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The Checklist Manifesto Audiobook
The Checklist Manifesto
Written by: 
Atul Gawande
Narrated by: 
John Bedford Lloyd
The Checklist Manifesto Audiobook

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

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The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.

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. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.

©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    John 08-28-12
    John 08-28-12
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    "Life changing."

    Only a few books may make a difference in your performance and accomplishments. This is one of them. Whatever your role or position, developing a working checklist for your activities will make a difference and the insight given in this book about what makes a checklist useful, not too pedantic and not too general, is remarkable. Recommended.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L. Thorne Culver City, CA, USA 01-31-10
    L. Thorne Culver City, CA, USA 01-31-10 Member Since 2014
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    "not enough material for a book"

    His point is important, but there's not enough original information for a book. Too much padding with example stories that don't add new info.

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    Nicholas Castaneda 03-10-10 Member Since 2014
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    "apparently checklists arent interesting"

    An interesting subject but poorly written and really boring. Takes the entire book to basically say "Doctors should use checklists to limit their mistakes". 8 words.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    anthony 05-14-15
    anthony 05-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome Stuff"

    Highly recommended for anybody who wants to automate their own success. Make a checklist!
    Don't leave results up to your aging brain.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MnM 06-19-12
    MnM 06-19-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen; solid advise"
    Would you listen to The Checklist Manifesto again? Why?

    This is the type of book that once you hear it, it starts you thinking. Is this a book that you would listen to over and over, I don't believe so but I do think it would be beneficial to listen to again in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although the story does deal with medical issues, this is the authors background, it also includes the source of checklists - pilots. As with any book there has to be a purpose for you picking the book up and this is to make yourself better. Many reviewers say that the book spends too much time on surgery but the purpose of the book is to illustrate the use of checklists; this and the many other examples should be adapted to your environment.


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

    Great reader. Adds to experience.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are many "really" moments throughout the book that keep it interesting and relevant.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommend for anyone who really wants to improve their lives - but it will take commitment and work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Curt New York, NY, United States 10-28-10
    Curt New York, NY, United States 10-28-10
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    "VA Emergency Department Director review"

    I was able to listen to the book in 3 days walking to and home from work. Essential content is easy to understand and process from audio format and I will build checklists into our practice in NY. Implementing these concepts could improve ED care nationally and are similar to the American Heart Association courses focused on resuscitation and treatment of seriously ill and injured patients. Well done Dr. Gawade.

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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 07-10-10
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 07-10-10 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Good Book"

    There is a lot of interesting information here. The book points out the need for adopting checklists and procedures for avoiding basic errors across many professions and businesses. Very well done. My only reservation is that it is a little repetitive at some points.

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    mark cameron 05-01-10 Member Since 2011
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    "OCD or CHECKLIST disorder!!"

    As a private pilot, I KNOW the value of a simple check list. Simple tasks such as SECURE AND LATCH PASSENGER DOOR can become lost in the routine and could become a fatal mistake. Defining simple, yet critical tasks and consistently reviewing them removes untold volumes of liability. Thank you Mr. Gawande. I have a checklist, not OCD!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 12-15-15
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 12-15-15

    But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^

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    "Ratings? Check! Review? Check! Preview? Check!"

    “One essential characteristic of modern life is that we all depend on systems—on assemblages of people or technologies or both—and among our most profound difficulties is making them work.”
    ― Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto

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    "Checklists seem to provide a protection against such failures. They remind us of the minimum necessary steps and make them explicit. They not only offer the possibility of verification, but also instill a kind of discipline of higher performance."
    ― Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto

    Atul Gawande is a bit intimidating. Anytime you have a guy that does surgery, public health, and has written four bestselling books, it is only fair to acknowledge the guy has both brains and hustle. Unlike Malcolm Gladwell, Gawande has a tremendous talent for distilling scientific and academic ideas into a glossy, easily digestible 8.5" x 6" science-lite book. Gladwell does it with other people's ideas. His books involved several varied stories that come together into a lose federation of themes. Gawande usually starts with the idea: "Hand washing" in Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance) or "Checklists" (The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right) and creates a book around them.

    Like Dr. Gawande the person, I find his books to be interesting, compelling, admirable, and straightforward. I admire his work and his vision. His books are almost always solid, just never once yet great. Dr. Gawande is clever. He writes books that are essentially entry-level business/leadership books that are disguised as surveys of medicine. He uses his experiences as a doctor and public health researcher to tackle broader social and cultural issues that intersect with medicine and health. He isn't super subtle, but most of those who are reading Gawande aren't looking for poetry or subtly. They want an idea to click. They want to feel inspired. The want to get better and avoid mistakes. He seems focused on presenting simple processes (soap, checklists) that may help.

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Evgeniy Fomin 07-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Superior and motivating story."

    Easy to listen book, no formulas, drawings or tables. Good guide about check-list goals and pass/fail metrics.

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