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Wonderful read and very insightful. Provides rarely known details about the way science works and also helps everyone understand the necessity of some choices.
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The performance was excellent. It wasn't flat but also didn't distract from the book. Just the right amount of emotion. The reader's voice is pleasant and enjoyable to listen to.
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I don't typically read books that have a big science component because, although I believe in the importance of science, I have little background in it and my lazy brain usually has a hard time paying attention and following what's being discussed. I'm glad I made an exception with this fantastic book, however. To begin with, even though the book does cover a lot of scientific ground, the writer explains everything so clearly and simply that I actually understood all of it and maybe even retained some of it. Besides that, this is a book not only about science but also about politics, ethics, history, economics, and most interestingly (at least to me) the complexities of human nature and how it can get the best of even tho most brilliant among us. Wadman weaves all the skeins together with a masterful blend of storytelling skill, knowledge, compassion, and here and there a welcome touch of humor. Whether she's writing about a top scientist or a child afflicted by rubella, you feel that each person in the book is real and multi-dimensional. I came away from the book with a chilling new awareness of how much politics can affect the way medical advances are translated (or not) into actual therapies and a sense of how limited we all are by our circumstances and our selves.