One of my all time favorite books. The author has masterfully humanized history with out taking liberties with the facts. The author makes complex concepts in science absolutly accessible to everyone and makes a story that will interest those who have little interest in biology and medicine. The narration is wonderful.
This fascinating book had a tendency to put me to sleep, thanks to the rather droning tone of the reader. It was worth sticking with it for the impressive and moving story of the discovery of the very first antibiotic - sulfa.
Although the story is fascinating and I learned much about our history, it is very difficult to follow the plot through all the scientists and chemical formulations. This is emphasized because it is all prose and no dialogue. Still, if you can stay with it, it is worth the education.
Written expertly and read with great energy, this audiobook is a fascinating retelling of the stories of genius, of caring, and of cunning in what was truly the genesis of modern medical practice.
The book is well written, easily listened to, and the author did his research in an amazingly succinct, humane, and understandable fashion. Learn while you enjoy - how great is that!
Fantastic advances in medical treatment were a product of brilliant minds, tirelss dedication, twisted politics, cultural shifts, and happy accidents. Who knew? Everything we take for granted was both mindbogglingly simple and a long labor.
This book was captivating, although the audiio quality was inferior at times. It was as if the recording was produced in an echo chamber! The author deserves a second recording of his work. As far as the topic is concerned, this book was superior. If you want a detailed yet interesting accounting of the history (complete with irony) of the discovery of antibiotics...this book is for you.
The narrator was unbearable. He would have been perfect for a trashy romance novel with his breathless treatment of the of the material, but hardly appropriate for the discussion of gas gangrene and the conditions of field hospitals.
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I'm very interested in the subject of this book, but I can't force myself to finish it. The narrator has an air of cockiness throughout, as though he's quite full of himself. Listening to him is like being stuck in class with someone I'd walk several blocks to avoid!