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Oxygen: A Novel | [Carol Wiley Cassella]

Oxygen: A Novel

Carol Cassella, a freelance medical writer and a practicing anesthesiologist, grounds her haunting debut novel Oxygen in the life-or-death scenarios of the modern medical field. Marie Heaton's successful anesthesiology practice is derailed when a child dies under the mask. Faced with a major lawsuit, she must turn to a former lover for moral support.
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Carol Cassella, a freelance medical writer and a practicing anesthesiologist, grounds her haunting debut novel Oxygen in the life-or-death scenarios of the modern medical field. Marie Heaton's successful anesthesiology practice is derailed when a child dies under the mask. Faced with a major lawsuit, she must turn to a former lover for moral support.

©2008 Carol Wiley Cassella; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC

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    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 11-24-09
    glamazon The Coast of Rhode Island 11-24-09 Member Since 2003

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    "Excellent Read"

    This book was overall a terrific listen, full of medical detail and complex, dissonant situations. The narrative was well-crafted and authentic.
    The only downer was the narrator - she seemed way to young to be the voice of a seasoned, experienced anesthesiologist. Plus, she kept mispronouncing words: "metastic" instead of "metastatic" and "endiometritis" instead of "endometriosis". "Yakimaw" instead of "Yakima".
    Still a good read. One of the best selections of medical fiction currently on offer.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    elaine 03-09-14
    elaine 03-09-14

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    What made the experience of listening to Oxygen the most enjoyable?

    The story line touched my heart. Dr. Marie Heaton truly cares about her patients, and when her young patient dies on the operating table, she is faced with a malpractice suit. The mystery behind the cause of that death and Marie's doubts about her care of that patient and possible responsibly for her death, made this book a good listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr. Heaton. She searches for clues that will explain the cause of the death of her patient and feels empathy for the young mother whose daughter's life has ended after what should have been a simple surgery.


    What aspect of Jennifer Ikeda’s performance would you have changed?

    I can't say that Jennifer's performance was bad, but her sweet voice sounded a little too young and innocent to portray a doctor who had been out of medical school for 6 years. She also mispronounced several medical terms which was somewhat distracting.


    Who was the most memorable character of Oxygen and why?

    Of course the main character, Marie. I felt a lot of compassion for her while she fought to understand and piece together the cause of her patient's death, while also dealing with the personal crisis of her father's declining health and the relationship she has with her former lover and colleague, Dr. Joe Hillary.


    Any additional comments?

    When I first started listening to this book, I wasn't sure that I was going to like it. Dr. Heaton's character was a little too good to make the story believable and the medical descriptions were a little too detailed, but with time, the story evolves and there are twists and turns that kept my interest up. The end of this book was a mixture of happy ending and sad ending. This is definitely not a "feel good" book, but over-all it was a good story that I enjoyed listening to it and would recommend it to my friend's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael United States 12-11-12
    Michael United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Good writing, terrible book."
    What disappointed you about Oxygen?

    There was about 1 chapter of plot amidst a whole book of very well written but superfluous fluff. As soon as the plot had a new development, she would head off into pages and pages of boring, unnecessary descriptions of every single object seen by the protagonist. At many points during listening, I was really close to quitting, but I wanted to hear how it ended. I skipped portions of chapters when I could no longer bear to hear another poetic description of someone's hair, or the view through the window, or the way the light reflected off the glass.
    The narrator has a lovely voice, best suited for books written for preteen girls.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I think I need a complete break and I am going to download a detective novel, or a murder mystery.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was way too sophomoric. I think she would be great for children's or teenage girl books.


    What character would you cut from Oxygen?

    Marie came across as very child like and innocent. I would start with her.


    Any additional comments?

    Good writing doesn't equal a good book. I kept thinking that as a class project for Creative Writing 101, I would give it an A.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Abby 07-19-12
    Abby 07-19-12

    New to audible but love the convenience of listening to books while doing mundane household tasks. Mother of 3 whose nest is 2/3 empty as the grown children move on to bigger and better things.

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    "Great medical detail."
    What did you love best about Oxygen?

    The topic is unique to any other books I've read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Oxygen?

    The plot thickens with a surprising twist.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

    All the characters are well developed with backgrounds that emerge as you read.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I could never sit and listen to a whole book at once but it always captured my interest.


    Any additional comments?

    Because I work in a hospital, the medical detail was very interesting for me. But even for those without any medical background you should find the details interesting as they are given in a way that heightens the human emotion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    suerhae Damascus, Oregon 97089-8354 07-09-12
    suerhae Damascus, Oregon 97089-8354 07-09-12 Member Since 2006

    I like to go shopping....but as I age the distance I can travel is growing shorter.

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    "We all need Oxygen and Love"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Oxygen to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the book but I really enjoyed the listen.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a thought provocking story with an unexpected but well organized ending. I like stories that make me think and remind me that when I am young and don't know what I don't know, I make different decisions than I will make later after I learn.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Fentress 06-04-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent Read"

    So well written, the storyline and main character draws you in immediately. This is character you care for.

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    2girls2dogs2ponies 11-11-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Great story, reader not well suited to the topic"

    Great story, and a great reader but I didn't think the match was made in heaven.

    The reader sounds cute and girly and, frankly, could probably deliver a seriously roof-raising performance for someone like the airhead Stephanie Plum.

    This is a serious story though, told from the point of view of an experienced, accomplished anesthesiologist. It's not to say that there aren't doctors who sound like adorable airheads but the years of making serious decisions daily, and then having to stand by them leaves most of them sounding a lot more authoritative. The reader had a hard time conveying that authority. I rarely say that but i really preferred the printed version.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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