• Matters of Choice

  • The Cole Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Noah Gordon
  • Narrated by: Hayden Bishop
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A portrait of a talented and courageous woman physician who stares at her reflection in the glass ceiling, and decides to seek and find a more meaningful life.

Roberta Jeanne d'Arc Cole is favored to be named associate chief of medicine at a Boston hospital. She is married to a surgeon. They own a trophy residence on historic Brattle Street in Cambridge and a summer house in the Berkshire Hills.

Everything melts away. Her gender and her work at an abortion clinic cost her the hospital appointment. Her marriage fails. Crushed, she goes to the farmhouse in Western Massachusetts, thinking to sell it, and finds an unexpected life. How she continues to fight for every woman's right to choose, while acknowledging her own ticking clock and maternal yearning, makes this prize-winning third story of the Cole trilogy as relevant as tomorrow.

©1996 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Too Pro-Abortion

Story goes on and on trying to justify abortion.

If it were not for this agenda, I would have enjoyed the story. The

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Aggravating

This is pro abortion book with a story wrapped around it. The story is so-so because the author’s biases keeps getting in the way of a compelling story. As the pro abortion under any circumstances biases kept being pushed, I found myself getting more and more annoyed. This book is not worth the download.

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Not one of Noah's better stories

There were a lot of bad reviews on this but I accidentally bought it and decided to go for it. The narrator was not bad. It always takes me a bit to get used to the narrator. The story did have some political issues and about the health care system (which I agree) but I listen to get away from it but in the end the story was better than I hoped and glad I did. Can't wait to listen to this trilogy down the road.

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  • M.
  • 06-17-20

Third book not as good

I liked the first 2 books much better. I felt "talked at" instead of invited to be part of the lives of the characters in this book. The Physician and Shaman were delightful.

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Disappointed in #3

The last of this trilogy has so many poor transitions in the first 30 chapters I almost gave up. As the first two were so engaging I read on. About chapter 42 the familiar I density and detail came out. But Noah skirted around the religious and social issues until the very last chapter. It is out of character from the declarative first two books. So, it turned into a chick book. The narrator was tentative about tone as well as appropriate inflection until about chapter 10. Not my best read but OK .

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Is ok

The book is not boring. However, after the two master pieces that preceded it (The Physician and Shaman), I think that most people will find it lacking.

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Big disappointment

After listening to the other two books in the Cole trilogy, this was very disappointing. In fact, after 2 hours or so, I stopped listening. The story was quite different than the previous books, the character development seemed shallow, and it is a different narrator who i also found rather boring. The previous books were interesting historical fictions. This, not really sure what it was intended to be, but seemed to have the flavour of a poorly written romance novel, although I did not wait around long enough to see if that is were it went.

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disappointing, unending and pointless.

after the first two books in the series this was very disappointing. no much of a story

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Too short!

Wonderful conclusion to the trilogy that brings the practice of medicine to modern technology and current issues. I only wish it was as long as the first 2. I miss the characters and want to know how the next chapters of their lives unfold.

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Not so much a story as a political statement

This is the least of the trilogy. To much time was spent making points about abortion and universal health care.

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  • O. Marangoci
  • 09-15-20

beautifully written and engaging

I listened to all the books from the Cole family trilogy on audible and I found this to be the best performance. The book honours the other two, being a well written story of a Doctor in a period of history (here the 90s)

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  • RecyMech
  • 12-11-19

Dreary

After the first 2 books which were really good, this was interminable, dreary and seemed to have minimal connection with the other books in trilogy.

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  • SOTIRIS JEROPOULOS
  • 12-30-17

Unacceptable narration

Would you try another book written by Noah Gordon or narrated by Hayden Bishop?

Noah Gordon, absolutely yes, I bought all of them already. But Bishop is abismal. She stutters like a five year old learning to read.

What other book might you compare Matters of Choice to, and why?

No time to think now

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Hayden Bishop?

Richard Higgins, simon vance, tess stimson, anyone would do better

Do you think Matters of Choice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, its the third in a trilogy anyway

Any additional comments?

Teach her to read then to narrate

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  • Extraordinary Gent.
  • 11-14-21

A truly terrible ordeal !!

A truly terrible ordeal listening to a story with a very small appreciative audience --- the problems of abortion of an unwanted foetus and the (USA) America's seemingly very poorly funded public health care system --- unlike its two predecessors, The Physician and Shaman -- which have world wide interest and appeal.

But since I shelled out my 'hard earned' to complete the trilogy I continued to do so, all the while waiting for something that would add more interest to the story than what the characters had for lunch in a restaurant near a hospital where the father of the lead character lay dying.
I understood that this 'novel' was probably written in fulfilment of a contractual obligation -- or perhaps at the very end of the author's interest in his long tale.
Among other problems --- I could find no discernible link to the previous two books in the trilogy apart, from the fact that all lead characters are general practitioner doctors.

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