• The Checklist Manifesto

  • How to Get Things Right
  • By: Atul Gawande
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (94 ratings)

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By: Atul Gawande
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Publisher's Summary

Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.  

In this groundbreaking audiobook, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates. 

Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

©2019 Atul Gawande (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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This is a must for anyone in Healthcare.

I think I must have listened to it at least four times.
I am a nurse who wants to improve systems, and this book is a good start and a good guide to better patient safety.

It is also good for people looking to improve processes and systems.

Highly recommended

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checklist - simple idea massive impact

Checklist - It's such a simple idea , but can contribute to make a massive impact on the outputs and can producing consistent result, avoid deadly mistakes. It applies to so many professions and fields as the author explains with many cases and examples. Must Read !!

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  • 12-16-20

Waste of time

In summary checklists are in important in all industries and there are examples of its effectiveness in medicine (lots of examples used here), finance (very few poor examples used here) and a couple of other industries. This book is such a waste of time

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Surprisingly captivating

Never thought an entire book could be about checklists
alone, but the stories given along with it from surgery and aviation really brought this to life.

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Insightful, intuitive, applicable and ridiculously necessary

An interesting point was on “Why would the checklist ‘unexpected errors’ category ”..
My insight / theory: reading load “anticipated complications” among other steps, as well as triggering “did you did this thing or that”, might alert the surgeon; engaging system 2 (thinking fast & slow by Daniel Kahneman) from the beginning of surgery; the analytical component has taken over the routine mechanical portion. But would longitudinal/ repeated measures of complications after implementing the checklists, demonstrate a regression to the mean?

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Essential reading for professionals

A simple secret to assist in achieving excellence consistently. It was an easy read. Interesting with a great narrator.

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  • T. Yates
  • 07-05-20

Disappointing

This is a two page study dragged out to a book. 'Use checklists' is the entire information contained within, with near to zero advice on how to use or make them.

Also it is 95% focussed on medicine, when it is presented as a business book.

Still, it is a listen that passes the time.

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  • Stephen
  • 02-04-20

Too deep for a self improvement book

Horrible gory details about about blood and wounds in a book about checklists. I am a queasy person, I only came here to improve my productivity and I’m hearing about a young girl going through surgery because she drownd in a pond I mean wow wtf don’t buy unless you love hospital books

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  • Kathryn S
  • 03-13-19

Superbly simple

Brilliant theory and idea with excellent examples of how and why it works, but a bit dry and repetitive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-21

Great book, well put together, excellent narration

Loved it. A great breakdown of such a simple concept. Very actionable content. Would definitely recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-19

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Can see the importance of having a check list but goes on a bit longer than needs

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  • Andris Racko
  • 02-24-22

Must listen or read 😉. For eny person.

It is great book! I have listen more than 300 books in last few years, and it is definetly 1 of top 10. And i will sugest it, to enyone who aske me for a great book!
I am a simple car mechanik and i use checklists ewery day, they wery often prewents us from disasters!
Thank you for book! 👍

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  • Alistair Thacker
  • 09-06-21

A manifesto, not a guide.

Before buying this book, you should be aware that this book simply repeatedly makes the case in favour of using checklists. It does not provide any guidance or examples for best practice or pitfalls to avoid, or time-saving techniques, or processes that can help you.

This book is written by a surgeon and its full of medical-jargon-heavy stories about what can go wrong in surgery, and why surgeons should use checklists but - because of arrogance - many don't. It's a set of interesting war stories about surgery. I'm now terrified of ever needing surgery. I wasn't before.

I was hoping for some insights, time-savers, things to avoid etc. However, this is not the book for that - it simply says "they are a good idea and here's why...".

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  • Sam Smith
  • 12-05-20

Wow

Heard this recommended through 'Tools of Titans' by Tim Ferriss.
It was not what I thought it would be. Some of the stories are intense, the narrator does a great job of emoting them. I have always been an 'anti-rules' guy, this book showed me how foolish (and childish) that philosophy was.
Straight after reading, I've used the guidelines mentioned in the book to set up my own basic checklists for my own life.
Accept you're fallible, put safety nets into your life!

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  • JKD
  • 04-10-22

interesting book but...

interesting book and performer has a nice voice but pronounces culinary and gnocchi wrong.

he just pronounced despite

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  • Paul Hull
  • 09-22-21

valuable reading for all companies

compelling reasons and ways to introduce checklists into your work. I can't wait to get going

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  • Malgorzata
  • 04-26-19

Makes you think

Capturing and full of interesting stories. definitely proves its point- I'm already thinking of incorporating some checklists in my professional routine!

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  • David
  • 02-20-20

Insightful with real emotional impact

I expected an insightful book on how to improve my personal time management but I found a series of powerful and touching moments along the way. It’s not a prescriptive book, but a descriptive one that will set you on the path.

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  • Michael H
  • 05-26-19

Couldn't put it down

Amazing book, that can be used by almost anyone. You may think that a book about checklists would be boring but this is one of the most interesting books I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-16-19

checklist

good narrator and a very interesting story that I will find very easy to make use of at work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-05-22

I really enjoyed this book!

An extremely valuable book, one i will read over and over again. Perfect for implementing into business of any kind. I really liked how the author discussed multiple situations and businesses where checklists are so valuable. I’ve already implemented his checklist strategy into my business because of this book, I would highly recommend!
It’s amazing the detail of the surgery the author describes but at moments it made me shiver so if you have a light stomach, be prepared.

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  • Michael Jones
  • 06-20-22

Check

Was the audiobook good ? Check.
Was the story good ? Check .
Is the audiobook good value ? Cheque.

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  • Canen Richardson
  • 03-22-22

Way more interesting and worthy than you’d think

Yes it’s about checklists and why they are so good but the story telling and insights into different industries is really engaging and interesting! We’re all trying to solve problems and get better at what we do and I think this book 100% made the case for how checklists are essential. I only rated it 4 stars because I would have liked to see a few samples of really good checklists from different industries.

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  • Kathryn Townley
  • 05-17-21

Inspiring

So many interesting stories and surprising facts. Fully invested now in creating my own check-lists!

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  • IDmp3
  • 03-25-21

Checklistastic!

Absolutely gold! a must read for consistent productivity. Great narration. inspiring and we'll written. 5 Stars.

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  • Rajan Rana
  • 01-08-21

Explains the importance of the checklist

Author did a great job emphasizing the importance of checklist in multiple professions by giving some great examples. Hence, four stars. For me to give it five stars, I need to know more around, how to come-up with effective checklists. What research should be done, what makes it more effective, how to test those. Some detailed end to end examples would have been helpful. But, I loved the book and would recommend it.