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  • Bellevue

  • Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital
  • By: David Oshinsky
  • Narrated by: Fred Sanders
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

David Oshinsky, whose last book, Polio: An American Story, was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the history of America's oldest hospital and in so doing also charts the rise of New York to the nation's preeminent city, the path of American medicine from butchery and quackery to a professional and scientific endeavor, and the growth of a civic institution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating

  • By Jean on 12-14-16

Boring

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Thought it would be more actual stories. Basically a history of the hospital. Could have just read Wikipedia.

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  • The Gilded Hour

  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 31 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,711
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,590
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,584

The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of antivice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie - both graduates of the Woman's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow and plodding. More textbook than novel.

  • By Karen Kelly on 09-14-15

Spoiler alert

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

None of the stories come to any kind of closing. Maybe an opening for a sequel? Waste of 30 hours.

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