Among the dozens of audiobooks I've listened to over the past 10 years, this is one that I am happy I didn't overlook. Dr. Mukherjee, a practicing oncologist in Boston, tells the story of cancer in such a compassionate, compelling and informative way that it helps one who has never walked the path of a patient or clinician feel like he can understand something of their world.
Laced among the milestones of untangling cancer's root cause and developing effective treatments, Dr. Mukherjee weaves a thread about a few of his own patients and the patients of other doctors through the story. The narrative is not just one of patients, but a fascinating look at cancer from a historical context, along with the attempts of medical practitioners to understand it along the way - from 2500BC to the present (2010).
The narrator, Stephen Hoye is superb. I think his performance is enhanced by the easy narrative that Dr. Mukherjee has written - making a complex and difficult subject thought provoking and riveting. The author truly has a gift for expressing empathy for patients, admiration for inspired researchers and indignation for some misguided medical professionals. Hoye transmits the author's expressions beautifully.
I added The Emperor of All Maladies to my library after hearing a brief interview with Dr. Mukherjee on National Public Radio, but didn't listen to it for more than a year later. Perhaps I was unconsciously afraid of what I might learn by listening - but now as I reflect back on the experience of listening to the audiobook, I am very glad to have had this opportunity to learn about the nature and history of cancer. Every day I discussed what I had learned with my wife, telling her that she needs to put this one on her list!
This book is a tribute to physicians and researchers who have painstakingly stripped away misunderstandings of the disease and the incredible ingenuity that has been applied to finding effective treatments in our day.
I highly recommend this book to all who would like to learn about cancer - its nature, its history, its impact on the human family - and come to a better understanding of those who live with it and and appreciation for those who research and treat it.
I first became acquainted with Simon Winchester when I listened to him read his book Krakatoa several years ago. Since that time, I think I've enjoyed all of his audio book presentations. Atlantic is one of the best.
Many of his works have a geology story associated with them - and the connections between geology the subject of the book are fascinating. He has a gift for sharing insights about phenomena that leave the listener wondering - "I never knew that - why haven't I heard that before".
I've grown to love Simon Winchester's writing style - wrapping a thought in layers of adjectives to create a rich, thought-provoking visual picture of a concept he is teaching.
I really like the fact that this author reads his own works. His reading performance is wonderful and I never tire of hearing his personable, authentic and empathetic voice.
Atlantic weaves a fascinating story from the ocean's creation to its exploration and plundering by mankind. Simon Winchester explores the role of the Atlantic ocean in history and speculates about its future.
Take the opportunity to listen to this book, or any of Simon Winchester's other well-reseached books to learn much from this master teacher.
In August 2007, my wife and I were planning an 8 hour trip by auto to visit family - and taking with us two grandchildren, ages 6 and 8. We looked to Audible for some entertainment for these boys as we traveled. So I went to the Kids and Young Adults department, and found Eragon. As it turned out, the kids weren't all that attentive, but my wife and I and the boy's mother were hooked. Christopher Paolini is an incredible story teller. The characters, the plot, the language, the imagination are all stunning - not to mention the author has only recently joined the ranks of adulthood himself! After Eragon, we had to get the sequel, Eldest. Now we can hardly contain ourselves waiting for the third book of the Trilogy. C'mon Christopher - we can't wait to see what's next for our friends in Alagaesia.
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