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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
    (1565)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1397)

    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
  • One Foot in Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Heidi Telpner
    • Narrated By Lori J. Moran
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    People die everyday. While most people in America die in a hospital, many families choose hospice for end of life care. Death, as experienced by hospice nurses, can be beautiful, peaceful, humorous, touching, tragic, disturbing, and even otherworldly. Hospice nurses act as midwives to dying people every day. Death transforms not just the patient and family, but the hospice nurse as well. The stories in this book are presented with the hope that their transformation extends to you, too. Heidi Telpner, R.N.

    Julia Kane says: "Complete tour of emotions dealing with the subject that we all try to avoid"
    "A Must Read for Hospice Nurse"
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    Where does One Foot in Heaven, Journey of a Hospice Nurse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a Hospice Nurse this book could easily be a must read. It is very informative as well as entertaining for those who share this calling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the nurse who wrote it. She did such a great job of helping the reader experience each patients diagnosis and care. So well written as to be easy to digest and helpful in practice.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a true glimpse into the life of a Hospice Home care nurses day. She shares frankly and personally the experiences she encountered and how she dealt with difficulties and treasured the joys. It is as though you are there with her.The only draw back, in my opinion, was the performance was read too haltingly. The story led me to want to feel the experience but sometimes the reader seemed to get in the way. It is hard to explain but it seemed to be more noticeable in the beginning. I tried increasing the reading speed but that wasn't the problem. Not a big enough deal to stop me from devouring it though. Unusual for me but this is a book I plan to listen to again. It is packed with insight and ideas that I want to incorporate in my care.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Judy Melinek, MD, T. J. Mitchell
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (498)

    Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

    R. Milam says: "Great story - but not for the faint of heart!"
    "Amazingly personal and educational"
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    We all must die but only some of us will have an autopsy.
    This story of a real forensic scientist was fascinating. Included is her personal involvement following the 911 disaster.
    This was touching, educational, enlightening, and intriguing. While some may experience the facts herein as gory this was sensitively written. It may not be recommended for those faint of heart concerning factual medicine or post 911 experience. This is a dedicated scientists' personal account of honor for the dead amid tragedy, disease and crime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Is It Dusk or Is It Dawn: A Hopeful Journey Through Grief

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Corinne Elizabeth Van Meter
    • Narrated By Corinne Elizabeth Van Meter
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The Van Meters would consider themselves an interesting family of five, each one adventurously pursuing life in a unique way but connected always by love. But then, something happened to change all of their lives. On March 16, 2008, one of them decided to leave the earthly family. In this book, Corinne Van Meter takes us on a journey through her adjustments and realizations after her twenty-six year-old daughter, Vicki, took her own life.

    PLCC says: "Mixed Reaction"
    "Mixed Reaction"
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    I chose this title in hopes that it may be a good resource to share with others. I am a Hospice nurse so death is a familiar event. I did listen to the entire book however, it isn't one I would share for the purpose of guidance through grief.
    This is a gentle personal account of a mothers journey in the aftermath of her daughters suicide. It ventures into some of the taboo but almost romanticizes the victim. I have a problem with that in it almost seems to imply suicide was the right thing for Victoria. I object to that implication although I greatly respect the profound battle she must have endured. God help any who struggle with such battles.
    As a Christian, I find this title to be just a bit 'out there' in a few places regarding scriptural basis. It is by no means a biased presentation for or against scripture so I didn't find it offensive. Many experiences shared struck a personal chord having experienced grief myself.
    This personal account is just that, a personal journey that is a sacred trust. Every journey is personal and God ministers in very personal ways. Much thanks to this mother for risking her heart. Bless you and your precious family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Remedy: Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and the Quest to Cure Tuberculosis

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Thomas Goetz
    • Narrated By Donald Corren
    Overall
    (209)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (186)

    In 1875, tuberculosis was the deadliest disease in the world, accountable for a third of all deaths. A diagnosis of TB - often called consumption - was a death sentence. Then, in a triumph of medical science, a German doctor named Robert Koch deployed an unprecedented scientific rigor to discover the bacteria that caused TB. Koch soon embarked on a remedy - a remedy that would be his undoing. When Koch announced his cure for consumption, Arthur Conan Doyle, then a small-town doctor in England and sometime writer, went to Berlin to cover the event.

