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  • The End of Illness

  • By: David B. Agus
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 283
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 217

Can we live robustly until our last breath? Do we have to suffer from debilitating conditions and sickness? Is it possible to add more vibrant years to our lives? In The End of Illness, David B. Agus, MD, one of the world’s leading cancer doctors, researchers, and technology innovators, tackles these fundamental questions, challenging long-held wisdoms and dismantling misperceptions about what “health” means.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The "techie" medicine needs!

  • By Window shopper 3000 on 01-31-12

The "techie" medicine needs!

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Reviewed: 01-31-12

This book is filled with practical information that us lay-folk never think about.

The primary argument is that medicine is finally able to take advantage of the technological advances in used in other fields. Incidentally, Dr. Agus' company happens to be on the leading edge. The innovations he speaks of are necessary and possible in the near future. He tells a story of how using physics, engineering, and patient collected data can customize medicine and help us avoid illnesses.

He believes that a change from a diagnostics based medical system to a prevention based system is reliant on several components, a few are listed below.

- The body must be viewed and treated as a system.
- The relationship between doctors and patients must be a partnership.
- Patients must be proactive in their healthcare and monitor their overall wellbeing.

Overall, the book is brilliant, engaging, and pertinent to anyone who uses our healthcare system. If you're like synopsis of medical studies, innovations in the use of technology, and practical ways to take control of your health all in plain english, then this book is for you. If you're still in doubt then check out his TED Talk "David Agus: A new strategy in the war on cancer".

Things some may not like:
There are some plugs for his company. He is for the use of statins and prescription pills. He is against the use of OTC vitamins. He thoroughly explains why he for and against these things.

If you want to hear a different side to the argument check out "Never Be Fat Again: The 6-Week Cellular Solution to Permanently Break the Fat Cycle"

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  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,681
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 41,484
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,442

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

An exquisite story! A classic epic novel.

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Reviewed: 01-26-12

The Good:
A complete and satisfying story with a very complex structure, yet it was told and written with simplistic beauty. The characters are strong, multidimensional, & necessary they are all connected yet still individuals. The themes & symbols are seamlessly woven together. The timing of reveals and reversals made the book's pace perfect. The book's meandering plot was good, sometimes it was a bit much but the pay-offs made it all the better. The setting was amazing the use of Midwest American towns and their little gems is truly original. Overall, this is a masterful story of a hero's journey.

Things some people may not like:
There is gore, sex (one scene with homosexuals), and cursing in the book, although I thought Gaiman described them tastefully (as tastefully as one can, it could have been a lot worse). I found the use of these things necessary to present a true representation of the story world.

I've never read Gaiman before and I found this story to be a great introduction. I will read more from him and recommend his books to friends.