Revealing, rewarding, important.
The author is knowledgable, writes comprehensibly at all times, and provides a humane and humanistic slant to a sometimes terrifying story.
Stephen Hoyes tone and cadence are an absolute pleasure. I will miss the company of his voice.
Dare to look at what lies within.
Will my other audiobook experiences be as amazing as this?
You have cancer, may ever have cancer in the future or love someone with cancer or who may get cancer. Cancer is not a fun subject, but this book gives one the information to deal with cancer and to know the possibilities if oneself or a loved one is diagnosed.
The story is interestingly told and enough factual information is given to be an education.
This book is intense, rich, and passionate. I cried. Everyone I know who read it cried. But despite the terribly depressing moments, it's very engaging. I'd read it again, mostly to catch the science more deeply, but the book's emotion has never left my soul.
If you've had anyone close to you afflicted with cancer, you need to read this book.
The narrator was engaging, and appropriate.
You probably couldn't listen to this book in one sitting unless you really tried to.
I want to read books that take me to a "place and/or time" I've never been. On the other hand, I love reading about places where I HAVE been.
This is a terrifc, very accessible book that you NEED to read. Anyone who has had cancer or who has known anyone with cancer will appreciate the information and story behind cancer. We get the history of cancer, its believed causes and all the different treatments throughout known history. It's told in very vivid language by Dr. Mukherjee, who seems to be incredibly compassionate. Excellent narration, wonderfully written with a good beginning and a good ending. What more could we want! Thanks for making this important work available on audible.
This book was overall good, but included a lot of detail that wasn't necessary. It also includes a summary of some research that is too speculative and recent to add any value to a biography of cancer.
This is a book about cancer, it's history, it's treatments, how politics and public demands have affected therapies, and what we now know and how we are treating cancers. I'm a nurse and thought I had a very good knowledge base, but I was wrong. I learned so much and highly recommend this book as a must read for everyone. It will help people to understand not just cancer, but also how research works.
I have this book both in audio form and then bought the book too. Stephen Hoye did a fine job. Sometimes it's hard to understand with just one reading and I needed to go back and have it reread.
It made me say- EVERYONE should know this. Anyone who ever has, or had, or will have a loved one deal with cancer should understand this history. What we know, how we know, and why research without politics is so very important.
read it! then you'll be passing it to all your friends to read too
I've read the Kindle book and found the Audible version just as enthralling. This book is well researched and although a permanent cure hasn't been found such as the Salk vaccine for polio, there are many small victories and many heroic people who tell their stories of overcoming cancer. One is left with the hope that eventually mankind will overcome this scourge.
I find myself fighting cancer and this book was hopeful and inspiring.
the most memorable moment of the book was when I realized through Mukherjee's writings that cancer is not one illness, but many different maladies. And when the geneticists and the scientists the doctors and the patients all believe that they have the answer the damn illness assumes another form and the chase is on again to overcome and annhilate the scourge. After awhile I became amazed at the murderous little cell snubbing its nose at all the scientists and yelling
Stephen Hoye brings the book to life. I never thought I would enjoy anybody reading to me for so long. His voice is never intrusive. After a while I forgot that I was listening to a recording and enjoyed him talking to me.
There was no one moment that stands out as moving me. But certainly the chapters are filled with the minor and major triumphs doctors and scientists have made against cancer.
The courage of the patients shines through the many pages. Quotes from Susan Sontag, the writer, stand out in her battle with cancer.
Amazing book! I recommend it highly.
This book is a detailed history of cancer primarily focused on the past 70-100 years. It was very informative. If you have a sensitivity towards the subject matter, he doesn't walk on eggshells around it. It was quite long and at times I did get a little impatient. The narrator was well spoken and articulate, so it was easy to listen to.
dr. mukherjee has made medicine into a great story
his style is erudite and relentlessly elegant
even he seems impressed by his ability to turn a phrase
he refers regularly to susan sontag's " illness as metaphor "
i suspect he wants his book to be about more than cancer
to understand cancer he implies is to understand modern life
cancer is a genetic disease / "... it's in our DNA... "
to attack cancer then we must first get to know ourselves
it is not an exaggeration to say the enemy is truly within us
in a sense mukherjee says we bring cancer upon ourselves
can we make the world a cleaner, safer and more medical place ?
then longevity becomes an expectation and not a blessing
patients are told "... if you live long enough you'll get some cancer..."
time's effect on DNA mutation rates means they are probably right
how do we live with / diagnose / treat / follow a disease if it is inevitable ?
the book is part philosophy, part science and part human interest
mukherjee weaves these threads together with understated grace
the life story of cancer in the end becomes the story of us