Mildly dated but still pretty interesting and relevant. He really goes off on tangents in the last few chapter, especially on the micro minutia of language derivations, which don't have much to do with "lives of a cell". When he sticks to biology and philosophy of biology, much better.
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This book had so many more topics related to the cell than simply a discourse on a little unit of physiology.
The author coneyed similarities between a cell as a unit of physiology as well as groups of beings that, as a collective, act as a cell.
I have listened twice and I'll listen again because each time I hear it, my perspectives on life and existence are enhanced.
When I first read this book in the very-early 1980's it was fascinating, and I loved it - it was my first real encounter with the 'we are colonies of cells' perspective (a potentially useful perspective), and I now realize that I probably skipped-over the philosophizing - for I now viewed the author's philosophizing (and there seemed to be a lot of it) as dated, cliche, a bit leftist, and just plain inadequate and weak.
Today, it will probably not be your first encounter with such a bio-mindset, and it may not be your first encounter with bad philosophizing - both being mainstream these days (and the latter dating back to the beginning of humanity), but it should be fascinating from a historical time-capsule standpoint - how people philosophically thought in that era.