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Better Audiobook
Better
Written by: 
Atul Gawande
Narrated by: 
John Bedford Lloyd
Better Audiobook

Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance

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Publisher's Summary

The struggle to perform well is universal: each one of us faces fatigue, limited resources, and imperfect abilities in whatever we do. But nowhere is this drive to do better more important than in medicine, where lives are on the line with every decision. In his new audiobook, Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive to close the gap between best intentions and best performance in the face of obstacles that sometimes seem insurmountable.

Gawande's gripping stories of diligence, ingenuity, and what it means to do right by people 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 modern medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.

And as in all his writing, Gawande gives us an inside look at his own life as a practicing surgeon, offering a searingly honest firsthand account of work in a field where mistakes are both unavoidable and unthinkable. At once unflinching and compassionate, Better is an exhilarating journey narrated by arguably the best nonfiction doctor-writer around. Gawande's investigation into medical professionals and how they progress from merely good to great provides rare insight into the elements of success, illuminating every area of human endeavor.

©2007 Atul Gawande; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Surgeon and MacArthur fellow Gawande applies his gift for dulcet prose to medical and ethical dilemmas in this collection." (Publishers Weekly)
"Better is a masterpiece, a series of stories set inside the four walls of a hospital that end up telling us something unforgettable about the world outside." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Blink and The Tipping Point)

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    Sherri 07-07-16
    Sherri 07-07-16
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    I found this book stunning, simple, with observations skills set to maximum overdrive. Loved every word.

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    Mackenzie 04-28-16
    Mackenzie 04-28-16
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    What did you love best about Better?

    Better has been one of the best books I have listened to. It goes into many topics that aspiring physicians / current physicians need to know about it. It was incredibly interesting, and I was sad to see it end.


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    Speedette 04-25-16
    Speedette 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great anecdotes. Very interesting."

    This book is good and beneficial to both aspiring and practicing healthcare professionals. "Experience s the best teacher" they say.

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    Shane 04-11-16
    Shane 04-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "inspiration"

    love this book! Every book in his series I have found inspirational as a medical student

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    Jenna 03-19-16
    Jenna 03-19-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Dr. Gawande is great as always"

    If I was going to suggest an Atul Gawande book, it wouldn't be this one. His others are better. But even at his worst Dr. Gawande is head and shoulders above the best

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    Pam Moskal 09-16-15
    Pam Moskal 09-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic!"

    What a book! Gawande can spin a story like no other author I've ever read.

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    Donne N Martin 08-19-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent!"

    Loved this book! I highly recommend this book to anyone especially if you are in the Healthcare industry. Be a positive deviant! ♡

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    Erin 08-14-15
    Erin 08-14-15
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    "Another good one by Dr. Gawande"
    Where does Better rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my third and favorite audiobook. I enjoyed the narrator, and it's the perfect type of content to listen to in this format. Nothing I'm trying to memorize, but learn from nonetheless.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how he made his point through a different theme for every chapter. He tied everything up nicely in the last one. I liked best though how he gave us a very unique view of the healthcare industry.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book, not Dr. Gawande's best - I prefer Complications and Being Mortal. However, if you're hungry for more and always enjoy his voice, definitely add this one to your list.

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    Pranav Aurora 04-23-15
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    "Great story and narration"

    This was my first audiobook. The narration threw me off a bit, but that's just something I need to get used to. Otherwise, the story was fantastic and the narration was solid. Would highly recommend this book and Gawande's other books to anyone interested in learning more about medicine.

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    Isaiah 04-11-15
    Isaiah 04-11-15 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent read. fascinating perspectives!"

    While it took a little while to get going, Gawande's points about the science of performance really hit home with me. As a premed student, I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in medicine or simply how to improve or quantify performance in any field.

    It's light on science and tech talk, but also engaging and thorough. I'll be looking for other works by this author next month.

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