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Elizabeth

Duluth, MN, USA

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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
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    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..."
    "thoughtful book that makes you think"
    Overall

    This is a thoughtful, engaging and entertaining account of a doctor's experiences with the imperfect art of practicing medicine. It makes you think about human decision making, ethics, medical mistakes, the psychology of healing, etc. If only all doctors (and people) were as sensitive and thoughtful as Atul Gawande. I would recommend it to almost anyone because many of the topics apply to situations outside of medicine. If you like this book or want to read something similar I enjoyed, "Better," Gawande's newer book just as much or more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Dan Ariely
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    Overall
    (3622)
    Performance
    (1149)
    Story
    (1152)

    In a series of illuminating, often surprising experiments, MIT behavioral economist Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. Blending everyday experience with groundbreaking research, Ariely explains how expectations, emotions, social norms, and other invisible, seemingly illogical forces skew our reasoning abilities.

    Stephen says: "Well researched, well written, & well read"
    "One of my favorite books this year"
    Overall

    I loved almost every page of this book and can't wait to listen to it again slower, so I can remember more of the nifty experiments the author used to study psychology, economics, and the fundamentals of how we think (irrationally!). Ever bought something "on sale" that you don't need? Ever taken home something from a conference or a fair just because it's free? Need a deadline to finish projects? This book helps you understand these questions and helps to answer them.

    This is the best book I've read in this genre since Freakonomics.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1915)
    Performance
    (882)
    Story
    (895)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "well researched, amazing story...tiring detail"
    Overall

    The sheer danger and adventure that Roosevelt and his men sought in the Amazon was amazing to learn about. I have not "read" much biography and it made me feel closer to such an interesting president and fascinating man.

    The details of the trip began to bore me however, and it was difficult to listen to for more than an hour at a time. I don't know how many times the author listed the numbers of boats, how much they weighed, etc. Maybe that's the genre or maybe it's lack of editing. I had a hard time getting through but am the better for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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