Confessions of a GP
- Narrated by: Eamonn Riley
- Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-08-10
- Language: English
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
A woman troubled by pornographic dreams about Tom Jones. An 80-year-old man who can't remember why he's come to see the doctor. A woman with a common cold demanding (but not receiving) antibiotics. A man with a sore knee. A young woman who has been trying to conceive for a while but now finds herself pregnant and isn't sure she wants to go through with it. A 7-year-old boy with 'tummy aches' that don't really exist.These are his patients.Confessions of a GP is a witty insight into the life of a family doctor.
Funny and moving in equal measure it will change the way you look at your GP next time you pop in with the sniffles.
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By Sally on 29-01-12
don't waste either your credit or your money
I thought this might have been a nice anecdotal listen,,, well it gave anecdotes, in the smugest, most depressing way possible. Some of which never had a conclusion satisfactory or otherwise. This doctor is soooo pleased with himself, it made me angry. I have down loaded a number of books, mostly really good, but not this one, it was DREADFUL. If you want to really depress yourself get it, if you want a laugh.. or even a wry smile FORGET IT
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By Alec on 21-02-12
Unedited for smugness
I listened to this to while away my commuter car journey, expecting the anecdotes to be linked and this to be an autobiography in the James Herriot mould. What it actually seems to be is a badly edited (if it has ever been edited at all) collection of tales from a very smug young doctor who constantly assures us that "while he is not the world's greatest doctor, he is at least, a good doctor." That some of these brief stories are funny is indeed true, but the overbearing theme that pervades them all is his dreadful personality. I tried to persevere...he may have improved by the end - I confess I had to give up after about three hours as the whole soundbite style was becoming very depressing and annoying.
Mr Ben Daniels would do a lot better to stick to writing prescriptions for a few more years so that his overall experience of life can enable him to take a longer view. Perhaps then if he wrote a book which was based upon the experience he clearly lacked when he wrote this very third-rate drivel with greater clarity and using his own life to link the tales in the same way that other biographers do then possibly it might have greater appeal and meaning. At the moment this is a collection of soundbites which are designed in the main to show how clever he is. There are a few which are self-deprecating, but these are in the minority and the smug factor is collossal. This should have been written on "Twitter"...perhaps it was.
A little more humility and life experience would go a long way.
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By Amazon Customer on 27-05-17
I always enjoy a British accent narrating a book. I especially enjoyed it in a doctor memoir. It was fun listening to the different terminology as compared to the U.S. And overall, the stories he had to tell were just good medical tales. He did have a bit of a judgemental tone on a few occasions but each to his own.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
By Julie on 09-05-17
This was written by a doctor from the U.K., and tells many stories of his years working as a doctor, in many different areas. It's very well written, lots of information on how the health care system works there.
He also recalls some of his most memorable cases, many of them being quite funny, while others tug at your heartstrings. I've listened to this twice and enjoyed it just as much the second time. The author has also written a second part, but I couldn't find it available as audio, so I'm reading it on my kindle.
The narrator does an A Plus job . Well worth the buy.
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