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.
This is a riveting book on a disease that will effect just about all of us, directly or indirectly. Dr. Mukherjee has brought to life the doctors, patients, scientists, and politicians who have played a role in the history of cancer treatment. I found the last chapters on the biology of cancer particularly engrossing. My only criticism is that the reader's voice is a bit monotonous.
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.
Unless you are interested in the history of the scientific research this is pretty boring. I am stunned that it's average rating is so high.
I was hoping that this book would give me empowering perspective on this most feared illness. But I found it to be a very lurid description of one physician's journey. No revelations here.