long commute=audible reading time
Great story if you like history of science. Very instructive and compelling look back at how scientific framing of questions and research affected treatment solutions for cancer.
Good story, important lessons about personal, political and even conceptual bias as it plays out in scientific endeavors.
This book is fantastic.
It is not dry, boring, slow, which you might expect for a subject like cancer.
It is technical, but only so much as a laymen needs to understand the basics.
It is so well organized that it easy to see the progression of our research and understanding of the disease. This is the best part of the book, because this could easily become so overwhelming that you could get lost. Siddhartha makes the book right here.
It is so informative. I now understand the current theory on the cause of cancer and understand what I can and cannot do to protect myself and my family.
It is moving. Siddhartha has done a magnificent job of conveying the hopes, fears, excitement, disappointment, death, and life of the people in this book. I found myself connected to the people and patients.
This book is a must read for all. Scientifically fascinating this tale is told in a manner understanable and of interest to all. For lay and professional alike, far from depressing, this book reads like a detective story the ending of which is still being written. Kudos to the author.
This book tells the history, or as the authors states, the biography of cancer. It is an amazing book and I listened to it at ever quiet moment I could find. I usually only listen to books to and from work...40 minute commute. I found myself listening to it on the way to the grocery store and every other moment in the car. It is a great book!
This book elucidates what cancer is, how it works, what it does, and explains the history of our attempts to treat it. It's not a pretty picture. But the writing is clear, descriptive, and gripping. The author masterfully creates a conceptual framework for an incredibly complex issue, and fills in details and perspectives, in the absence which, we would otherwise be filled with misconceptions, oversimplifications, and fear. I find the author to read a bit slow, for my tastes, and so I have my mp3 player playing it at 1.5X speed. It feels like that scene in the Matrix where they stream knowledge into Keanu Reeve's mind at high speed, and he can't get enough of it. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK. Readers without a basic understanding of DNA biology might zone out during some sections.
Because many of us, myself included, are touched by cancer, reading this book is a glimpse into our own evolution and development. The author provides the reader with a history of not only cancer the disease but also cancer as a touchpoint in human history. The boundless determination of generations of scientiests, healers and humanitaries to understand, treat and cure cancer is fascinating. Once I began this book I could not turn loose of it and found myself sneaking moments in my day to continue to read/listen. The narrator is perfect, slightly clinical and also soothing and compassionate. I recommend this book to audible.com subscribers.
This book masterfully recounts the "biography" of Cancer. In the process, the author does a wonderful job detailing the rise of modern medicine and, most importantly, the rise of modern medical thinking. These last points mean that, in my opinion, it should be ready by everyone, especially anyone in the medical profession. The author does a good job of carefully explaining complex and abstract processes and by the end of this book, the reader will have a much better understanding of medicine, biology, and the institutions and forces that so greatly move modern medicine. The only reason that I didn't give this book 5 stars is that I thought the narration a bit too breathless and dramatic. At times, this worked, but the narrator keeps it up during the entire book and I found it occasionally irksome.
I'm a geologist and I use Audible books to while away long hours on the road... My pickup truck is my reading room!
Brilliant. A "must" read.
The story is compelling, and Mukherjee brings technical expertise, humanistic sentiment and historical erudition to the subject. He relates the battle against cancer as history rather than popular science, and this reinforces his thesis that cancer is an intimate component of the drama of human life. The physical suffering, the intellectual confusion, the clinical frustrations are all part of the dread and drama that envelopes this disease. Mukherjee brings it all into focus, and does it with clarity and eloquence.
Stephen Hoye's narration is faultless.
I rarely give 5 star ratings, but this book deserves them.
I loved this book because it was a well-crafted history of not only cancer but medical advancements over the past ~150 years. I am a pharmacist so much of the medical jargon was already part of my vernacular. However, I think that even a lay person would find this book interesting and understandable. The narrative was well written and the narrator was very pleasant to listen to.