The Cole Trilogy (Gordon)

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 260 ratings

The Physician Publisher's Summary

An orphan leaves Dark Ages London, taking a dangerous journey and posing as a Jew to study medicine in Persia, in "an adventurous and inspiring tale" (Library Journal).

A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift - an acute sensitivity to impending death - never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer.

Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia. Christians are barred from Muslim schools, but claiming he is a Jew, he studies under the world's most renowned physician, Avicenna. How the woman who is his great love struggles against her only rival - medicine - makes a riveting modern classic.

The Physician is the first book in New York Times best-selling author Noah Gordon's Dr. Robert Cole trilogy, which continues with Shaman and concludes with Matters of Choice.

©1986 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Physician

    • The Cole Trilogy, Book 1
    • By: Noah Gordon
    • Narrated by: Richard Higgins
    • Length: 24 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 149

    A child holds the hand of his dying mother and is terrified, aware something is taking her. Orphaned and given to an itinerant barber-surgeon, Rob Cole becomes a fast-talking swindler, peddling a worthless medicine. But as he matures, his strange gift - an acute sensitivity to impending death - never leaves him, and he yearns to become a healer. Arab madrassas are the only authentic medical schools, and he makes his perilous way to Persia.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • From a Persian

    • By Lilian Piruzan on 01-01-18

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 2

    • Shaman

    • The Cole Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Noah Gordon
    • Narrated by: Ben Owen
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 65

    Dr. Robert Judson Cole travels from his ravaged Scotland homeland, through the operating rooms of Boston, to the cabins of frontier Illinois. In the wilderness he befriends the starving remnants of the Sauk tribe, who have fled their reservation. In the process, he absorbs their culture and learns native remedies that enrich the classical medical education he received at Edinburgh University. He marries a remarkable settler woman he had saved from illness.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed THE PHYSICIAN but loved THE SHAMON!!!

    • By Allan H. Langille on 09-29-18
    • The Cole Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Noah Gordon
    • Narrated by: Ben Owen
    • Length: 22 hrs and 40 mins
    • Release date: 10-19-17
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 73 ratings

    Regular price: $34.94

  • Book 3

    • Matters of Choice

    • The Cole Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Noah Gordon
    • Narrated by: Hayden Bishop
    • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 25

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Big disappointment

    • By Christopher on 11-20-18

    Regular price: $24.95