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I Contain Multitudes Audiobook

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

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Publisher's Summary

Your body is teeming with tens of trillions of microbes. It's an entire world, a colony full of life. In other words, you contain multitudes. These microscopic companions sculpt our organs, protect us from diseases, guide our behaviour and bombard us with their genes. They also hold the key to understanding all life on earth.

In I Contain Multitudes, Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems. We learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. We see how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution and even modify our genetic make-up. And we meet the scientists who are manipulating these microscopic partners to our advantage.

In a million tiny ways, I Contain Multitudes will radically change how you think about the natural world - and how you see yourself.

©2016 Ed Yong (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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    Millymagpie 14/09/2016
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    "Very enjoyable read"
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    One of the most informative books on the microbiome, dispels some myths, challenges the new multi billion dollar probiotic / fermented food movement. This book gives a very balanced factual look at how we destroy our microbiome with the overuse of antibacterial products, western diet / lifestyle and drugs especially antibiotics. Unlike many other books I have read on the topic this book clearly states that there is no magic solutlion such as stool transplants and change in diet / lifestyle, while these may work the main point I got from reading this is that we are all different and what will work for one person will not work for another! So will I give up my kombucha and probiotics - hummm probabily not however I will not put as much faith in such supposed miracle foods and supplements.
    My main takeaways:
    We are all different, very different so one solution does not fit all.
    Trying to recolonise your microbiome doesn't always work as fermented foods and probiotics seem to produce a temporary alteration in bacteria which can return to your original state shortly after - so don't waist your money!
    Stop using antibacterial products, stop cleaning so much (excellent I say), open your windows & eat fiber!
    Excellent read, interesting informative and yes this book had an impact on how I live

    18 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Cian Hickey 01/11/2016
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    "Excellent, interesting science book for anyone."

    Lots of amazing information on a largely hidden world. The author makes the topic of microbes very interesting and engaging. Faultless narration.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Lakeskip 03/11/2016
    Lakeskip 03/11/2016
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    "Really Fascinating Stuff."

    Who knew we had so much going on in us! There's no way I would have got all the way through this in printed form. (Not because of the content but due to my attention span for the technical stuff being too short) but so glad I bought it as thoroughly enjoyed it, so very interesting and the narrators voice is just right. It's one of the books I'll listen to again.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tony 19/10/2016
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    "Fascinating and enjoyable"

    great prose style and narration. How complex life depends on microbes is a fascinating subject. Highly recommended

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    Ozzie Portsmouth, Hampshire United Kingdom 13/10/2017
    Ozzie Portsmouth, Hampshire United Kingdom 13/10/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "interesting balanced viewpoint"

    I like the way the author emphasises that it is early days in research and trials in this area. It is not a simple subject and there is not a simple answer. But the days of the "kill all germs" approach should be over.

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    polly 10/10/2017
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    "Amazingly interesting"

    This is a book for non specialist scientists containing many academic references and paths of research work. Essentially anyone should be able to understand it, but I found it helpful to have a copy of the hardback from the library to hand so I could reread passages I had not fully understood. I also downloaded diagrams from the net to further enable my understanding.

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    Suswati 21/09/2017
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    "Fascinating, important look into microbes"

    This is complex, I'm not going to lie. At times some of the science went over my head as I wasn't concentrating. However, the idea that microbes live on all surfaces and beings like a planet and have such an important role in creating and even treating diseases is fascinating.

    Ed Yong opens our eyes and invites us to marvel at ourselves and other animals in a new light, less as individuals and more as thriving ecosystems. We learn the invisible and wondrous science behind the corals that construct mighty reefs and the squid that create their own light shows. We see how bacteria can alter our response to cancer-fighting drugs, tune our immune system, influence our evolution, and even modify our genetic make-up. And we meet the scientists who are manipulating these microscopic partners to our advantage. Great book for science nerds like me.

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    P J Faulkner 18/09/2017
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    "Problematic Reading"

    From beginning to end a fascinating and informative book. Unfortunately I frequently found Mr Anson's reading of the text both irritating and distracting. His reading speed not infrequently accelerated as a chapter progressed, so that the text became difficult to follow and even more difficult to understand. Fortunately the books content is such that it makes the extra effort to follow it more than worthwhile.

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    Andrew 18/09/2017
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    "Science and Nature are far more fascinating than fiction"

    Sometimes you pick up a book and think "this looks interesting" and it turns out to be more than interesting.

    The reading here tends to flow from chapter to chapter so at times it jars when you realise that a new subject had been started between two sentences that flow together. The content however is wonderful.

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    Anonymous 13/09/2017
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    "Great listen!"

    Absolutely fascinating book! No prior knowledge in the subject is needed. Well read and will definitely get you if not interested at least more knowledgeable in microbiology.

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  • Matthew Andrews
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    "Wonderful, fascinating book."

    A great book - a tour of the extraordinary world of microbes and the many ways that scientists are studying and using them. The audiobook is only let a bit by patchy production quality - several takes with quite different studio conditions are edited together almost at random - can be distracting. But the book itself is fantastic, not to be missed.

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