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Crystal

Mount Pleasant, SC, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Siddhartha Mukherjee
    • Narrated By Stephen Hoye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2514)
    Performance
    (1667)
    Story
    (1668)

    Written by cancer physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Emperor of All Maladies is a stunning combination of medical history, cutting-edge science, and narrative journalism that transforms our understanding of cancer and much of the world around us. Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist's precision, a novelist's richness of detail, a historian's range, and a biographer's passion.

    Paul Krasner says: "Spectacular!"
    "Excellent review and update on the story of cancer"
    Overall

    I am a physician and purchased this book thinking that it might be an interesting read. I had read an excerpt, and recognized the author to be a physician who sincerely cares about his patients. I expected to find an empathetic story of suffering and pain. There was some of that, but there was also much about the legacy of cancer, its history, our feeble efforts to treat it and what may lie ahead.
    This book is well written and would appeal to those medically trained or not.

    41 of 42 people found this review helpful
  • Slumdog Millionaire (a.k.a. Q&A)

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Vikas Swarup
    • Narrated By Kerry Shale
    Overall
    (611)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (137)

    A small prison cell in India holds an 18-year-old penniless waiter from a Mumbai slum. But Ram Mohammad Thomas isn't a criminal. He is under arrest for correctly answering 12 tricky trivia questions on the show Who Will Win a Billion? Reluctant to part with the jackpot of one billion rupees, the show directors bribe the police to arrest Ram, accusing him of cheating.

    Ella says: "Highly Recommended"
    "Outstanding narration of a terrific story"
    Overall

    This is a good book. It is narrated in spectacular fashion with each character coming to life through the differing dialects of the narrator. I bought the audiobook for a trip, and sat in the car for 45 minutes at my destination, refusing to leave my car until hearing the end of the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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