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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 651
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583

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

Excellent listen

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I enjoy both medical history and the history of New York, so this book was up my alley. Many fascinating stories, good narration. For some reason, I'm haunted by what happened -- or didn't happen -- at the hospital on 9/11. Recommended.

  • Damnation Island

  • Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York
  • By: Stacy Horn
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

Today it is known as Roosevelt Island. In 1828, when New York City purchased this narrow, two-mile-long island in the East River, it was called Blackwell's Island. There, over the next hundred years, the city would build a lunatic asylum, prison, hospital, workhouse, and almshouse. Stacy Horn has crafted a compelling and chilling narrative told through the stories of the poor souls sent to Blackwell's, as well as the period's city officials, reformers, and journalists (including the famous Nellie Bly). Damnation Island re-creates what daily life was like on the island....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating!

  • By tamborine on 08-06-18

Interesting Listen

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I found this book very interesting, horrifying in many of its details. It was well written. My only qualm was that I found something annoying about the narrator's voice -- not enough to turn the book off, though. Overall, a good listen.

  • Good Me Bad Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Ali Land
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,022

Milly's mother is a serial killer. Though Milly loves her mother, the only way to make her stop is to turn her in to the police. Milly is given a fresh start: a new identity, a home with an affluent foster family, and a spot at an exclusive private school. But Milly has secrets, and life at her new home becomes complicated. As her mother's trial looms, with Milly as the star witness, Milly starts to wonder how much of her is nature, how much of her is nurture, and whether she is doomed to turn out like her mother after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW! Good Wolf &Bad

  • By Linda on 11-22-17

Very creepy --

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

Reviewed: 05-14-18

It's hard to say I loved this book because it was so creepy. I think the author did a great job in creating an unreliable narrator -- she slowly and subtly sets off little bombs along the way. The premise is intriguing -- is there any hope for the child of a serial killer who was abused and complicit her whole life? How will she cope with trying to be "normal"? I was gripped all the way through. The narrator did an excellent job with the voices.

  • The Sparrow

  • By: Mary Doria Russell
  • Narrated by: David Colacci
  • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,074
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,075

Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience - the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life - begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

  • By Jim N on 08-15-12

Sci-Fi for non-Sci-Fi lovers

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

Reviewed: 03-30-18

This book and I got off to a rocky start. I started it, wasn't taken with it, and went on to something else. Then, because of a glitch between Audible and iTunes that wouldn't allow me to transfer books, I wound up with "The Sparrow" as the only unread book on my iPod in the car, so I started it over. I almost asked for my money back on it, because of the audio -- the narration was fine, but whenever there was dialogue, the sound level dropped so low that it had me cranking the volume up, only to be blasted once the narration came on again. Somehow, that problem got better and somehow I kept listening.

It becomes a very absorbing book. The characters were finely drawn and well-developed, the plot unfolds bit by bit, jumping between past and present, and the pieces slowly begin to fall into place. The narrator is simply incredible -- he had so many different voices and accents to keep straight and did a beautiful job with them. I was in awe.

I'm not a huge fan of sci-fi, but this one is special. So many huge questions about God and faith and "humanity" and good intentions . . . in the end, I was left with a knot in my stomach and questions that gnawed at my brain. That's a good book, right?

  • The Butchering Art

  • Joseph Lister's Quest to Transform the Grisly World of Victorian Medicine
  • By: Lindsey Fitzharris
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,089
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,005
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

In The Butchering Art, the historian Lindsey Fitzharris reveals the shocking world of 19th-century surgery on the eve of profound transformation. She conjures up early operating theaters - no place for the squeamish - and surgeons, working before anesthesia, who were lauded for their speed and brute strength. They were baffled by the persistent infections that kept mortality rates stubbornly high. A young, melancholy Quaker surgeon named Joseph Lister would solve the deadly riddle and change the course of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not one boring moment!

  • By WRWF on 12-22-17

Grisly, yes, but fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

This is a great book -- if you have interest in scientific/medical history, you'll love it. Yes, it's grisly, and at times even my strong stomach churned a bit, but it really conveys the atmosphere of the times. It's so interesting to learn the ways in which science crept forward over the years. Highly recommended!

  • Where the Light Falls

  • A Novel of the French Revolution
  • By: Allison Pataki, Owen Pataki
  • Narrated by: Bruce Mann
  • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Three years after the storming of the Bastille, the streets of Paris are roiling with the spirit of revolution. The citizens of France are enlivened by the ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. The monarchy of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette has been dismantled - with the help of the guillotine - and a new nation is rising in its place. Jean-Luc, an idealistic young lawyer, moves his wife, Marie, and their infant son from their comfortable life in Marseille to Paris in the hopes of joining the cause.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An interesting historical novel

  • By Carmen Plucinsky on 02-05-18

An enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

I wasn't wild about this book, but I enjoyed it. I was put off at first by the narrator's voice, but he grew on me, and actually he was quite good with women's voices, which isn't always the case. It had a lot of interesting history in it, and it led me to look into a few historical things that I wanted to know more about. I guess my criticism is that it edged toward melodrama; there's nothing subtle about the plot events. Also, I feel a scene at the end was missing -- especially given the melodramatic edge. But, I listened to the end, and I did enjoy it.

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  • The Trespasser

  • A Novel
  • By: Tana French
  • Narrated by: Hilda Fay
  • Length: 20 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,812

Being on the murder squad is nothing like Detective Antoinette Conway dreamed it would be. Her partner, Stephen Moran, is the only person who seems glad she's there. The rest of her working life is a stream of thankless cases, vicious pranks, and harassment. Antoinette is savagely tough, but she's getting close to the breaking point. Their new case looks like yet another by-the-numbers lovers' quarrel gone bad. Aislinn Murray is blond, pretty, groomed to a shine, and dead in her catalogue-perfect living room, next to a table set for a romantic dinner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A literary mystery

  • By lesley on 10-08-16

Bogged down.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-17

I *love* Tana French and eagerly await each new novel. That said, I couldn't get through this one! It seemed like the conflicts among the various detectives went on . . . and on . . . and on. I may give it a chance again later (if I find myself with nothing to listen to at some point), but for now, I've switched it off.

  • The Book Thief

  • By: Markus Zusak
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,545

It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glad I took a chance.

  • By Robert on 08-20-11

One of the best in years --

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-28-17

I don't know how I missed this book when it first came out -- it's the best book I've read in years. It's beautifully written, perfectly narrated, and has a compelling story. It's the perfect book to listen to, because it's a story told by a storyteller. Beware of driving down the road with tears falling! I couldn't recommend it more highly.

  • Dark Matter

  • A Novel
  • By: Blake Crouch
  • Narrated by: Jon Lindstrom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,237

"Are you happy with your life?" Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason's never met smiles down at him and says, "Welcome back, my friend."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Believable Multiverse

  • By Michael L. Moore on 02-18-17

An interesting ride --

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I enjoyed this book, though at times it stretched my credulity a bit. I liked the connections to physics, and the plot was, actually, intriguing. I recommend it.

  • Inspector of the Dead

  • By: David Morrell
  • Narrated by: Matthew Wolf
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395

The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the English government. The empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A plot that left be breathless.

  • By jerelyn on 04-25-15

A great series

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

Reviewed: 02-19-17

I really enjoy these books. I'm a sucker for novels that include historical figures, and the portraits of Thomas De Quincey and his daughter Emily are wonderful. The plot has twists and turns that I didn't anticipate, and I love the little tidbits of information along the way. I'll definitely go on to number 3 in the series.