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  • Diagnosing Giants

  • Solving the Medical Mysteries of Thirteen Patients Who Changed the World
  • By: Philip A. Mackowiak
  • Narrated by: Bryan Reid
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 42

Dr. Mackowiak, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, offers a gripping and authoritative account of 13 patients who took center stage in world history. The result is a new understanding of how the past unfolded, as well as a sweeping survey of the history of medicine. What was the ailment that drove Caligula mad? Why did Stonewall Jackson die after having an arm amputated, when so many other Civil War soldiers survived such operations?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another bad narrator taints an interesting book!

  • By Karen Vincent on 12-23-14

Move along, nothing to see here....

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

Reviewed: 12-01-18

I did not finish the book for a number of factors, foremost among them was the fact that none of the first five or so patients had their 'medical mysteries' solved. The summation was either "we will never know" because the patient in question is one of ancient historical provenance or painfully obvious - Abraham Lincoln? Was that really a mystery? That aspect of the book could have been redeemed if the backgrounds and stories of each patient had been vividly filled in or elucidated but instead each biography was like a pale encyclopedia (remember those?) entry. Alas this audiobook goes for the trifecta with narration that was extremely wooden and stilted with very uncomfortable cadence and intonation - at least for me, a mid-westerner (USA). I do enjoy the idea of forensic examination of historical figures but this book really fell short of being enjoyable.

  • The James Thurber Audio Collection

  • Fables and Selected Stories by James Thurber
  • By: James Thurber
  • Narrated by: Keith Olbermann
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

"My father was in the hospital and every night when I visited him, I read aloud to him. James Thurber. And one night he said, 'You really should do that on your show,' and I said, 'Dad, it’s a television newscast. I’d love to, but how could it possibly fit?' And he said, 'How often have I ever suggested anything for your shows?' And I remembered that he never had. But I also reminded him that there were things like copyrights and bills, to which he said, 'Try it. You never know.'"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Olbermann a lttle over the top

  • By Carol Richards on 09-05-12

Keith Olbermann is the perfect voice of Thurber

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I never realized just how much Olbermann presentation is perfectly suited to the wit and style of Thurber. He treats Thurber as I have always heard him inside my own head - with passion and excitability that makes it come alive. I shared these stories with my 14 year old daughter and we both had many laugh out loud moments. The collection feels short, but that is probably because I didn't want it to end.