Well worth the time--excellent read! I'd highly recommend this book to anyone with the least interest in the history of science & medicine....
by turns tragic, inspiring, factual, personal, informative and moving. it's one of those books I feel the need to have in hard copy, so I can go back and take a peak at a random page. I was fascinated to learn how the historical background had shaped current attitudes towards cancer.
I didn't like the narration at first, but it grew on me, and now I hear Stephen Hoye as the voice of medical histories (he also narrated "the demon under the microscope").
all in all an excellent listen.
The Emperor of All Maladies is among the best books I have ever read. The Pulitzer it won is well deserved.
Mukherjee presents the history of cancer a style that lets the reader see the urgency felt by the researchers and the difficulties experienced by the patients. He leads the reader from the earliest attempts to describe and treat cancer to the latest modern techniques. The reader learns about the causes and treatments for the diseases as if observing the progress of understanding through history. The excellent prose includes personal stories of many patients as well as clear and understandable descriptions of the role of genes inthe disease. I believe this book would be enthralling for scientist and non-scientist alike.
Stephen Hoye gives an excellent performance.
I came away with a much better understanding of the causes of cancer, the types and variations of the disease and the current state of diagnosis and treatment of the disease. I give the book a whole-hearted recommendation.
The last section was a bit of a struggle for the laymen, but overall a very well read on the history of cancer.
I chose this due to ratings of others and because of people I've known who have dealt with cancer, including my mother. It was a fascinating treatise on cancer. Who knew the topic could be covered so humanely? The human studies were great.. I especially remember the little boy who was "Jimmy" of the Jimmy Fund. Not a Jimmy at all but the child of a Maine farmer. Amazing.
Of course not. It's way too long.
I didn't mind the length, though, since I've been listening to it in 3-hour segments.
Maybe some of Atul Gawande's books. But Gawande is a much better writer, and does an outstanding job of presenting medical concepts to a popular audience.
Stilted, mannered, careful.
Hoye's performance sounds like a traditional radio announcer reading copy. He enunciates carefully and clearly, but there's no buoyancy in his delivery. I would have liked a much more natural, conversational reading, kind of like Scott Simon or Liane Hansen.
It's time you knew: there is no "cure for cancer"
It would have been more accurate to call this book "A History of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment".
It's an eye-opening read about the personalities, politics, egos, hype, and manipulation surrounding the fallacious "War on Cancer", which is just about as unrealistic as the "War on Terror". Mukherjee details why we can't cure "cancer", because cancer is not a single disease.
I haven't finished it yet, but I would recommend it to anyone.
This is a terrific book but you really need to be into history and medicine to appreciate all the detailed research that was done to produce such a comprehensive piece. A fascinating biography (of cancer) that walks the reader through human history, politics in medicine and the pain and suffering from a disease we are only just beginning to understand. Physician and author, Mukherjee does a superb job of storytelling and holding the reader's attention.
I have. This was the choice of my book club. I thought they were crazy. But I'm so glad I gave it a listen. Although it's a little long-winded and over-researched. I suggested listening at double speed.
The cancer. It was truly evil (wrong question for this book).
The rare occasion when the patient was cured (wrong question for this book)
Overall, I found this book very interesting, enjoyed the narration and would recommend it. On the positive side, I learned a lot and found myself listening as attentively as I would to a good fiction story. On the negative side, the book did seem to slow down, repeat information already covered and get a little draggy in the final quarter.
It gave great background and history for various cancers
It was very informative
Very easy to listen to Stephen's voice. He spoke clearly and reprresented the author very well.
It has both triumphs and disappointments for the cancer patients. Cancer will be in our lives for many many years