©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.
Reading this book was definitely worth the time! As a physician, this is one of my all-time favorite books. I've given it to several friends as gifts, and recommended it to book clubs.
There is really just one character - the narrator. Everyone else is peripheral to what is happening to her.
She mispronounces several medical terms. It's jarring. Also, she changes voices when the character speaks, and makes her sound flighty and unpleasant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I agree that the unfortunate mispronunciations were distracting. The book itself is beautifully authored, although I have to confess hitting the "skip forward" button multiple times whenever it was clear I would be stuck in a long passage focused on environmental descriptions or relationship characterizations.
We anesthesiologists tend to be retreating, modest personalities, so it was amusing to hear a (very accurate) description of what we do every day by someone who isn't afraid to put it plainly.
Only in to Chapter 4 and I've already had to suffer through 3 or 4 mispronunciations of common medical terms. For example, Midalazam???? -it's Midazolam.
I like the story so far and its accurate portrayal of the job of Anesthesia. However, when the reader( or the author)can't get the words right, it erodes the story.
A minuscule amount of research and a qualified proofreader would have fixed these errors.
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.
Four years on Audible now. Love the convenience of listening while driving, cooking, folding laundry.....
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 like to go shopping....but as I age the distance I can travel is growing shorter.
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.
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