Probably - likely to my doctor friends. I went with the impression (based on interviews I heard and reviews I read) that there would be a lot of the 'natural history' of cancer - how cancers are and how they differ and how they do what they do. But I came away with just a history of cancer, and specifically about how cancer therapy came to be. A bit disappointed by it. I felt I did not learn much about cancer in the end.
Depends - will need some careful consideration
About half of it.
I'm a sucker for any book that rates as one of the best books of the year. So, I gave this one a shot. It's very interesting and so well written. I learned a lot.
The information is thorough and interesting. It's the reader that makes it so deadly boring that I want to fling myself from the nearest window. It's like those old science films with the monotoned, droning narrator.
I heard the author on Fresh Air, and he was engaging and interesting - he would have been an excellent reader for this.
I dont't think I can get through the rest of this ) :
The narrator obviously didn't understand the material. In fact, was it a narrator? It sounded so canned it could have been a talking computer. Ruined it. I finally gave up and got the book.
I confess that I did not get through this. (Second book in 10 years, and I listened to all of "Truman".) I have listened to about 5 hours, and have heard the names of 30-40 people who worked in some lab or another, or had some since-discounted theory about cancer. Why have I heard these names? No one knows.
The reader is adequate, though some names and terms are mispronounced and I can hear him trying desperately to inject some drama into the dry sentences that should have been edited away.
I might try another book by Mukherjee. I can't blame him for the arrogant narration.
The concepts were too political and simplistic. I am not a medical doctor and yet I was insulted by the perspective.
Heavens NO ! Unless someone else writes and narrates it.
I optimistically purchased this recording after reading several reviews. The narrator's arrogance ruined the book for me. That is too bad. A meaningful topic that deserves better treatment. I suspect it was not the subject matter that doomed the book for me but the narration which put me to sleep. The subject matter should be far more accessible than its treatment here. How unfortunate.
I was really interested in the topic and was fascinated by the complete history of cancer turned into a novel. HOWEVER the language & vocabulary are written in the perspective of a Doctor (with a giant stick up his ***). The sentences run on and the medical vocabulary is never explained. It is more like doctors talking to doctors, not seemingly created for a wide audience. Additionally the book jumps around a lot. The subject matter is a very emotional thing for people but the narrator has a dry egotistical voice.
I was excited to hear this book after hearing Siddhartha Mukherjee interviewed on various radio programs. He is a warm engaging speaker and I was disappointed when the reader was not equally so. It is a difficult topic to listen to but interesting. I wish more care had been given to selecting a reader to really bring the topic to life.
While this book seems to have been well researched and it is well written, it just wasn't as compelling as I had hoped, especially given the interesting author interviews I had heard on National Public Radio. I often found my mind wandering as I listened because the tale wasn't captivating. I learned some things but ultimately was glad when the book was over so I could move on to something else. Although other reviewers objected to the narrator, I thought he was fine.