The authors seem to have written this book for their own amusement and it is heavy with information about them. Some of the anecdotes are amusing, but overall disappointing
Couple nitwits (one a numbingly self-absored writer and the other a doctor) posing and answering cocktail-party medical questions that you can find better answers to on Google. I guess the banter between the two authors is supposed to be funny. It's not. After 10 minutes it was like chewing aluminum foil. Save your money.
Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed every minute of this tail but it wasn't what I was expecting. The book asked several questions an then proposed a simple answer or occasionally simply stated that we didn't know. I was expecting a slightly more robust set of tails aka the way Malcolm Gladwell did his books.
It was a enjoyable ride but I feel that for this book, the format would have been much improved from a physical copy rather than an audio one.
Billy Goldberg is very entertaining on his show. The book, however, did not go into much depth on the topics. I think that the creative writing focused on interaction between the two authors rather than providing memorable anecdotes about the topic under discussion.
The concept is great, and a rewrite would possibly turn this into a huge hit, but I cannot recommend the book in its current form
Yes, I agree with most of the other reviewers. The authors think much more of themselves than I do.
The main problem that I have is the lack of science. Like a bad term paper it is more filler than substance: at least the first hour. The speaker spent most of that time explaining how he and his physician friend fell in love and decided to write a book together.
As a person trained in science, I must admit that only one fourth of the book was listen to. So shoot me - it was necessary to bail. As penance for downloading this mistake, I will go download a Scientific American book.
The book covers lots of interesting medical questions... many of them with answers that went against my preconceptions. I could do without the pointless instant-messaging chatter... mildly amusing, at best.
I never believed I would actually "learn" anything significant from the book; but I DID think it would be humorous. I was right about learning little, but sadly mistaken with regard to humor. These authors (and the publisher) somehow thought it would be interesting for us to read/listen to their little computer "chats." They were wrong. I fortunately wasted only 90 minutes of my life before I stopped and deleted the audio file. Unfortunately, I cannot get that 90 minutes of my life back.
The setting of this "story" jumps from 2 Doctors mingling at a party, to an IM conversation they are having, to just plain dictation of medical jargon. Their conversations outside of answeing the medical questions makes no sense and was just a plain waste of time. Some of the questions were interesting, but the explanations were over my head and I therefore didn't learn much.
The only advice I got from this book that I understood and can remember is, "Don't hold in a sneeze". I just saved you 4+ hours of listening time, a massive sinus infection, and a couple of bucks I hope - Skip this one.