Lifelines

Angels of Mercy
By: CJ Lyons
Narrated by: Lauren Ross
Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
4 out of 5 stars (104 ratings)

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A gripping behind-the-scenes drama of four women who face life and death every day.

On her first day at Pittsburgh's Angels of Mercy Medical Center, L.A. - transplant Lydia Fiore, the new ER attending physician, loses a patient: the Chief of Surgery's son. Now, to save her career, Lydia must discover the truth behind her patient's death, even as it leads her into unfamiliar - and risky - territory.

At least she's not alone. There's med student Amanda, a sweet Southern belle with problems of her own; Gina, a resident with a chip on her shoulder; and Nora, the no-nonsense charge nurse with a cool head but a fiery temper. Not to mention the paramedic who'd like to try out his bedside manner on Lydia.

©2008 CJ Lyons, LLC (P)2013 CJ Lyons, LLC
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Gripping

This is my first book by C. J. Lyons. The story is a medical thriller and it is apparently the first book in a series.

Lydia Fiores M.D. is a new ER attending physician at Pittsburg Angel of Mercy Medical Center a teaching facility. On her first day of work on a new job Fiore makes a miraculous life saving move on one case but on another case considered a routine mid-level emergency auto-accident patient she loses the patient. The problem is the patient is the son of the chief of surgery in the hospital. The autopsy suggests the man was murdered so Fiores begins her own investigation as another case occurs. The story is full of various characters as the teaching facility provides lots of interns, students, nurses etc. Lyons has a continuous pace of action in the emergency room going on as Fiores conducts her investigation. We have gangs, race violence, nut cases and at the end of the book riots. With so much action and suspense it will keep the reader reading to the end of the book.

The book is well written and very fast paced. There is lots of medical action but also intrigue, romance and other tangled relationships. The medical information and ER situations ring true as the author is a pediatric ER physician. I will probably read the next episode in the series as the book was hard to put down and made a great get away from it all book. Lauren Ross does a good job narrating the story. I did have a problem with the sound quality, it sounded as if the narrator was in a barrel or a large room.

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Captivating

The story was captivating from the very beginning. What I thought was going to be a medical drama turned out to be quite an adventure of a story. Can't wait to read more by this author.

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spellbinding


Interesting from start to finish with intense drama throughout. Only issue was the narrators mispronounciation of medical terminology but it was mostly just in one section. it is a great book

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Enjoyable, but ...

What did you like best about Lifelines? What did you like least?

The characters were well defined and real. None of the stereotypical stuff we often see. Here white Lydia is from the streets and black Gina is from an upper middle class family with multiple opportunities. Both are believable characters.

The major drawback to this book was the author's use of a couple of illogical premises as the building blocks of the story. I had a difficult time overcoming the serious and obvious conflicts of interest involving Dr. Weiss and Dr. Stewart (I won't say more because I don't want to be a spoiler). The story would have worked better if these two characters had been dialed back from an attitude of irrational conviction to one of sincere and aggressive questioning of why things happened.

What did you like best about this story?

When I was able to overlook the drawbacks, the story was captivating and entertaining. It mostly moved quickly and the four different stories (from the five main characters) came together at the end in a logical way. Also many of the sub-characters were developed without going over the top. I particularly enjoyed Tre's family.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lauren Ross?

Orlagh Cassidy has the kind of strong voice and flow of presentation that Lauren Ross did not. Ross was too precise in some of her words. Unfortunately, she sounded like she was reading out loud rather than telling the story. She mispronounced many words (sometimes interrupting the flow of the story). But there were times when she overcame these problems and I became engrossed in the story, which is why she got 2 stars rather than 1 from me.

Could you see Lifelines being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

It has the kind of flash and bang that would make a decent movie

Any additional comments?

A couple of times, I wondered where the book editors heads were. For example, at one point, Lydia wadded up a paper and started to throw it away, thought better of it and then ripped it up. Not to minutes later, she took it out of the trash, smoothed it out, and read it again. Huh?

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Good first in a series

I enjoyed the character development. This book is a medical drama, steamy romance and mystery all rolled into one. I look forward to more development in future offerings

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Great story - Mediocre performance

Narration was poorly done and common words were mispronounced. This distracted my ability to relax and enjoy the story line.

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trauma drama

great character development and fun plot twists... medical drama meets murder mystery with a small town feel.

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Good story

I enjoyed the story very much. However, I can only guess the author never actually listened to the Audible version since there were numerous mispronunciations.

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Fast paced Med-Thriller

I liked this story. It was fast paced and at no point boring! I was hooked from the very first chapter describing the most dangerous day of the year in a hospital.
The characters each had their own storylines within the major story which made you care about them all, not just the hero/heroine.
The narrator did a very good job of keeping up with the exciting tempo of the story.

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Disappointing

Will not read other books in series. Medical parts interesting, but pronunciation of medical language should have been researched better.