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Publisher's Summary

Today we find ourselves in possession of stupendous know-how, which we willingly place in the hands of the most highly skilled people. But avoidable failures are common, and the reason is simple: the volume and complexity of our knowledge has exceeded our ability to consistently deliver it - correctly, safely or efficiently.  

In this groundbreaking audiobook, Atul Gawande makes a compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure. Whether you're following a recipe, investing millions of dollars in a company or building a skyscraper, the checklist is an essential tool in virtually every area of our lives, and Gawande explains how breaking down complex, high pressure tasks into small steps can radically improve everything from airline safety to heart surgery survival rates. 

Fascinating and enlightening, The Checklist Manifesto shows how the simplest of ideas could transform how we operate in almost any field.

©2019 Atul Gawande (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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Makes you think

Capturing and full of interesting stories. definitely proves its point- I'm already thinking of incorporating some checklists in my professional routine!

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good narrator and a very interesting story that I will find very easy to make use of at work.

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Exciting read although a bit long-winded at times

The book had an amazing start which made me hooked instantly. Towards the middle the story became a bit wordy and irrelevant so it was hard to continue, but towards the end the story became interesting again and ended well I think.

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Insightful with real emotional impact

I expected an insightful book on how to improve my personal time management but I found a series of powerful and touching moments along the way. It’s not a prescriptive book, but a descriptive one that will set you on the path.

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boring

didn't finish it. unfortunately I found it full of waffle and couldn't put up with it.

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Gawande continues to amaze

My second book by the author and even more amazing than the first one (Complications). Very enjoyable style of writing, thought provoking, with quite a few takeaways.

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Couldn't put it down

Amazing book, that can be used by almost anyone. You may think that a book about checklists would be boring but this is one of the most interesting books I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-2020

Surprisingly captivating

Never thought an entire book could be about checklists alone, but the stories given along with it from surgery and aviation really brought this to life.

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  • Khalid
  • 13-09-2019

Insightful, intuitive, applicable and ridiculously necessary

An interesting point was on “Why would the checklist ‘unexpected errors’ category ”.. My insight / theory: reading load “anticipated complications” among other steps, as well as triggering “did you did this thing or that”, might alert the surgeon; engaging system 2 (thinking fast & slow by Daniel Kahneman) from the beginning of surgery; the analytical component has taken over the routine mechanical portion. But would longitudinal/ repeated measures of complications after implementing the checklists, demonstrate a regression to the mean?

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-05-2019

Essential reading for professionals

A simple secret to assist in achieving excellence consistently. It was an easy read. Interesting with a great narrator.

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  • Stephen
  • 04-02-2020

Too deep for a self improvement book

Horrible gory details about about blood and wounds in a book about checklists. I am a queasy person, I only came here to improve my productivity and I’m hearing about a young girl going through surgery because she drownd in a pond I mean wow wtf don’t buy unless you love hospital books

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  • Kathryn S
  • 13-03-2019

Superbly simple

Brilliant theory and idea with excellent examples of how and why it works, but a bit dry and repetitive.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-2019

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Can see the importance of having a check list but goes on a bit longer than needs

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  • 20-10-2020

Brilliant story telling

Brilliantly read with a strong msg. about our complex world and the fallibility of being human.

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  • timeflies
  • 08-08-2020

Good medical stories, not much about checklists

If you're into medical stories, this book is great. if you're into airplane piloting stories, this book is okay. But if you want to know when to use checklists and how to make a good checklist, this is not the book for you.

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  • Dr. Edwards
  • 01-08-2020

Incredible book and great listen

Well thought through and structured analysis in favour of checklists. Really both enjoyed the content and the way the story was structured. This book lends itself well to being listened to which I find quite rare in more technical books- I really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to some friends.

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  • T. Yates
  • 05-07-2020

Disappointing

This is a two page study dragged out to a book. 'Use checklists' is the entire information contained within, with near to zero advice on how to use or make them. Also it is 95% focussed on medicine, when it is presented as a business book. Still, it is a listen that passes the time.

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  • JK
  • 31-05-2020

I have started using checklists more and more

Started using checklists at work. Good examples of how checklists were introduced to the field of medicine - giving examples from civil engineering and aeronautical industry. I have put into use straight away - so happy to recommend.

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  • Urnss
  • 27-05-2020

Listen to it !

Yes many of the stories are variations on a theme but that is the point ! It hits home when he talks about Sully on the Hudson River.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-2020

very useful guidance and anecdotes

very useful, but such simple common sense. the advice in this can be applied in every situation. great to listen to

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