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Survival of the Sickest Audiobook
Survival of the Sickest
Written by: 
Sharon Moalem, Jonathan Prince
Narrated by: 
Eric Conger
Survival of the Sickest Audiobook

Survival of the Sickest: A Medical Maverick Discovers Why We Need Disease

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Audible Editor Reviews

Learn how wearing sun block could raise your cholesterol and diabetes could protect you from extreme cold. Mutation, genetic transmission, and survival of the fittest form the foundation of evolutionary law, and Sharon Moalem explains how certain genetic disease states might promote continued existence. Narrator Eric Conger's brisk pace keeps the facts coming and the interest level high, but he never sounds hurried or mumbles a word. He doesn't break his rhythm with annoying pauses for quoted material or struggle with the plethora of scientific terms. The combination of an excellent narrator and well-informed writers provides information that brings the inquisitive mind up to date on genetics that apply to our everyday lives.

Publisher's Summary

How did a deadly genetic disease help our ancestors survive the bubonic plagues of Europe? Was diabetes evolution's response to the last Ice Age? Will a visit to the tanning salon help bring down your cholesterol? Why do we age? Why are some people immune to HIV? Can your genes be turned on or off?

Survival of the Sickest reveals the answers to these and many other questions as it unravels the amazing connections between evolution, disease, and human health today.

Joining the ranks of modern myth busters, Dr. Sharon Moalem turns our current understanding of illness on its head and challenges us to fundamentally change the way we think about our bodies, our health, and our relationship to just about every other living thing on earth, from plants and animals to insects and bacteria.

Survival of the Sickest is filled with fascinating insights and cutting-edge research, presented in a way that is both accessible and utterly absorbing. This is a book about the interconnectedness of all life on earth and, especially, what that means for us. Listen to it. You're already living it.

©2007 Sharon Moalem; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"A lively and enthusiastic treatise." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Anandha Krishnan Bangalore 09-23-15
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    "Exciting and entertaining to the finish "

    Relevant and complex medical content presented in a very interesting manner to a novice reader with a nicely present conclusion. Gripping to the end like a mystery fiction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin J Sullivan 05-30-15
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    "Engaging Journey into Human Evolution and Science"

    This book offers an interesting journey into the science of human evolution and disease. It was engaging and easy to follow. Very thought provoking! I enjoyed the narrator's reading of the book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 05-06-15
    Wendy 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Lots of great biology terms for my students"

    I am assigning this to my AP biology students as z reading option. It has lots of biology terms and shows how many of science theories can be changed as we introduce new findings. By no means is this textbook reading. It is presented in an interesting story based reading that everyone can enjoy.

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    joanne 01-20-15
    joanne 01-20-15
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    "GREAT!!"

    Mind blowing novel. Really gives you a different view point on life. Not to hard to understand but having some biology knowledge can help you a little more with understanding some points brought up.

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    Elkobri 11-15-14
    Elkobri 11-15-14 Member Since 2013
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    "home run"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this audiobook as well as the book in any format. It is intriguing. The authors and narrator manage to convey excitement with provocative questions concerning the evolution of illnesses. This would be a great book for science classes in grammar and high school, etc.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Survival of the Sickest?

    One of the authors' grandfather and how he wondered about his love of giving blood and then connected that experience with his later illnesses.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Imagining the black death and people with hemochromatosis being able to help others. It is like the ugly duckling transformed into a swan.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes and I wanted a digital copy to go back over it. I keep telling people that this is the best kind of science: when the authors take you into the unexpected and yet plausible. They excite the reader as if they were detectives on the hunt for clues to understand mysterious evolutionary riddles.


    Any additional comments?

    Tell the authors to keep writing more along this line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mebazi Virginia Beach 09-09-14
    Mebazi Virginia Beach 09-09-14 Member Since 2016

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    "I wish this was a series!!!"
    Where does Survival of the Sickest rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 3.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Educational, but yet given with a delivery of a story.


    What does Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Passion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I just couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I searched for a part two 3 different times just in case I might of missed something! Loved this book! Will listen to it a few more times!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley 06-17-13
    Ashley 06-17-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it, loved it, loved it!"
    Would you listen to Survival of the Sickest again? Why?

    Absolutely! Great book!


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot speak highly enough of this book. I could not stop listening. Not only does this book appeal to those who love science, but to those who loves stories and history as well. Learning all about how different events of the past have shaped our lives today- fascinating!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ClosetGeek 06-15-12
    ClosetGeek 06-15-12
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    "Wonderful. Fascinating science told like a mystery"
    What did you love best about Survival of the Sickest?

    Very much enjoyed the content and the style of presentation. easy to follow with interesting theories.


    What does Eric Conger bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    the narration was clear.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 12-13-11
    bracken mocksville, nc, United States 12-13-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent read. Very informative."

    I love this book. I've never been very interested in disease, but a friend suggested it since I like non-fiction and history. She was right. As with most of my favorites, this is one I can listen to again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Portsmouth, RI, USA 03-02-07
    Tammy Portsmouth, RI, USA 03-02-07
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    "Junk Science"

    Unfortunately there were no reviews on this book before I downloaded it. I wouldn't waste my money on this one. The author has many theories, and contradicts his own theories throughout the only three chapters I was able to listen to. Download Mountains Beyond Mountains, or Demon Under the Microscope. I will listen to those two books again and again.

    14 of 21 people found this review helpful

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