habit-stacking could possibly be.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was also somewhat tedious. Not the most pleasing voice ever.


    Did Habit Stacking inspire you to do anything?

    Yes, I am going to floss and brush my teeth before I have coffee. Immediately after I make the bed. I am going to empty the dishwasher while the coffee is being made. Now I have stacked two more habits onto the existing routine I established of immediately making my bed. None of his other examples were beneficial to me. But the idea is. And I can create other habits stacks.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it was worth the few dollars it cost to buy the book and I listened to a little bit more than half of it. And I don't regret it.

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  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    Overall
    (3976)
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    (3523)
    Story
    (3533)

    In David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell challenges how we think about obstacles and disadvantages, offering a new interpretation of what it means to be discriminated against, or cope with a disability, or lose a parent, or attend a mediocre school, or suffer from any number of other apparent setbacks. Gladwell begins with the real story of what happened between the giant and the shepherd boy those many years ago.

    Cynthia says: "The Art of (Unconventional) War"
    "Disappointing Gladwell Read - Droning On"
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    Would you try another book from Malcolm Gladwell and/or Malcolm Gladwell?

    Yes


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not a Gladwell title


    What does Malcolm Gladwell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration is excellent. I liked BLINK and THE TIPPING POINT. I have been listening to this now for a couple of hours and I think he has made one moderately interesting point he is beating it to death.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    I think he can be a slow starting read. However, this book seems to be exceptionally slow going and without any dynamic tempo that would suggest it is going to get better. I am going to move on.

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  • The Art Forger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By B. A. Shapiro
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (573)
    Story
    (578)

    Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

    Cynthia says: "The Art Forger"
    "Much-enjoyed!"
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    If you could sum up The Art Forger in three words, what would they be?

    03 words: I wish the painting have been there Vermeer. The plot draws upon an intriguing story in real art history. The characters are very well done. It's not overly thrilling, overly scary… It's just not over the top. However it was eminently listenable. And my immediate reaction upon concluding the book was to see if the author had another available on audible.com.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot kept me going in no small part due to the characters and their relationships. Yet this is an easy book to have going on while doing other things around the house.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    The main character. I think the narrator did a poor job with male voices and it took some real getting used to. Plus all the male voices were the same to my ear.


    Any additional comments?

    In many ways this book was just exactly what I wanted and needed. I wish I had more of them. Not too heavy. Not too twisty. Not too dark. Yet grounded and not out floating around somewhere in the universe of lost threads. I like the insight into the main character and thought that was very well written. That character was humanized. Artist or not, it could've been so many of us.

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  • What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Danielle Ofri
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
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    (22)

    In What Doctors Feel, Dr. Danielle Ofri has taken on the task of dissecting the hidden emotional responses of doctors, and how these directly influence patients. How do the stresses of medical life - from paperwork to grueling hours to lawsuits to facing death - affect the medical care that doctors can offer their patients? Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions - shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love - that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection.

    Debbie says: "Worth the Listen, but not quite what I expected"
    "Worth the Listen, but not quite what I expected"
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    Would you listen to What Doctors Feel again? Why?

    No but no regrets


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The entire pace of book lacked dynamics. No real change for ending.


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

    While muti-tasking, good serial listen. No challenge to stop & pick up again.


    Any additional comments?

    The memoir lacks dimension & depth into the doctor whose story we hear (with jerky gaps). I found empathy topic quite interesting. Which doctors are or are not sued, good trivia info. Focus on two patients too narrow. Narrator very good.

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  • Suspicion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Joseph Finder
    • Narrated By Steven Kearney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (102)
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    When single father Danny Goodman suddenly finds himself unable to afford the private school his teenage daughter adores, he has no one to turn to for financial support. In what seems like a stroke of brilliant luck, Danny meets Thomas Galvin, the father of his daughter’s new best friend, who also happens to be one of the wealthiest men in Boston. Galvin is aware of Danny's situation and out of the blue offers a $50,000 loan to help Danny cover his daughter's tuition. Uncomfortable but desperate, Danny takes the money, promising to pay Galvin back.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Great Premise"
    "Reread the Hardy Boys instead if seeking any suspense"
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    Would you try another book from Joseph Finder and/or Steven Kearney?

    Definitely not.


    What was most disappointing about Joseph Finder’s story?

    Everything. The only redeeming quality to the book was the main character's love for his daughter. This was truly a book telling a story that I am certain I have seen on television shows for 20 years.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I believe the performance was fine. It becomes hard to separate when the story is so pathetically lame.


    Could you see Suspicion being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I should've seen this question coming but I didn't… The problem is, it already been a movie and TV series countless times. Please don't do it again.


    Any additional comments?

    On an up note if someone is looking to have a book published, this one was published. Therefore have hope.

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  • Lying

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Sam Harris
    • Narrated By Sam Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (673)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (585)

    As it was in Anna Karenina, Madame Bovary, and Othello, so it is in life. Most forms of private vice and public evil are kindled and sustained by lies. Acts of adultery and other personal betrayals, financial fraud, government corruption - even murder and genocide - generally require an additional moral defect: a willingness to lie. In Lying, bestselling author and neuroscientist Sam Harris argues that we can radically simplify our lives and improve society by merely telling the truth in situations where others often lie.

    Douglas says: ""Telling The Truth..."
    "Does this Book Change Anyone's Stance on Lying"
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    Where does Lying rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks fairly high specifically vis-à-vis audiobooks. I much enjoyed listening to the book. I enjoyed the thinking. Examples were excellent. We absolutely can all relate to many aspects of this book. However in the end, I am right back where I was. My personal stance on the ethics of lying have not been altered. My concern about this book is that it plays to all. I am not sure if the author has done so wittingly or unwittingly. One can take away the opinion that they wish to retain from this book. It had moments of upending a belief I had. But before any section did so and – was completed, the author had seemingly gone full circle with his "argument."Yet, the book was not about presenting an argument. Or if it was, It was handled deftly. Perhaps two definitely. If one desired to read this book that's the justification for the practice of lying, I do need that could. I believe one could use the book for the precise opposite position on the topic. And remarkably I believe one could come away saying the author believes there are times to lie and times not lie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was the perfect very early morning listen, while feeding the dogs, preparing coffee, making the bed... To some extent it was thought provoking without actually hurting my brain. This book was also no regurgitated self-help book. There is thinking involved and it made me think. Several days after completing the book, having listened to nearly all of it about a month ago, then listening to it from start to finish anew, I find that I am still thinking. And what I think is that any book that makes me think and keeps me thinking after completing it, is a good book. My most recent thought about the book was that our beliefs and practice regarding lying has much to do with our choices about who we want to be as people. How simple we do or do not live our lives to be.


    What does Sam Harris bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sam Harris made the book pleasing, listenable. I think in large part because of the tenor and the pacing of the his presentation.


    If you could give Lying a new subtitle, what would it be?

    I do not think this book lends itself well to any subtitle. It has been my experience that too many publishers attempt to tell the entire story on the cover by way of subtitles and callouts. Here, the publisher got it right.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is well designed for audio. It's best heard in chunks. Replaying entire sections… or the last 30 seconds again made the book truly enjoyable in audio format. I do recommend the book. Surely any discussion regarding the point the author meant to make could result in lively debate among people who do not agree on that ethics or the practice of lying. At Moments in the book I thought I was being primed on the art of lying, only to then realize I was not. It is a clever book. It may be too clever if the author's intention was to leave the reader with a specific opinion regarding lying.TIP: I did come away with a chip, although the book is not about offering tips nor is it a guide to lying and – not a how-to book. Regarding the gray area of the white lie, I learned, the white lie is still a lie and if One does not wish to be lying, at times when a white lie seems necessary, simply deflect!

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  • Long Knives

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Charles Rosenberg
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Jenna James’ life has been smooth-sailing since she left the high-powered law firm of Marbury Marfan. She’s happily ensconced as a professor at a prestigious law school, where she’s well liked by her students, coupled up with a handsome colleague, and on track for tenure. But things take a shocking turn one morning when a student, Primo, comes to Jenna’s office seeking her advice about a treasure map he recently inherited. When Primo turns up dead and Jenna is suddenly the prime suspect in a murder investigation, everyone turns on her.

    Charles Atkinson says: "Disaster on Campus"
    "An enjoyable - distraction - good listen"
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    If you could sum up Long Knives in three words, what would they be?

    Surprisingly good


    What about Kate Rudd and Christopher Lane ’s performance did you like?

    Yes!!!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Although the plot was not anything completely novel or thrilling, reading the book was an easy, distracting journey; I seem to like the style of the authors' writing because the book was nothing all that special in terms of uniqueness of plot. Yet, I was ill inclined to stop listening. I think this book was very well-suited to audio. If I had actually been reading it I am not sure that I would've finished the book.

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  • Unlucky 13: Women's Murder Club

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (475)

    The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to lose. San Francisco Detective Lindsay Boxer is loving her life as a new mother. With an attentive husband, a job she loves, plus best friends who can talk about anything from sex to murder, things couldn't be better. Then the FBI sends Lindsay a photo of a killer from her past, and her happy world is shattered. The picture captures a beautiful woman at a stoplight. But all Lindsay sees is the psychopath behind those seductive eyes.

