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  • A Surgeon's Notes on Performance
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,291
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 908

Atul Gawande explores how doctors strive for best performance in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. His stories of diligence and ingenuity take us to battlefield surgical tents in Iraq, to labor and delivery rooms in Boston, to a polio outbreak in India, and to malpractice courtrooms around the country. He discusses the ethical dilemmas of doctors' participation in lethal injections, examines the influence of money on medicine, and recounts the astoundingly contentious history of hand washing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating and Well Read

  • By L. M. Roberts on 05-23-10

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Atul's book demonstrates that a culture of excellence is the key to making great things happen. He provides stories of those who have adopted this mantra and accomplished great things. Wonderful book. Very inspiring.



  • The House of God

  • By: Samuel Shem
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919

By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • First time I started it I hated it...

  • By Tamara T. on 01-20-16

Rotten

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

Boring and just annoying. Unfunny in spite of trying very hard to be funny. Yuck.

  • Confessions of a Surgeon

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Complicated...Life Behind the O.R. Doors
  • By: Paul A. Ruggieri MD
  • Narrated by: Eric Martin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

As an active surgeon and former department chairman, Dr. Paul A. Ruggieri has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly of his profession. In Confessions of a Surgeon, he pushes open the doors of the OR and reveals the inscrutable place where lives are improved, saved, and sometimes lost. He shares the successes, failures, remarkable advances, and camaraderie that make it exciting.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the anecdotes!

  • By suzanne on 07-31-17

Enjoyed the anecdotes!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

What did you love best about Confessions of a Surgeon?

I love hearing the personal stories and experiences. In health care truth is stranger than fiction and you just can't make up some of this stuff!

Which scene was your favorite?

Sadly, the stories about surgeons opening up abdomens only to find their cancers are inoperable.

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

The guilt he felt when a patient either died or suffered..questioning whether he could have done more.

Any additional comments?

As an RN for over 30 years, I truly have a deep appreciation for MDs who have dedicated so much of their lives, often forgoing personal obligations to serve their patients. However, this older generation of surgeons I know all too well as power and control mongers. There is a severe lack of respect for anyone else around them. The rest of us subject to their moods, rules, and unconscionable bad behavior. No doubt he has misdirected his anger and frustration toward countless "underlings" and gotten away with it at a time where Human Resource departments were almost non-existent. There are a few of these gems still around, but thankfully they are fading to extinction. Dr. Ruggieri, although I've never worked with you, I KNOW you. Perhaps you might consider writing an addendum of "Confessions of a Surgeon" to "confess" your sins toward all of the people you've squashed professionally.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Bitter Taste of Dying

  • A Memoir
  • By: Jason Smith
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

In his first book, author Jason Smith explores the depravity and desperation required to maintain an opiate addiction so fierce, he finds himself jumping continents to avoid jail time and learns the hard way that some demons cannot be outrun. While teaching in Europe, he meets a prostitute who secures drugs for him at the dangerous price of helping out the Russian Mafia; in China he gets his Percocet and Xanax fixes but terrifies a crowd of children and parents at his job in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another addiction story..

  • By suzanne on 02-22-17

Another addiction story..

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

Reviewed: 02-22-17

Addiction is horrible. His story is proof that drugs are the devil. As a non-addict, it is so difficult to get inside the mind of an addict, but his story really comes close to illustrating the grip that addiction has on those most vulnerable.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,447

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

A warm story

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

Story about a typical loving, dysfunctional family, but not such a typical upbringing. Engaging story with a triumphant ending for the writer.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • One Child

  • The Story of China's Most Radical Experiment
  • By: Mei Fong
  • Narrated by: Janet Song
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

When Communist Party leaders adopted the one-child policy in 1980, they hoped curbing birthrates would help lift China's poorest and increase the country's global stature. But at what cost? Now, as China closes the book on the policy after more than three decades, it faces a population grown too old and too male, with a vastly diminished supply of young workers. Mei Fong has spent years documenting the policy's repercussions on every sector of Chinese society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book Club Discussion Ever!!

  • By Rachael W. Schettenhelm on 05-01-17

I learned a lot from this book.

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

What a ripple effect the one child law had on so many things in China.

  • Throwaway Nun

  • By: Rosemary Scirocco-Corsale, Kathleen A. Barreca
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 7

This is a true story. It is my story. No one could have possibly created the contents of this book unless the incidents and occurrences were witnessed and lived. I did both. I lived 11 years of hell, and the perpetrators have never admitted to a single fault. To have endured these personal horrors and escaped without apparent mental impairment may well be a miracle in itself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • whiner

  • By suzanne on 07-14-16

whiner

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

So much complaining and comparing herself to others. Professional victim. I kept hoping this book would get better, but it didn't. A real downer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Look at You Now

  • My Journey from Shame to Strength
  • By: Liz Pryor
  • Narrated by: Liz Pryor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

In 1979 Liz Pryor is a 17-year-old girl from a good family in the wealthy Chicago suburbs. Halfway through her senior year of high school, she discovers that she is pregnant - a fact her parents are determined to keep a secret from her friends, siblings, and community forever. One snowy January day, after driving across three states, her mother drops her off at what Liz thinks is a Catholic home for unwed mothers - but which is, in truth, a locked government-run facility for delinquent and impoverished pregnant teenage girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring & heart wrenching

  • By Shey Shook on 07-10-16

Poignant story.<br />

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

Reviewed: 07-09-16

I was attracted to this book because I was the same age as Liz Pryor in 1979 and remember a girl I knew who was pregnant whose strict Catholic parents hid her away until she had her baby. The baby was adopted through Catholic services. I often wondered how this changed the young mother's life.
I loved this book, especially as narrated by Liz. I would have loved to have known more about her life and if she had found a mate and had more children she would raise. Was she ever reunited with her child or even know the gender, etc., etc?
I guess a good book wants you yearning for more.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Working Stiff

  • Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner
  • By: Judy Melinek MD, T. J. Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,929
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,916

Just two months before the September 11 terrorist attacks, Dr. Judy Melinek began her training as a New York City forensic pathologist. With her husband and their toddler holding down the home front, Judy threw herself into the fascinating world of death investigation-performing autopsies, investigating death scenes, and counseling grieving relatives. Working Stiff chronicles Judy's two years of training, taking listeners behind the police tape of some of the most harrowing deaths in the Big Apple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating, though disturbing at times

  • By Sean on 08-26-14

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

Anecdotes of a medical examiner's work. Most interesting was her account of working September 11, 2001 during twin towers attack and the aftermath of the painstaking work done to identify victims.

  • A Mother's Reckoning

  • Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy
  • By: Sue Klebold
  • Narrated by: Andrew Solomon, Sue Klebold
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816

On April 20, 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold walked into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. Over the course of minutes, they would kill 12 students and a teacher and wound 24 others before taking their own lives. For the last 16 years, Sue Klebold, Dylan's mother, has lived with the indescribable grief and shame of that day. How could her child, the promising young man she had loved and raised, be responsible for such horror? And how, as his mother, had she not known something was wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I kept on driving just to listen to a few more chapters

  • By Sharon on 02-23-16

A moving story about a mother's grief.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

Where does A Mother's Reckoning rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

So tragic that she not only loses a son, but has to endure the fact that her dead son was suicidal and homicidal. Only through the eyes of a mother can one reconcile how she must feel post-tragedy.

What does Andrew Solomon and Sue Klebold bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

So much emotion!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I listened to during my commutes to and from work.