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When Breath Becomes Air Audiobook

When Breath Becomes Air

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Publisher's Summary

The New York Times number-one best seller.

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.

When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?

Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.

©2016 Paul Kalanithi (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.... Unmissable." (New York Times)

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    Angela 06-28-16
    Angela 06-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "A touching account of Paul's battle with cancer"
    If you could sum up When Breath Becomes Air in three words, what would they be?

    touching emotional honest


    What about Cassandra Campbell and Sunil Malhotra ’s performance did you like?

    Read gently with empathy and emotion


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

    The book resonated with me and was an extremely emotional journey as my mother recently suffered with, and died of, cancer. I could identify with all the stages, emotions and physical deterioration that he experienced from a loved one's point of view (the epilogue by his wife Lucy was especially touching as a lot of what she wrote was very real and touched raw patches of emotion still exposed by my mother's death).
    Very well written but so sad.
    It did help me see the trauma I experienced during the deterioration and eventual death of my mother as something that is not unique and that I will overcome the bereavement.


    Any additional comments?

    Brilliant - a must read for anyone who is going through or has been through a similar experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Remarkable read"

    This is a fantastic book. It grips you at every part if his life story and makes you 'evaluate what is important in our short time on this earth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jay 05-12-16
    Jay 05-12-16
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    "Boring"

    I just don't get the rave reviews for this book. I found it so boring. Nothing insightful or particularly interesting (beyond the fact that he was dying). I love these kinds of books and am fascinated in how incidents such as facing your mortality can have people change the way they look at life or live their lives but this didn't offer any of that. Snooze...

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  • Angie
    3/25/16
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    "Deeply touching & a story of bravery"

    Initially when I chose this book on audio version, I didn't know what to expect.
    This book took me through love, strength as a person, couple, family, integrity of the patient but also of Lucy who stood by him relentlessly through each day.
    Rest in peace, people like you are rare.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Vivian
    9/27/16
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    "Lovely insight into a doctor becoming a patient"

    I think I cried through most of this book. It is very thought provoking as a doctor, as a surgeon, to rethink what makes me a doctor and what would I be if I am no longer a doctor.
    It also describe from a doctor's point of view how it feels like to become a patient.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • luke
    8/17/16
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    "Brilliant, emotional, needed"

    This book is so well written. It has helped me in so many ways. Thank you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam S
    7/24/16
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    "Very insightful"

    The book is very well written, really communicates how fragile life is. The author does a great job of painting an image of the experiences he went through. Will recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    Newcastle Emlyn
    7/18/16
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    "a gifted writer and doctor "

    this book tracts wß story of brain surgery who ended up at 32 with cancer. His journey is an interesting read of the stepping over the void from a doctor to patient.
    His writing style is beautiful.
    he shows a clear tale of how the loss of a respected job while coping with cancer and it's aggressive rampage through his body, is a loss that redefines who he is. mesmerising x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Barlaston, United Kingdom
    6/15/16
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    "Amazing book"

    This book was recommended to me. It was awesome. Make sure you have tissues near you but be prepared to view doctors in a different light. I couldnt stop listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Gibbons
    Ireland
    6/1/16
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    "brilliantly sad book"

    I really enjoyed this audio book and a great narrator of an extremely moving story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. Siwan Thomas Gibson
    United Kingdom
    5/7/16
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    "Fear hope and love"

    Moving in 'real time' this book shares the intimacy of terminal illness without drama or pathos.
    A superb account of a personal experience that captures fear, hope and love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    4/4/16
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    "One of the best books I have ever read"

    Such an insightful and heart rendering look at lung cancer. Enjoyed every minute of listening to the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/28/16
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    "Heartbreaking"

    Hard to get into at first but so moving that you are gripped to read more.

    A tragic but heart warming story that shows the determination of a truly brave man

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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