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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
I read/listened to this book as part of my research for a project involving World War I. I found the information I needed within this book. The facts of war and battlefield life-and-death are presented in a very workmanlike way, and I wondered if this was written as a paper for a university course or thesis.This is very dry material and does not give the narrator much to work with. Having said that, I knew I was a bit in trouble when, within the first few minutes, Todd Barsness pronounced the word "havoc" as "have-oak." Later on, he pronounces the term "noblesse oblige" as "oh-blyyj" rather than its proper form of "oh-bleej."Small issues, but as the saying goes, God is in the details. I would not expect the print version to have typos. These mispronunciations are akin to audio typos in my mind.Just sayin'.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Yes. See above. And again, in his defense, the material is very dry, very much a research tome than a thrilling adventure back into history.
Was Battlefield Medicine worth the listening time?
For me, yes, because it provided me important information I will use for my project.
Any additional comments?
This book offers a well-researched view into the primitive world of battlefield hospitals through the First World War. In particular, I was horrified to read the injury and death statistics involved in each war chronicled, particularly WWI. The author did a thorough, workmanlike job of writing a book on a topic that is pretty grim.
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Would you try another book from John S. Haller Jr. and/or Todd Barsness?
No. I wasn't even able to get into the book, because the narrator did such a poor job I actually looked him up to see if it was a computer-generated voice. His voice was so robotic and monotonous that it sounded computer-generated. He even made pronunciation mistakes, like say Have-ak for "havoc". The book itself read like a manual for an army medic, very dry and full of jargon, which, for a subject as interesting as this is a real shame.
Would you recommend Battlefield Medicine to your friends? Why or why not?
No, because of the reasons I wrote about above. I own over a hundred audible books, and almost always love listening to them, but this book was an exception.
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