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Vivek

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  • Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (133)

    Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive for best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His stories of diligence and ingenuity take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.

    Bonneville says: "Unfocused & Rambling"
    "Well written , Keeps you engaged througout"
    Overall

    A very well written book, as good if not better than the first book. Great narration as well. I think this book would interest anyone in health care profession obviously. But, I am sure it would interest non health care professional reades as much.

    A liked how he ended the book with some great but simple suggestions for his readers to be become what he call a positive deviant : Ask, Do not complain, Count, Write and Change.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Jobs

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Walter Isaacson
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (11958)
    Performance
    (10357)
    Story
    (10334)

    Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

    Jeanne says: "Interesting man"
    "Inspiring, Informative and Interesting"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Steve Jobs the most enjoyable?

    I think the author captures the essence of Steve Jobs very well. It seemed to me the author did justice to the story of Jobs. Managed to keep it real and authentic but still narrated the charisma of Steve and Apple very well


    What about Dylan Baker’s performance did you like?

    I loved his performance


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

    iThink Different


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Atul Gawande
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (423)
    Story
    (430)

    We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

    Rebecca says: "not his best"
    "Simple yet profound idea. Very well presented."
    Overall

    Once again, Atul Gawande has put forth a very impressive narrative. Yes, people associated with medicine would like this book but, the premise of this book reaches far beyond that. Dr. Gawande has put his argument in the book in a lucid and convincing manner. If you have ever asked :How can I do my tasks a little better? Checklist Manifesto is your answer! The book has made a profound change in how I think about my day to day tasks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cutting for Stone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Abraham Verghese
    • Narrated By Sunil Malhotra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4999)
    Performance
    (2387)
    Story
    (2402)

    Marion and Shiva Stone are twin brothers born of a secret union between a beautiful Indian nun and a brash British surgeon at a mission hospital in Addis Ababa. Orphaned by their mother's death in childbirth and their father's disappearance, bound together by a preternatural connection and a shared fascination with medicine, the twins come of age as Ethiopia hovers on the brink of revolution. Yet it will be love, not politics - their passion for the same woman - that will tear them apart.

    Mary Lynn says: "Brilliant story, pitch perfect narration"
    "Transports you to a different world"
    Overall

    Wonderfully written saga, takes the audience to a whole new world. Having read other books by the same author, it seems like this novel is in part a biography.Verghese has been able to weave a very interesting background for his characters. I think the story dragged to start with but soon enough it got very enjoyable. Good Narration as well.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Narrated By Malcolm Gladwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10393)
    Performance
    (4828)
    Story
    (4845)

    In this stunning new book, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

    S Prabhu says: "Excellent book; well adapted for the audio format"
    "Very Engaging"
    Overall

    Some listeners found the book too simplistic. But, that was precisely why i liked it. I felt that his simple, engaging narrative makes the rather complex ideas very easy to understand, absorb and remember.I went back and listened to his previous two books and I liked those too. But, I enjoyed this one the most. Besides, the author narrating the book makes it even more enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4898)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1541)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "Excellent book , Very well Narrated"
    Overall

    It is very rare that one gets to an audiobook which gives the listener an experience which is equal or better than reading the book itself. This book is very much like that. Very well constructed narration which gives us glimpses into the authors life without getting preachy or full of self pity. It left me feeling positive about myself and human nature in general. I would highly recommend this book . Its a great book to gift as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Lives

    • ABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Vikram Seth
    • Narrated By Vikram Seth
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (12)

    Two Lives is both a history of a violent century seen through the eyes of two survivors and an intimate portrait of their friendship, marriage, and abiding yet complex love. Part biography, part memoir, part meditation on our times, this is the true tale of two remarkable lives, a masterful telling from one of our greatest living writers.

    Vivek says: "A slow start but keeps getting better"
    "A slow start but keeps getting better"
    Overall

    I bought this book on an impluse. I had read his "Suitable Boy" and jumped at a chance to read his latest book. I think he is a fine author. I must say I did not enjoy this book as much as I had liked "Suitable Boy" but then I think a comparison between those two books is unfair. This book is more personal and therefore more 'real'. The narration by Vikram Seth is very engaging. I think this book would be enjoyed by all those who have read Vikram Seth before. This book gives you an insight into the author himself. Its almost like having a chance to meet the author in person and getting to know him.
    If you like fiction, if you have read Vikram Seth before, I am sure you will enjoy this book.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Reefer Madness: Sex, Drugs, and Cheap Labor in the American Black Market

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eric Schlosser
    • Narrated By Eric Schlosser
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (63)

    In Reefer Madness, the best-selling author of Fast Food Nation investigates America's black market and its far-reaching influence on our society through three of its mainstays - pot, porn, and illegal immigrants.

    Boulderite says: "Great Investigative Journalism"
    "Not half as good as Fast Food Nation"
    Overall

    I bought this book with hig expectations. I was very impressed with the previous book by this author "Fast Food Nation" . I found this book a little too tedious and lengthy. I think an abriged version of this book might be a better "read". But, the biggest letdown was the narration. The narator of Fast Food Nation was very good, he kept the listner engaged with his enthusiatic style. Eric the author himself narrates this book and I found him very monotonous and boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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