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4.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 54.33333333333333 out of 5 4.33 (9 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Atul Gawande Narrator: John Bedford Lloyd Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9781427208996
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The New York Times bestselling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies—neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple ninety-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential reading for anyone working to get things right.

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  • “John Bedford Lloyd meticulously narrates Gawande's results on the use of checklists: staggering reductions in infections, deaths, and other negative outcomes. In a documentary-style delivery, Lloyd methodically describes how various companies and their managers are now incorporating checklists into their daily operations, despite some organizational resistance. AudioFile

  • Is it really possible that a low-tech-actually no-tech-simple list can change and influence outcomes in our high-tech, super-complex world? The answer is a resounding YES! And in his latest book, The Checklist Manifesto, straightforwardly narrated by John Bedford Lloyd, Atul Gawande-one of those wonderfully multitalented men who is a surgeon, New Yorker staff writer and MacArthur Fellow-explains why and how a "stupid little list" can help even the most highly skilled and trained avoid failure and achieve consistent success. BookPage, Audio of the Month
  • John Bedford Lloyd meticulously narrates Gawande's results on the use of checklists: staggering reductions in infections, deaths, and other negative outcomes. In a documentary-style delivery, Lloyd methodically describes how various companies and their managers are now incorporating checklists into their daily operations, despite some organizational resistance. AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 6/20/2011

    " Such a simple idea, but so powerful to minimize future mistakes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole | 6/12/2011

    " This was surprisingly entertaining, and I am now looking for ways in which using checklists might improve my life. I would have liked to have seen more examples of effective checklists (the lists themselves, not descriptions of them) so that I'd have a better idea of how to write them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 6/11/2011

    " Terrific book. I suppose his agent and editor must have read it; can't help wishing they had reformed the publishing industry in light of the insights offered. "

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

    " A fantastic example of how such a simple tool such as a checklist can be used to improve how effectively things get done using examples in aviation, construction and in surgery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 CB | 6/5/2011

    " I love that my favorite books of the last few years all came from watching the authors on The Daily Show! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Salvatrice | 6/5/2011

    " not as good as his other books, but still worth reading "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 6/4/2011

    " i read this book after it was recommended by captain sullenberger. wow. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Darcey | 5/30/2011

    " Would have been better for me as an article rather than a 200 page book - thought a lot of the bulk was repetitive/fluff. Found the parts about medicine more effective than efforts to apply checklist advocacy in other professions. "

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About the Author
Author Atul Gawande

Atul Gawande is author of three bestselling books: Complications, a finalist for the National Book Award; Better, selected by Amazon.com as one of the ten best books of 2007; and The Checklist Manifesto. His latest book is Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. He is also a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a staff writer for the New Yorker, and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. He has won the Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science, a MacArthur Fellowship, and two National Magazine Awards. In his work in public health, he is executive director of Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation, and chairman of Lifebox, a nonprofit organization making surgery safer globally. He and his wife have three children and live in Newton, Massachusetts.

About the Narrator

John Bedford Lloyd, a graduate of the Yale School of Drama, has appeared in many major motion pictures, including The Bourne Supremacy, Crossing Delancey, The Abyss, The Manchurian Candidate, and Philadelphia. His television credits include Suits, Pan Am, Law & Order, Spin City, and The West Wing. A critically acclaimed audiobook narrator and winner of the Edgar Allen Poe Award, his voice work includes reading for such authors as Michael Crichton, Nicholas Sparks, Paul Doiron, and Atul Gawande, among others. He is the winner of three AudioFile Earphones Awards.