During the four years of physician Margaret Overton’s acrimonious divorce, she dated widely and indiscriminately, determined to find her soul mate and live happily ever after. But then she discovered she had a brain aneurysm. She discovered it at a particularly awkward moment on a date with one of many Mr. Wrongs. Good in a Crisis is Overton's laugh-out-loud funny story of dealing with the most serious of life's problems: loss of life, loss of love, loss of innocence. It's about spirituality, self-delusion, even sheer stupidity. It's written from a physician's perspective, but it's not about medicine, per se; it's about coming of age in adulthood, an effort to help others through the awful events that can cluster in midlife. She does this with laughter and the recognition that you may come out the other end, as Overton did, definitely humbled... and only slightly smarter.
This memoir is not by anyone famous nor by anyone who's done anything on a grand scale, nor by anyone who has gone through hell and back and lived to tell about it. It's written and read by a hard-working and brilliant anesthesiologist as she lives the phases of her life - the ups and the downs and the learnings that come to her.
Parts of this story are hilarious, parts of it are sad, and parts just ruminate on the course of a life in middle age.
It's a very good combination of author-reader, or a self-narrated audiobook that turned out to be really great. I am listening again as I work, and can tune in and out as my attention requires. One of the best in a long time!
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Memior is my favorite form of literature, but I felt this was more of a list of complaints journal. Overton had a series of unfortunate experiences and regails us in detail and not particularly convincing detail of it. Cruddy choices of dates through internet sites and the dressing down of each cruddy choice without humor or irony made this a difficult listen. I kept expecting something enlightening or at least even-handed treatment of of the ickyness of her experiences and yet, no... just a rolling, humorless list of gross and sad.
Would you ever listen to anything by Margaret Overton again?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Her voice was appropriate.
You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?
Not so much.