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The Gene Audiobook

The Gene: An Intimate History

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The Gene is the story of one of the most powerful and dangerous ideas in our history, from best-selling, prize-winning author Siddhartha Mukherjee.

Spanning the globe and several centuries, The Gene is the story of the quest to decipher the master code that makes and defines humans, that governs our form and function.

The story of the gene begins in an obscure Augustinian abbey in Moravia in 1856, where a monk stumbles on the idea of a 'unit of heredity'. It intersects with Darwin's theory of evolution and collides with the horrors of Nazi eugenics in the 1940s. The gene transforms postwar biology. It reorganises our understanding of sexuality, temperament, choice and freewill. This is a story driven by human ingenuity and obsessive minds - from Charles Darwin and Gregor Mendel to Francis Crick, James Watson and Rosalind Franklin and the thousands of scientists still working to understand the code of codes.

This is an epic, moving history of a scientific idea coming to life by the author of The Emperor of All Maladies. But woven through The Gene like a red line is also an intimate history - the story of Mukherjee's own family and its recurring pattern of mental illness, reminding us that genetics is vitally relevant to everyday lives. These concerns reverberate even more urgently today as we learn to 'read' and 'write' the human genome - unleashing the potential to change the fates and identities of our children.

Majestic in its ambition and unflinching in its honesty, The Gene gives us a definitive account of the fundamental unit of heredity - and a vision of both humanity's past and its future.

©2016 Siddhartha Mukherjee (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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    Ryan 10/11/2016
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    "great book"

    very interesting from historical development of gene theory with a touch of the authors interesting personal history

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    Heinrich Ferreira 21/07/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a masterpiece of a book."

    I have read many books on genetics and history. Coming from a non biological background I have thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has a wonderful mixture of my two passions on life: history and genetics

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Eduardo Smith
    27/06/17
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    "Interesting subject, hard on audiobook"

    The subject is very interesting and the author was very good in intersecting the cientific advances with the sociological impact and reactions. It is also interesting to understand the relationship among researchers and their motivations. But the book is a little bit too technical for a layman and 2/3 of the book are filled with technical details. But the worse is dealing with this in an audiobook, when it is hard to back to check on something, take a little longer to read and reread a paragraph. I recommend the book, but not on audio. I might get a print copy to go back to some points that I want to understand better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ron
    29/06/16
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    "GGeenneettiiccss. Unpacked"

    This is a truly remarkable volume where the author unpacks for the layperson the history of Genetics. Of equal importance, the current issues concerning genes and their manipulation, right up to the present day, are expounded and explained. I learned a great deal from this fine book.

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  • Nitin
    26/09/16
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    "Fascinating, exhilarating thought provoking all at the same time"

    Very well researched, written and read - at times like a thriller, at times like a mystery and at times like a credible science journal. 20 hours very well spent!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • WILLIAM
    15/05/17
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    "May become compulsory"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gene to be better than the print version?

    Cannot comment


    What did you like best about this story?

    The effort shown by the author to give as 'balanced' account as possible.


    Have you listened to any of Dennis Boutsikaris’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I am not aware of listening to a performance by Dennis before - but this is truly outstanding.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    'Moved' is not the word I would use - did it make me think ?? - numerous times.


    Any additional comments?

    That someone would even consider doing a 'work' relating to this subject is amazing - and we should all thank Siddhartha for doing so. But to dos so with such an evenhanded approach is a compliment to his intelligence. Could we, IN THE VERY NEAR FUTURE, see this become compulsory reading in our schools - I, for one, hope so.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Henry Carpenter-Clawson
    25/01/17
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    "Fascinating read/listen"

    This was my first audio book and as my headline states I found it to be fascinating. A really good mix of the science, the history and the ethics around genomics. I am definitely a layman.

    My wife is doing a masters in Genomics and listened to a lot of this with me. She said the science was exactly what she had been studying in her first module and that she too found the history really interesting.

    Genomics is a big thing in medicine right now and this book will help you understand why and what it might mean in the future.

    Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kildonan
    11/09/16
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    "Freaks become norms, and norms become extinct."

    Monster by monster, evolution advanced”
    ― Siddhartha Mukherjee, The Gene: An Intimate History

    We are a code a language, participants in the same rules of life that all forms life of this earth take part in and we as a species are beginning to to decode it and understand the power within that knowledge.

    This book is a historical and personal description of what we have learned to this point, it is also a warning of how we have used this ideas to promote political agendas and prejudices that have developed into some of the most horrible events in human history, it also shows that we are at the very edge of discoveries that will liberate us from some of the worst illnesses that have ruled our lives and our death.

    This book is very accessible and so, so interesting it is a shame many will not read it out of fear it would be too technical or too complicated, the truth is it will open a world of ideas and give you a perspective that will enrich your life and your understanding of what is being developed and a way of understanding some of the implications of this developments.

    I enjoyed reading this book, and learning more about life itself and how truly amazing it is, this is about one of the most important technologies of our day and it how it influences and touches our most basic needs from gestation to death.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Tanveer Raja
    14/07/17
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    "Great listen"

    Gripping history of the science of genetics interwoven with a poignant personal history. Enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve Petra
    20/02/17
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    "An enthralling history of the human genome"

    The best book I have ever read about the human genome and the challenges facing the future of gene therapy. Siddhartha guides you through the wonders of the discovery of the human genome in a clear, logical and personal way. It is an outstanding read! Dennis Boutsikaris narrates the book well and is extremely easy to listen to. I had to buy the book after listening to the audible book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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