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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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  • 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
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    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.

    Cookmd says: "Real"
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead in the Water: A Kate Shugak Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    Once, Kate Shugak was the star investigator of the Anchorage D.A.'s office. Now she's gone back to her Aleut roots in the far Alaska north - where her talent for detection makes her the toughest crime-tracker in that stark and mysterious land.

    Debbie says: "Not a favorite in the series"
    "Not a favorite in the series"
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    Would you recommend Dead in the Water to your friends? Why or why not?

    No but would recommend other titles in the series


    Which character – as performed by Marguerite Gavin – was your favorite?

    Kate


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

    It could do well


    Any additional comments?

    Skip this one if reading series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter's Moon: Kate Shugak, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Dana Stabenow
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    Guiding becomes a deadly business when Kate Shugak accepts a contract to shepherd a group of German computer executives on an Alaskan hunting retreat. As the fog rolls in and people start dying, Kate and her boyfriend Jack discover how very seriously their charges take the sport. A hunter's moon signals a season of gathering and plenty, but Kate finds herself out of resources and at her most vulnerable. She must find the strength to not only survive, but repay. This time, the guide becomes the huntress.

    Debbie says: "Worthwhile Series"
    "Worthwhile Series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hunter's Moon the most enjoyable?

    Characters, location. Good plots not too intricate. Worthwhile easy listening.


    What other book might you compare Hunter's Moon to and why?

    Am gradually reading all titles in the series. Not too intense, just easy decent reads.


    What about Marguerite Gavin’s performance did you like?

    She is a very good fit for the lead character and does an overall good job. Pleasing.


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

    Murder in Alaskan Wilderness


    Any additional comments?

    Not the strongest ever crime mystery genre series but has me listening to title-after-title

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scourge: The Once and Future Threat of Smallpox

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jonathan B. Tucker
    • Narrated By Patrick Cullen
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Smallpox, the only infectious disease to have been eradicated, was one of the most terrifying of human scourges. It covered the skin with hideous, painful boils, killed a third of its victims, and left the survivors disfigured for life. In this riveting, often terrifying look at the history of smallpox, Jonathan B. Tucker tells the story of this deadly disease, the heroic efforts to eradicate it worldwide, and the looming dangers it still poses today.

    Roderick says: "Everyone should listen to this"
    "Time for an Update"
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    What made the experience of listening to Scourge the most enjoyable?

    Educational yet well-told. Excellent writing and narrating.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The last chapter should be a major wake up call in the midst of an Ebola outbreak we cannot vaccinate in time.


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

    Vulnerable


    Any additional comments?

    Where are we now? Why are we doing nothing? This book indicated a true concern a decade ago. Why are we not vaccinating again NOW? It is too late once there is an outbreak and small pox is too widely held, too easily a terrorist weapon.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatter

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Michael Robotham
    • Narrated By Sean Barrett
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (227)

    Psychologist Joe O'Laughlin fails to stop a confused woman from jumping off a bridge to her death. Joe knows she had been talking on a cellphone. Now he needs to find out who - or what - was on the other end of the line.

    Old Hippy says: "First rate suspense story, great narration!"
    "Last 3/4s Needed a Rewrite"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shatter the most enjoyable?

    The first quarter of the book when the writing was impressive and character development intriguing. The narrator was wonderful throughout the book!


    What other book might you compare Shatter to and why?

    Too many that have promise and fall apart.


    Which character – as performed by Sean Barrett – was your favorite?

    Joe, until I could not stand him another minute. Lesson? Quit when I know it has all eroded. Stop wasting time to see these books through.


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

    Great start.


    Any additional comments?

    It COULD have been really great. Perhaps it needed to be "a wrap" by the end of the third quarter. It devolved into sloppy writing and what seemed like unedited/proofed rewriting, some characters just disappeared others diminished. The plot became tedious although initially was quite thrilling. It felt as if the author had a contract to write more pages! Tortuously, he did. Predictable end. "It could have been ..." Another "if only... " waste of time – this title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What Is Right for You

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jerome Groopman, Pamela Hartzband
    • Narrated By Linda Emond, Cotter Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Your doctor suggests you take a drug to lower your blood pressure, but you’ve read that it has risky side effects for some patients. Do you take the drug given the risks it entails, or do you risk living with high blood pressure? The answers to questions like this can be maddeningly—even dangerously—elusive. Drs. Groopman and Hartzband provide groundbreaking guidance any patient can use to tailor their medical choices to their own physical and emotional needs.

    e-Patient says: "For patient engagement, a must read"
    "Excellent"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Your Medical Mind to be better than the print version?

    Probably as it was very well done.


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

    It empowers.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone could take away important lessons from this very easy to take-in book. Authors master the power of story telling as an excellent non-fiction approach to producing an approachable product.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Plague Within: Brier Hospital Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Lawrence Gold
    • Narrated By Daniel Polonka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In Dr. Harmony Lane's single-minded obsession to cure her patients, she cuts corners and treats a desperately ill woman with an experimental viral vector provided by an unscrupulous research scientist. While he shares her impatience, he cares nothing for her humanistic sensibilities. She uses a similar vector on her patients with autoimmune diseases. While the vector has remarkable curative properties, it soon becomes clear that it has devastating and lethal side effects. The race is on to cure or at least control the vector before it kills again.

    Debbie says: "Worthwhile"
    "Worthwhile"
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    If you could sum up The Plague Within in three words, what would they be?

    Not Quite There--OR--Well Worth Reading


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

    I like him very much.


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

    I enjoyed the first book in the series and look forward to reading the next one. Made me think and was simultaneously a relaxing read.


    Any additional comments?

    Character development impressive. Real science and moral issues. Pace easy not an intense thriller so perhaps billed inappropriately (over sold) by publisher?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (363)

    A music therapist who thrives on helping others, Kendra Michaels cherishes the ordinary life she has achieved after stem cell surgery restored her sight. The skills she perfected during those sightless years - the ability to pick up the most subtle audio, olfactory, and tactile cues in the world around her - coupled with her laser-sharp mind - have made her a uniquely potent observer and problem solver. Kendra’s uncanny way of connecting the dots is as baffling to law enforcement as it is legendary.

    Yvonne says: "Loved it!"
    "Skip This One"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I read the next title in this series first and learned absolutely nothing in this book that I did not learn in the one that follows it. The newer book is also a better read just in general.The characters have been better developed and I like the characters; they are the strength of this series. This book is a waste of time.


    Would you recommend Close Your Eyes to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, unless I was looking to find new friends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were scenes?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I hope not.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Oath: A Dismas Hardy Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By John Lescroart
    • Narrated By Robert Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    When the head of San Francisco's largest HMO dies in his own hospital, no one doubts that it is anything but the result of massive injuries inflicted by a random hit-and-run accident. But the autopsy soon tells a different story - an overdose of potassium killed him, and the attending physician, Eric Kensing, becomes the prime suspect in a high-profile homicide.

    Pam Sturgess says: "I'm an IDIOT! Don't YOU be an idiot. Skip this one"
    "Half the Story - Twice the Length"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Oath to be better than the print version?

    I do not know.


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

    Boring.


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

    Not sure but I liked him.


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

    Yes but in half the time. It had a decent idea, characters are good but just went on-and-on without any accretive contributions. Would have been twice as pleased if it had been half as long.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sight Unseen

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Iris Johansen, Roy Johansen
    • Narrated By Elisabeth Rodgers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (79)

    A deadly multi-vehicle pile-up on San Diego’s historic Cabrillo bridge is thought of as a horrific accident - until Kendra Michaels arrives on the scene and perceives it as something much more sinister. Blind for decades and now sighted, Kendra's unusual skill for observation is highly sought after by both the FBI and CIA. Now her amazing conclusions open up a multi-jurisdictional investigation that once again teams her with the FBI and federal agent Adam Kyle as they investigate a conspiracy so explosive that someone will kill again and again to protect it.

    A says: "The extraordinary Kendra Michaels"
    "Much More than I Envisioned"
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    Where does Sight Unseen rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the fiction genre it ranks fairly high. Not spellbinding but I was eager to get back to it! Will read more titles by authors— This was the first one for me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sight Unseen?

    I am not sure there was one single memorable moment. The dynamics of the flow were strong. The main character makes the book good throughout all of the moments. Kendra.


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

    I think she does a very good job.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I suppose the most pertinent comment I could make is that I have just ordered another book in the series. I'm reading them backwards which was not per plan. But I enjoyed this book enough to want to read another by the authors and about and featuring these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Increase Mental Focus: 7 Top Ways to Find Your Focus Zone and Do What Matters Most: Achieving Success Through Mental Focus

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Jason Scotts
    • Narrated By Chris Brinkley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    How To Increase Mental Focus: 7 Top Ways To Find Your Focus Zone Do What Matters Most is a text that can help the reader to find out what their problems are as they pertain to concentrating on a specific task and how to become more proficient at it Every individual has been in the situation where they have become distracted from the main task at hand It may be a slight sound that they heard but it tends to throw them off of what they are focused on.

    Debbie says: "Not worth $3"
    "Not worth $3"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Although the total listening time was some approximate 45 minutes, it was absolutely not worth the time. And my time is worth more than three dollars for 45 minutes. I am a fan of being reminded of things that seem obvious but that somehow we have managed to forget in life. The tips mentioned in this book are so far beneath that level that I am somewhat at a loss for words.


    What could Jason Scotts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I am not sure he could have done anything to make the book more enjoyable because if he thinks this book was worth anything I doubt I would ever enjoy another choice he made for authorship.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are no scenes.


    Do you think How to Increase Mental Focus needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Please no!


    Any additional comments?

    No that's my 45 seconds worth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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