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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,232 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ben Carson, Cecil Murphey, Ben Carson, M.D., Gregg Lewis, Deborah Shaw Lewis Narrator: Dion Graham Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2011 ISBN: 9780310875079
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In 1987, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head. The extremely complex and delicate operation, five months in the planning and twenty-two hours in the execution, involved a surgical plan that Carson helped initiate. Carson pioneered again in a rare procedure known as hemispherectomy, giving children without hope a second chance at life through a daring operation in which he literally removed one half of their brain. But such breakthroughs aren’t unusual for Ben Carson. He’s been beating the odds since he was a child. Raised in inner-city Detroit by a mother with a third grade education, Ben lacked motivation. He had terrible grades. And a pathological temper threatened to put him in jail. But Sonya Carson convinced her son that he could make something of his life, even though everything around him said otherwise. Trust in God, a relentless belief in his own capabilities, and sheer determination catapulted Ben from failing grades to the top of his class — and beyond to a Yale scholarship . . . the University of Michigan Medical School . . . and finally, at age 33, the directorship of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Today, Dr. Ben Carson holds twenty honorary doctorates and is the possessor of a long string of honors and awards, including the Horatio Alger Award, induction into the "Great Blacks in Wax" Museum in Baltimore, Maryland, and an invitation as Keynote Speaker at the 1997 President’s National Prayer Breakfast. Gifted Hands is the riveting story of one man’s secret for success, tested against daunting odds and driven by an incredible mindset that dares to take risks. This inspiring autobiography takes you into the operating room to witness surgeries that made headlines around the world — and into the private mind of a compassionate, God-fearing physician who lives to help others. Through it all shines a humility, quick wit, and down-to-earth style that make this book one you won’t easily forget. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon E. | 2/20/2014

    " I met Dr. Ben Carson when I bought his book at a conference, and he signed it for me... I love signed books!!!! Very inspiring story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pevolpez | 2/16/2014

    " Good Book of inspirattion! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kendra | 2/12/2014

    " Really inspiring. I love true stories - and this is a great one to read. Uplifting. It makes you want to go out and accomplish things against all odds. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rachel Ireland | 2/11/2014

    " I'm so torn on this book. All the makings of an inspirational story but it just didn't inspire me. I felt Dr. Carson came across as arrogant at times. An amazing Dr. No less but at times his story seemed unbelievable and without heart. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joao de Deus Brasil | 2/9/2014

    " Wonderful story! A must read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellie | 2/5/2014

    " I listened to this on tape (good 'ol library sale, once again! :)) I think it was an abridged version. To me, this was a solidly inspiring and beautiful story. There were so many gems to learn from. I loved the story of his mother, her determination to help her sons and not let them buy into the culture around them. I loved his trust in God and how he attributes his success to Him. I love how Dr. Carson views his talents as God-given and wants to use them to bless the lives of God's children - an exceptional story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy Adams | 1/31/2014

    " Very inspirational about a boy who grew up with nothing, but worked hard to become a gifted surgeon who attributes all of his success to God. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maree | 1/20/2014

    " Loved it, this is about a guy that came out of the inner city and became a world renown neurosurgeon. I'm recommending it to my children who want to become doctors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Lee | 12/21/2013

    " I read this book in grade 11 and it was my first biography. It was incredibly inspiring and a very easy and good read. I always enjoy reading success stories of people who weren't fed with a silver spoon. He is a great surgeon but an even better role model because of his values. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grace | 11/25/2013

    " ben carson's story is absolutely crazy, amazing, and so blessed. this book, while not extremely well written, is a quick read so worth the 3 or so hours it takes to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 10/22/2013

    " Honest and motivational; written for young people to emulate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam Sawyer | 10/19/2013

    " Inspirational. Incredible. Must read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leesa | 9/5/2013

    " This is one of the most incredible books I've ever read. It's about a young boy living in Detroit, trying to get out of the inner city. He becomes one of the leading brain sergans at the John Hopkins Medical center. Great story, and true!! You won't want to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 RK Byers | 8/1/2013

    " i need the psychiatric version of this guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chilombe Simwami | 6/5/2013

    " Simply amazing and greatly inspiring! Still remember the storyline. I made me see every challenge as an opportunity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Hamilton | 4/19/2013

    " Good man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 3/20/2013

    " Very inspirational! A feel good kind of book. This book is close to my heart because it is about a Brain surgeon. It brought back a lot of feelings and emotions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JoDell | 2/24/2013

    " Excellent read. Very inspiring. There is a movie based on the book and it's excellent as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristie | 2/21/2013

    " Great book with a great story. Have asked my hubby and kids to read it. I think it is a great example of just being the best "you" that you can be. I also appreciate that someone is not afraid to mention how deity played such a big role in their life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Beurman | 4/20/2012

    " Excellent story of an excellent life! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara Thompson | 3/19/2012

    " Great read - good inspiration for students having a hard time in school, or anyone looking to dream and achieve "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zeke | 11/21/2011

    " great inspiration towards the medical field :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicholasv | 10/21/2011

    " To me this book was truly touching and inspirational and i recommend this book to all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 9/28/2011

    " Pretty amazing story and a good lesson for parents on the importance of motivating our children and pushing them to better themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Grant | 9/18/2011

    " Would have given 6 stars if I could "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abby | 9/10/2011

    " An amazing life, overcoming enormous challenges early in his life. Spends the second half of his life performing miracles in neurology.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica | 8/19/2011

    " i think it should be illegal if someone above fifteen years of age has not read this book. Truly inspirational. My personal classic! A must read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan | 8/9/2011

    " this taught me that God can put a river in the desert "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 8/6/2011

    " The book was insight into the life of a very gifted man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 8/4/2011

    " A fabulous book that I will be reading aloud to my family! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 5/11/2010

    " Honest and motivational; written for young people to emulate. "

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About the Author
Author Ben Carson

Benjamin Carson, MD, is a professor of neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oncology, and pediatrics, and the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He serves on the boards of the Kellogg Company, Costco Wholesale Corp., and the Academy of Achievement, among others, and is an Emeritus Fellow of the Yale Corporation. He and his wife, Candy, cofounded the Carson Scholars Fund, a 501(c)3 established to counteract America's crisis in education by identifying and rewarding academic role models in the fourth through eleventh grades, regardless of race, creed, religion and socio-economic status, who also demonstrate humanitarian qualities. There are over 4,800 such scholars in forty-five states. Ben and Candy are the parents of three grown sons and reside in Baltimore County, Maryland.

About the Narrator

Dion Graham, from HBO’s The Wire, also narrates The First 48 on A&E. Winner of fifteen Earphones Awards and the prestigious Audie Award for best narration, he has performed on Broadway, off Broadway, internationally, in films, and in several hit television series. His performances have been praised as thoughtful and compelling, vivid and full of life.