The House of God

  • by Samuel Shem
  • Narrated by Sean Runnette
  • 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

By turns heartbreaking, hilarious, and utterly human, The House of God is a mesmerizing and provocative journey that takes us into the lives of Roy Basch and five of his fellow interns at the most renowned teaching hospital in the country. Young Dr. Basch and his irreverent confident, known only as the Fat Man, will learn not only how to be fine doctors but, eventually, good human beings. Samuel Shem has done what few in American medicine have dared to do---create an unvarnished, unglorified, and amazingly forthright portrait revealing the depth of caring, pain, pathos, and tragedy felt by all who spend their lives treating patients and stand at the crossroads between science and humanity.
With over two million copies sold worldwide, The House of God has been hailed as one of the most important medical novels of the 20th century and compared to Sinclair Lewis's Arrowsmith for its poignant portrayal of the education of American doctors.


What the Critics Say

"Fascinating." (The Wall Street Journal)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Gets a lot of hype.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would, but only to doctor friends and I would try to manage their expectations.

If you’ve listened to books by Samuel Shem before, how does this one compare?


Which character – as performed by Sean Runnette – was your favorite?

Fats. Good humor, good advice to main character.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?


Any additional comments?

I was a little surprised about the amount of sex in this book. Either I'm really boring or it was a different time in the 70s. If I tried to have sex with as many nurses as what goes on in this book I would have been fired with maybe a lawsuit. Different times....
I don't know if it enhanced the story either.

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- Brian

Self-congratulatory softcore porn

That's nearly all this novel was to me. About 20% of it is worthwhile, and the novel could have been condensed as such. The rest is near-unlistenable thinly-veiled boasting and nonstop unnecessary obscenity. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
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- M. Emery

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-26-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio