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Trauma Audiobook

Trauma: A Novel

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Dr. Carrie Bryant's four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration from peers and staff alike. When given the chance of performing her first unsupervised brain surgery, Carrie jumps at the opportunity. What should have been a routine, hours-long operation turns horribly wrong and jeopardizes her patient's life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie is rushed back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a careless and tragic mental error resulting in irreparable brain damage to her second patient. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home, where her younger brother, Adam, a combat vet suffering from debilitating PTSD, also lives. When Carrie learns about an experimental program at the VA Medical Center exploring the use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) that could forever cure the emotional and memory trauma of PTSD, it seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie is apprehensive, but a chance meeting with David Hoffman, a reporter for the Lowell Observer writing a story on PTSD, helps her overcome any hesitation. Her first surgery appears to be a success until her patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient also goes missing, Carrie employees the investigative skills of David, and together they descend into a labyrinth of murder and corruption. And the price Carrie might pay for asking the wrong questions could be her life.

©2015 Michael Palmer (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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    lauren outland Santa Monica, CA, US 07-15-15
    lauren outland Santa Monica, CA, US 07-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The best Michael Palmer ever"

    Absolutely gripping medical thriller. Surprises around every corner. Seamless transition from Michael to Daniel Palmer sections. Narrator was great if a little fast in the beginning.
    Possibly the best Michael/Daniel Palmer books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    dk.bookworm usa 05-20-15
    dk.bookworm usa 05-20-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Michael lives on"
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    I don't know how much of this book was Michael(the king of medical thrillers) or how much was his son Daniel , but loved it evey bit as much as the other Michael Palmer books. Fast pace , interesting topic, good main character. I enjoyed listening to the interview with Daniel at the end too.
    great narration too by Xe Sands

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    valerie 02-22-16
    valerie 02-22-16 Member Since 2011

    I listen to books all the time, When I am driving, cleaning, cooking or doing anything quiet. I am AUDOBSESSED!

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    "great read"

    This book will keep you interested. It isn't a mind blowing plot, but interesting enough and with some great twists.

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    Debbie Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-17-15
    Debbie Edmonton, AB, Canada 07-17-15 Member Since 2017
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    "A must read"

    Great book, will miss you Michael
    Palmer. This was a terrific book as were all your other medical thrillers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lynne Hersh 06-06-15
    Lynne Hersh 06-06-15

    Lynne

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    "Finished but Boring"

    This was a struggle to finish. Halfway through the book I was still questioning what was it all about. PTSD is the catalyst, the bright young doctor is the protagonist and the antagonist is not clear until the story's climax. Michael Palmer passed away before finishing this book and as much as I admire his son's dedication to complete his father's work I cannot admire the finished product. The medical side was boring, some important characters were underdeveloped and the vets were one dimensional.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trixie 05-23-15
    Trixie 05-23-15
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    "Medical thriller"
    What did you like best about this story?

    There's a suspense in every chapter


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    All the characters are portrayed well


    Any additional comments?

    A suspense novel from beginning to end

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    libgil 06-06-15
    libgil 06-06-15

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    "Best in a long time"
    What did you love best about Trauma?

    the development of the characters, especially with regard to the brother and sister.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the end.....had me in tears....


    Any additional comments?

    a great read......well worth the credit and would recommend to everyone.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "An awesome book!"

    I looked forward to this book & it was great. I have loved all of Michael Palmer's books, I was saddened to hear of his passing and moving to heaven. I have lost dear family members & I know how difficult it is, missing them so much. Daniel has kept in touch with his Dad's readers & we appreciate that so much. When Daniel told us he was finishing his Dad's last book, I was thrilled. Daniel did a wonderful job writing with his Dad. I know Michael is so proud of his son for the great story "Trauma" is. I cried at the end, so I really connected with the characters. I'm glad that Daniel & Matthew Palmer are continuing to write & carry on their Dad's legacy. I know he loves you & is proud of his 3 sons. Daniel, thank you for the gift of "Trauma".

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bezor 05-20-15
    Bezor 05-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Exciting"

    Found the technical descriptions of procedures very interesting, and the knowledge and skill needed by neurosurgeons takes long years of preparation. For the protagonist to "give up" her career is heartbreaking. The
    Bureaucracy within hospitals is dense, not always making decisions that are popular.

    The narration was very good.

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    donnachandler 05-17-15

    An avid book reader who absolutely loves having the opportunity to carry my favorite books everywhere I go and listen to them anytime I want

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    "Not for my cerebral brain. I returned it."
    What did you like best about Trauma? What did you like least?

    It was extremely interesting and I'm sure something like this research is happening to help Veterans with PTSD. Or at least I hope they are working on research. It truly tugs at my heart knowing there are Vetrans struggling and living on the streets.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michael Palmer and Daniel Palmer before, how does this one compare?

    I really like their medical thrillers. However, even with my medical background, this book was hard to follow and I had to rewind and listen to parts over and over and still got confused


    What aspect of Xe Sands’s performance would you have changed?

    Nothing. Problems were the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I am returning the book and trying something else.


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of research went into writing this book. I'm sure there are a lot of individuals who will enjoy it. I'm not one of them.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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