Best-the subject matter.
Worst-poor character and story development. Plot was unconvincing.
Be more selective next time.
The way Siddhartha Mukherjee weaved facts, history, and personal stories into a poetic work. The sum total was an inspiring book that is likely to influence young physicians and scientists to enter the world of cancer research.
The description of the discovery and development of the drug, Herceptin, for the treatment of advanced, recalcitrant breast cancer. The realization of what the discovery of this class of drugs means to the future of cancer therapy, brought tears to my eyes.
No, but the narrator was perfect!
Hope! Cancer may someday have a cure.
Just a brilliantly written book. The author takes a subject that has traditionally been very difficult to understand and formulated it into cohesive, understandable and well organized work. The science of cancer has often been as chaotic and erratic as the disease itself. Studying chemotherapeutic agents is a true form of torture. Dr. Mukherjee has found a way to present the subject not just in a way that is easy to understand, but in the manner of a great story teller, that made me almost sad the book had to end.The reader comes away believing that modern day cancer researchers are true heroes and had I read this book in my 20's, I likely would have pursued a career path in cancer research.
Doubt I'd listen again because of its sheer length, but did enjoy going thru it once.
The violation of Aleana.
The hanging of William Hamley.
The birth of Tom builder's son.
Really enjoyed it. Will likely listen to other similar novels by Ken Follett.
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