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A portrait of a talented and courageous woman physician who stares at her reflection in the glass ceiling, and decides to seek and find a more meaningful life.

Roberta Jeanne d'Arc Cole is favored to be named associate chief of medicine at a Boston hospital. She is married to a surgeon. They own a trophy residence on historic Brattle Street in Cambridge and a summer house in the Berkshire Hills.

Everything melts away. Her gender and her work at an abortion clinic cost her the hospital appointment. Her marriage fails. Crushed, she goes to the farmhouse in Western Massachusetts, thinking to sell it, and finds an unexpected life. How she continues to fight for every woman's right to choose, while acknowledging her own ticking clock and maternal yearning, makes this prize-winning third story of the Cole trilogy as relevant as tomorrow.

©1996 Lise Gordon, Michael Seay Gordon and The Jamie Gordon Trust (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • John
  • 03-09-2019

Too Pro-Abortion

Story goes on and on trying to justify abortion.

If it were not for this agenda, I would have enjoyed the story. The

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  • Lp Solutions
  • 17-09-2020

Not one of Noah's better stories

There were a lot of bad reviews on this but I accidentally bought it and decided to go for it. The narrator was not bad. It always takes me a bit to get used to the narrator. The story did have some political issues and about the health care system (which I agree) but I listen to get away from it but in the end the story was better than I hoped and glad I did. Can't wait to listen to this trilogy down the road.

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  • M.
  • 17-06-2020

Third book not as good

I liked the first 2 books much better. I felt "talked at" instead of invited to be part of the lives of the characters in this book. The Physician and Shaman were delightful.

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  • Pamella DeFrancis
  • 22-06-2019

Disappointed in #3

The last of this trilogy has so many poor transitions in the first 30 chapters I almost gave up. As the first two were so engaging I read on. About chapter 42 the familiar I density and detail came out. But Noah skirted around the religious and social issues until the very last chapter. It is out of character from the declarative first two books. So, it turned into a chick book. The narrator was tentative about tone as well as appropriate inflection until about chapter 10. Not my best read but OK .

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  • José L.
  • 07-03-2019

Is ok

The book is not boring. However, after the two master pieces that preceded it (The Physician and Shaman), I think that most people will find it lacking.

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  • Christopher
  • 20-11-2018

Big disappointment

After listening to the other two books in the Cole trilogy, this was very disappointing. In fact, after 2 hours or so, I stopped listening. The story was quite different than the previous books, the character development seemed shallow, and it is a different narrator who i also found rather boring. The previous books were interesting historical fictions. This, not really sure what it was intended to be, but seemed to have the flavour of a poorly written romance novel, although I did not wait around long enough to see if that is were it went.

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  • SRK
  • 17-08-2018

disappointing, unending and pointless.

after the first two books in the series this was very disappointing. no much of a story

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  • Donna
  • 07-01-2018

Too short!

Wonderful conclusion to the trilogy that brings the practice of medicine to modern technology and current issues. I only wish it was as long as the first 2. I miss the characters and want to know how the next chapters of their lives unfold.

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  • Lee Buck
  • 13-12-2017

Not so much a story as a political statement

This is the least of the trilogy. To much time was spent making points about abortion and universal health care.

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  • O. M.
  • 15-09-2020

beautifully written and engaging

I listened to all the books from the Cole family trilogy on audible and I found this to be the best performance. The book honours the other two, being a well written story of a Doctor in a period of history (here the 90s)

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  • RecyMech
  • 11-12-2019

Dreary

After the first 2 books which were really good, this was interminable, dreary and seemed to have minimal connection with the other books in trilogy.

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  • SOTIRIS JEROPOULOS
  • 30-12-2017

Unacceptable narration

Would you try another book written by Noah Gordon or narrated by Hayden Bishop?

Noah Gordon, absolutely yes, I bought all of them already. But Bishop is abismal. She stutters like a five year old learning to read.

What other book might you compare Matters of Choice to, and why?

No time to think now

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Hayden Bishop?

Richard Higgins, simon vance, tess stimson, anyone would do better

Do you think Matters of Choice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, its the third in a trilogy anyway

Any additional comments?

Teach her to read then to narrate

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