Adventures in Human Being

  • by Gavin Francis
  • Narrated by Thomas Judd
  • 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

We have a lifetime's association with our bodies, but for many of us they remain uncharted territory.
In Adventures in Human Being, Gavin Francis leads the listener on a journey through health and illness, offering insights on everything from the ribbed surface of the brain to the secret workings of the heart and the womb; from the pulse of life at the wrist to the unique engineering of the foot.
Drawing on his own experiences as a doctor and GP, he blends firsthand case studies with reflections on the way the body has been imagined and portrayed over the millennia. If the body is a foreign country, then to practise medicine is to explore new territory: Francis leads the listener on an adventure through what it means to be human.
Both a user's guide to the body and a celebration of its elegance, this audiobook will transform the way you think about being alive, whether in sickness or in health.
Gavin Francis is an award-winning writer and doctor and a contributor to The Guardian, The New York Review of Books and London Review of Books.


What the Critics Say

"A sober and beautiful book about the landscape of the human body: thought-provoking and eloquent." (Hilary Mantel)
"Wonderful, subtle, unpretentious...produces a kind of complicity between the author, the reader, and the subject." (John Berger)


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Customer Reviews

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The anecdotes in this writing are entertaining.

The anecdotes in this writing are entertaining. It seems that the author has has had a very interesting medical practice. I had no expectations going into this but after the first chapter I was hooked. I was intrigued by the author's ability to link classical writings to modern medical knowledge and practices. I would recommend this book and I will probably give it another listen at some point.

The reader's voice is pleasant and had a good pace.
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- Matthew Pregara

Ok but I have read better books about the bod

The author takes the reader on a tour of body. He clearly excels when talking about the colon/gut/ OB stuff. The rest of the book doesn't quite measure up to that one exceptional part of the book.

While talking about the bowels and related areas of the body, this author was able to find beauty in what most people find disgusting. For me, that was the highlight of this book.

Interesting perspective
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- serine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-15-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios