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  • The Thrill of the Case

  • Case Studies, Drug Interactions, and Clinical Pearls in Medication Management
  • By: Eric Christianson
  • Narrated by: Michael Lenz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Clinical pharmacology is often one of the most challenging topics for healthcare professionals. This is a compilation of my favorite case scenarios, drug interactions, and clinical pearls from my practice as a clinical pharmacist. This book is a perfect piece of education for pharmacists, nurse practitioners, physicians, physician assistants, and nurses who are looking to pick up real-life clinical practice pearls about medication management. It is ideal for the new professional or student trying to gain more confidence when it comes to medication management. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Common clinical questions seen on rotations

  • By Conor Ronayne on 12-12-18

Excellent Case-Based Approach to Learning

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-18

The book really felt like I was shadowing a working professional, seeing what and how he made decisions with medicines. He gives good advice not only on how to handle each scenario, but also how to work interprofessionally with other team members. Sometimes other members will agree, sometimes they won't. The books itself make it so much easier to kind of "get it" when it comes to therapeutics, especially with the larger lists of drugs and multiple interactions. I would highly recommend the narrator and book itself.

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  • How to Fight a Hydra

  • By: Josh Kaufman
  • Narrated by: Josh Kaufman
  • Length: 1 hr and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

In this illuminating fable, productivity expert Josh Kaufman explores the uncertainty and fear inherent in facing down any ambitious challenge, from starting a new business to completing a work of art. The risks involved can never be eliminated, but they can be understood, anticipated, and mitigated. Armed with an adventurer's insights into tackling unknown and fearsome challenges, you can tame a project of epic proportions. How to Fight a Hydra is an essential handbook for artists, creative professionals, and entrepreneurs tired of ignoring the call to adventure. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A memorable listen

  • By Tom-Åge Midtbø on 10-25-18

Totally Worth an Audible.com Credit

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

Sometimes we'll see a title that's shorter like this one and feel like we'd rather hold on to a credit. However, the story is the right length, it's performed like a movie, and the story is one you'll want to listen to a number of times. You can feel the innovative freedom he had as he wrote it and while he was on his way to another non-fiction book, this fictional account came out.

I think you'll find the lessons to be insightful and the story well articulated. He chose a journal of an adventurer as the framework and after listening I'm pretty sure you'll say, "That's a pretty good idea, let me put together a journal and start making progress on my goals." You always like to hear the narrator tell his own tale, and sometimes it works, other times it doesn't In this case, Josh's read is right on and the background sounds, the pages turning, the sounds of the forest, make it feel like a radio story.

In a sea of self-help books that tell you what to do, hearing a fictional account of what someone did allows you to use your mirror neurons and put yourself in the adventurer's boots. You'll face the hydra, pick up some valuable lessons, and have a much easier way to tell others how they might solve some of their most difficult challenges.

The only thing I wish I had was a torch so that once I solved a problem, it would be done with, once and for all.

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  • Time Pebbles

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

Tekla, son of an ancient shaman, loses Ka Li when she is torn from his life by a brutal tribe of Denisovans in a Late Pleistocene kidnapping. Ka Li escapes but is unarmed and forced to flee across the Bering land bridge where she becomes hopelessly lost in the endless tracts of North America. Only Tekla cares enough to search for her over the years. As Ka Li survives fierce predators and scarce resources, she leaves behind a series of signal cairns to help Tekla find her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Elegant parallels

  • By Playonwards on 06-13-18

Wanted a sequel to his first book, this wasn't it

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-18

I was just so captured by his first book, was so excited to see he wrote a second, but it was just kind of too different, it was like a different person wrote it.

  • 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 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

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
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
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.

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  • 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 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

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
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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.

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  • 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 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

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
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
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
Story
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 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good and fun

  • By Adam Wade on 07-26-18

Unreliable and dull reading of a textbook.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
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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