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The Citadel | [A J Cronin]

The Citadel

New doctor Andrew Manson looks forward to his post in a Welsh mining community, but he finds practicing medicine in such primitive conditions very different from his training. He makes friends, but also enemies. First published in 1937, this book was groundbreaking in its treatment of the contentious theme of medical ethics. It is credited with laying the foundation in Great Britain for the introduction of the Nation Health Service a decade later.
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Publisher's Summary

New doctor Andrew Manson looks forward to his post in a Welsh mining community, but he finds practicing medicine in such primitive conditions very different from his training. He makes friends, but also enemies.

First published in 1937, this book was groundbreaking in its treatment of the contentious theme of medical ethics. It is credited with laying the foundation in Great Britain for the introduction of the Nation Health Service a decade later.

©1937 AJ Cronin (P)2010 RNIB

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    Archie 10-24-10
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    "Incredibly bad recording"

    I first read this book more than 50 years ago and, perhaps, i wanted to "recapture" my youth, However, this recording sounds like it was made in 1937 - when the book was first published - and the reader sounds like a BBC announcer from that period. Not only that but his mistakes have not been edited out. Unless you need the nostalgia - give this a miss.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Rolling Hills, CA, United States 11-18-12
    Dr. Rolling Hills, CA, United States 11-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A must-read for physicians"

    This story highlights ethics in Medicine and is as true and valid now as it was in 1937. Many reviewers have criticised the recording and it is certainly dated both from a technical as well as a linguistics viewpoint. The narrator can be heard to cough, shuffel papers and make mistakes, which he corrects openly. However, in his defence, I would say that Mr. Engleman speaks the Standard English spoken widely (especially on the BBC) in the mid twentieth century and at the time the book came out. He masters the accents of the Welsh miners, the Scottish hero, Andrew, his Yorkshire wife, an American scientist and his West End coleagues. The only accent that grates somewhat is his own. Modern UK English has changed considerably and his would seem archaic to most British listeners not to mention those on this side of the pond.
    However, these considerations should not prevent anyone from listening to one of the best novels on health care delivery for the past 100 years.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Heimo Frankfurt, Germany 05-30-12
    Heimo Frankfurt, Germany 05-30-12
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    "great book, great author"
    Where does The Citadel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    very near the top. i wish audibles would get more a.j. cronin. particularly The Green Years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    all of his stories are tight, well written stories. the characters are so real, so down to earth, with big dreams and very human hearts. i adored the main characters here. i also like the way cronin introduces new characters. very seamless writing. you never know you are listening.


    What about Franklin Engelmann’s performance did you like?

    it wasn't the best recording...but then i'm one who takes my old, impossible to find cassettes, and puts them on my computer. anything for a great story! i was so caught up in this story that the reader did not bother me at all. unless you are VERY bothered by the reader, don't let that put you off. i thought he did a great job reading it.


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

    yes, i did cry. it broke my heart because i loved the characters so much. if you know what it means to grow and pay a price for it, you will feel the same.


    Any additional comments?

    no, just that i would recommend this recording.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Spokane, WA, United States 06-01-13
    Daniel Spokane, WA, United States 06-01-13

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    "Love and Respect for the Profession"

    Dr. Manson started his career as an assistant in a poor Walsh mining town. By his own industry, professional friends' intervention, and his beloved wife's faithful support, he rose to the challenges of different medical practices in 1920's England, yet almost lost his soul in the lucrative but disingenuous London private practice. The beguiling plot centered on a man's love and respect for the his profession against the current of ignorance, greed, and convenience.
    The recording quality is very poor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Emeritus madison, wi USA 11-09-10
    Emeritus madison, wi USA 11-09-10 Member Since 2003

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    "wonderful book terrible recording"

    really is below your usual standards for recording - scratchy as if off an old record with lots of page turnings and coughs. This is a book worth doing well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    This is a recording for the blind and of very poor quality. The story is a great one what a shame it wasn't given its due by rerecording it.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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