    William R. Toddmancillas says: "History plus."
    ", Informative, fun, easy read"
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    This is an intriguing historical account of the discovery and fight against tuberculosis. Included are scientific facts as well as personal life stories.
    I chose this book as a nurse who enjoys medical history but not really caring about TB per se. I found this book to be informative and personalized as it crossed over into areas not necessarily involved in tuberculosis but the process of scientific discovery be it intentional or accidental.
    The motivation of science is diverse. The competition among scientists and doctors is enlightening and at times humorous. Herein also lives the birth of the Nobel prize. Did you know it was related to someone named Nobel?
    I'm not a fan of the Dr. Watson and never really had any experience with him. He was before my time and all I knew was he was some kind of criminal investigator. However, the birth of Dr. Watson within this story was amazing to me! Any fan of Dr. Watson needs to hear the story. You just never know what you'll find in a book about medicine.
    If you like germs you'll hear a lot about them in this book. If you like people, you will hear a lot about people, relationships and motivations. If you like Science, mystery and discovery, you'll find that in this book as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Too Far From Home Part 2: A Story of Life and Death in Space

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Chris Jones
    • Narrated By Erik Davies
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    In November 2002, U.S. astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox, and Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin, left on what was to be a routine 14-week mission to maintain the International Space Station. But then, on February 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle exploded beneath them. With the launch program suspended indefinitely, these astronauts had suddenly lost their ride home.

    PLCC says: "Historical, breathtaking and captivating."
    "Historical, breathtaking and captivating."
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    This account of the space race is amazing. This book presents the emotion, mystery, fear, hope and celebration of mans journey the cost of the the journey to space.
    I enjoyed the personalized insights of personal, emotional, physical and political aspects of the space race.
    Easy to listen and addictive.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Beth Alison Maloney
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    The summer before entering sixth grade, Sammy, a bright and charming boy who lived on the coast of Maine, suddenly began to exhibit disturbing behavior. He walked and ate with his eyes shut, refused to bathe, burst into fits of rage, slithered against walls, and used his limbs instead of his hands to touch light switches, doorknobs, and faucets.

    Paul says: "Real Life Battle and Victory over OCD and PANDAS"
    "Amazing story of misdiagnosis"
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    Where does Saving Sammy: Curing the Boy Who Caught OCD rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was an amazing story of misdiagnosis and a mother who would not give up.


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

    This story amazed me. As a nurse I deal with diagnosis on a daily basis. This book rekindled a determination to both advocate and be an advocate for those who will not or cannot advocate for themselves.


    Any additional comments?

    Doctors are human and limited. Medicine is driven by many factors including knowledge, experience, opinion, money and government regulation. A mothers instinct and unending determination both saved and changed Sammy's life. Praise the Lord that this mother determined to share her experience for the sake of others. It has already made a difference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Long Way Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Saroo Brierley
    • Narrated By Vikas Adam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (354)

    At only five years old, Saroo Brierley got lost on a train in India. Unable to read or write or recall the name of his hometown or even his own last name, he survived alone for weeks on the rough streets of Calcutta before ultimately being transferred to an agency and adopted by a couple in Australia. Despite his gratitude, Brierley always wondered about his origins. One day, after years of searching, he miraculously found what he was looking for and set off to find his family.

    Jan says: "Hard book to rate... 3 or 4?"
    "Inspiring story of reuniting "
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    A boy lost at 5 and his journey to find his roots. Amazing picture of how poverty and modern technology meet to change lives. Captivating and easy listen.

    0 of 0 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
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    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.

    rgamboa says: "Inspiring"
    "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
    (113)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (100)

    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
    (31)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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