©2008 Carol Wiley Cassella; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
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.
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.
I think I need a complete break and I am going to download a detective novel, or a murder mystery.
She was way too sophomoric. I think she would be great for children's or teenage girl books.
Marie came across as very child like and innocent. I would start with her.
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.
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.
The topic is unique to any other books I've read.
The plot thickens with a surprising twist.
All the characters are well developed with backgrounds that emerge as you read.
I could never sit and listen to a whole book at once but it always captured my interest.
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.
I did not know until I was in my 40's that I had learning disorders. I had gotten my Masters in Social Work by then and knew that reading was the most difficult part of school. Now I listen to books instead of avoiding reading and I feel that I am finally learning the many aspects of life, culture and politics/power through books!
I have not read the book but I really enjoyed the listen.
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.
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.
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