Goldblatt's Descent

  • by Michael Honig
  • Narrated by John Telfer
  • 17 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dr Malcolm Goldblatt has one last chance in the NHS. As the new but temporary senior registrar of a London hospital, he needs to prove to himself, and the medical establishment, that he can toe the corporate line. But this new hospital is all rather depressingly familiar - from Dr Madic's ferocious aversion to work, Dr Burton's knife-in-the-back ambition, right up to the pathologically insecure yet monstrously vain Professor Small, it is an environment of short tempers, back-biting and office politics - a place in which caring for patients seems secondary to caring for professional reputations.
As Goldblatt attempts to hold on to his job in the medical chaos of Floor Five he finds himself sinking dangerously towards a point of no return, where it feels as though self-abnegation is killing him and self-destruction seems like the only remedy....
A biting, brilliant, black tragicomedy of doctors, patients, lost hopes and last chances.

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Customer Reviews

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Highly entertaining

Would you consider the audio edition of Goldblatt's Descent to be better than the print version?

I don't know - haven't read print version.


What did you like best about this story?

As a doctor myself, a little older than the author, I can completely relate to the story. Non medical readers may doubt its authenticity, but I can assure them that the story is genuine. (Current junior doctors should read & take note!) I listen to my audio books during my 40 minute walk to work and found myself repeatedly laughing out loud.


Which character – as performed by John Telfer – was your favourite?

I enjoyed them all.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Completely impossible.


Any additional comments?

I've seen criticism of the print book for being too long. I can appreciate this, but in the audio version I didn't find this a problem, although the story could cope with some robust editing.

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- Diana Brighouse

Great Listen

Would you consider the audio edition of Goldblatt's Descent to be better than the print version?

When the narration is done in the way ones ears like it then it is just splendid. John Telfer is such a good performer. I loved all his different accents and the way he really put himself in Goldblatt's shoes.


Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The book made me laugh out loud more than once.. I love the way the little old jewish lady is described and JT's jewish accent..


Any additional comments?

Just a great book. I recommend it :-)

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- jane joensen

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-07-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios