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When Breath Becomes Air Audiobook

When Breath Becomes Air

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Publisher's Summary

Tackling the agonizing transition from skilled surgeon to bewildered patient, When Breath Becomes Air is an unflinching account of what it means to be betrayed by the body you devoted your life to understanding.

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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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diana W. 04/01/2017
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    "An inspirational book"

    An account both deeply personal and universally resonant, of living life, and seeking meaning, in the face of death. The memoirs of a man dying at 35, Paul Kalanithi reflects on his early love of literature combined with his discovery of science, and his intuition that both are essential in understanding the meaning of human existence. Later training as a doctor and practice as a neurosurgeon drew him to engage deeply with questions of meaning in the lives, suffering and deaths of his patients and their families, until, with a diagnosis of terminal cancer, he was forced to confront these existential questions most powerfully, painfully and profoundly, in his own life. A moving and inspiring book. Very well narrated.

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    Janay Gibbons 18/12/2016
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    "Life changing!"

    I recommend that every person experience the authenticity of Paul Kalanithi's words about life and death.

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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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    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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    Dr. Siwan Thomas Gibson United Kingdom 07/05/2016
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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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    "Great book"

    Great read about reflection
    Especially Great insight for medics
    I would highly recommend for all clinicians

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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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    "transition is not smooth"

    interesting to hear his journey from doctor to pt. as well as the value of a holistic physician that is not rushed

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  • Ajey Gore
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    "the reality of mortality described so beautifully."

    this books puts Life and reality of love, life, family and people in a very different perspective. while Paul gone too early, all of us don't have a lot time as well, cherish what you have! loved it.

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    "An incredible journey"

    This book has helped me have a guiding light to restore balance when I become to immersed in experiences or too lost in contemplation "if an unexamined life isn't worth living then is an unlived life worth examining".

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  • Manoj
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    "Touching book , opening mind to true meaning of TIME"

    Amazing book which touched life and opened mind to true meaning of time. Everyone tries to avoid death , Paul showed how to face it.

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  • bhartendu
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    "life changing opportunity"

    it gives a perspective to build purpose and meaning of life in whatever time allocated to us.

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  • Shyam
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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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    "woow"

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

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    "Narrator was spot on, on delivering"

    Some say this book describes how the wealthy face cancer. it's true, worth a read.

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  • Sarah Vaulbert
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    "When breath becomes air"

    Excellent , very inspirational. Very open and honest account of his life with cancer .

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  • Mickey
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    "Such an inspiring and emotional book"

    I was so touched by this book. To understand life we need to accept death. I'm grateful for this book

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