My Review (4 Stars: Liked It A Lot!)
AudioBook (Downloaded from my local library.)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio, 2014
Narrated by Robert Petkoff
Length: 9 hr.s and 3 min.
Release Date: 10-07-14
Being Mortal is an in-depth look at our views about aging and dying.
The author Atul Gawande is sometimes analytical and philosophical while at the same time he discusses our mindsets about how we face our own mortality. The real life and death stories he describes are insightful.
I had put off reading this book because of the heavy nature of the the subject, but am glad I finally listened to it.
Below is a short (~ 3 min.) video from PBS Frontline. Dr. Gawande talks about his personal story. It includes a link to a longer documentary.
What Others Are Saying
“This is a well-written probe into end-of-life issues by a doctor who talks about how he deals with those issues not only as a medical professional, but as a son, friend and relative. Absorbing and a must-read for anyone who plans on dying, or knows someone who does, ha. Which is Gawande’s point–most of us pretend dying is an option, a box we refuse to tick off the chart, until death is unignorably upon us–and by that time, thinking about end-of-life issues is too late.” – Helen Klein Ross, Author of What Was Mine
About The Author (From The Publisher’s Page)
Atul Gawande is author of three bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon.com as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is Executive Director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.
More information, including a reading guide is on the Macmillan page.