Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
I'm a medical student. This book is one of the most impressive, moving, and interesting stories I've ever heard - and it is written in a way that is both accurate, and accessible. If you have any interest in medicine, health, science, cancer, or learning more about your own body, this is a fantastic book.
The only thing that turns people off is that it is a LONG book, and so if you want something to listen to on a road trip, this is probably not it. Unless your road trip is around the perimeter of the US.
It does occasionally get a bit boring, but I found that it is less the fault of the book, and more the fault of attempting to listen for 10 hours in a single session. After I took a break, it always ended up being very interesting.
In agreement with other reviews, this is a very good read. A great attempt at addressing Cancer as the 800lb gorilla in the room without losing the layman reader in scientific jargon. It's a good overview of the path cancer science has taken - including more recent developments - and the human experience as seen through the eyes of patients, doctors, activists, politicians and corporations. I have to agree that this book is almost a mandatory read. The "that could be me" factor is ever present.
Cancer - What an illustrious life of change and growth - Cancer begins as a relative unknown and as the story develops we meet cancer and those whose life cancer impacts... As we learn more and more about the character it is fascinating to realize that for all we think we know there is so much more we do not know...
Well read, easy to listen to.
No, this was a book to digest in pieces and allow reflection on the history of medicine and cancer itself. There was a great deal to learn about medicine, medical professionals, life and death
far more valuable that i would have though, the title truly said it all....
I would probably enjoy it better if I read it rather than listening to it. The cadence of the narrator is either repetitive or forced. I find it very hard to listen to and have not gotten very far in a book I am really interested in. I'm surprised at how many people praise the narration.
Definitely will be avoiding this narrator. If I could figure out how to give 0 stars for performance, I would.
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.