No. Hoyle was great
He barely told the personal story of what he encountered as a physician and was so overwhelemed by the subject that he descended into a dry history. This book is almost as long as Moby Dick.
At no point did it occur to Mukherjee that he should tell how physically cancer actually kills a patient. He talks of tumors and metastasis and never explains why a tumor is a bad thing. But he will spend great time talking about the interaction of a kinase and an antibody.
None, it was non-fiction
The few personal stories were compelling
I thought, according to his own forward, that I was going to get some understaning of the "personality" of cancer. No such luck.
This is an amazing history of cancer from beginning to present. Though the writing takes on a scientific quality through much of the book, Mukherjee's experience in the clinic takes over from time to time, and we see the compassion he has for the patients in his practice. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to know more about cancer. Not only is the history of cancer very interesting, but this book touches on many other interesting histories, like how sanitization became commonplace in surgery, how Marie Curie and her husband purified radon, and how genetics is currently playing a very important role in the understanding of cancer, just to name a few.
i drive a truck on the night shift. i love hearing interesting stories, i need some action to keep me awake :)
people interested in the history of medicine and cancer, pre-med students.
i would not avoid an interesting book because he was narrating.
the book did not hold my attention.
it might be good book. i listened to it at work, driving truck, it was too slow and repetitive. i could not follow. this is one of those maybe it is me not you reviews.
I typically don't enjoy history books or data driven books. I listened to it because my wife started reading the book and it was on sale for like 3.95. With that said it is an impressive account of cancer and I walk away impressed with the author.
I would recommed this book to anyone who likes history books, not just medical or scientific novels.
Just the right blend of science and explanations that lay people can follow to stay involved in the stories.
Among the dozens of audiobooks I've listened to over the past 10 years, this is one that I am happy I didn't overlook. Dr. Mukherjee, a practicing oncologist in Boston, tells the story of cancer in such a compassionate, compelling and informative way that it helps one who has never walked the path of a patient or clinician feel like he can understand something of their world.
Laced among the milestones of untangling cancer's root cause and developing effective treatments, Dr. Mukherjee weaves a thread about a few of his own patients and the patients of other doctors through the story. The narrative is not just one of patients, but a fascinating look at cancer from a historical context, along with the attempts of medical practitioners to understand it along the way - from 2500BC to the present (2010).
The narrator, Stephen Hoye is superb. I think his performance is enhanced by the easy narrative that Dr. Mukherjee has written - making a complex and difficult subject thought provoking and riveting. The author truly has a gift for expressing empathy for patients, admiration for inspired researchers and indignation for some misguided medical professionals. Hoye transmits the author's expressions beautifully.
I added The Emperor of All Maladies to my library after hearing a brief interview with Dr. Mukherjee on National Public Radio, but didn't listen to it for more than a year later. Perhaps I was unconsciously afraid of what I might learn by listening - but now as I reflect back on the experience of listening to the audiobook, I am very glad to have had this opportunity to learn about the nature and history of cancer. Every day I discussed what I had learned with my wife, telling her that she needs to put this one on her list!
This book is a tribute to physicians and researchers who have painstakingly stripped away misunderstandings of the disease and the incredible ingenuity that has been applied to finding effective treatments in our day.
I highly recommend this book to all who would like to learn about cancer - its nature, its history, its impact on the human family - and come to a better understanding of those who live with it and and appreciation for those who research and treat it.
I learned so much about cancer! I knew virtually nothing about this disease until now. I saw this on a must-read list, and thought I would give it a try. I would never have finished this book if I read this manually because it does get a little dry deep in the middle of the book. Don't get me wrong, Siddhartha Mukherjee truly did make this a very interesting topic, and I understand things before that I never had before. Narrator Stephen Hoye has a terrific voice! I will look for more books spoken by him, he is so pleasant to listen to. Yes, if you are looking for an interesting book about cancer, look no further.
Definitely yes. The range of historical presence about the "Emperor of All Maladies", (cancer) enlightens & reminds us that this non-discriminator may affect over time millions on a global basis. Dr. Mukherjee brilliantly begins the book giving homage to those who's shoulders oncologists have stood upon, the many patients who's lives have been affected and how we all may benefit from the sacrifices of so many. This book is a great resource to all whom read it, medical professionals and those whom they care after. I cannot imagine why it's taken so long for this nonfiction story to be told.
I would re-read or re-listen to this book because of how it peaked my interest in the subject matter, how the book made me feel about those who have been affected by cancer and the progress that's being made towards a cure.
Respectfully none. However, there are books that I might compare to The Emperor of All Maladies.
Dr. William S. Halsted.
I felt the prologue and the short narrative mentioning one of Dr. Mukherjee's patients particularily touched me.
I as well as many others who have been affected directly or not by cancer I hope would look to a forward thinking sequel from Dr. Mukherjee that builds upon the Emperor of All Maladies and perhaps continues to share knowledge from other a few of his other patients.
Research Technologist with deep interests in Host Cell - Pathogen Interactions & Cancer Research. I enjoy and mostly listen to Non-Fiction audiobooks on Medicine/Science, War and History. I also like to Game when I'm not in the lab.
Compelling, Awe and Enthusiastic.
It is not just one, but all stories involving what the patients went through; the suffering, the pain and agony and how it made some scientists get back to work on Cancer.
Stephen Hoye is just a GREAT narrator.
I really loved the last part of the story (the 3rd book) when he visited Cancer at the Molecular level. Talked more about Cancer Biology, Molecular Biology and a little Virology not forgetting how Scientists discovered some critical key players associated with Cancer. These things moved me a lot...maybe because I'm a Researcher myself.
I recommend this book to all, both technical and non-technical people. It is a story that needs to be told and learnt from.
I would love to have more books like this.