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  • The Death of Santini

  • The Story of a Father and His Son
  • By: Pat Conroy
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 333

Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Conroy at his best

  • By ZORRO on 12-05-13

Could not get past the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-13

What disappointed you about The Death of Santini?

I would have enjoyed having the option to listen to this book. I simply could not tolerate the narration. The narrator has a horrible style.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yes, he destroyed the book.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's a Pat Conroy work. I had to purchase the book and read it. I only wish I could get a refund for the Audible version.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,670
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,671

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting!

  • By Tad Davis on 01-11-10

Ineresting listen.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-06-10

Lawyers often approach cases and clients as unique. Actually, we see similar fact scenarios over and over and we apply law that does not change in the short run. Atul Gawande suggests in The Checklist Manifesto,that a simple checklist works well in the surgical theatre and will work just as well in aviation, construction and in the legal environment.
Gawande asserts and makes the case that a checklist can help each of us to manage the mundane and the complex. He supports the premise that in medicine, in law and in aviation, the problem is applying the training and the knowledge that we have consistently and correctly. He argues that failure results from ineptitude rather than from ignorance.
While Gawande supports his premise primarily with examples from medicine he does include examples of the successful use of checklists in aviation and construction. His writing is current, including the emergency landing, "The Miracle on the Hudson River" in January, 2009, which provided an example of the use of simultaneously managed checklists for restarting the engine and ditching the plane.

All in all, the book was written with clarity and it moved well so that interest is maintained.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Lincoln's Melancholy

  • How Depression Challenged a President and Fueled His Greatness
  • By: Joshua Wolf Shenk
  • Narrated by: Richard M. Davidson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Drawing on a wealth of his own research and the work of other Lincoln scholars, Shenk reveals how the sixteenth president harnessed his depression to fuel his astonishing success. Lincoln found the solace and tactics he needed to deal with the nation's worst crisis in the "coping strategies" he developed over a lifetime of persevering through depressive episodes and personal tragedies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lincoln was depressed - who knew?

  • By Scott on 06-22-08

Excellent Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-21-05

This book was well written and addresses a subject which has not been addressed often enough; the positive side of otherwise debilitating conditions. This book deals with Lincoln's melancholia like the book "Churchill's Black Dog and Kafka's Mice" addresses the "positive" impact of the bipolar condition in Churchhill's life.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful