Audiobook Review – This Is Going To Hurt

Audiobook Review of This Is Going to Hurt – written and read by Adam Kay.

I got this book from the library – but will be including it as a From The Bookshelf Review.

The Blurb

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor: 97-hour weeks, life and death decisions, a constant tsunami of bodily fluids, and the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

My Thoughts

One thing is for sure, you’d better make sure you are in a safe place if you are starting this book, be it on audio or written form, this one will have you wincing, laughing out loud and probably more. I almost crashed the car at the start from laughing, and then from needing to cross my legs in imaginary pain. All I will say is there is a section on “degloving” that I will never be able to forget. I will also not be able to forget the images that came up when I googled “degloving”….please don’t google it (he says knowing that just by mentioning it you are tempted to do it).


As it happened early on in the book I did learn to not google any of the other things he says here… some of them sound horrible – and the later stories only make me glad I’m not a woman (he primarily works on labour ward later on).

I’m starting to really enjoy audiobooks (hence two reviews of them in the last short while) but I do prefer them to be non-fiction and read by the author. This is why my attention was drawn to this one on the library app, and I was delighted that the wait time was so short. The narration is excellent, and I do think, as with most books of this kind, that the authors voice adds a lot to the humour. I think some sections may have read differently in my own head, and some of the humour may have become lost.

Overall I really enjoyed it, even through the painful bits, and it is good to see that the author can look back on his time as a doctor and smile – even if it was probably the right decision for him to leave the profession.

Highly recommend….. though maybe not while driving or on public transport.




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