Book Review: Didn’t get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch

Posted July 13, 2019 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Humor, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Didn’t get Frazzled by David Z. HirschDidn't Get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch
Narrator: David Gilmore
Published by Self-published on 05-28-19
Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction
Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Author
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Overal Rating: four-half-stars

“…the best fictional portrayal of med school since ER.” – BlueInk Review (starred)

International Book Award Bronze Medal Winner Readers' Favorite (Fiction - Humor/Comedy)
INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalist (Humor)
Medical student Seth Levine faces escalating stress and gallows humor as he struggles with the collapse of his romantic relationships and all preconceived notions of what it means to be a doctor. It doesn’t take long before he realizes not getting frazzled is the least of his problems.
Seth encounters a med student so arrogant he boasts that he’ll eat any cadaver part he can’t name, an instructor so dedicated she tests the student’s ability to perform a gynecological exam on herself, and a woman so captivating that Seth will do whatever it takes to make her laugh, including regale her with a story about a diagnostic squabble over an erection.
Didn’t Get Frazzled captures with distressing accuracy the gauntlet idealistic medical students must face to secure an MD and, against the odds, come out of it a better human being.

This comedy-drama is an exciting addition to the grand tradition of medical novels by Samuel Shem, Lisa Genova, and Noah Gordon.
"Didn't Get Frazzled lets you live the medical school experience from a safe and sane distance. It's most highly recommended." - Readers' Favorite

Seth Levine is a medical student with loads of vocation, which makes him an excellent future doctor with an ample range of possibilities, but his personal life is a different matter. His relationship with April is going through a rough patch, and none of them seem to be able to make it work.

I find medical books and shows very interesting, and this one is no exception. It is full of humorous scenes and sarcastic comments, making it a light and funny read. Even though I live in a different world than Seth, it is easy to relate to him and what he is going through. I enjoyed listening about his day to day and also his relationship with his friends, colleagues, and patients. Seth goes through a great transformation in this story, on a professional and a personal level. Somehow I never liked April that much for him, and he needs to descend into hell to finally understand this and re-emerge from his ashes as a new person. I liked joining Seth in his journey, and I found the story endearing, hilarious, and even terribly sad at times. This is a clear example of how breaking down makes a person grow.

There are some technical terms and explanations that I personally enjoyed, which helps to make the story more realistic. It is also clear that the author knows what he is talking about and that he has a background in medicine.

David Gilmore provided a wonderful narration. He expressed Seth emotions in a candid and open way, transmitting the character’s emotions. I think his tone perfectly matched the story. He provided subtle different voices and styles for the characters.

I had a great time listening to this audiobook and I would recommend it to anyone into medical books and shows.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Story (Plot)
Overall: four-half-stars