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April 18, 2015 / Leslie

Audiobook Memoir: A Physician’s First Year

A Rapid Review

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy

RealDoctorPublisher: Random House | April 2015
Format: Audio Download | 9 hours | Rating: 3½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

This funny, candid memoir of McCarthy’s intern year at a New York hospital provides a scorchingly frank look at how doctors are made, taking readers into patients’ rooms and doctors’ conferences to witness a physician’s journey from ineptitude to competence.

This is indeed a very candid look at what a newly minted doctor faces as a first year resident. And in turn it’s a very scary look at what a patient admitted to a teaching hospital can encounter as well. I have a healthy fear of doctors and hospitals, and what I read here confirms much of it. Residents are literally tossed into the line of fire and expected to ‘learn’ on the job. Scary to think about and compelling to read.

The author’s writing style is engaging and at times even humorous. The book reads like a journal of his time at the hospital but doesn’t delve into anything more personal about himself or any of the patients stories. I liked the book, but thought it could have been a little more in-depth.

Audio production:
The book is narrated by the author. Memoirs are usually a good choice for audio over print and yet I am hesitant to recommend the audio. On the plus side, the author has a nice voice and in telling his own story it adds a level of authenticity. On the negative side, it is a bit uneven and at times choppy—but still very listenable. This was probably more noticeable to me because I listen to so much audio and so many Audie winning performances.

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April 16, 2015 / Leslie

Books for Young Readers

Genuine Sweet by Faith HarkeyGenuineSweet

Publisher: Clarion Books | April 2015
Age: 9 – 12 years | 288 pages

Told in the engaging, irresistible voice of Genuine Sweet herself, Faith Harkey’s debut novel spins a remarkable tale of a small-town girl with big-time magic and an even bigger heart.

Twelve-year-old Genuine Sweet has just discovered she is a wish fetcher. Wish fetching is in her family—mom and gram could fetch wishes too. She gathers magic from the stars to grant wishes for others, but never for herself. Things go well for Genuine as long as she keeps the wish-granting local, but when a friend convinces her to grant wishes online, it all gets a bit more complicated than she anticipated.

Filled with southern charm—the story is set in a small Georgia town—it’s sweet, folksy, and moves at a leisurely pace; almost a bit too slow at times. There are a lot of characters, not a lot of action, and a few adult topics—death, cancer, alcoholism, plus a budding romance. These are handled well and are suitable for a book aimed at middle grade and older readers.

I was expecting more magical realism and fantasy, but instead this is a sweet story with several lessons about responsibility and growing up.

Rating: 3½ stars

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April 15, 2015 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: BudBurst

BudBurst

Almost wordless: Signs of new life on the trees.

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April 13, 2015 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ April 13th

WelcomeBirdhouseMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Another busy week with the added task of finally finishing up the income tax returns. As a former tax consultant I probably should have had this done weeks ago, but it’s one of those chores I tend to put off. But it’s done now and I was able to enjoy a nice weekend including a four hour walk with my bird club on Saturday and a leisurely brunch with the girlfriends on Sunday.

Here’s what arrived last week…

New Arrivals

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The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen from Highbridge Audio.
Thirty years after her death, Alice’s mother appears to her, seemingly in the flesh, and continues to do so during the hardest year Alice has had to face.

Beneath the Bonfire: Stories by Nickolas Butler from St. Maritn’s Press.
The ten stories in this dazzling, surprising collection evoke a landscape that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has traveled the back roads and blue highways of America, and they completely capture the memorable characters who call it home.

The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler from St. Maritn’s Press.
The Book of Speculation is Erika Swyler’s gorgeous and moving debut, a wondrous novel about the power of books, family, and magic.

Audio Downloads

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The Dismantling by Brian DeLeeuw from Penguin Audio.
Twenty-five-year-old med school dropout Simon Worth is an organ broker, buying kidneys and livers from cash-strapped donors and selling them to recipients whose time on the waitlist is running out. When a seemingly straightforward liver transplant has an unexpectedly dangerous outcome, Simon finds himself on the run.

The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearlfrom Penguin Audio.
The bestselling author of The Dante Club takes us deep into a shadowy era in publishing ruled by a forgotten class of criminals.

House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy from Random House Audio.
In this enthralling and atmospheric debut suspense novel, one young family’s dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.

How was your week?

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April 9, 2015 / Leslie

Winner: The Tusk That Did the Damage

Thank you to everyone that stopped by to enter the giveaway last week for a copy of The Tusk That Did the Damage by Tania James.

 

Winner: Kathy @ Bermudaonion’s Weblog

Tusk

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April 8, 2015 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Anglewing Butterfly

Angelwing Butterfly

Almost wordless: I’m pretty sure this is an Anglewing. They hibernate during the winter and are one of the first butterflies to appear in the spring. This one was enjoying a rare sunny day, and so was I.

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April 7, 2015 / Leslie

Audiobook: So That Happened by Jon Cryer

SoThatHappenedMy Unexpected Life in Hollywood

A Rapid Review

Publisher: Penguin Audio | April 2015
Format: Audio Download | 9 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy

If it can happen in show business, it’s happened to Jon Cryer. Now he’s opening up for the first time and sharing his behind-the-scenes stories in a warmly endearing, sharply observed, and frankly funny look at life in Hollywood.

Funny and entertaining with lots of behind-the-scenes stories of his 30 years in movies, theater, and television, this was an enjoyable read. Jon Cryer is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men and, to the 80s generation, as Duckie in Pretty in Pink. Those are the characters I was familiar with and what prompted me to read his memoir.

We get to see a personal side to the actor and learn about his early years in theater, his near misses at stardom before Men (he was one of the actors considered for the part of Chandler on Friends), and about his years on Men, about his relationship with Charlie Sheen—the good, the bad, and the meltdown on social media, and the re-booting of the show with the hiring of Ashton Kutcher to name just a few. (There were other actors considered to replace Charlie Sheen, and did anyone know Jon Cryer dated Demi Moore? I didn’t. He describes discussing it with Ashton as “awkward!”. No more spoilers, just read the book).

Audio production
The author narrates the book adding authenticity and realism to his stories. Who better to tell the tales than the actor himself! And it feels like he is talking directly to us, the listener. This was an easy book to listen to while multi-tasking around the house. Even those who don’t usually listen to audio should find it easy to follow along.

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