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When Breath Becomes Air Audiobook

When Breath Becomes Air

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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.

©2016 Paul Kalanithi (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

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

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    Vivian 27/09/2016
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    "Lovely insight into a doctor becoming a patient"

    I think I cried through most of this book. It is very thought provoking as a doctor, as a surgeon, to rethink what makes me a doctor and what would I be if I am no longer a doctor.
    It also describe from a doctor's point of view how it feels like to become a patient.

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    "Powerful book"

    Very rarely, a book comes along that makes you pause and think about what you're doing with your life and what you want to do with it.
    This is one of them and it's one of the best. Painful yet absolutely inspiring.

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    luke 17/08/2016
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    "Brilliant, emotional, needed"

    This book is so well written. It has helped me in so many ways. Thank you

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    Dr. Siwan Thomas Gibson United Kingdom 07/05/2016
    Dr. Siwan Thomas Gibson United Kingdom 07/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fear hope and love"

    Moving in 'real time' this book shares the intimacy of terminal illness without drama or pathos.
    A superb account of a personal experience that captures fear, hope and love.

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    Jenny Johannesburg, South Africa 04/04/2016
    Jenny Johannesburg, South Africa 04/04/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best books I have ever read"

    Such an insightful and heart rendering look at lung cancer. Enjoyed every minute of listening to the book.

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    Angie 25/03/2016
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    "Deeply touching & a story of bravery"

    Initially when I chose this book on audio version, I didn't know what to expect.
    This book took me through love, strength as a person, couple, family, integrity of the patient but also of Lucy who stood by him relentlessly through each day.
    Rest in peace, people like you are rare.

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    Philip 30/11/2016
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    "Brilliant"

    Anyone who works in healthcare should embark on this book, brilliantly written and spoken, it ensures we give a thought to what it may be like to be given such devastating news and what things become important when life is no longer a given.

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    C 19/11/2016
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    "My book of the year"

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is

    A) thinking of joining the medical profession
    B) currently deals with patients in any professional capacity.
    C) is currently or has been a patient
    This book truly is a gift and a reminder of our shared humanity. Thank you to Paul & his family for writing about and sharing their very personal experiences and to the buyers at Audible/ Amazon for making it available in this format. My life is the richer for it.

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    Sue 31/10/2016
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    "Tragic story, beautiful writing"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. As a reminder of our own mortality in the business of life. The author is in control of his successful academic and professional career which he has worked long and hard for, only to have his future blown out of the water by a devastating diagnosis. Gradually his identity is taken away and he becomes a patient.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Paul himself, a lovely, intelligent, thoughtful and open man, living to learn.


    What does Cassandra Campbell and Sunil Malhotra bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I think reading this book may be better than listening. Nothing wrong with the narration, but his beautiful writing is meant to be read.


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

    Too many to mention, but his joy in the new life of his baby daughter as his drew to a close was very poignant.


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    Sam S 24/07/2016
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    "Very insightful"

    The book is very well written, really communicates how fragile life is. The author does a great job of painting an image of the experiences he went through. Will recommend this book.

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    "A touching account of Paul's battle with cancer"
    If you could sum up When Breath Becomes Air in three words, what would they be?

    touching emotional honest


    What about Cassandra Campbell and Sunil Malhotra ’s performance did you like?

    Read gently with empathy and emotion


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book resonated with me and was an extremely emotional journey as my mother recently suffered with, and died of, cancer. I could identify with all the stages, emotions and physical deterioration that he experienced from a loved one's point of view (the epilogue by his wife Lucy was especially touching as a lot of what she wrote was very real and touched raw patches of emotion still exposed by my mother's death).
    Very well written but so sad.
    It did help me see the trauma I experienced during the deterioration and eventual death of my mother as something that is not unique and that I will overcome the bereavement.


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    Brilliant - a must read for anyone who is going through or has been through a similar experience.

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    14/05/16
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    "Remarkable read"

    This is a fantastic book. It grips you at every part if his life story and makes you 'evaluate what is important in our short time on this earth.

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  • Jay
    12/05/16
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    "Boring"

    I just don't get the rave reviews for this book. I found it so boring. Nothing insightful or particularly interesting (beyond the fact that he was dying). I love these kinds of books and am fascinated in how incidents such as facing your mortality can have people change the way they look at life or live their lives but this didn't offer any of that. Snooze...

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