Surprisingly interesting. Expected a dry presentation but discovered a rivetingly well told narrative in beautifully well written language easily understood by a non medical reader.
I will read (listen) to it 2-3 more times. The narrator was excellent.
Though I learned a lot from this book, the quotations throughout the text were confusing in the narration. The science was accurate, but some parts were too long-winded.
I really like Stephen Hoye and will listen to nearly anything he reads. I think he does a great job.
I love medicine and the history of medicine. And in terms of that this book hits the mark. My only real negative comment/warning is that this book feels like it was written by someone who is not an author. It seems to jump around a bit too much for me and, as he indicates in the intro, it was began as a journal of his experiences but there are very few and far between.
That being said it is a pretty good recount of the history of cancer. I have to admit though I did have to pick up then put it down a few times. It is too much like a dry College History class to tear through start to finish.
In Mukherjee's text -- which limns the history of cancer with a passionate, attentive eye for all the ironies of our ages-long search to understand its nature and find a cure -- left me feeling like I had finally understood the mad perseverance of Ahab in Moby Dick. Stephen Hoye's reading is perfection. He is my favorite of all Audible's narrators to the extent that I seek books he's narrated out by preference: easy to listen to...intimate, playful and good-humored when it makes sense to be...and with a sense of timing and intonation so perfect that meanings & insights which might otherwise go unnoticed jump out at you.
This was really three books in one, each fascinating in its own way. The first is a history of cancer (calling it a biography is apt), going back to earliest recorded history. The second is an accurate yet entertaining description of the science behind the discovery of cancer treatment, particularly chemotherapy. The Third delves into the political intrigue behind the war against cancer, and the influence of politics, money and personal glory.
A great read!
I love the topic, and it is fascinating, but perhaps due to the narrator I found myself not as excited about it as I thought I would be. I had to listen to other stuff in between and it felt a bit like a chore. It is not like other books I have listened to that I just can't put down. I'd check it out from the library first and see if it interests you before committing to buying it.
Daily commute and frequent travel predispose to solitude on the move, a condition treatable by a good audiobook. Addicted to audiobooks...
I am a cardiovascular physiologist and love my field of research, but reading this book I realized that if I had read this book in high school it could have changed my life and made me a cancer biologist/physician. Fascinating story, deep and exciting science, excellent historical line and compassionate physician's account of numerous patients saved and lost to this dreaded disease. The author is blessed with quite rate selection of talents - top notch researcher, good doctor, and outstanding citizen of the republic of letters. Book brings hope that we might be close to beat cancer in the next few decades.
Just finished this book, after putting off this read since it's release date. The book is well-written and very informative. Everyone surely has a different standpoint on why they would consider this book, and mine was purely intellectual interest. The book plows through the history and evolution of oncology in all it's aspects; all while keeping the diction at level non-medical professionals can understand. I highly recommend this if you have any interest in oncology or have been affected by cancer in any way.
For someone who never had a biology course (I am an engineer), it was easy to follow and understand. However, given the technical subject material, I found it a little long.
Wonderfully articulate, Mukherjee provides a full and detailed 360-degree view of the disease, why it happens, and the perennial search for a cure. Reminescent of "And the Band Played On" in its completeness and it's compassion. After listening to this, cancer -- although still fearsome -- is fascinating in its persistence against eradication.