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Throughout this book, I couldn't help but think of the phrase "you can't make this sh*t up." A statement uttered almost daily by my coworkers.
As an ER nurse myself, it was extremly easy to relate to the main character. There is always a fine balance between work-life-relationships. Within what seems to be a very short time, she's faced with major stressors in all three categories, hence the phrase.
In general, the plot was easy to follow and held my interest. The story included distinctly different aspects of this womans life, but came together with aspects of love, life, death, and happiness. The end of the book is a bit of a cliffhanger, yet you feel settled.
The only pitfall was the audio quality. Clearly there was forethought by the producer/author. There was a variety of voices and music in parts, giving it more substance. Yet in some parts it felt like the music cut off abruptly. Additionally, the entire book sounded echoey (in comparison to other audible books).
Overall, a book I'd recommend to not just to my coworkers but also my friends/family.
Robbie shares experiences from her heart that show what it means, as an ED nurse, to give 100% while putting personal issues on a shelf, humanizing the professional. She shares patients' reactions to her bold, straightforward approaches to solving problems at work, but she has a harder time solving her own personal struggles. As an RN, I can relate to the situations and environments as if I'm right there.
The dark cloud extending from the anonymous complaints quietly builds suspense as Robbi's perspective evolves and her trust is shaken. Seeing how quickly her own life unravels, she finds herself less judgmental of others. The various side issues in Robbi's daily life add interest. The Bucket Man was one of my favorite characters, personifying random people who significantly impact our lives.
Having listened to 35 audio books in the last 8 months for audio rehab after cochlear implant surgery, I found the story-line and the variety of distinct voices, sound effects, and snatches of music to be a welcome change. The readers sounded authentic to the parts they played. There were a few minor parts that were hard for me to hear clearly, but, all in all, it was a great listen. I look forward to another book from Robbi Hartford!