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  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,084

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational yet Existential Crisis Inducing

  • By Celia on 05-31-16

Phenomenal Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-18

A tome filled with prolific wisdom, cathartic ponderings and existential questions, from a man teetering on a thin coaxial cable, carrying pulses of both life and death.

This is probably one of the best written books I’ve ever read! His story is a message to us all, that we get to CREATE the life we want...while simultaneous dealing with the non deterministic system that is life, that can seize your very breath. And even in that moment...we can die on our own terms...we can leave a legacy which endures forever.

  • The World Beyond Your Head

  • On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction
  • By: Matthew B. Crawford
  • Narrated by: Robert Fass
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 171

In his best-selling book Shop Class as Soulcraft, Matthew B. Crawford explored the ethical and practical importance of manual competence, as expressed through mastery of our physical environment. In his brilliant follow-up, The World Beyond Your Head, Crawford investigates the challenge of mastering one's own mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Things/Aware People?

  • By Darwin8u on 05-25-15

Spectacularly articulated

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-17

This review is just a personal perspective. I do believe the book to be extremely well written and well articulated. However, I believe it veers off into too many tangents for my liking.