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  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you for this book.

  • By Anonymous User on 08-20-18

The directness of lived experience

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Reviewed: 06-21-17

it is a narration if a neurosurgeon diagnosed with cancer. He succumbs to it yet his spirit,thoughts and experience comes out in the book. His wife's account in the end adds a brilliant aspect to the book. There is truth, pathos and a splendid sincerety all through.

  • Sapiens

  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,368
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    5 out of 5 stars 2,076
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,067

Earth is 4.5 billion years old. In just a fraction of that time, one species among countless others has conquered it. Us. We are the most advanced and most destructive animals ever to have lived. What makes us brilliant? What makes us deadly? What makes us sapiens? In this bold and provocative audiobook, Yuval Noah Harari explores who we are, how we got here, and where we're going.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing book

  • By Bradley Janse van Rensburg on 06-13-17

Brilliant Macrohistory

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Reviewed: 06-13-17

A sweeping narrative of the history of mankind. The author perches himself in a vantage that summarises millennia of biological and historical evolution. The concept that everything is a product of human imagination was dealt with convincingly. The enquiry into happiness and the role of biochemistry in the evolution of man was valuable. An objective analysis of various forces that have and are shaping the world.

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  • Sea of Poppies

  • By: Amitav Ghosh
  • Narrated by: Kish Sharma
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
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    3.5 out of 5 stars 32
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    4 out of 5 stars 27
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    4 out of 5 stars 28

In a time of colonial upheaval, fate has thrown together a truly diverse cast of Indians and Westerners, from a bankrupt Raja to a widowed villager, from an evangelical English opium trader to a mulatto American freedman. As their old family ties are washed away they, like their historical counterparts, come to view themselves as jahaj-bhais or ship-brothers. An unlikely dynasty is born, which will span continents, races and generations.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overly melodramatic

  • By Susan Myers on 11-30-17

Excellent story, gripping narration

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Reviewed: 02-06-17

Amitav Ghosh recreates the colonial world with its conflicting ethos and turbulent commerce in a clash of destinies which converge on a schooner. Narrated with excellent voice modulations at a tight pace.