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M Jo

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  • The Strange Case of Dr. Couney

  • How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies
  • By: Dawn Raffel
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Was Martin Couney a charlatan or a good doctor? As Dawn Raffel artfully recounts, Dr. Couney figured out he could use incubators and careful nursing to keep previously doomed infants alive and at the same time make good money displaying these babies alongside sword swallowers, bearded ladies, and burlesque shows. How this turn-of-the-20th-century émigré became the savior to families with premature infants, known then as "weaklings" - while ignoring the scorn of the medical establishment - is one of the most astounding stories of modern medicine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By M Jo on 09-18-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I can’t say enough how amazing this story was.
Not being familiar with the locations mentioned in the book, it was a little difficult to visualize. Still, if authentic, it was truly fascinating.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Have Your Dog Stuffed

  • And Other Things I've Learned
  • By: Alan Alda
  • Narrated by: Alan Alda
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

He's one of America's most recognizable and acclaimed actors: a star on Broadway, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, writing, and directing, during his 11 years on M*A*S*H. Now Alan Alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't Tell It's an Abridged Version

  • By Gretchen SLP on 11-14-15

Alan Alda - Never Have Your Dog...

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

I enjoyed the content of this book, but it was too short -- not worth wasting a whole credit on it! I feel jipped .

  • The Book of Strange New Things

  • By: Michel Faber
  • Narrated by: Josh Cohen
  • Length: 19 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 522

It begins with Peter, a devoted man of faith, as he is called to the mission of a lifetime, one that takes him galaxies away from his wife, Bea. Peter becomes immersed in the mysteries of an astonishing new environment, overseen by an enigmatic corporation known only as USIC. His work introduces him to a seemingly friendly native population struggling with a dangerous illness and hungry for Peter's teachings - his Bible is their "book of strange new things."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual.

  • By Bellows Water on 04-22-15

Slow

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

Reviewed: 11-01-16

I couldn't get into it. It was so slow with nothing to keep me interested.

  • The Heart Healers

  • The Misfits, Mavericks, and Rebels Who Created the Greatest Medical Breakthrough of Our Lives
  • By: James Forrester MD
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

At one time heart disease was a death sentence. By the middle of the 20th century, it was killing millions, and, as with the Black Death centuries before, physicians stood helpless. Visionaries, though, had begun to make strides earlier. On September 7, 1895, Ludwig Rehn successfully sutured the heart of a living man with a knife wound to the chest for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great review of the landmark achievements in Cardiology.

  • By Trauma NP on 12-14-15

Fantastic

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

Reviewed: 05-08-16

If you could sum up The Heart Healers in three words, what would they be?

So informative!

What other book might you compare The Heart Healers to and why?

None

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some ah hah moments

Any additional comments?

I learned so much from this book. The final chapters were packed with useful information. I plan to read it again.

1 of 2 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 7,344
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,430

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

Excellent discussion!

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

This was a very informative book on a subject not often discussed. It has definitely given me things to think about for myself and my loved ones.

  • I Heart My Little A-Holes

  • A Bunch of Holy-Crap Moments No One Ever Told You About Parenting
  • By: Karen Alpert
  • Narrated by: Karen Alpert
  • Length: 3 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 94

Popular blogger Karen Alpert shares her hysterical take on the many "joys" of parenting - I Heart My Little A-Holes is full of hilarious stories, lists, thoughts and pictures that will make you laugh so hard you'll wish you were wearing a diaper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious

  • By Stephanie on 04-29-14

Don't waste your time!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-14

What would have made I Heart My Little A-Holes better?

A total attitude adjustment toward motherhood.

What was most disappointing about Karen Alpert’s story?

Her attitude and her language.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and anger.

Any additional comments?

One chapter was enough for me!

0 of 7 people found this review helpful