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Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor

Narrated by: Alexi Armitage
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

The best-selling real life story of a hapless junior doctor, based on his columns written anonymously for the Telegraph.  

If you're going to be ill, it's best to avoid the first Wednesday in August. This is the day when junior doctors graduate to their first placements and begin to face having to put into practice what they have spent the last six years learning.   

Starting on the evening before he begins work as a doctor, this audiobook charts Max Pemberton's touching and funny journey through his first year in the NHS. Progressing from youthful idealism to frank bewilderment, Max realises how little his job is about 'saving people' and how much of his time is taken up by signing forms and trying to figure out all the important things no one has explained yet - for example, the crucial question of how to tell whether someone is dead or not.   

Along the way, Max and his fellow fledgling doctors grapple with the complicated questions of life, love, mental health and how on earth to make time to do your laundry.    

All Creatures Great and Small meets Bridget Jones's Diary - this is a humorous and accessible peek into a world which you'd normally need a medical degree to witness. 

©2018 Max Pemberton (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Very funny and frank." (Independent)  

"Funny and awful in equal measure." (Observer)

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Worth a listen!

I enjoyed this book, the anecdotes are witty and cleverly written. The only thing that let it down a little bit was the narration. Whilst the narrators voice is pleasing to listen to the pacing leaves a lot to be desired. He barely takes a breath between the diary entries and the end of one sentence runs into the date for the next so it ends up feeling rushed and forced. Still liked it though.

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Great listen

Loved it, great story, well read, quite amusing at times. Would recommend this book to anyone.

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Understanding The Problems Facing A Junior Doctor

This book is a must read for anyone thinking of entering the medical world and it’s problems.

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So interesting......

Just loved it!!!! So much to understand about NHS and some good funny parts!! Good read

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Brilliant!

Fantastic book, just waiting for Max’s other books to appear on Audible now! This was really interesting and gave a good insight into the life of a junior doctor.

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A doctor's diary, no laughs unfortunately but good

i enjoyed it but it lacked some laughs and focused more on the real day to day life of the doctor with some grim moments. overall a good book.

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First Year As A Dr

I have read and listened to a couple of Dr behind-the-scenes books, and this is similar to the others, but I have to say I do enjoy them.
This was sad, amusing, eye opening (Ash cash- really? Is that a real thing?), funny, sad and a sharp reminder that Dr’s are only human and junior ones are incredibly overworked, under supported and still learning an awful lot during that first year whilst working for a bureaucratic NHS system.

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Average but that depends

As someone who has worked in health for 10+ years I was really hoping to be engaged and surprised. After a few chapters one could get the sense of similarity in the stories and so it was easy to lose interest.

It maybe of greater value to those who work outside health and medicine specifically as it can call to attention the realities of the profession.

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NHS rocks

I laughed, I cried, I loved this book. it had sat for ages on my wish list, I am glad I eventually picked it.