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.
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.