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  • When the Air Hits Your Brain

  • Tales from Neurosurgery
  • By: Frank T Vertosick Jr. MD
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,436

With poignant insight and humor, Frank Vertosick, Jr., MD, describes some of the greatest challenges of his career, including a six-week-old infant with a tumor in her brain, a young man struck down in his prime by paraplegia, and a minister with a .22-caliber bullet lodged in his skull. Told through intimate portraits of Vertosick's patients and unsparing-yet-fascinatingly detailed descriptions of surgical procedures, When the Air Hits Your Brain illuminates both the mysteries of the mind and the realities of the operating room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sensitive and Enlightening

  • By Largactil on 02-03-17

Great tales and perspective!

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

Where does When the Air Hits Your Brain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is the best one so far - so involving , it was almost not good choice for driving!

What did you like best about this story?

Not only the tales, but also the unique perspective on each of them! Hated for it to end!

Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure.

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

Just so interesting!

Any additional comments?

Best medical stories book I have read or listened to.

  • A Bittersweet Season

  • Caring for Our Aging Parents - And Ourselves
  • By: Jane Gross
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 15 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

In telling the intimate story of caring for her aged and ailing mother, Jane Gross offers indispensable, and often surprising, advice for the rapidly increasing number of adult children responsible for aging parents. Gross deftly weaves the specifics of her personal experience with a comprehensive resource for effectively managing the lives of one's own parents while keeping sanity and strength intact.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional, thought-provoking, liberating!

  • By Anne on 08-10-11

Perfect story of the experience of aging parents

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

Any additional comments?

Have been listening to several books on this subject, this was last one I listened to prior to my mother's passing this week. As a society in US, we have care of elderly all wrong - wish there was an answer.....

  • Gut

  • The Inside Story of Our Body's Most Underrated Organ
  • By: Giulia Enders
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554

Our gut is almost as important to us as our brain, yet we know very little about how it works. Gut: The Inside Story is an entertaining, informative tour of the digestive system from the moment we raise a tasty morsel to our lips until the moment our body surrenders the remnants to the toilet bowl. No topic is too lowly for the author's wonder and admiration, from the careful choreography of breaking wind to the precise internal communication required for a cleansing vomit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Gut Microbe Book Around

  • By serine on 03-31-16

Very informative

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Would like to have this book as a reference, vs. just listening - so much good info.

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  • The Lighter Side

  • An NHS Paramedic's Selection of Humorous Mess Room Tales
  • By: Andy Thompson
  • Narrated by: Pete Nottage
  • Length: 2 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

In his The Dark Side series, Andy Thompson gives us a taste of the dark sense of humor paramedics use as a coping mechanism; here he packs laugh-out-loud moments into every word as he recalls health care professionals' encounters with the weirdest of behavior, hilarious misunderstandings, and cringingly embarrassing episodes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny

  • By Christina on 07-23-18

Could not finish

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

Reviewed: 08-05-16

Would you try another book from Andy Thompson and/or Pete Nottage?

No

Any additional comments?

This is the 10th book of medical stories that I have purchased and listened to - but could not finish it - kept thinking the next story would be interesting, funny, or something - but they were very shallow.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful