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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!
As the author of the book, I readily admit that some listeners may not care for this performance. Unlike the single, polished, professional voice common to the industry, this performance employs thirty-five unique voices to create genuine, sometimes raw, personalities. Some are quirky or carry heavy accents, but each voice articulates the character in a way I found compatible with the events which inspired the book.
The story is told from a first person point of view, and Allison V. Chillingworth shifts nimbly from narrator to actress, telling the story while interacting with the other characters. There are whole chapters which rely solely on vocal performance, but some scenes include background sounds or music. If you don't care for the ER backgrounds used in the free sample or generally find music a distraction, this may not be the book for you.
The written versions of the story have been well reviewed on Amazon and goodreads. Haremonics Audio was courageous enough to try something different with the audio version. If you find the story appealing, and you are open to trying a departure from the norm, you might thoroughly enjoy this creative adventure. I downloaded it through audible and love the way it sounds on my iPhone.