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  • Medical Terminology - Medical School Crash Course

  • By: AudioLearn Medical Content Team
  • Narrated by: Lisa Stroth
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

AudioLearn's Medical School Crash Courses presents Medical Terminology. Written by experts and authorities in the field and professionally narrated for easy listening, this crash course is a valuable tool both during school and when preparing for the USMLE, or if you're simply interested in the subject of medical terminology. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So much irrelevant information

  • By nonfiction reader on 10-21-18

So much irrelevant information

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-21-18

If you're looking to learn and remember medical terms, this book is not the answer. It's disorganized and has so much information about words down to the decade it might have come about. Just tell me what the word means, how to break it apart, and how to remember it.

  • Pharmacotherapy

  • Improving Medical Education Through Clinical Pharmacy Pearls, Case Studies, and Common Sense
  • By: Eric Christianson
  • Narrated by: Michael Lenz, Tony Guerra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12

This is a book full of clinical pearls, case studies, and medication mistakes that every healthcare professional involved in medical management should know. If you’re passionate about learning more about polypharmacy, drug interactions, medication therapy management, and common medication mistakes, then this book will be a valuable resource.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Helpful examples and real life scenarios

  • By nonfiction reader on 08-10-18

Helpful examples and real life scenarios

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-18

If you're listening to this book, you're probably a pharmacy or other health professional student. It seems kind of strange that knowing how much students commute to clinicals that there wasn’t an audiobook earlier. If you want to feel fired up about going into work, this book does a great job of giving you real stories that may remind you why you’re working so hard with a ton of clinical pearls that stick. It’s not a comprehensive book, but definitely a catch up or get ahead book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Memorizing Pharmacology Mnemonics

  • Pharmacy Flashcards and Fill-Ins for the Future Nurse, Doctor, Physician Assistant, and Pharmacist
  • By: Tony Guerra
  • Narrated by: Michael Lenz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

I wrote this mnemonic guide as an audiobook first to help you remember pharmacology drug names and principles quickly. While in the classroom your professors might say memorization doesn't matter, but you can't bring outside material to the board exam, so for this test, you do need to work on memory training. You already know the consequences of failing a class or board exam, so let's make sure that doesn't happen by getting pharmacology organized in your head once and for all.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book helped me

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-22-18

A Great Book for Learning Pharmacology Quickly

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-18

One of the toughest things to do with pharmacology is to get it all straight in your head. By going through mnemonics that keep it in your brain, you don't lose what you just listened to. Whether you're using it to study for next semester's pharmacology class or a licensing exam, it's just really convenient for not only audio learners, but if you see the flashcards in the book, it can help a visual learner as well.

  • Stone of Fire

  • An ARKANE Thriller, Book 1
  • By: J. F. Penn
  • Narrated by: Veronica Giguere
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

A power kept secret for 2000 years. When a nun is burned alive on the sacred ghats of Varanasi, and the stone she carried is stolen, an international hunt is triggered for the relics of the early church. Forged in the fire and blood of martyrs, the Pentecost stones have been handed down through generations of Keepers who kept their power and locations secret. Until now. The Keepers are being murdered, the stones stolen by those who would use them for evil in a world transformed by religious fundamentalism.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By The Lone Mopper on 01-20-14

Engaging and Fast-Paced

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Would you listen to Stone of Fire again? Why?

I loved visiting the different places around the world. While obviously I would know what happens in the end, as they say the joy is in the journey

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Jake and felt a twinge of jealousy that he got to go on these adventures.

What about Veronica Giguere’s performance did you like?

What makes or breaks a female narrator's performance for me is how she handles the male voices. I thought she did an exceptional job.

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

The author pulled no punches when it came to visualizing some of the more dramatic scenes. I didn't have to work hard to suspend my disbelief.

Any additional comments?

On to book 2.

  • Physician

  • How Science Transformed the Art of Medicine
  • By: Rajeev Kurapati MD
  • Narrated by: Braden Wright
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

What happened that changed the priest - the revered healer of antiquity - into a person of science? How was the modern doctor made? Physician is Rajeev Kurapati’s earnest attempt to answer this question and others central to the practice of medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Philosophy of Medical Practice.

