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Sam

brunswick, GA, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Holly Tucker
    • Narrated By Julia Farhat
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In December 1667, maverick physician Jean Denis transfused calf’s blood into one of Paris’s most notorious madmen. Days later, the madman was dead and Denis was framed for murder. A riveting expos of the fierce debates, deadly politics, and cutthroat rivalries behind the first transfusion experiments, Blood Work takes us from dissection rooms in palaces to the streets of Paris, providing an unforgettable portrait of an era that wrestled with the same questions about morality and experimentation that haunt medical science today.

    Sam says: "A great book about history and science"
    "A great book about history and science"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best science books I have listened to on audible. Well researched and engagingly written. Tucker builds a compelling narrative around the facts of the trial of Jean Baptist Denis, a fascinating and lesser known participant in the scientific revolution.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The solid research that underpins this book makes the extraordinary tale even more compelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Tucker's description of transfusion and vivisection in the seventeenth century are a grisly but fascinating onslaught.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    if it bleeds....


    Any additional comments?

    Farhat's narration was also very good.

    I hope that Audible will publish more science books of this quality and less of the dubious self-help and pseudoscience vanity books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The FastDiet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
    • Narrated By Michael Mosley, Mimi Spencer
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (57)

    Is it possible to eat normally, five days a week, and become slimmer and healthier as a result? Simple answer: yes. You just limit your calorie intake for two nonconsecutive days each week - 500 calories for women, 600 for men. You’ll lose weight quickly and effortlessly with the FastDiet.

    Megarian "Scott" says: "Worked for me"
    "Good diet, not a good book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book could have been done in under an hour.


    What was most disappointing about Michael Mosley and Mimi Spencer ’s story?

    The padding was incredibly clunky. The introductions seemed to be repeated and the last two chapters were simply emails written to the author(s) and added nothing at all to the book.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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