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  • The Botany of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Michael Pollan
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1519)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (792)

    Every schoolchild learns about the mutually beneficial dance of honeybees and flowers: The bee collects nectar and pollen to make honey and, in the process, spreads the flowers' genes far and wide. In The Botany of Desire, Michael Pollan ingeniously demonstrates how people and domesticated plants have formed a similarly reciprocal relationship.

    Teddy says: "If you have an open mind... Give it a listen"
    "What a great story teller"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Botany of Desire the most enjoyable?

    Michael Pollen is a master at weaving a story that engages the reader to open their mind to to a new persecutive that is often overlooked or ignored. I listened to this book two times in a row because the writing is so rich in detail. The story of the apple, tulip, cannabis, and potato are told through the lens of history, science, agriculture and psychology. I think differently about each one now and have recommend this book to numerous people.


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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!"
    "Complex subject made accessible"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Emperor of All Maladies to be better than the print version?

    I was a little reluctant to start a 20 hour tome on cancer thinking it would be depressing. This is a throughly fascinating story that is very well constructed to engage the reader. I am a doctor, but having gone to medical school over 25 years ago there is so much that has happened in cancer research in the past 25 years and so much history I did not know. The combination of history, research, basic science and clinical medicine are woven into a masterpiece. There may be sections that get to detailed for some but I found it a great strength of the book. It is a real tribute to the author of write on such a complex subject and to able to engage the physician and non physician.


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