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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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Annoying voice

Seems like a good book, but really hard to listen to. The narrator has a droning miserable voice which is very off-putting.

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I had to stop!

the narrators voice is just grating I can't listen to it. it's a shame because I have listened to few books like this.

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Felt quite depressed

I always look forward to listening about the medical world, wish I had just read the book though as the narrators voice is so monotone and boring I couldn’t finish the book. Would recommend the book but certainly not the audible unless you want to feel depressed!

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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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Disappointing and lacks punch

Not sure whether this was published before or after Adam Kay's This Is Going To Hurt but a couple of the diary entries are just far too similar and feels like someone copied someone else's homework. The narration is unconvincing and lacklustre and there is no real closure on any of the anecdotes. Sadly I persevered too long to be able to return the book but I probably won't bother finishing it. If only the narrator didn't sound quite so bored and disengaged it would help.

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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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Brilliant

Loved this, as a health professional this was a refreshingly truthful insight. It is a funny insight into absolute reality. I highly recommend this book.

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Really Enjoyable Read

Max successfully shares the humorous side of the junior doctor experience whilst maintaining the humanity and compassion required for the job and doing it with humility. I wish the book had been available in the 80s, when I was a nurse in the acute sector and perhaps I may have been a bit more sympathetic towards the junior doctors!

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Just average

It was fine to listen to but it could have been so much better! Less talk about how difficult it was being a junior doctor and more about patients, treatments and medicine would have made it much more engaging. If you want an easy listen whilst you’re pottering around the house, worth giving it a go.