The author and the narrator did an excellent job, brought life to a seemingly dry and boring subject of molecular biology history. This book presents stories about well known scientists, and untold countless graduate students and post-docs, whose effort, talent, dedications, sheer luck, or misfortune brought about our partial understanding of the genetic or molecular basis of life. It reads like a mystery sci-fi.
I recommend this book highly to those who are interested in any of the topics below:
- A brief history of molecular biology, gene research.
- A window into scientific investigations ??? their attractions, perseverance, disappointments, triumphs, and politics.
- How human being is but a part of the biological universe.
- how our behavior or free will is or is not what we think we know.
I am new to audible, and audio books in general. This book and my previous audio fiction "The Bonfire of Vanity" show me what I have been missing. Instead of reading a book and try to imagine the characters' voices, I now really enjoy voices done by professionals, whose voice add realistic dimensions to the story's characters.
I listen to Audible's Cloud Atlas and follow the narration with the book open. Bristish accents, illiterate Hawaii herder's accent for example all become alive and real, with emotions! (The book adds visual spelling of names, foreign phrases for memory's aide, and also add proper demarcation of italics or parentheses not easily discernible from narrator's pause or reading.)
A very well made audio production combined with an intricate thought provoking novel.
No entertainment value
Just vulgar languages, thinly veiled plot
A waste of my time
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