Simultaneously horrifying and compelling. How could a book about such a horrible disease be such a page turner but it is. The story is riddled with personal anecdotes and stories about how the treatment of cancer progressed step by painful step. Learning how cancer cells work was a revelation but not for the unscientific minded. The review of transcription and how retroviruses work can be daunting but worth the attention. The fact that at any moment the genes of one cell can be influenced by various external factors, change their configuration, free itself from the normal constraints of the body and go wild, is a sobering thought. The thought I am left with is that these cancer cells are like evil dopplegangers lurking in the shadows to take over my body. If you are going to listen to one non-fiction book this year, this should be it.
I enjoyed this book thoroughly. There were parts that were so repulsive that I almost had to stop listening but I persevered and was rewarded with one of the funniest, fascinating books I've ever listened to. The reader was particularly good. She captured the dark humor side of the book. How can we go wrong when a book lists the most common ways of testing a corpse for truly being dead including a red-hot poker up the butt?
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
This is more of a revelation than a book- for what stunning discoveries it conveys makes its medium or presentation moot ( at least to me). If you're interested in brain science-brace yourself!
in fact If you have interests regarding anything in human biology this is a must read!
Imagine .......In all these years of brain research they have missed half the brain! That is basically what has in fact happened. The gliel cells which make up a very large portion of the cells in the brain have till now been thought of as little more than a glue or some kind of .Innocuous support material -when in fact they are essential heavy lifters or V.I.C's (very important cells) in the aw inspiring workings of the human brain. This is a HUGE revelation!!
As for the book itself- I found it well written and exciting BUT make no mistake, when things get technical this book will require ALL of your eye squinting attention. If you have in fact done your part in giving the teck parts your undivided attention, you will be rewarded with enough facinating jaw dropping explanations to send all facets of your gray matter into contorted orgasm. Ive yet to see the print edition so I dont know what it has in terms of illustration but if a book ever needed illustration its this one. In my excitement I naturaly hit utube and google to see what I could "see" I found that The author did do some kind of ted related presentation but it was an excersise in utter frustration! The video guy missed most of the animations/illustrations on the screen. Im frankly surprised and dissapointed that such a poor presentation would make it onto ted-talks.
Well the future of brain research has certainly and suddenly just lurched forward with a monty python sized step and the cures for many of our worst physical and mental maladies seem much closer to eradication.
On a personal note this is of great importance to myself as I suffer from chronic pain and as mentioned in the book, this is one of the maladies that can be directly attributed to gliel cells and this very research