  • By cosmitron on 03-16-18

The Stories will Move You

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Where does Physician rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is one of the best in the genre of non-fiction medical. So many books drone one with fact after fact, this provides narrative and a solid understanding of what it takes to be a competent practitioner.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rather than a favorite character, I have a favorite story. While a focus of the book is a historical recounting of milestones in science, what impacted me the most was a story about a man who starting asking, "Why Me?" As a physician, one doesn't expect to get that question and in many cases, the doctor feels it is not their question to answer. But when a doctor takes the time to address the question because the patient asks it, they find they might struggle to find an answer. In the story, the doctor brings in a man of religion, one who is readily able to help the patient understand what is going on. While the patient's condition does not necessarily improve immediately, their outlook and well being does. This book addresses some of the very hard questions, the ones without concrete answers or a clinical trial backed with data, rather, the book returns us to what it means to be human.

What does Braden Wright bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Braden Wright is articulate and well versed in the medical nomenclature. Nothing feels like fingernails on a chalkboard than mispronunciations, but with some French and other languages, Braden showed an ability to clearly narrate the medical language in an engaging and well-paced way.

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

Back to the story above, I had a "could I have answered that if a patient asked me that question?" reaction to the "Why me?" story from the patient. I felt also that I could start to answer it for the patient and even myself.

Any additional comments?

In medical training, it seems there is never enough time to get everything in. As AI comes to the fore and this book talks about some of those advances at the end, I look forward to a time when the physician's back will not be to the patient as they type out another copy and paste note on the EHR, but that the physician will be at the bedside, speaking face-to-face with the patient, and re-engage with the human in the room. This book will help that physician make that transition.

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  • Colegio Universitario Comunitario Clases Para Estudiantes que Siguen Medicina [Community College Classes for Students Who Study Medicine]

  • By: Tony Guerra
  • Narrated by: Nicolas Villanueva
  • Length: 1 hr and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

This is a Spanish translation of my other book Community College Pre-Med Classes. While most students and parents I talk to speak clear English, many time the parents do not prefer to read English. My dad is a Peruvian immigrant and prefers to read in Spanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excelente revisión para el futuro profesional

  • By nonfiction reader on 11-04-17

Excelente revisión para el futuro profesional

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-17

Una breve guía paso a paso sobre las clases que un alumno necesita para tener éxito en las admisiones a la escuela de medicina. Bien leído y realizado.

  • Pharmacology

  • Medical School Crash Course
  • By: AudioLearn Medical Content Team
  • Narrated by: Bhama Roget, Dr. John P. Sullivan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

Written by experts and authorities in the field and professionally narrated for easy listening, this crash course is a valuable tool both during school and when preparing for the USMLE, or if you're simply interested in the subject.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unreliable and dull reading of a textbook.

  • By nonfiction reader on 07-30-17

Unreliable and dull reading of a textbook.

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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-30-17

What would have made Pharmacology better?

This is one of a series of recent Medical School audio-books from AudioLearn and I assure you these are not high yield questions. Instead, it's a reading of random facts from a pharmacology text. An audio-book should in some way augment the instruction in the medical school classroom and this does not do that. It would have been better if there was some kind of connecting structure rather this is a group of dozens of disparate chapters that might make sense to someone who already has command of pharmacology, but not someone trying to learn it. It would have helped to have rationals for the questions. Hearing the answer is false and then silence seemed weird and empty.

Has Pharmacology turned you off from other books in this genre?

Just made me wary of certain audiobooks that don't make an audiobook, rather, they make an audio reading of a print book without recognizing that without the visual help of images and words, descriptions need to be concrete and fuller. This book required someone to have a very high level command of pathophysiology and biochemistry to understand what the narrator was saying, but if someone had that command of those subjects, they probably wouldn't need this book.

What didn’t you like about Bhama Roget and Dr. John P. Sullivan ’s performance?

It felt like the I was being talked at rather than talked to. The voice was pleasant, but there was no increase or decrease in inflection, each point was as important as the last, a deadly interaction got as much emphasis as a simple fact. There are some narrators that are pleasant to listening to reading a dictionary, this is not the case here.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Pharmacology?