    Jean says: "three novellas"
    "A shocking disappointment and complete waste of time"
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    Would you try another book from James Patterson and Maxine Paetro and/or January LaVoy?

    Yes I read books by James Patterson that I like. The narrator was awful with male voices in particular. If there was any actual plot to this book it was lost on me and I listened to it twice! The first time I literally fell asleep before the end. The second time I wished I had after making it to the end, only to find out it truly never improved. Really a lousy book, much over-touted by general description and reviews.


    Has Unlucky 13 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Since it is the first book I read in this murder club series I'm willing to try another one based upon other reviews I read that suggest this particular novel was unlike the others and far worse.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I absolutely could not stand this narrator. The only way to have improve the performance would be to change the narrator to someone who actually can do different voices in a consistent and pleasant manner. The way she makes the main male character sound is just plain weird -- he just sounds weird and I couldn't shake it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Regret that I wasted time finishing it.


    Any additional comments?

    Bestseller or not I sure wouldn't recommend it.

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  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (408)
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    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Brilliant! Compelling ... Riveting Journey 8*s"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Year of Magical Thinking to be better than the print version?

    In a way. The book lends well to hearing vs. seeing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joan Didion of course! This is a memoir of her year. The year after her husband & partner 24/7 of 40 years suddenly died. It is intimate, transparent and very "her." Amazing writing. It is beyond humbling to even consider I could write a review of a book by the author who is largely considered to be the best essayist of a generation.


    What does Barbara Caruso bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does an excellent job with pacing and phrasing. Her tone is true to the content. Impressive. The wrong narrator would create a very poor experience with this book. Caruso was clear and so easy on the ears.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Please no!!! Do not let anyone make a movie of this book!!


    Any additional comments?

    A quote nearing the end of Joan's year of "magical thinking" - grief, passion, strength...


    ".... [the string of lights] burned out - went dead. This served as a symbol. I bought new strings of colored lights. This served as a profession of faith in the future. I take the opportunity for such professing's, where and when, I can invent them, since I do not yet actually feel this faith in the future.I notice I have lost the skills for ordinary social encounters, however undeveloped those skills may have been a year ago."


    --Joan Didion

    "The Year of Magical Thinking"

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  • Medical School for Everyone: Grand Rounds Cases

    • ORIGINAL (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By The Great Courses
    • Narrated By Professor Roy Benaroch
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
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    There's an art and science behind how doctors diagnose and treat medical patients. Where do doctors get these skills? The Grand Rounds experience, where they practice how to make accurate diagnoses by examining real patients. And with Dr. Benaroch's 24 unique lectures, you'll explore how a master physician solves medical problems just like a detective.

    Kim Ely says: "Not just for the medical community........"
    "Patients' Guide to Empowerment"
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    If you could sum up Medical School for Everyone in three words, what would they be?

    Educational equalizing empowering


    What did you like best about this story?

    These lectures enable any patient interested in understanding the process between physicians and their experiences - to communicate in a different way with medical professionals. This insight is invaluable. Enjoyment of the lectures, in part, comes from the case study story-telling approach. We can all relate to at least some of the patients in the stories. Medical knowledge is not a prerequisite. However with a little concentration anyone listening to these lectures will come away with knowledge that can change every encounter one has with doctors, and decisions.


    What does Professor Roy Benaroch bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has an obvious passion for teaching and for the "mystery" of successfully solving every patients' condition. At times he presents with so much excitement it is like listening to a mystery novel. Yet, as most good fictional novels do, these non-fiction lectures, educate, almost without the listener realizing so.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I simply enjoyed it. I garnered tools to improve communications in the medical arena. Certain recountings were very sad - some rather thrilling! Yet the point was, if only there had been earlier, more mutual communicating... Lessons? Patients be honest. Physicians care and be curious and lives can be saved.


    Any additional comments?

    "Sir William Osler M.D., said 'The good physician treats the disease. The great physician treats the patient who has the disease.' Cancer is a complex illness that can present in many ways.... Even when things turn bleak, there is always something a physician can do to help the patient - to help with comfort - to help ease a patient's journey, even when we cannot stop her disease."
    --Roy Benaroch. M.D.Emory University School of Medicine

    I spend time at Emory and know too many doctors frenetically working at Emory (and of course other facilities) who might want to spend some time back in the university, not teaching, but listening with the first year medical students to remember why they became doctors and how much they hold power to comfort or discourage, even fatally, every one of their patients.

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