The selection of stories, the development of context in each case and the scholarship required to produce this volume. On top of that the prose is outstanding. I have read three other of Quammen's books and I have been just as interested in all the topics of his other books, but this easy equals and possibly exceeds his other works.
The interlude of the imagined story of the voyager in the history of HIV. Gripping!
Spelunking into the bat caves in Uganda.
"opportunity lurks in every bat"
I wish it had a better voice. I will recommend the book, but the narrator just makes the whole experience boring and leaves you with a bad taste.
Loved reading about his childhood. A close second was circumstances of him meeting his biological sister.
He was boring, flat and just missed the tiny variations that bring life to words. He had a droning delivery which made some of the quirkier and funny portions of the book very unfunny. And finally when he quotes Steve Jobs or anyone else, he just sounds lame.
I was moved by the thread of Steve Jobs' life - his passion for his work and his quest for beauty and simplicity in what he envisioned Apple to produce.
Some parts, maybe. I was especially intrigued by cannibalism, plastination and grave robbery parts. There is so much more there than what seems to be.
Its hard to say - many interesting characters in there.
Fantastic - she does a great job of conveying the wry, tongue-in-cheek humor that is scattered around the book. I felt the entire time that she was speaking directly to me of her experience - and created a powerful effect. For that reason I was so effected to feel uncomfortable in some portions of the book.
Did not move me - but it did my insides. I am a scientist myself and have performed dissections of dead mammals and birds, but I felt queasy at times myself.
Probably - likely to my doctor friends. I went with the impression (based on interviews I heard and reviews I read) that there would be a lot of the 'natural history' of cancer - how cancers are and how they differ and how they do what they do. But I came away with just a history of cancer, and specifically about how cancer therapy came to be. A bit disappointed by it. I felt I did not learn much about cancer in the end.
Depends - will need some careful consideration
About half of it.
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