It's not about cutting scenes, it's about creating a narrative that a student can follow, this book could have easily been six hours and much better. The author would benefit from Zinsser's On Writing Well to remove unnecessary words, passive voice, and all the things that took the life out of the book. Instead, it's a plodding volume.

Any additional comments?

There is unreliability in the content, confusing orthostatic hypo and hypertension, strange pronunciations of some terms (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) drug names that aren't really high yield or common.

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  • Community College Pre-Med Classes

  • Pre-Nursing, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Med Requirements
  • By: Tony Guerra
  • Narrated by: Braden Wright
  • Length: 1 hr and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

This book outlines the benefits of completing your pre-professional course requirements at a community college with sound advice regarding coursework, the professional entrance exam, and interview for pre-nursing, pre-pharmacy, and pre-med students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Advice

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-14-17

Straight to the point with good advice

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Community College Pre-Med Classes to be better than the print version?

Information like this is like a book of instructions, you should read it, but you don't because of time. The audiobook makes it more readily available to listen to while I watch my kids.

What other book might you compare Community College Pre-Med Classes to and why?

Community College Success by Isa Adney

Which character – as performed by Braden Wright – was your favorite?

The book doesn't really have characters, but his reading is conversational and engaging.

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

Just good information to fill in some gaps.

Any additional comments?

Good value for the price.

  • The Last Admissions Hurdle

  • Confidently Walking out of the Interview for Pre-Nursing, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Med Students
  • By: Tony Guerra
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

A very brief guide to improving your ability to tell your story during the admissions interview. This book specifically speaks to pre-health students.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Only short college admissions book I found

  • By nonfiction reader on 05-06-17

Only short college admissions book I found

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

As a parent, I'd recommend it to other parents, it would be nice to have seen the author go into detail on more professions, but makes that clear iin the beginning

What other book might you compare The Last Admissions Hurdle to and why?

Not as much compare to because it's so short, but might complement Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be by Frank Bruni, Confessions of a Scholarship Winner by Kristina Ellis or The Gatekeepers by Jacques Steinberg.

Which scene was your favorite?

It's not really a scene as much as the whole step-by-step setup to putting a "graduation story" together before a big interview, keeping the end in mind etc

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

The Suzanne Collins quote "Because, sometimes, things happen to people and they're not equipped to deal with them" came to mind when I heard about the student who only had one chance at the interview they wanted. That's tough spot an early twenty something or teenager.

Any additional comments?

got my three bucks worth

  • The Suicide of Claire Bishop

  • A Novel
  • By: Carmiel Banasky
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Carol Monda
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Greenwich Village, 1959. Claire Bishop sits for a portrait - a gift from her husband - only to discover that what the artist has actually depicted is Claire's suicide. Haunted by the painting, Claire is forced to redefine herself within a failing marriage and a family history of madness. Shifting ahead to 2004, we meet West, a young schizophrenic obsessed with a painting he encounters in a gallery: a mysterious image of a woman's suicide.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the title scare you off

  • By nonfiction reader on 02-13-17

Don't let the title scare you off

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I love non-fiction for its anchored logic and reason and from time to time I'll jump onto a book that I find that will challenge me. It's like a college class that you loved because you felt something, but when trying to articulate what you liked, all you can say is, "You just have to take it to understand." Then someone does and you have this understanding between you, but still can't put it into words.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Suicide of Claire Bishop?

If this was a film, I would definitely start with the line "This painter I know thinks I want to jump off a bridge."

Which scene was your favorite?

Definitely when West starting talking physics and seeing just how much of a polymath this author was, so nice to see physics woven into a literary work. I can't help but think of Poe, not just the loneliness of his "The Man of the Crowd" but also that Poe solved Olber's Paradox in his book Eureka, emotion, loneliness, intuitive science were a draw for me.

Who was the most memorable character of The Suicide of Claire Bishop and why?

I felt more comfortable with West, I listened to him first skipping to those chapters that Will Damron narrated, then went back to the beginning to hear Claire's story from Carol Monda. If you try to solve a non-linear puzzle linearly, you'll be hopelessly lost.

Any additional comments?

I saw some DNF comments on Goodreads who quit on this book early and to those I would say to start with West, then come back to Claire.