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Publisher's Summary

Carol Cassella, a freelance medical writer and a practicing anesthesiologist, grounds her haunting debut novel Oxygen in the life-or-death scenarios of the modern medical field. Marie Heaton's successful anesthesiology practice is derailed when a child dies under the mask. Faced with a major lawsuit, she must turn to a former lover for moral support.
©2008 Carol Wiley Cassella; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
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By Pamela Harvey on 11-24-09

Excellent Read

This book was overall a terrific listen, full of medical detail and complex, dissonant situations. The narrative was well-crafted and authentic.
The only downer was the narrator - she seemed way to young to be the voice of a seasoned, experienced anesthesiologist. Plus, she kept mispronouncing words: "metastic" instead of "metastatic" and "endiometritis" instead of "endometriosis". "Yakimaw" instead of "Yakima".
Still a good read. One of the best selections of medical fiction currently on offer.

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By pedsfs on 08-01-15

One of my favorite books!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Reading this book was definitely worth the time! As a physician, this is one of my all-time favorite books. I've given it to several friends as gifts, and recommended it to book clubs.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is really just one character - the narrator. Everyone else is peripheral to what is happening to her.

What aspect of Jennifer Ikeda’s performance would you have changed?

She mispronounces several medical terms. It's jarring. Also, she changes voices when the character speaks, and makes her sound flighty and unpleasant.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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