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Asheville, NC, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 50 ratings
  • 91 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2014

  • Beating Back the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Maryn McKenna
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The universal instinct is to run from an outbreak of disease. These doctors run toward it. They always keep a bag packed. They seldom have more than 24 hours before they are dispatched. They are told only their country of destination and the epidemic they will tackle when they get there.

    Tim says: "Interesting Stuff - Only criticism is pacing"
    "Almost excellent!"

    I enjoyed this book - I hadn't realized the worldwide role of the CDC and how it has changed over the years.

    There are some parts where this is too much personal information about the workers. She spends time describing their physical appearance and personal histories, and then the rest of the essence of what is said about this is basically "their job is really stressful". Overall, these parts are brief and it is easy to focus on the more historical and fact based ideas.

    The reader has a nice voice, but mispronounces words in a way that distracted me. She also seems to be reading the text for the first time, as her intonation sometimes sounds like a sentence has ended, but then she reads the rest of it. But she's not bad as far as readers go.

    Overall, a fasicanting listen!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Hospital

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Julie Salamon
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 2005 Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, unveiled a new state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar cancer center. Determined to understand the whole spectrum of factors that determine what kind of medical care people receive in this country, best-selling author Julie Salamon spent one year tracking the progess of the center and getting to know the characters who make the hospital run.

    shah says: "listen only if you want to fall asleep!"

    This was a fascinating and thoughtful insider's view into the mystery of hospitals. Particulary, Salamon draws us into the complexities of managing a large organization in a cultrually diverse area with multiple forces pressing on every decision. This book is far from boring - it will fascinate administrators from other fields as well as health care personnel wanting an intimate view of the top. Narrarator was excellent once she got going.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Barbara Demick
    • Narrated By Karen White

    Barbara Demick's Nothing to Envy follows the lives of six North Koreans over fifteen years - a chaotic period that saw the death of Kim Il-sung and the unchallenged rise to power of his son, Kim Jong-il, and the devastation of a far-ranging famine that killed one-fifth of the population. Taking us into a landscape never before seen, Demick brings to life what it means to be an average Korean citizen, living under the most repressive totalitarian regime today.

    Gohar says: "The man who wants to be GOD"
    "An excellent listen!"

    I'm not sure why I downloaded Nothing to Envy in the first place, but I am certainly glad I did. This book was enthralling and endlessly interesting. I have a picture in my mind of life in North Korea that has stuck with me. The author weaves stories together in a way that is complex without being confusing. Well worth the 12 hours - I was sorry when it ended.

    18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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