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

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Inspiring

So many interesting stories and surprising facts. Fully invested now in creating my own check-lists!

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Checklistastic!

Absolutely gold! a must read for consistent productivity. Great narration. inspiring and we'll written. 5 Stars.

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Explains the importance of the checklist

Author did a great job emphasizing the importance of checklist in multiple professions by giving some great examples. Hence, four stars. For me to give it five stars, I need to know more around, how to come-up with effective checklists. What research should be done, what makes it more effective, how to test those. Some detailed end to end examples would have been helpful. But, I loved the book and would recommend it.

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Excellent Book!
The stories in this book are captivating. I listened to it in just two sessions. It's much more than about the humble checklist.
It vividly portrays the frailty and imperfection of us mere mortals. The stories and examples in the book are recounted to such depth that it grips and keeps the listener wanting more. I've just ordered the physical book,
I very highly recommend this audio book.

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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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boring

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

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  • Vikram
  • 20-01-2021

checklist - simple idea massive impact

Checklist - It's such a simple idea , but can contribute to make a massive impact on the outputs and can producing consistent result, avoid deadly mistakes. It applies to so many professions and fields as the author explains with many cases and examples. Must Read !!

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  • DM
  • 16-12-2020

Waste of time

In summary checklists are in important in all industries and there are examples of its effectiveness in medicine (lots of examples used here), finance (very few poor examples used here) and a couple of other industries. This book is such a waste of time

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • LC
  • 28-02-2021

Great reminder of the power of checklist

I found this book to be a great reminder of the power of checklists and also has some useful guidelines about how to make them work well.
Would have been good to have more info about practical implementation, but the main thing is the giving the motivation to get started creating and using them.

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  • Gary Kelly
  • 17-01-2021

Good Solid book to get you thinking

It was easy to finish! Good food for thought! It highlights the importance of designing out complacency in medicine but does show how human performance is vital to successful complex procedures. Gives plenty of industry examples and examples from other industries that rely heavily on checklists, namely the commercial flying.

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  • Julia
  • 17-12-2020

Amazing book for anyone really cares about getting things done right

Intelligent author with groundbreaking but simple ideas about how to run things more smoothly and avoid disasters in many fields. The whole book kept me engaged and I’m the type of person that can get bored fast. Highly recommend!

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  • Sam Smith
  • 05-12-2020

Wow

Heard this recommended through 'Tools of Titans' by Tim Ferriss.
It was not what I thought it would be. Some of the stories are intense, the narrator does a great job of emoting them. I have always been an 'anti-rules' guy, this book showed me how foolish (and childish) that philosophy was.
Straight after reading, I've used the guidelines mentioned in the book to set up my own basic checklists for my own life.
Accept you're fallible, put safety nets into your life!

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  • Proxy
  • 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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