Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance (Audiobook) By Atul Gawande, read by John Bedford Lloyd
Unabridged edition 2007 | 7 hours and 34 mins | ISBN: 142720098X | MP3 96 kbps | 328 MB
Veteran character actor Lloyd does a commendable job in narrating Gawande’s arresting expose of the razor-thin margin that separates top doctors from the rest. While the book has its share of sensational and bloodcurdling tales of virulent infections and medicine gone wrong, Lloyd resists the urge to sensationalize his reading. He rightly senses that these tales do not constitute the heart of this book.
Some parts are necessarily slow-moving and methodical, including a lecture on the proper way to scrub hands or a complex rundown of India‘s health care system. Lloyd’s quietly authoritative reading lends an unhurried air that is appropriate for a book fundamentally about taking the time to care, and care diligently, about the things that matter most. Gawande’s writing works well on audio as several chapters appeared as discrete essays in the New Yorker and the New England Journal of Medicine, and still bear the stamp of stand-alone material. It’s perfect for listeners who prefer thoughtful, short essays for a ride in the car or a walk on the treadmill.