When Breath Becomes Air

  • by Paul Kalanithi
  • Narrated by Cassandra Campbell, Sunil Malhotra
  • 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The New York Times number-one best seller.
At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.
When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi's transformation from a medical student asking what makes a virtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity - the brain - and finally into a patient and a new father.
What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away?
Paul Kalanithi died while working on this profoundly moving book, yet his words live on as a guide to us all. When Breath Becomes Air is a life-affirming reflection on facing our mortality and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a gifted writer who became both.


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"Finishing this book and then forgetting about it is simply not an option.... Unmissable." (New York Times)


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The directness of lived experience

it is a narration if a neurosurgeon diagnosed with cancer. He succumbs to it yet his spirit,thoughts and experience comes out in the book. His wife's account in the end adds a brilliant aspect to the book. There is truth, pathos and a splendid sincerety all through.
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- Shyam


no words..the tear drop which flew down my cheeks were in sheer admiration...Thank you for publishing this...
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-10-2016
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks