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  • Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susannah Cahalan
    • Narrated By Heather Henderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1354)
    Performance
    (1212)
    Story
    (1220)

    In 2009, Susannah Cahalan woke up in a strange hospital room strapped to a bed, under guard, and unable to move or speak. Her medical records - from a month-long hospital stay of which she had no memory - reported psychosis, violence, and dangerous instability. Yet, only weeks earlier she had been a healthy, ambitious twenty-four-year-old, six months into her first serious relationship and a sparkling career as a cub reporter

    Eric Schurr says: "Very scary, real story, superbly written and rea"
    "Amazing Medical Story"
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    What does Heather Henderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration helps to personalize the story.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a riveting account of a mysterious onset illness and the fight for a correct diagnosis. A true story of mystery, disease, confusion, fear and victory all rolled into one. It leaves one wondering how often patients are misdiagnosed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • As I Am: A True Story of Adaptation to Physical Disability

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Garret Lee Frey, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot
    • Narrated By Aaron Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In a single moment in time, Garret Frey was transformed from an active and energetic four-year-old to a quadriplegic, ventilator-dependent boy who struggled to make sense of a world in disarray. For seven years, Garret worked with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Karen Pirnot as Garret learned that his mental powers could help compensate for the loss of body function. As I Am details the struggles of Garret's mother to advocate for a "normal" childhood education for her son.

    PLCC says: "Powerful, Heartwrenching and Real"
    "Powerful, Heartwrenching and Real"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I particularly appreciated hearing a persons account who had met this disability at such an early age. As a nurse, I occasionally care for patients who have become disabled later in life or through disease. The book realistically portrays the many obstacles and hurdles each person in a family encounter. He is a true warrior and has gained great insight by force.


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

    I have not and I am not a follower of the performer but seek to read for the content.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The insight of a very young child who faced such a giant obstacle and was able to put it into words.


    Any additional comments?

    This was well written, insightful, raw, engaging and hope filled. A realistic account of what a child experiences and the toll that disability can have. God bless this author for he has certainly taken the time to touch lives.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Doctor: Close Calls, Cold Cases, and the Mysteries of Medicine

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Brendan Reilly
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (59)

    An epic story told by a unique voice in Ameri­can medicine, One Doctor describes life-changing experiences in the career of a distinguished physi­cian. In riveting first-person prose, Dr. Brendan Reilly takes us to the front lines of medicine today.

    Jan says: "Simply Brilliant"
    "Medicine and People Throughout"
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    Where does One Doctor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    I love how the book is both a personal journey and packed with medical information.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kara Tippetts
    • Narrated By Patty Fogarty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Finding grace in the everyday…Kara Tippetts knows the ordinary days of mothering four kids, the joy of watching her children grow . . . and the devastating reality of stage IV cancer. In The Hardest Peace, Kara doesn’t offer answers for when living is hard, but rather she asks us to join her in moving away from fear and control and toward peace and grace. Most of all, she draws us back to the God who is with us in the mundane and the suffering, and who shapes even our unmet expectations and pain into beauty.

    PLCC says: "Inspiring and heart wrenching"
    "Inspiring and heart wrenching"
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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, it is easily engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    As an Oncology nurse and Christian with a best friend in the cancer battle, I found this book to be very near to my heart. This is an insightful account of a personal journey of faith, hope and love. Many thanks to the Author and her family for allowing others into her journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yes Sister, No Sister: My Life as a Trainee Nurse in 1950s Yorkshire

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jennifer Craig
    • Narrated By Jennifer Craig
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    In Jennifer Craig's enchanting memoir, we meet these warm-hearted yet naïve young girls as they get to grips with strict discipline, long hours and bodily fluids. But we also see the camaraderie that develops in evening study sessions, sneaked trips to the cinema and mischievous escapades with the young trainee doctors. The harsh conditions prove too much for some girls, but the opportunity to help her patients in their time of need is too much of a pull for Jenny.

    PLCC says: "An interesting glimpse into nursing history"
    "An interesting glimpse into nursing history"
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Craig and/or Jennifer Craig?

    I am not one to follow authors but chose this book because I enjoy nursing testimonies.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Because this book is more of a history than a story or testimony, I kept feeling like I was waiting to arrive at what it was about. It did include a great deal of medical detail that I found very interesting.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a nice glimpse into nursing in the 50's. I found the details of medicine interesting and it kept me listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Philomena: A Mother, Her Son, and a Fifty-Year Search

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Martin Sixsmith
    • Narrated By John Curless
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (506)

    Now a major motion picture directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, High Fidelity) and starring Judi Dench (Skyfall, Notes on a Scandal) and Steve Coogan (The Trip, Hamlet 2): the heartbreaking true story of an Irishwoman and the secret she kept for 50 years. When she became pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena Lee was sent to a convent to be looked after as a "fallen woman". Then the nuns took her baby from her and sold him, like thousands of others, to America for adoption. Fifty years later, Philomena decided to find him.

    Linda says: "Misled by description"
    "Misleading Description"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't come away with much to offer other than history.
    The title implies that it is Philomena's story but it seems more her sons story throughout. I was disappointed at how immersed the story became in the sordid details of Michael Anthony's homosexual lifestyle rather than the search for his birth mother. Understood, his decisions were perhaps driven by the longing to know his roots but there was no glory in the details. The historical information was interesting throughout as it included the political details of the Catholic Church of Ireland, the American government and the discovery and treatment of AIDS throughout which did made the story more personable.


    What was most disappointing about Martin Sixsmith’s story?

    The details of his homosexual encounters. I also anticipated much more about Philomena, especially after a post on the ANA website mentioning her as a nurse. She seemed lost to me for most of the book.


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

    He makes the story seem real with insights shared and goes on to wrap up the journey at the end.


    Was Philomena worth the listening time?

    No. It was a negatively moving story. While non-fiction, it seemed unnecessarily rude.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kisses from Katie: A Story of Relentless Love and Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Katie Davis, Beth Clark
    • Narrated By Jaimee Draper
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (168)

    "Sometimes I want to spend hours talking with my best friends about boys and fashion and school and life. I want to go to the gym; I want my hair to look nice; I want to be allowed to wear jeans. I want to be a normal young woman living in America, sometimes. But I want other things more. All the time. I want to be spiritually and emotionally filled every day. I want to be loved and cuddled by a hundred children and never go a day without laughing.

    Carla says: "This book changed my life!"
    "Refreshing~Inspiring~Amazing"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! This book is a great read for anyone who is mission minded.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Katie, the author who unflinchingly trusts God.


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

    No


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

    If ever you wondered about missions to orphans, here you will find trust with no boundaries.


    Any additional comments?

    Katie unflinchingly trusts for provisions we take for granted daily. She is inspiring and amazing because she trusts in an awesome God!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal - and How Nearly Dying Saved My LIfe

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kevin Sorbo
    • Narrated By Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (88)

    On television, as the star of the popular Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Kevin Sorbo portrayed an invincible demi god. He relished living the part—putting in 14-hour days on set, doing his own stunts, and relentlessly working out at the gym. Until one day it all came to an abrupt end. Now, for the first time, Sorbo shares what viewers didn’t know: he suffered three strokes from an aneurysm in his shoulder and was left partially blind and entirely incapacitated at just 38 years old.

    Patricia says: "Easy Listening"
    "Inspiring!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    This was the true story of a fictional hero. Kevin frankly shares his medical, professional, and personal faith journey as they are intertwined.


    Have you listened to any of Kevin Sorbo and Sam Sorbo ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from True Strength?

    As a nurse and daughter in law of a stroke victim, I will carry Kevin's success in my daily journey of hope. Amazingly, he proved "traditional" medicine wrong by exploring alternative treatment and refusing to accept that he could not get better.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was great! It was easy to follow and very engaging with input from others who had a large roll in his journey.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sherwin B. Nuland
    • Narrated By Sherwin B. Nuland
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    There is a vast literature on death and dying, but there are few reliable accounts of the ways in which we die. The intimate account of how various diseases take away life, offered in How We Die, is not meant to prompt horror or terror but to demythologize the process of dying, to help us rid ourselves of that fear of the terra incognita.

    Ruth says: "Required reading for those still breathing"
    "Medically Acurate and Realistically presented"
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    What did you love best about How We Die?

    This book has terrific practical medical perspective as well as presents the reality of what often happens when death reaches into the personal life of a medical professional. There is no immunity to the reality and need for allowing a place of denial. Even doctors and nurses become as one of those who have no practical knowledge of the death process. They take on the role of protector rather than informant. The author steps away from the absolute reality of medical knowledge and becomes any one of those family members who sit at the bedside waiting for death to come and take our loved on away. The information concerning how the dying process is determined by the diagnosis is excellent! The process of dying with AIDS is shared quite frankly.Having spent many years at the bedside of the terminally ill, I found this book interesting, educational and insightful. I will use the information gained for patient teaching along the journey.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of How We Die?

    The Author was ever changed by his own experience with a dying brother.


    What does Sherwin B. Nuland bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narrator does an excellent job with the authors profound descriptions.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for anyone who cares for the dying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidents of Nature

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Harriet McBryde Johnson
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    It's the summer of 1970. Seventeen-year-old Jean has cerebral palsy, but she's always believed she's just the same as everyone else. She's never really known another disabled person before she arrives at Camp Courage. As Jean joins a community unlike any she has ever imagined, she comes to question her old beliefs and look at the world in a new light. The camp session is only 10 days long, but that may be all it takes to change a life forever.

    Michelle says: "I Loved this Book!"
    "Amazinly Insightful"
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    What did you love best about Accidents of Nature?

    This title gave me an insight into what many disabled people must experience in a world that views them as "crips".


    What about Jenna Lamia’s performance did you like?

    I enjoyed the fact that it was written in first person.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a toddler niece who has cerebral palsy and we often try to perceive what her world is and will be like. This book gave me an insight that I have shared with family members since listening. While there were parts that struck a personal defensive chord, it was painfully honest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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