• The Surgeon's Daughter

  • By: Audrey Blake
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (179 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nora Beady, the only female student at a prestigious medical school in Bologna, is a rarity. In the 19th century women are expected to remain at home and raise children, so her unconventional, indelicate ambitions to become a licensed surgeon offend the men around her. Under constant scrutiny, Nora's successes are taken for granted; her mistakes used as proof that women aren't suited to the field.  

Everything changes when she allies herself with Magdalena Morenco, the sole female doctor on staff. Together the two women develop a groundbreaking surgery: the Cesarean section. It's a highly dangerous procedure and the research is grueling, but even worse is the vitriolic response from men. Most don't trust the findings of women, and many can choose to deny their wives medical care.  

Already facing resistance on all sides, Nora is shaken when she meets a patient who will die without the surgery. If the procedure is successful, her work could change the world. But a failure could cost everything: precious lives, Nora's career, and the role women will be allowed to play in medicine.

©2022 Jaima Fixsen, Regina Sirois (P)2022 Recorded Books

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Disappointed!

I loved the first book, but not this one. This book was one calamity after another with only a thin story line. Too bad!!!!!

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GREAT STORY

Read the surgeons shadow first. This was a wonderful sequel to the Surgeons shadow. Nora has become what she had hoped for. She creates a place for herself in a world of men. Far ahead of her time.

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This is the second book

The first book is “The Girl in His Shadow” - very good- a lot of anatomy and science.

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  • JM
  • 07-30-22

Enjoyed the Series Tremendously

Borrowed the first book, "The Girl In His Shadow", from the library on a whim, was halfway through it when I decided I needed to hear the sequel as well. I enjoyed the way the narrator voiced the characters, even though they were not wildly different sounding, just inflections and dialects to differentiate them. To my untrained ear, the narrator spoke Italian well, making it enjoyable to listen to this book that mostly takes place in Italy. The author seemed to have researched the time period and medical techniques of the time well, giving authority to her descriptions. Definitely a good listen, but if medical phrases or descriptions of body parts makes you queasy, then this may not be the series for you.

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Good read

Loved it! This was a great book and kept me wanting more. It was a great distraction and I was able to finish painting boring kitchen cabinets LOL!

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Not well read so impacted on overall enjoyment.

The story was quite good but the story teller lacked the ability to perform the characters with voices that made the characters easier to identify. She spoke with a languid tone that almost sounded as though she was bored. An actor was needed to interpret the various characters. Sometimes I had to go back to check who was saying what.

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Women changing history

I really enjoyed the narrator, this can make or break listening to a book! I am a RN and find it stunning what women prevailed over to prove their abilities.

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I wanted to like this

I love historical fiction, but this one left me cold. Lots of stories intertwined, hard to keep track of who was where. The narrator left me cold.

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  • Ed
  • 06-14-22

Living history

I loved this story. Great for women. Love story, plus science, plus history. Just lovely.

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Loved this book

To be honest, the summary of this book made me wary of purchasing it. But I’m so glad I ignored those qualms and went followed my instincts. I found the book to be a really compelling and original story that paints a vivid picture of the difficulties women had in gaining admission into the male-dominated field of surgery. Nora is quite a strong l protagonist and it is read/performed spectacularly. Highly recommend.