LISTENER

Dusty S. Human

  • 4
  • reviews
  • 68
  • helpful votes
  • 15
  • ratings
  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,513
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,427

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Love and Beauty in Extremis

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-16-16

The author expresses, lived, and has shared how meaning can transform tragedy into a deep transcendence of being that shimmers. As a hospice chaplain, I could not help but be awed by the clarity and beauty of love, vulnerability, and honesty that has been lived by the author and his family.

52 of 60 people found this review helpful

  • Being Mortal

  • Medicine and What Matters in the End
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,337
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,425

In Being Mortal, bestselling author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending. Medicine has triumphed in modern times, transforming birth, injury, and infectious disease from harrowing to manageable. But in the inevitable condition of aging and death, the goals of medicine seem too frequently to run counter to the interest of the human spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Required Reading!

  • By Jeffrey on 10-13-14

An Insider's Perspective of End-of-Life Issues

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

Reviewed: 11-18-14

If you could sum up Being Mortal in three words, what would they be?

This book should be required reading (listening) for physicians, medical students, social workers, chaplains, and those who care about what really matters at the end of life.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

The numerous stories clearly show how complex and challenging the art of care is.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

From personal experience, I have observed how often family members resist the loved one's expressed wishes. Consequently, I was fascinated when the author shared his own father's story. Even in this medical family, the prospect of wrenching loss played out at the end in the poignant way that demonstrates how the heart has its reasons.

Any additional comments?

This book is a priceless contribution at a time when the implications of the anticipated tsunami of boomer care issues looms large.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Newtown

  • An American Tragedy
  • By: Matthew Lysiak
  • Narrated by: Adam Verner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 160

12/14/2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School Newtown, Connecticut We remember the numbers: 20 children and 6 adults, murdered in a place of nurture and trust. We remember the names: Teachers like Victoria Soto, who lost her life protecting her students. A shooter named Adam Lanza. And we remember the questions: Outraged conjecture instantly monopolized the worldwide response to the tragedy, while the truth went missing. Here is the definitive journalistic account of Newtown.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but no Columbine

  • By Carisa on 04-30-17

sadly enlightening

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

Reviewed: 12-13-13

What did you love best about Newtown?

Well researched

What did you like best about this story?

Explained the tragedy

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

At first it brought back the day so vividly, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue, but I'm glad I continued to make sense of the inconceivable.

Any additional comments?

So what will we do to prevent another Newtown?

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Things They Carried

  • By: Tim O'Brien
  • Narrated by: Bryan Cranston
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,429
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,406

Hailed by The New York Times as "a marvel of storytelling", The Things They Carried’s portrayal of the boots-on-the-ground experience of soldiers in the Vietnam War is a landmark in war writing. Now, three-time Emmy Award winner-Bryan Cranston, star of the hit TV series Breaking Bad, delivers an electrifying performance that walks the book’s hallucinatory line between reality and fiction and highlights the emotional power of the spoken word.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heavy Load

  • By Mel on 10-28-13

An Important Literary Achievement

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

Reviewed: 10-20-13

What did you love best about The Things They Carried?

Every ten years or so, I encounter a book that makes my short list of important literary finds. Now I listen to audible.com books and seldom snuggle up with paper and ink text especially when I knit or wait for the sandman to come late at night. If you want to behold an impressive artistic achievement, check out _The Things They Carried_ by Tim O'Brien.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful